Thursday, January 28, 2016

"Survivor: The Ride"

One of the more bizarre television tie-ins was Survivor: The Ride at Paramount's Great America. Since CBS and Paramount were part of the same corporate family, it seemed like a no brainer to open up something themed to the network's hit reality show.

This being Paramount Parks, however, the ride itself left a lot to be desired. It was merely a "Disk-O" style ride with random Survivor theming bolted to it. The ride could have just as easily been themed to be a CSI centrifuge or Hawaii Five-Oh Oh!

When Viacom foolishly split itself up just because Wall Street investors thought they should do it, Paramount Parks ended up, oddly, in an entirely different company than Paramount Pictures. CBS chose to sell the parks off and the new owners chose not to keep any of the licensed characters or attractions. Survivor: The Ride quickly became Tiki Twirl.