Pilots criticize Thorpe Park's decision to use plane wreckage for theme

Posted Monday, March 7, 2011 12:53 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Thorpe Park's plan to build a ride which includes parts of a simulated plane wreckage has been criticised as "tasteless" by a pilots' union. The British Airline and Pilot Association (Balpa) said the park's proximity to Heathrow and Gatwick Airport made the plan too sensitive.

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Monday, March 7, 2011 2:59 PM
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Y'know, someone posted a link to that coaster in another thread, and I was going to respond saying something like, 'only in the UK would they get away with a theme like that.'

Guess not...

But really, people are upset because of the ride's proximity to a couple of airports? There's got to be a Vortex close enough to tornado alley to warrant a protest by NASCAS. I think even Tennessee Tornado might qualify.

Last edited by Vater, Monday, March 7, 2011 5:44 PM
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Monday, March 7, 2011 3:27 PM
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With Geauga Lake's proximity to Lake Erie there were protests over the theme for Shipwreck Falls. The park gave into the demands of the protesters and closed that ride and all the other rides as well.

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Monday, March 7, 2011 3:33 PM
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Is this a serious critique, or another one of that particular chain's grabs for attention (that always seem to work)? I'm too lazy and uninterested to really read the article.


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Monday, March 7, 2011 3:34 PM

Not to mention the Association of Wailing Female Undead Spirits, which succeeded in lobbying Cedar Point to change the name of one of its attractions before it opened.


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Monday, March 7, 2011 4:18 PM

Um...

I lost a relative in the crash of Swissair Flight 111.

I am not offended by this theming.

Nor was I offended at the crashed aircraft that sits atop the rapids ride in Ratanga Junction.

Some people need to get a life.


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Monday, March 7, 2011 8:45 PM
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James Whitmore said:
With Geauga Lake's proximity to Lake Erie there were protests over the theme for Shipwreck Falls. The park gave into the demands of the protesters and closed that ride and all the other rides as well.

Pure. Almost choked on some Cap'n Crunch.

Last edited by BullGuy, Monday, March 7, 2011 8:46 PM

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011 2:08 AM

Ensign Smith said:
Not to mention the Association of Wailing Female Undead Spirits, which succeeded in lobbying Cedar Point to change the name of one of its attractions before it opened.

You don't want to get on their bad side. They can cause things to "happen" to you or your loved ones.

I'm still not sure how Cedar Point could pick a name, make up a logo and the whole promotional campaign to go with it, and then decide that the name is somehow inappropriate. Or was it a matter of the name already being used at another park?


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Tuesday, March 8, 2011 7:02 AM

Which ride was this? (proposed and actual name)?


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Tuesday, March 8, 2011 7:15 AM
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Mantis/Banshee.


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Tuesday, March 8, 2011 9:56 AM

James Whitmore said:
With Geauga Lake's proximity to Lake Erie there were protests over the theme for Shipwreck Falls. The park gave into the demands of the protesters and closed that ride and all the other rides as well.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 1:46 PM

TimChat2 said:
I'm still not sure how Cedar Point could pick a name, make up a logo and the whole promotional campaign to go with it, and then decide that the name is somehow inappropriate. Or was it a matter of the name already being used at another park?

Nope, the ride was announced. One of the local newspapers printed the definition of Banshee (readily available in any standard dictionary) and Cedar Point balked.

Luckily for them, the Interwebs was about 5 years from really exploding.


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