The names of the drop ride and the kids area were changed from their originally planned names (Acrophobia and Looney Tunes National Park) after Shapiro visited the park. This was the reason that the announcement didn't happen 3 weeks ago as was orginally planned.
There is more happening at the park that is not mentioned in the press release (complete change of the former Looney Tunes Town - will still contain 3 or 4 kids rids, the addition of more track length to the Moon Cars and a lot of other changes throughout the park).
Right...because only rides with that color scheme can be named Acrophobia? Huh? I suppose you'd think Titan was a stupid name for SFOT's hyper because the other two rides with that color scheme are called Goliath?
If it's a big deal the ride can be repainted but seriously...what park guest isn't going to ride it because it has "a different ride's colors"?
I really don't get the whole "color" and "ride type" arguments. HOW, exactly, is it stupid Dex? How does "bouncing" say "Superman?" And if only an S&S tower can be appropriate for Superman does then what manufacture is appropriate for a coaster named Goliath: B&M, Giovanola, or Intamin?
john nailed it on the head. They are naming it Superman because of the license is already owned by SF. More use of the license and I believe I also heard Superman would be wandering the midways of the parks. It all ties together.
Not sure I'm buying the rumor that it is going to be repainted. I mean, seems like a real waste of money to paint a ride, then come back a few weeks later and paint it again, especially considering it would cost CONSIDERABLY more to repaint it now that the ride is vertical. Look at it from Shapiro's point of view, he complained when one of the parks told him that a third of the picnic pavillians at that park were already a reserved for the year, but would cost six figures to fix. I doubt he'd approve a several thousand dollar repaint when the ride was just painted before being erected.
Maybe calling it "Superman" instead of "Acrophobia" is just Shapiro's way of putting the nail in the coffin of all the SFStL fan's hopes of getting a Superman themed Intamin hyper... (remember how long those rumors lasted?)...
Either way, my guess is this won't be the last new kids' area at a SF park... look for at least a couple more in 2007 (let's see, already had 3 new kids areas in 2005, now another 3 more in 2006...).