View Full Version : whats with the themeing in Amusement Parks?

05-15-2001, 01:17 PM
I just wondered why so many parks(especially Six Flags)theme?I mean it really doesnt matter to me if they do,Im just there to ride the rides and have fun.I have heard lots of people say the themeing in this park s**ks,it needs to get better.I mean I dont see a reasong for themeing,themeing is for birthday partys,Please no one get offended to this post,this is just my personal opinion.Does anyone wanna leave me their opinion?Feel free !!!(sorry if i mispelled themeing)
<BR>"gotta get to the point"<BR><BR><font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Erik Johnson on 2001-05-16 10:32 ]</font>

05-15-2001, 01:59 PM
For me, themeing is important. After a while, a coaster is a coaster is a coaster. On a recent swing through Texas, I rode two dozen different coasters in less than a week.
<BR>Some were mundane. Serial Thriller comes to mind. It was just another SLC. However, Batman or Mr. Freeze or Great White or Roadrunner Express really stand out in my mind.
<BR>To me, an unthemed ride is like kissing a cousin. Maybe your cousin is a hotty and you really enjoy the kiss, but something is missing and I'm not about to go bragging to my friends about it.
<BR>Riding a themed ride is like kissing an international supermodel. It is more memorable and much more fun to brag to your friends about it.
<BR>Maybe I'm just old. When I was a teen, it was only about the ride, the thrill, the height, the speed..... After 30, I started appreciating the whole experience of a well thought out and themed up ride.

05-15-2001, 02:19 PM
Theming really helps you get into the ride not just ride. Would you watch a movie where people sat in front of a white screen and talked?

05-15-2001, 04:13 PM
<BR>Don't you just love sitting on Batwing, looking at a 50s Hollywood Diner, an un-themed SLC, a bunch of midway games, and a Old West themed store.
<BR>Man, Elitch Gardens sucks.

coaster man098
05-15-2001, 04:47 PM
theming mainly keeps you from getting bored in line and gets you preped for the ride. it also adds to the experience (like good acting in a movie). to me theming makes it seem so mcuh cooler because it kinda explains the ride (well, only on well themed rides

05-15-2001, 07:16 PM
It's all a part of the escape from reality. It definitely helps pass the time in a queue line too!
<BR>And to think, someone gets paid to think this theming stuff up! Whatta job!!

05-15-2001, 07:43 PM
Come on! themeing is ome of the most important parts of a park, yea ur there to ride but dont u care about the park atmosphere? What would u rather walk around on, normal concrete or brown paths with fossils carved into it for a jurassic theme? Themeing makes waiting in long lines not that bad, I wish that park chains like Cedar Fair would put more money into themeing rides than into always giving cedar point the tallest & fastest coasters all the time.

05-16-2001, 02:02 AM
Theming can be good. but I don't personally consider the most important thing. I think an awesome ride is more important. The theming for Batman: The Ride is cool, although I went there today and it was really hot. The part where you walk through the steel tunnel was like a sauna. The thing is painted black to fit the batman theme, so of course it absorbs all the heat. That's one incident when theming goes bad... it almost sounds like a fox TV show
<BR>When good ride theming goes bad LOL

05-16-2001, 12:56 PM
All kids know make-believe is fun. As Adults, we still need fun but we often don't allow ourselves the pleasure.
<BR>Theming in parks is there to help us get in touch with our inner child. It makes us imagine we are somewhere exotic. Plus, it gives you something to look at while you are standing in line.

05-16-2001, 01:41 PM
Bad theming really stands out. Perfect example...SF Astroworld...Mayan Mindbender in the middle of Oriental Village. I hate it when parks do that! <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif">

Jonathan Gelert
05-16-2001, 02:31 PM
Or Panda Express in Baja Ridge at SFMM.