Thunderhawk Love Thread (or THawk vs. THawk vs. THawk)

Thursday, April 8, 2004 4:51 PM
(A TR from the very near future)

Whenever I visit a Cedar Fair park, I head straight for Thunderhawk. It's my favoritest ride in the park.

When I went to DP, it kinda looked like this. The ol' timers said it was around for years and years, but nobody knew what to call it. Then somebody said, "Hey! Let's call it THUNDERHAWK!" and that made it all better.

Then I went to the new Geauga Lake. Things sure have changed around here--but look! They gotta Thunderhawk too! I think they left theres out in the sun a little too long and the track got all curled up and stuff. I boarded in the back row and was tryin' to remember the differences between this one and the one at Dorney--but after a few blows to the head, they started to all blur together.

World's of Fun is a little bitty park, so they couldn't put wheels on their Thunderhawk or a track either. They just put it on sticks and let it swing around. I think it's sprung a leak, too...I don't recall the other Thunderhawks a-spittin' on me.

Yup, there's two different types of Cedar Fair parks. Those who have THunderhawks and those who wish they had one. I hear Knott's Berry Farm is about to sell giant fried Turkey Wing Sammiches and I'll give you three guesses what they're gonna call 'em...


*** Edited 4/8/2004 8:53:56 PM UTC by CoastaPlaya***

Thursday, April 8, 2004 5:00 PM
Who lit your little piggies on fire today? ;)
Thursday, April 8, 2004 5:15 PM
Did you say a Wild Turkey ride? I was on one of those the other night! OH! Turkey Wings my bad!

I still remember when the THawk at Dorney was just Coaster. Those were the days when you had to hunt for the enterance in that giant building! *** Edited 4/8/2004 9:52:56 PM UTC by coasterpunk***

Thursday, April 8, 2004 5:46 PM
Thursday, April 8, 2004 10:16 PM
The one thing about WOF's Thunderhawk is that it doesn't suffer from an identity crisis.

Thunderhawk (DorneyPark) formerly known as Rollercoaster
Thunderhawk (Geauga Lake) formerly known as Serial Thriller
Thunderhawk (Worlds of Fun) always known as Thunderhawk.

Hey, all I can say is that if you have the trademark on a name -- use it, and FYI they renewed the trademark in August of 2003.

US Trademark#74335709

Thursday, April 8, 2004 11:30 PM
I dunno....if it were *me* and obviously it isn't (;)), then ThunderHawk would be the parks' "signature wooden coasters", or even the parks' "flippy rides"...all three parks have one of each of those types of rides...and then it sorta holds up a theme of sorts *across* the chain.

FWIW, I like the *name* Serial Thiller a LOT, even if the rides never sem to live up to the name....Mind Eraser, meh, whad'dya EXPECT from a ride with that poor of a name...

I do like the "Birds of Prey" series....and they ALL seem to be good rides....ThunderHawks, Talon, Raptor, etc. :)

Friday, April 9, 2004 10:53 AM
Yeah, but out of those three rides, which had the name "Thunderhawk" first? yeah, that was an original dorney created name thank you. Just a small tid bit of info, Thunderhawk was simply called the "Coaster" for years. It was given the name "Thunderhawk" back in 1989 to go along with the launching of Hercules. Hercules was originally gonna be called "Thunderhawk." Dante, throwing in his weekly "I bet you didn't know fact" about Hercules. *leaves
Friday, April 9, 2004 12:07 PM
My apple's better than your grape! Neener neener neener!

My orange's better than your banana! Yippee rah for me!

Didn't I warn you it would become a versus thread?


(just bitter cuz HE doesn't have...whatever the hell a Thunderhawk is)

Friday, April 9, 2004 2:10 PM
Well you would think that they could rename one of your rides up at ValleyUNfair to Thunderhawk. :)

I'm thinking they could rename Mild Thing, as that would make the most sense.



Friday, April 9, 2004 5:38 PM
Unfair as in 'still gettin' big cap budgets after our hyper', no?
Friday, April 9, 2004 7:00 PM
Just goes to prove that no one can touch the "ride naming" of the Busch parks.
Friday, April 9, 2004 10:01 PM
Gotta love the Doon Doon bop Pollo's Chariot at Bobbojabobbleland!

JC, who realizes exactly one person on this board will understand what the hell that said

Friday, April 9, 2004 11:36 PM
Fabio's Chariot is really *that* good of a name? ;)

What's with chariots and coasters?

P.S. Lovin' Joe C's spelling of "that park"...:)
*** Edited 4/10/2004 3:38:25 AM UTC by rollergator***

Monday, April 12, 2004 10:31 AM

Perhaps Dorney's coaster could again be renamed simply "Coaster" (or now "Wooden-Coaster" with all of the steel springing up in the past few years) while Hercules can be renamed "The Big Empty Piece of Ground formerly known as the Coaster Hercules" for this season... followed in 2005 with the new steel coaster called "<NEW NAME HERE> formerly known as 'Unknown'"

Monday, April 12, 2004 10:34 AM
Well, they can't name their floorless Dominator can they?
Monday, April 12, 2004 12:06 PM
No, but they'll have more than a month to get a new name registered and merchandise prepared, though...
Tuesday, April 13, 2004 12:04 AM
Thunderhawk is a cool name. Back at Wof, we often referred to it as The BlueBerry Muffin, the Hawk of Thunder, and Thunderpigeon!!!!!!! Fun ride to work.


Let the thunder role!

Tuesday, April 13, 2004 10:07 AM
All I can say about Valleyfair is that it feels like a carnival, nothing special about the park at all. Thank God you guys have Mall of America as otherwise there would be no reason to go "up northey".

Speaking of which, TT was a lot of fun.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004 10:14 AM
Yep--A really, really tiny carnival from the top of a cheerless, full-height PT. Oh, my. Guess you showed me. Follow my trail of tears to Steel Venom, cuz I'm just a weepin'. Boo friggin hoo.

(Who wishes for a Bangerang in McDonald's colors instead)


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