Time to study
Why can’t American things look this happy and joyful?
Disney comes super close, but emphasis on “super close.”
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Notice how The Simpsons have a theme park ride in both Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood and a full length movie. Family Guy has yet to get either of those.
In other words, Homer should have won that fight against Peter since he and his family have made a bigger mark on pop culture so far.
Alright. I live somewhere in the Cincinnati area, so being close to Ohio means there’s a lot of stuff to do around. The best of it lies in the non-resort theme parks of the area, like Kings Island. A lot of childhood and adulthood memories have been made there.
Although it was formerly owned by Paramount, along with several other parks across the country like Great America, Kings Dominion, and more, Cedar Fair, owners of the nearby Cedar Fair, and other parks such as Valleyfair and Knott’s Berry Farm, bought all of Paramount’s parks.
This has done some good, but mostly bad for Kings Island. First of all, I no longer am able to get pictures with my favorite Nicktoons that I grew up with like Spongebob, Patrick, Timmy’s Godparents, and Jimmy Neutron. Now they’ve all been replaced with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang.
It’s not that I don’t like the Peanuts, but I have a more soft spot in my heart from the Nicktoons, and it’s just something I can’t let go of, especially since the poor redesign of the Nickelodeon Universe area into Planet Snoopy has left a lot of details that just make it super quick to recognize as a former home of Nicktoons makes things a lot more annoying.
And on top of that, Paramount was even nice enough to keep ties with Warner Bros, even after the original land based on Hanna Barbara cartoons like Scooby Doo, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Yogi Bear, and others, was replaced by Nick Universe since the Scooby Doo and the Haunted Castle interactive shooter ride continued to be popular.
Cedar Fair made a big mistake in changing the theme to Peanuts, especially since Kings Island and Cedar Point are kind of close to each other. It would have been better marketing to keep things the same at Kings Island.
I’m normally an optimist for things like this, but Scooby Doo has been a part of Kings Island since the park’s opening in the 70s. To remove him from the park was like removing Mickey Mouse from the Disney Parks. And the replacement ride, Boo Blasters on Boo Hill has received a very poor amount of maintenance, and only makes me wish I could travel back in time to the glory days.
And what’s more, when Paramount owned the park, several rides based on films like The Italian Job, Top Gun, Face-Off, Drop Zone, Tomb Raider, and even a water park themed to Crocodile Dundee was made. The only good thing that has come out of the retheming of these rides is that Top Gun is now The Bat, to honor the prototype coaster that it was previously a successor to. On the other hand, Drop Zone and Face-Off have been renamed, but that does not matter primarily because it focuses on elements completely different from their respective films. But several effects like lighting to simulate fire and ice on the Tomb Raider ride were removed to make The Crypt, and as a result, it lost a lot of its thrills. Thankfully, The Italian Job: Stunt Coaster was only renamed to Backlot Stunt Coaster, and the only thing that has changed is that there is no splash effect at the end, but that’s okay.
Just think, if Cedar Fair had kept in touch with Paramount for their properties in their theme parks or not have been sold in the first place, we might have gotten rides based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, Star Trek, and more.
Furthermore, Cedar Fair shut down the Action FX Theater that was known for displaying 3D or standard films with motion simulation. This included SpongeBob SquarePants 3D. It was among my favorites as a kid because it focuses on theming rather than simple thrills. Eventually, the theater was used for a separate-pay dinosaur film to tie in with their animatronic Dinosaurs Alive!exhibit, and there wasn’t even any motion seats! Now the theatre has been closed completely, and there’s no movie being shown at all. What a shame.
Don’t get me wrong, new coasters like Diamondback and Banshee(pictured above) are spectacular, and the park now has more shows than Paramount ever used to hold, but it seems that Cedar Fair relies way too much on thrills than theming. The only time I see extensive amounts of theming are during Halloween, and that sad, because not everyone wants to be scared silly. They want to interact with their favorite characters and experience visiting virtual worlds. The Planet Snoopy area seems bland compared to it’s earlier days, and I can’t help but feel sad for missing not Nickelodeon characters, or Hanna-Barbara characters. Either of those were better than Peanuts. Charlie Brown and Snoopy were big parts of my childhood, but they weren’t among the top parts of it.
You know the reason why Disney and Universal are so successful in theme parks? It’s because they don’t focus on building thrill rides and nothing else. They focus on making rides that not only provide thrills for everyone, but they make rides that deliver an experience. You want to help Peter Pan defeat Captain Hook? You can do that at a Disney Park. You want to help Spider-Man catch some bad guys? You can do that at Islands of Adventure. You want to help Charlie Brown win a baseball game or help Snoopy defeat the Red Baron? Sorry, we can’t deliver that experience. Who needs to have fun with Charlie Brown when you can fly in the air with a train disguised as a snake or a ghost? A lot of people do, Cedar Fair. A lot of people need that.
walking out of a bathroom with no hand dryers like
my anaconda don’t
There is no way Nintendo can top the Final Destination theme from SSBB. Brawl’s theme for the stage must be included as an option for My Music in SSB4.
The Nintendo 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. 4 is hitting stores in North America and Europe this week.
To those of you who have a 3DS and are planning on picking it up, let me know how it is. My priority is the Wii U version, a console which I also don’t own, but I’m looking forward to attempting to try both versions of the game.
Reblog for the last one
it’s a game show where everyone eats the furniture in a room and tries to see which is made of chocolate
So basically you’re telling me this is the best fucking game ever created
Willy Wonka has really done it this time…
this is the most beautiful and amazing thing i have ever read in my entire life and it makes me so so happy
I am now convinced that ANYONE can make it in this world.
when your blog gets popular enough to get anon hate
Titan Costume Party
I’m going to try and draw something up every week for October. I mean I did it last year right? Can’t hurt to try.
This is perfect. And I thought The Avengers drawing she made was epic.
Five Nights at Freddy’s 2: Grand Reopening (2015)
WAIT WHAT? HE UPLOADED ANOTHER PROMO IMAGE?!
WHY DOES IT HAVE TO TAKE SO LONG TO WAIT FOR 2015?!