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Robert Niles

Survivor: The Ride debuts at Paramount's Great America

Published: April 20, 2006 at 9:40 AM

I've haven't made my way up to the Bay Area yet this year, but I wanted to note that Survivor: The Ride, the Zampera Disk'o Coaster, has opened at Paramount's Great America, in Santa Clara.

This is the first attraction themed to the highly popular reality TV show, though it is a straight-up thrill ride, and does not (necessarily) involve any of the political back-stabbing and skimpy clothing that's made the TV show so popular.

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Replies (4)

Gareth H

Published: April 20, 2006 at 1:32 PM

This sounds really bad!! Surely this could be the worst themeing ever???
Chris P.

Published: April 20, 2006 at 5:21 PM

When looking at the pictures of the ride, the theming is very dull compared to the artist's renderings.
Chris Walton

Published: April 20, 2006 at 6:20 PM

Reality television shows are difficult to convert into successful theme park attractions(especially rides),the only exception I've seen to date is Fear Factor at USF.
Derek Potter

Published: April 20, 2006 at 8:31 PM

Naming this ride after Survivor has got to be one of the worst ideas in theme park history. What could they have been thinking here. The Zamperla Disko has absolutely nothing in common with, and nothing to do with Survivor. Paramount has a knack for sometimes slapping one of their brands on a ride that really has no merit. Some of the Kings Island rides are a stretch. Face Off really has nothing to do with the movie, but the riders do face each other on the coaster. Congo Falls...nothing to do with the movie Congo, but ok. Renaming the Beastie the Fairly Odd Coaster is a stretch to the last thread, but to go with the Nickelodeon theme...I guess so.

The Survivor "theme" though, is quite lame. They would have been better off naming it spinnarooni. What possible ties could they have come up with. I bet I can tell you how many. It's just a feeble attempt to crosspromote. Not much has changed for Great America..they still seem to be getting the short end of the stick from Paramount.

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