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What's in a name?

Are there any rides or attractions that you feel would benefit from a name change ?

From Rob P
Posted January 4, 2011 at 12:05 PM
Robert Niles' latest editorial ( nice vid by the way ) posed the question of whether or not "Cheetah Hunt" was a suitable name for Busch Gardens' newest coaster.

It got me thinking about some of the existing rides and attractions and whether any of us think we can come up with better names for them.

Most of them probably describe the experience pretty well and would be difficult to improve upon ( Splash Mountain is a prime example )

But if you were given that authority what would ones might you re-name and why ?


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From TH Creative
Posted January 4, 2011 at 5:22 PM
I sooooooooooooooooooooo want to post something here ... but I am going to keep my mouth shut.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted January 4, 2011 at 6:11 PM
Jungle Cruise should be renamed "Watch Out for Flying Hippos!"

Sorry TH!

From Victoria Jurkowski
Posted January 4, 2011 at 8:11 PM
I don't know what I'd name it, but I think California Screamin' should get a new name to fit in with the elegant victorian boardwalk theme. The sound of the name, and especially that pesky lack of g, doesn't fit the time period or feel that the refurb is bringing to the area in my opinion.

From Tim W
Posted January 4, 2011 at 9:08 PM
Well of course there is DINOSAUR that could use a new name....Oh wait, it had a good name before that name became extinct.

From Meow Mix
Posted January 4, 2011 at 9:49 PM
Great topic! I'm still cognitively incapable of understanding "Space Mountain," but the name endures and is perfect in its weirdness.

Because I like brevity, I would replace "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" with Hogsmeade and "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" with Hogwarts. Hermione plays a bigger role than Harry in the ride, anyway.

"Twister - Ride it Out" is horrendous. How about just Twister? And please remove the exclamation mark from "Disaster!" Along those lines, please remove "The Ride" or "4D" from all attractions. The former is redundant and the latter makes no sense.

From Terri Pierce
Posted January 5, 2011 at 9:37 PM
The Simpson's Ride--->>> Back to the Future.

done.

From Jesse Key
Posted January 7, 2011 at 1:34 PM
Meow Mix (great screen name btw)..... You would have done well in my Business Communications course..... It seemed to focus on keeping things short and simple a lot, and trimming any extra wording. I do think long names get shortened by the consumer anyway; Even when things get named a long name a lot of people will start calling it something shorter anyway and know what each other are talking about still.

I am not a fan of when they pick a name that is not easy for the masses where the park is located to figure out how to pronounce as it was intended to be right away. Busch Gardens for example seems to have some rides that seem like some people (possibly including myself) would need someone to tell them how it's suppose to be pronounced before they start saying it a lot....(names like Sheikra) lol.

From Walee d
Posted January 7, 2011 at 2:06 PM
The Great movie ride = The Old Movie Ride

From Hermione Potter
Posted January 7, 2011 at 7:20 PM
It's a Small World = Hell on Earth

Seriously though, Pteranedon Flyers is the worst named attraction in history. Watching newcomers to the park try to pronounce it off the map always cracks me up. "puhtuhraneedone...peter aneedon... pandon...that p ride looks fun"

From Rob P
Posted January 8, 2011 at 4:11 AM
Is Hermione taking the "P" out of Pteradon Flyers ?

From Mike Gallagher
Posted January 8, 2011 at 5:19 AM
Hermione said: "It's a Small World = Hell on Earth"

I'm mad at you now, Hermione...you made my sides hurt.

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