Posted Thursday, February 23, 2006 1:00 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Big time Hollywood-style reality thrills await adventurers this spring as Paramount’s Great America unleashes the world’s first reality rollercoaster, SURVIVOR The Ride. Based on the hit CBS series that returned for its 12th installment on Thursday, Feb. 2, the ride combines the excitement and feel of the show with classic theme park thrills.
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I guess it would be easy to de-brand if necessary.
I just wonder: if people were offended by the name "Banshee" what would they say about a ride called "Survivor"? Or am I looking to deep into this?
I wonder if they're afraid that without a catchy (and cheesy) name, thousands of people won't be attracted to ride the amazing Zamperla Disk'O.
The first time I rode a Disk'O was at Cypress Gardens (see http://cypressgardens.com/rides.asp?load=15), and this little ride thrills beyond expectations. The roller coaster version will rock!
1) Isn't Paramount ditching all their parks? Why tie in a Paramount theme if they're about to ditch it, which leads to...
2) Couldn't we have just a jungle-themed ride? I know it's a Six Flags ride, but Kingda Ka was, surprisingly, not named a Superman ride!
Boy, I can't wait until "The Real World Ride" and "Fear Factor: The Ride" come out!
The world's "first reality coaster!" So the other several thousand mentioned on RCDB are just figments of someone's imagination? Does this mean come November Mitch Hawker will add a third poll... Wood, steel and reality coasters?
I did like the disclaimer at the bottom... "Paramount Parks, a unit of the CBS Corporation, is a leading developer and operator of world-class theme parks and location-based attractions..." Small print... "but we're looking to unload them. Anybody interested?"
It's this kind of "forced" theming that starts to turn me off to theme parks. I can see theming Disneyland's Submarine Voyage to Finding Nemo because it makes sense, but a Disk-O themed to Survivor is really pushing it.
I think it'll work well considering that PGA is becoming more waterpark than thrill park anyway...
*** This post was edited by rollergator 2/23/2006 2:57:22 PM ***
just like E.T. and the Atari 2600........
Wouldn't a fan of the Survivor show who is looking to experience a Survivor attraction actually want to re-live part of the show?
Part of the theming is that you have to get naked while waiting in line (this ride is based upon the first season). As an upcharge attraction they will give you the option of cheating the taxes.
As long as I can *launch* Santino into the fiery mouth of the volcano, all will be well... ;)
P.S. As long as some portion of the ride is unpowered and travels downhill by gravity (and I *believe* that is the case), then it really becomes a matter of personal choice in terms of "Is it a coaster"?
Regardless, since it has more "trackage" than the regular-style Disk'O, I'm hopeful for a considerably less nauseating ride....unless Santino is on, then it's hopeless... :)
*** This post was edited by rollergator 2/23/2006 5:35:29 PM ***
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