Why does Six Flags use superheros for ride names?

Tuesday, July 17, 2001 2:53 PM
Why does Six Flags name all there rides after Bat Man or Superman. Why can't they come up with something original. I just can't imagine a 3 rollercoasters with the name Millenium Force, Magnum, or Gemini out there. That would really suck! I mean come on lets not hype the ride up with some cartoon character. Let the ride speak for itself.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 2:57 PM
So that they can sell the same t shirts everywhere. (they dont have to make different designs) They can sell Superman 'S' T shirts at every park that contains a superman ride. They only have to make one batch of T's for ALL the clones. And other merchandise for that matter.
Other than that, I dunno.. maybe reuse footage on commercials?

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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 3:08 PM
Because they own the rights to Warner Brothers movies/characters, right? Thats why why they use Bugs Bunny and all that.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 3:41 PM
I personally like the superhero themed rides. Some of them make you feel as if you are that superhero.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 3:58 PM
Its called "marketing" and it is something you do to get consumers to identify with and desire your product. This also includes the savings in cross-park merchandising coo man chu mentioned.


What a surprise, here is Just Coasting taking another indirect shot at SFWoA. Yesterday it was the trash, today its the names of the rides. What will it be tomorrow Just Coasting? Do us all a favor and throw your annual pass away so we don't have to hear it. Just pretend all SF parks don't exist and then maybe you can live a happy life on the back road to Cedar Point.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 4:04 PM
Just Coasting,
why does Cedar Point name one of there coasters after a date (millennium force)? why does Busch Gardens name their coaster after a myth (loch ness monster)? Why does everyone of those rollercoasters that feature the corkscrew need to be called The Corkscrew? Well SF name their coasters after super heros because the super heros make good names, just like Millennium Force is a good name and so is Loch Ness Monster.

ALSO why is SF getting burnt? IOA uses a super hero names (The Incredible Hulk)
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 5:19 PM
I was thinking... When SF takes over the world and has a park every 10 miles, don't you think bugs bunny and batman will get a little boring? I'm sure a lot of people are already bored from it, including a lot of the GP. I have 4, soon to be 5 SF parks within a 6 hour drive from me. Maybe they should leave out the superheros with some of the parks. I'm sure they find somthing else to market as well.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 6:44 PM

Coastercraver said:
"Because they own the rights to Warner Brothers movies/characters, right? Thats why why they use Bugs Bunny and all that.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 6:50 PM
Maybe the names "excite" the GP. Six Flags has other names for coaster (Nitro, Medusa, Raging Bull, Shockwave, Vertical Velocity, Iron Wolf, Mind Eraser, Boomerang): that is just to name a few.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 6:59 PM
StealthmF5m3, you make a good point. I myself don't find the names boring, the most boring one at SFGAm is Demon, and it's still not very boring. So what if SF uses the license they have? Isn't that why they have the license to name things after characters? To name things after things people remember? Thats what I thought they were for.
Just Coasting, I wonder, do you bash everything unoriginal? Do you bash Interplay and Activision for making Star Trek themed games? Do you bash McDonalds for naming everything "McThis and McThat"? They name things after those things because they are licensed to do so, and it helps people remember it. Why would anyone waste thier money by buying a license to name something after a famous super hero, show, game, movie, or whatnot?
Oh, and about imaginging Millennium and Magnum... There is Millennium Force, and Millennium Roller Coaster, as far as Magnum goes, Magnum XL-200 and Magnum Force. And how about Gemini? At the same park, there is Gemini Jr. Should I go and complain that CP can't even name a coaster originally, and they are so bad that they name it after one already in their park?

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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 8:13 PM
I just wish that McDonalds would build a McCoaster:). Really I don't I just wanted to say McCoaster.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 8:30 PM
Six Flags uses these names over & over for two reasons:

1) They have the rights to these characters and get PAID to put these names on rides. If they call a ride "Superman" that's a whole lot of advertisement for that name.

2) As difficult as this is for many "enthusiasts" to comprehend, 99% of the general public have no idea that there are clone rides, or clone names! Most people in New England know of only one Superman. Ditto for other locales.

P.S. Why does no one complain of all the coasters named "Comet"? Why does no one complain that every damn tilt-a-whirl is named "Tilt-A-Whirl"? (Sorry. Pet peeve.)

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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 8:30 PM

I dont know. I mean, everyone hates it so much. I think its kinda neat and cool and exciting when new Batman rides or Superman rides or whatever come out. Its kind of fun. Batman Knight Flight, Riddler's Revenge, Batwing.... etc...
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 8:34 PM
I really dont understand why people get worked up over coaster names. Does it really bother you when visiting a park? Do you boycott all coasters named Batman and Superman? If you do, than you have issues that none of here can help you with. This "beating a dead horse" topic is now retired.

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