Could the name Griffon ultimately become no more than a mere consideration for Busch Gardens Europe's 2007 attraction?
Twelve days after applying to trademark the name Griffon for an amusement park ride, Busch Entertainment has filed two more name possibilities for the Williamsburg park's new coaster.
In applications dated July 24, Busch filed for rights to the namesIronEagle and Voltare.
The former name would fit with the theme that Busch Gardens has hinted at in posting teaser signs around the construction site bearing what appears to be the talon of an eagle. The nameIron Eagle was utilized for a thrill ride at Six Flags America in Maryland until that attraction was removed this season.
It can be assumed that the name Voltare would accompany a unique French theme conceived by the park. Research into the word "voltare" uncovers few results at first, the most similar word being the name of eighteenth-century French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire. However, one translation states that "voltare" means "to turn."
Busch Entertainment is known for filing more than one name possibility for a new coaster. Prior to deciding on the name SheiKra for sister park Busch Gardens Africa's 2005 coaster, Busch applied to use the alternate spelling Sheekra.
These new possibilities will only add fuel to the fires of speculation raging on around the newest coaster from a park known for excellence. However, speculation will be put to rest come August 23, the date of Busch Gardens Europe's official announcement.