Cedar Fair Dark Rides...How Should They Be Themed?

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Cedar Fair Dark Rides...How Should They Be Themed?

Post by Paul Drabek » Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:43 am

In a recent article Matt Ouimet the CEO of Cedar Fair commented on how he would like to add an interactive dark ride to each of the Cedar Fair parks like Voyage to the Iron Reef at Knott's Berry Farm and the Wonder Mountain Guardian.

I think every park should have a dark ride of some sort or another. They are rides that pretty much everyone in the family can ride, they appeal to all ages and they are just damn fun. So the question is with two dark rides customized to their park out there what sort of a story/theme would you add to your local (or faraway) Cedar Fair Park?

Mine is simple. The theming for Worlds of Fun is based on Jules Verne's book "Around The World In 80 Days". A perfect dark ride for WOF should be based on the adventures of the fictional Phileas Fogg and the real Nelly Bly as they go around the world in 80 days.

Cedar Point should go with some sort of a Lake Erie/underwater civilization theme like Voyage To The Iron Reef at Knotts as the park sits out in Lake Erie.

Being up in the north Valleyfair should go with a Paul Bunyan/Babe The Blue Ox theme.

Kings Island should put it where the old Tomb Raider ride was and make it about a journey into the woods where you encounter " The Beast". It might be a bit dark of a theme but as much as Ohioans are I to that ride they would eat it up.

That is all I could come up with right now. What sort of themes for an interactive dark ride at a Cedar Fair park can you come up with?

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Re: Cedar Fair Dark Rides...How Should They Be Themed?

Post by detigerfan » Thu Apr 16, 2015 8:19 am

California's Great America should get something Gold Rush/Gold Mine themed

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Post by Spencerman » Thu Apr 16, 2015 2:52 pm

I love all of the above!

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Post by Vonni » Fri Apr 17, 2015 2:05 am

I concur with Spencerman!

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Post by Paul Drabek » Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:10 pm

detigerfan wrote:California's Great America should get something Gold Rush/Gold Mine themed

That is an AWESOME idea. Also welcome to the Negative-G Forums Detigerfan. Come and join us in chat some Wednesday or Sunday evening.
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Post by bratman » Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:23 pm

For Cedar Point, there are legends of a monster in Lake Erie - the local hockey team in Cleveland is indeed called the Lake Erie Monsters - so I would go with that theme.

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Post by Paul Drabek » Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:56 pm

bratman wrote:For Cedar Point, there are legends of a monster in Lake Erie - the local hockey team in Cleveland is indeed called the Lake Erie Monsters - so I would go with that theme.
Oohhhh yeah that would be cool?

What parks do we have left...we need something for Carowinds and Kings Dominion and whoever is left.
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Post by Spencerman » Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:36 am

Carowinds could have a hornet theme, with masses flying all over. Fury could be some sort of a boss.

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Post by johnny.ink » Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:14 pm

Poor Michigan's Adventure.

You could do something Native American related or wilderness related since that park is on what was a reservation. As wella s being close to the lake and woods.

King's Dominion could be themed to King Arthur's Court.

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Post by Raptor29 » Fri May 22, 2015 6:33 pm

A great idea for a MiA dark ride would be to set it in the Upper Penninsula theme, as there's waterfalls and a "mountain" or two up there. At some point, they could incorporate our copper mines into it as well.
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