Some may not do not forget that at one cut-off date Paramount had a sequence of theme parks throughout North America. The parks supplied varied rides and points of interest that had been themed after movies and television reveals, in addition to, all authentic points of interest that pushed the boundaries in what you could possibly anticipate from curler coasters. The parks had been in operation for about 13 years as Paramount drained to compete with Disney and Common. In some methods they did and a few methods they didn’t.
Let’s take a dive into the historical past of the Paramount Parks.
In 1993 Paramount had acquired a sequence of theme parks from King’s Leisure Firm, or KECO, a department of Taft Broadcasting (then proprietor of Hanna-Barbara and Ruby-Spears). These parks consisted of King’s Island in Cincinnati, Ohio, King’s Dominion in Doswell, Virginia, Carowinds in simply outdoors Charlotte, North Carolina alongside the North Carolina-South Carolina boarder, Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, Ontario and Nice America in Santa Clara, California.
Paramount determined to accumulate the theme parks to try to observe Disney’s instance of selling movies and tv reveals by theme parks. Disney in fact was well-known for this, as was Common, and Warner Brothers had only recently started a partnership with Six Flags to do the identical factor, so why not Paramount?
Within the deal Paramount was allowed to maintain the assorted, present Hanna-Barbara themed points of interest. Quickly after the acquisition Paramount started including extra curler coaster points of interest themed after their movies and reveals like High Gun, The Outer Limits and The Italian Job.
A yr later, in 1994, Paramount was acquired by Viacom and shortly after Viacom started including points of interest themed after varied Nickelodeon reveals equivalent to Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys and SpongeBob SquarePants. The SpongeBob SquarePants attraction was a 4-D attraction.
Video of the SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D Journey
Paramount would proceed so as to add new rides, particularly curler coasters, to compete with Cedar Honest and Six Flags. Rides like: Stealth (Nice America), HyperSonic XLC (King’s Dominion) and Volcano: The Blast (King’s Dominion). Not all coasters had been successes although, because the notorious Son of Beast coaster at King’s Island was an entire catastrophe.
One well-liked experience at each King’s Island and King’s Dominion was a experience themed after the 2001 movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. This experience that felt like one thing you’d see at Common, exhibiting that Paramount was certainly desiring to compete with the bigger parks.
Aspect word: This experience was a private favourite of mine as a child when visiting King’s Island.
Paramount Parks had been doing nicely with a mixed 12 Million visitors a yr, however all that got here to an finish in 2006 when Viacom and CBS determined to separate off into two separate corporations. Within the break up CBS was awarded the Theme Park Division, however that they had no real interest in the parks as they needed to give attention to tv and radio. They shortly put the parks up on the market and by June of 2006 Cedar Honest stepped in and acquired the parks.
At this cut-off date Cedar Honest already had seven parks, so including 5 extra parks practically doubled their operations. Over time the Paramount/Nickelodeon/Hanna-Barbera themed points of interest had been re-themed to not embody copyrighted materials, and even some rides, equivalent to Tomb Raider, had been completely closed.
In the present day Cedar honest nonetheless owns and operates the 5 parks and so they nonetheless see a good quantity of visitors every season. Viacom and CBS remerged in 2019 to kind ViacomCBS and have since gone into licensing their properties to different worldwide theme parks, such because the upcoming London Resort in the UK. They could doubtlessly license extra of their IPs to Common Studios Orlando within the upcoming Epic Universe enlargement.
It’s kinda humorous when you concentrate on it. It’s like if two folks received a divorce, one received the automobile and bought it then they remarried, all you get is a headache and they’re now are down a automobile.
Did you ever go to these parks each time they had been opened by Paramount? What had been your favourite experiences?
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