The Karate Kid comes to Six Flags... sort of
I'd like to thank Theme Park Insider reader M. Ryan Traylor for passing along this photo, which he snapped today of the coaster train on Ninja
at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Gonna let this one slide without comment, mostly because I couldn't possibly come up with anything more clever than what I suspect you'll offer in the comments.
Many Six Flags parks have these. New England has Karate Kid on Pandemonium and Stride gum on Flashback.
Well, the ride is called Ninja, and the movie is 'The Karate Kid' so I think it is more appropriate advertising then placing a movie that has no relation to martial arts. But, I still think this is a bad idea.
Well, I guess I'm somewhat surprised that it's taken a theme park this long before giving in to advertising.
I gotta say, the train skin is a little ridiculous. Especially since there are banners over the entrance sign and all throughout the queue. I just wonder how many people that don't make the climb up the hill for the coaster see the train whizzing pass Arrowhead Splashdown and read the advertising.
I truly despise this choice by Six Flags. As if the parks were not bad enough, they pull this stunt. It is really sad when you see the pink Stride gum wrap on El Toro. :(
I think this is horrible. I pay to go an amusement park; not to have to look at movie posters junking up my park experience.
this new karate kid movie is an abomination. I like jackie chan, but i know pat morita and ralph machio are going to be rolling over in their graves(i know machio is still alive, but his career is dead.)If little jaden's acting is as hammy and smarmy as his dad's, then we are all in for a mind numbing experience. I will not be seeing this movie in a theater and i implore all fans of the original and its better than average sequel to do the same. Hollywood needs to be tought not to mess with true 80's classics. What abhorrent remake will be next? pretty in pink staring miley cyrus? farris bueller staring shia lebeuf? The success of this movie will open a pandora's box of crappy 80's classic reimaginings. I will step off the soap box now but dont think i wont be right back up here if i feel it necessary.
I go for the attractions, not what they look like as far as coloring, advertising, etc. Sounds like a lot of people are ticked about this but for me personal, if it's not changing the ride I guess I don't understand why people are upset.
Can you imagine if the elevator doors in Disney's Tower of Terror closed to reveal an ad telling you to watch Toy Story 3?
Let's not forget that Disney did wrap a WDW monorail in a big ad for the new Tron flick.
Another attempt for them to get a running start coming out of bankruptcy. I really hate it. I didn't pay that money at the entrance to have these things jammed down my throat.
We were there last week and the ads absolutely cover the park, in a bad way. Posters in queue lines, on ride vehicles, trailers playing in monitors including the new huge one by the big fountain at the entrance... At first, it seemed like they were just in the area around Ninja, Tatsu, and other "Asian" type parts of the park, but then, they were popping up everywhere. Far too much promotion for one sleeper movie remake.
Another thing - The whole Karate Kid thing was bad enough in the '80's.
Its also on the Whizzer at Six Flags Great America. Doesn't make much sense there either!
I have no problem with this movie as the trailers actually look good to me. I can't agree with people that say to boycott it. I have no problem with Remakes as long as they're done well. Magnificent Seven, Vanilla Sky, Fistful of Dollars, Italian Job, The Thing, Casino Royale, etc.
They've done it with other coasters around the country too. I get why they are doing it. Money is tight these days, and they need to make more. Selling "space" on a ride that a million people ride every year is indeed one way to generate revenue. Some people might not care that the trains look ridiculous with all the promotional stuff on them, and Six Flags is indeed getting attention for doing it.
Honestly, it makes me want to see the movie less, but I still will ride the coaster!
Again, I guess I don't get what all the hoopla is all about. It's basically a sticker or painting on the front of the car that I'm really not paying attention to.
The ad color scheme makes the carts seem old and dilapidated. Guess they forgot to wax on, wax off.
Again, I don't understand the hatred towards a remake when there have been great remakes/ reboots in Hollywood. For every "Day the Earth Stood Still", there's a "Star Trek"... "I Am Legend", there's "Dawn of the Dead"... or something lame like "King Kong" or "G.I. Joe", there's something good like "Get Smart" or "Dark Knight".
But I will agree that this kind of advertising on a ride is a heartless way to add to a park... it doesn't fit with the theme, and reeks of $ only. Six Flags doesn't seem to be a company that wants to be more than just about $.
I didn't notice any ads on El Toro on Easter Sunday when I got 90 rides on the darn thing. But if there's ads on my Bull now, maybe I should be GLAD I haven't been to Great Adventure since.
At SFOG, Ninja has Axe twist ads, Mindbender has Stride Gum, and GA scorcher has a Georgia Natural Gas Sticker. The first two are hideous, but the GNG trains are really nice, a new blue paint Job for the trains(which was needed). the GNG logo is small on the train, but banners fill up the queue and station. At least the sponsor matches the theme in this case. still sad to see though
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