Roller Coasters; what’s in a name?



When Coney Island’s Luna Park opened the season last month, it rewarded the first customers to show up with a free ride on the Cyclone, the park’s historic roller coaster.  Everybody was excited until the coaster got stuck near the top and riders had to walk down the coaster to reach the ground.

Here is how the New York Post reporters Ben Feuerherd and Chris Perez put it in an article a week later with this awkward headline:  “Seven People Stuck on Coney Island’s Cyclone Ride It Safely:” 

Seven roller-coaster fans trapped on Coney Island’s legendary Cyclone just six days ago were first on line Saturday when the iconic thrill ride reopened.

“That was epic! I’m feeling great,” one of them, Adam Meyers, 17, said moments after getting off the historic Brooklyn landmark.

More than a dozen thrill seekers were forced to walk down a 60-degree slope when the ride broke down on its season-opening run.

“We survived!” David ­Zubin, 24, shouted Saturday.

“Cyclone 7!” his fellow “survivors’’ chanted.

“Absolutely awesome,” said Joseph Saulo, 33. “I can tell New Yorkers, don’t be afraid of the Cyclone.”

They love the fear as that seems to be the nature of roller coaster fans everywhere.  But what draws fans to ride particular roller coasters?  Is it the name or is it the ride?  One way to find out was to see how many roller coasters pay for licensing rights to a Superman or Grover (yes, Sesame Street’s Grover is the marquis name for “Air Grover” at Tampa’s Busch Garden.) 

I did some research and found a wonderful list of the world’s roller coasters at the appropriately named “” website.  The list was composed of 1101 rides (I counted them so you don’t have to).  I had not idea there were so many.


I checked to see which licenses were favored for roller coasters.  There was of course Batman and Superman but there was also Jimmy Neutron, Mighty Mouse, Snoopy and even Speedy Gonzalez.  Yet coasters with licensed names amounted to roughly only 5% of the full list

That tells me that the excitement of the ride and not the name is the draw, at least when it comes to roller coasters.  But when I checked out the names, and there are lots of them, some of them were pretty cool.

I will write about that in my next posting. 

In the meantime, as a public service to Global Toy News readers,  I picked out this list of licensed roller coasters and where they are located: 

Air Grover Busch Gardens Tampa

Batman la Fuga Parque Warner Madrid

Batman The Ride Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Batman The Ride Six Flags Great Adventure

Batman The Ride Six Flags Great America

Batman The Ride Six Flags Magic Mountain

Batman The Ride Six Flags Mexico

Batman The Ride Six Flags New England

Batman The Ride Six Flags Over Georgia

Batman The Ride Six Flags Over Texas

Batman The Ride Six Flags St. Louis

Battlestar Galactica Cyclon Universal Studios Singapore

Battlestar Galatica Human Universal Studios Singapore

Ben 10 – Ultimate Mission Drayton Manor Park

Goofy's Sky School Disney California Adventure

Harry Potter and the Escape from GringottsUniversal Studios Florida

Hydra The Revenge Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

Incredible Hulk Universal's Islands of Adventure

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril Disneyland Paris

Jimmy Neutron's Atomic Flyer Movie Park Germany

Joker Six Flags Mexico

LEGO® Technic Test Track LEGOLAND Florida

Mighty Mouse Funtown Amusement Pier

Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast Six Flags Over Texas

Mr. Freeze Six Flags St. Louis

Pepsi Max Big One Pleasure Beach Blackpool

Pepsi Python Coney Island

Road Runner Express Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Road Runner Express Six Flags Magic Mountain

Road Runner Railway Six Flags Great Adventure

Road Runner Rollercoaster Warner Bros. Movie World

Roadrunner Express Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster Warner Bros. Movie World

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Disney's Magic Kingdom

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Disneyland Shanghai

Snoopy's Great Race Universal Studios Japan

Spacely's Sprocket Rockets Six Flags Great America

Speedy Gonzales Cavallino Matto

Speedy Gonzales Clacton Pier

Speedy Gonzales Family Kingdom Amusement Park

Sponge Bob SquarePants Rock Bottom PlungeNickelodeon Universe

Superman El Ultimo Escape Six Flags Mexico

Superman Escape Warner Bros. Movie World

Superman Krypton Coaster Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Superman Parque Warner Madrid

Superman Ride Of Steel Six Flags America

Superman Ultimate Flight Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Superman Ultimate Flight Six Flags Great Adventure

Superman Ultimate Flight Six Flags Great America

Superman Ultimate Flight Six Flags Over Georgia

Superman: Escape From Krypton Six Flags Magic Mountain

The Dark Knight Six Flags Great Adventure

The Dark Knight Six Flags Great America

The Dark Knight Six Flags Mexico

The Riddler's Revenge Six Flags Magic Mountain

Tom y Jerry Parque Warner Madrid

Wile E. Coyote Canyon Blaster Six Flags Over Georgia

Wile E. Coyote's Grand Canyon Blaster Six Flags Over Texas

Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster Universal Studios Florida


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