I think Paramount is just trying to push their own licenses instead of so much Hannah-Barbera stuff anymore. NickToons are quite popular. Look at what they've kept from Hannah-Barbera: Scooby Doo (the dark rides), one of the more popular ones.
I think its just trying to push their own licenses.
That thread we had after the survey discussing cartoons made me think. I realized then that my kids don't really give much of a crap about Scooby. Other than the movie(s) they have limited Scooby Doo exposure. (nothing antibiotics won't fix, at least)
I was wondering why they bothered keeping the theme at the parks. I guess the answer with the mansion rides is that too much is invested at this point - but they sure look like they're dumping Scooby on the coasters.
Fairly Oddparents is hot right now - that makes perfect sense. But Arnold actually quit production a few years back when the creator and Nickelodeon couldn't come an agreement (or something like that). The limited episodes on Nick have been in a constant state of rerun for a while now. Hell, I remember watching "Hey Arnold!" before I had kids (like 1996) - the choice there is a little weird. I guess kids still dig Arnold?
But the point is... they're still in reruns, right? That means that either kids are still watching, or at the very least there's nothing better :)
You're right on the Fairly Odd Parents thing, though. Actually, just today my kid sister was watching a FOP movie. Something to do, ironically, with changing channels and satiring a lot of old and new kids shows I especially likd the Blue's Clues knockoff that was called "Clint's Hints".. and yes, I thought of you right away Tekno ;)
Yeah, I was doing the "older brother watching it with the little sister" thing.
...Fine, I admit it, I can't say I dislike the show. Especially since the main character is named 'Timmy' and seems like he's crapped on by everybody. Ok, so I don't get crapped on as much (figuratively, people! ;)) but my name is still Tim, and some relatives still call me 'Timmy' :)
Gonch, you'd be suprised at how popular Scooby is, though, with alot of other kids (may just be some area related things, though). My niece and nephews all are/were crazy bout Scooby (they're growing up now, darn them), and all I see in Southern WV and VA is Scooby stuff. Heck, they just re-released the Scooby toy line not too long ago.
When I worked @ Wallyworld, Scooby was a hot item, and that dosen't even factor the movies in, which were successful with kids (just happened to be working @ a movie theater when the first came out:)).
I can see them re-doing the other scooby themeing, but as for the Haunted Mansions/Castles, I'd say those will remain popular (esp. since they're talking about another Scooby Movie).
If anything, they're rethemeing part of their kids area. Consider that PKD essentially has two kids areas right next to each other: Nick Central and Kidzville. By rethemeing the two coasters that were in the Kidzville area to Nicktoons, they can make the entire area Nick Central...
Worst choice of names for rides in the history of PKD at least so far.
Why not take the PKI approach & rename SGC son of grizzly or grizzly jr. instead? that certainly has a much more appealing ring to it if you ask me.
Ohh wait the worst name for a coaster at PKD is Hurler,they should've named that Firewood:the ride......then again it was a bad decision to even install that pathetic excuse for a coaster in the first place.
I think the main reason the Scooby coaster is getting renamed is because of general guest confusion. Seriously, you have two scooby themed rides basically right next to one another. If you can eliminate that confusion, and work on merging the two kids areas, then that makes life simpler all around.