Published: August 12, 2013 at 1:43 PMDoesn't IP stand for Intellectual Property or is that just in the UK?
Good article about the old arms race and the desperate search for that USP
Published: August 12, 2013 at 1:58 PMActually, Wonder Woman has made her debut at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Wonder Woman: Lasso of Truth is a Super Round-Up. It's not a coaster, but it is an attraction.
Published: August 12, 2013 at 2:21 PMAh, that's right! I can't believe I forgot that one.
I feel comfortable qualifying that as a "non-major" attraction, but, well, it exists.
Published: August 12, 2013 at 2:58 PMIntellectual or independent. I've seen it used either way, depending upon context, of course.
Published: August 12, 2013 at 3:54 PMWell, SON of Beast was a "male themed" ride. (Although - not sure about The Beast - my guess - female).
Published: August 12, 2013 at 4:00 PMI never thought the rides were themed after a male or female. I thought it was neutral or animal or generic or a grand concept. We still refer to the rides as a female or "it".
Published: August 12, 2013 at 4:17 PM@Andy: I was thinking more in terms of humanoid gender-themed attractions, but to be fair -- Cedar Fair didn't build Son of Beast any more than they built the Tomb Raider attractions, right?
@AnonMouse: Sure, the rides are inanimate objects, but the stories behind the rides often feature human (or in this came, human-like) characters. Indiana Jones: The Temple of the Forbidden Eye is certainly an "it," but it's about a male hero saving our tails.
Published: August 12, 2013 at 5:16 PMCedar Fair is just doing this to get some political correctness points. Doesn't anyone remember Schwabinchen at Cedar Point?
Published: August 12, 2013 at 5:22 PMAlthough most of Cedar Fair's coasters are "neutral" and non-gender specific, many are male oriented in terms of interest (Top Thrill Dragster, Flight Deck, Afterburn, Gatekeeper, Patriot, etc.). However, they DO have a few attractions that were named after males that were overlooked:
As for Six Flags, Six Flags New England has Catwoman's Whip, a family coaster that was formerly Poison Ivy's Twisted Train. Both are female villains from Batman. So female themed coasters and rides are indeed more rare, but they do definitely exist.
Published: August 12, 2013 at 5:23 PMDon't forget Catwoman's Whip at Six Flags New England. And while we're at it, apparently the Loch Ness Monster is female so I guess that's one for Busch Gardens Williamsburg as well!
Published: August 12, 2013 at 5:50 PMI thought coasters were generally refereed to with female pronouns like ships.
Then there's Cedar Point, where the fanboys give the coasters pet names like Maggie and Millie :)
Published: August 12, 2013 at 7:54 PMLike I mentioned earlier, I'm prone to ignore non-human-like characters like the Loch Ness Monster, Snoopie, etc; but sure, there's at least an argument to be had there.
The Intimidator coasters are a good point, though -- I had forgotten they were named after Earnhardt.
As far as coasters being "she's" -- while I get where you're coming from, referring to inanimate objects as "she's" does more harm towards women than good because it reinforces the "women are objects" trope; not to mention that these objects are predominantly controlled by men.
Published: August 13, 2013 at 9:19 AMSix Flags was going to name a coaster Banshee about 10 years ago but decided the name was very poorly chosen. It is a Celtic female fairy who wails loudly before someone is to die or even appears as an apparition trying to wash the blood off the soon to be dead person's clothing or armor. I am amazed no one remembered the Six Flags mistake.
Published: August 13, 2013 at 11:17 AMI'm just hoping Kings Island follows through with the theme and installs some big speakers at the top of the lift hill so the Banshee can let out a terrifying scream just as the car drops down the first hill.
Published: August 13, 2013 at 8:56 PMI thought Mantis at Cedar Point was originally called Banshee.