Published: August 12, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Doesn'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

Kurt Dahlin

Published: August 12, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Actually, 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.
Jacob Sundstrom

Published: August 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Ah, 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.

Robert Niles

Published: August 12, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Intellectual or independent. I've seen it used either way, depending upon context, of course.
Andy Guinigundo

Published: August 12, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Well, SON of Beast was a "male themed" ride. (Although - not sure about The Beast - my guess - female).
Anon Mouse

Published: August 12, 2013 at 4:00 PM

I 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".
Jacob Sundstrom

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 PM

Cedar Fair is just doing this to get some political correctness points. Doesn't anyone remember Schwabinchen at Cedar Point?
David Hahner

Published: August 12, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Although 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:
Intimidator at Carowinds and Intimidator 305 were named after NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt, Snoopy's Flying ACE and Woodstock Express (at various CF parks), are named after male animal cartoon characters from Peanuts, and Zach's Zoomer at Michigan's Adventure is named after the park's former owner's grandson. Not many, I agree, but there are a few. Banshee may indeed be their first coaster named after a female.

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.

Aaron McConnell

Published: August 12, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Don'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!
Aaron McMahon

Published: August 12, 2013 at 5:50 PM

I 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 :)

Jacob Sundstrom

Published: August 12, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Like 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 AM

Six 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.
Rod Whitenack

Published: August 13, 2013 at 11:17 AM

I'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 PM

I thought Mantis at Cedar Point was originally called Banshee.