Retheming nickelodeon areas at Cedar Fair parks

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 8:08 PM

Will they do all this at once or will it be one park one year and so on. I imagine they would bring in the Peanuts characters. At Kings Island the nickelodeon area is very well done and their would be a lot of rethemeing to do. And yet another new name for Scooby Doo/Beastie/Fairly Odd Coaster.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 8:09 PM

Well, at this point, we don't have any firm confirmation that they're going to do it at all, but presumably the licensing agreement covered the chain in its entirety.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 8:30 PM

Rethemeing could be KI capital improvements for 2010. It would be intresting to see Hana Barbara come back to the park. I remember the smurf ride and hanging with Fred Flinstone and Huckleberry Hound. Unfortunatly children nowadays dont get enough exposure to them unless they have Boomerang. Besides Peanut Characters what could they bring in for rethemeing?

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 8:40 PM

In my eyes this would be a BAD move on CF part. The Nickelodeon has many awards for "best children area" I just don't understand why they would remove an award winning area and put in something new?
Don't they have to pay a licenses fee for the peanuts as well?

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 8:44 PM

I doubt they would get something for free. With Nick opening their own brand now, they may sky rocket their asking price, and since their brand of park/hotel is relativly new, it could still fail.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 8:52 PM

I think we need to set the record straight now that, despite the headlines of various newsletters, Nickelodeon isn't opening anything. Even in New Orleans, it's a licensing agreement, and they'll readily whore themselves out to anyone who can pay, from the Mall of America to a hotel in Orlando.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 8:57 PM

Oh Ok. Understandable now.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 9:43 PM

MaVeRiCk 'n MaGnUm XL said:
The Nickelodeon has many awards for "best children area" I just don't understand why they would remove an award winning area and put in something new?

But it was voted best children's area before the Nick theme, when it was Hanna Barbara land, as well. My opinion is that the Nick theming made it even better!

Peanuts, while very popular, isn't as cool, hip, or current as Nick. While it may save them money, I would hate to see it happen.

Spongebob Foreva!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 10:05 PM

I wonder if they will have to retheme the scooby doo dark ride.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 10:13 PM

^Scooby is the property of Hanna-Barbera so losing the Nick theming wouldn't affect Scooby ride.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 11:40 PM

(begin sarcasm) But wouldn't a snoopy themed shooter/darkride be AMAZING!!??

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 11:46 PM

At Cedar Point, yes. ;)

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 11:48 PM

LostKause said:
(begin sarcasm) But wouldn't a snoopy themed shooter/darkride be AMAZING!!??

Only if you're shooting at the Peanuts characters.

"Eat Hot Lead, Charlie Brown!"

(That could be the name of a new TV special tie-in too. :) )

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 11:54 PM

Scene: Night, Outdoors
Peanuts characters in their late teenage years
Charlie Brown standing on the local corner, looking suspicious
Peppermint Patty drives up to the corner in her car, rolls down window, Charlie Brown approaches.
Peppermint Patty: "So, Chuck, got anything good in that bag of yours"
Charlie Brown: "I got a rock".....

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 11:54 PM

Lord Gonchar said: "Eat Hot Lead, Charlie Brown!"

You have that porn dvd too, eh?

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009 12:18 AM

LostKause said:
(begin sarcasm) But wouldn't a snoopy themed shooter/darkride be AMAZING!!??

Actually I think a Snoopy vs. the Red Baron themed dark ride would be pretty cool. The whole bi-plane, airplane hangar, WWI era would make for some great theming.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009 1:08 AM

I'm sorry, Bear. I'm just sick of Snoopy. If I had my choice to watch "You're A Something Something, Charley Brown", or "Avatar - The last Airbender", guess which one I would choose? :)

Edit - Now there's a great idea for a darkride. Avatar - the last Airbender: the ride! It could use motion sensor camera within the car, and could track your arm movements so you could use your airbending, firebending, earthbending, or sandbending skills to defeat the fire lord and bring piece to the earth! Wow! lol

Last edited by LostKause, Wednesday, August 19, 2009 1:12 AM
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009 2:12 AM

Viacom is a licensing mess with Nickelodeon. The Nick Hotel in Orlando was opened by Holiday Inn (InterContinental Group), but the deal for an entire chain (presumably with the first one opening in San Diego next year -- but I haven't heard much on that lately) was signed with rival Marriott.

The beauty of a Nick license -- unlike past Cedar Fair ties with Peanuts, Berenstein Bears, etc. -- is that it's not dated. It's not putting all of its eggs in one basket, because it can always refresh its rides to the latest shows and have meet and greets with the hottest characters.

I'm not sure why Kings Island still has a Little Bill theme to its kiddie coaster or Wild Thornberrys to its flume ride -- I can't remember the last time that Nick aired any of those shows -- but Nickelodeon offers the flexibility to stay fresh and in tune with the children.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009 2:38 AM

Paris said:
I'm not sure why Kings Island still has a Little Bill theme to its kiddie coaster or Wild Thornberrys to its flume ride -- I can't remember the last time that Nick aired any of those shows -- but Nickelodeon offers the flexibility to stay fresh and in tune with the children.

Little Bill is still shown regularly on Noggin - which becomes Nick Jr. next month. (The N is also changing - to TEENick) Seems like a conscious effort to remind people that this is all Nickelodeon brand programming.

Thornberrys still airs in the UK (it ran in the US in reruns through 2007) and they did do a couple of theatrical movies. Holding on to that is technically no worse than other movie themed rides based on movies that have long gone. (I mean, Paramount was still using Drop Zone 12 years after the movie)

Agreed 100% on the freshness angle though. The brand currently changes pretty regularly and keeping the flavor of the week in parks should be relatively easy. On that note, I'm surprised we haven't seen anyone try to exploit iCarly yet in the parks. It's the hottest thing on kids TV nowadays.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009 7:18 AM

I think KI's Thornberry log ride and the Runaway Raptar coaster are two of the cutest themes I've seen anywhere, and while I don't have any particular affinity for Nickelodeon, I'd hate to see that great stuff ripped down for Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

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