Also, Carowinds is promoting this as the highest coaster in the southeast. One presumes that Carowinds' version of the southeast does not include Virginia, then.
In terms of Virginia being in the southeast, I'll buy that. I would call it the northern most southern state.
And for those who don't think there is a big culture of NASCAR fandom in VA, you're mistaken. I don't disagree with the perception that two similarly named/designed coasters that close to each other could be problematic, but I don't think that their two markets overlap that much.
The coaster layout looks real similar to Diamondback as stated in the post. Which is good, cause according to all reports, Diamondback is an excellent coaster. Plus, D-back is only 9 hours from my house, much closer than this Imitator... err... Intimidator.
But regardless, focus on the fact that this ride is NEW and not a "hand-me-down" or a prototype and that it is 232 feet tall which is nearly 100ft taller than Afterburn at 144ft, rather than focusing on whether Virginia is in the south or not!
In this economy, a NEW coaster is better than nothing at all! Carowinds could have been on the chopping block!
I do not, however, like the fact that 2 NEW rides in the same company will have the same name (with the exception of KD having 305 attached to it). I think the team at Cedar Fair does need to be more creative!
Thats how I rationalize it, but that my two cents!
I suspect that people in the south (defined as ex-Confederacy) see Virginia as not in the southeast. And that people in the north (defined as the other states) do.
So people in the south see Virginia as not in the south. And people in the north see Virginia as not in the north, either.
So Virginia is... the state nobody else wants to be associated with.
But, from a US Census standpoint, things get a bit interesting:http://www.census.gov/geo/www/us_regdiv.pdf
The country is split into 4 regions, which places Delaware - Florida, and out West from Kentucky - Mississippi in the South. Those regions are split into divisions, which places Virginia in the South Atlantic.
Then me as a New Jersian thinking myself a North Eastern dweller is correct, but my mental placement of the Mid-Atlantic that I grew up with is wrong since it's defined as New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Interesting indeed...
a) Richmond, it's capital, was once the capital of the Confederacyb)fast food restaurant Bojanglesc) south of the Mason-Dixon lined) NASCAR - Richmond International Speedwaye) southern accents (just listen to my parents. I was lucky to not have one)f) home of Robert E. Leeg) at one time Robert E. Lee, Andrew Jackson, and Martin Luther King Jr. holidays were all on the same dayh) decided to have a Confederate History month (and sadly chose March to be that month)i) fried foodsANDj) Wikipedia says so
Also, why name two rides the same in one year. We also don't understand going after the name of someone that has been dead 8 years. Let the man rest in peace.
Not everyone in this area likes NASCAR. It is a dried up and dying series that is not even stable anymore.
Why not get creative and save the money from the liscensing aspect to use for new attractions that are more relavent.
West Virginia: YankeeVirginia: Stars and Bars
Elliot Sadler, Denny Hamlin - two big NASCAR drivers born of that SOUTHERN NASCAR heritage. The good ole boys love these two, but can't stand the likes of Jimmie Johnson from California or Jeff Gordon.
Try to call a Virginian a northerner and see what you get...southeast