Archive: May, 2006

CoasterBuzz Podcast #34 - May 29, 2006

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posted by Jeff | Monday, May 29, 2006, 2:19 PM | comments: 0

Jeff, Mike and Pat review this week's news in the amusement industry.

  • The big news: Cedar Fair acquires Paramount Parks.
  • LeSourdsville Lake will remain closed forever.
  • A new movie studio and theme park? In Connecticut?
  • Holiday World getting fabulous, national press for The Voyage.
  • Disney unloads some land in Central Florida.
  • Protester granted right to complain in front of Six Flags Marine World.
  • Valleyfair's Wild Thing has a freak accident, no one is hurt seriously.
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CoasterBuzz Podcast #33 - May 22, 2006

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posted by Jeff | Sunday, May 21, 2006, 11:27 PM | comments: 0

Jeff, Mike and Pat review this week's news in the amusement industry.

  • Chicago area family parks struggle for various reasons. Mike says there is room for these parks, but they don't do a good job of marketing themselves.
  • Jeff's mom thinks SeaWorld Orlando is cool. The new whale show has opened.
  • Orlando parks struggle to find workers. Is the pay an issue?
  • More on the Oakwood Hydro death. Very sad every time it comes up. The blame game is in motion.
  • Michigan's Adventure will get a water line, and they opened Grand Rapid, their new river ride.
  • Joyland: What's up with these small park operators and opposing forces?
  • Gurnee wants to tack on another buck for Six Flags Great America parking.
  • The big news: There is some evidence that Cedar Fair may be considering purchasing Paramount Parks. However, the alleged statement in the Toledo newspaper from Dick Kinzel was likely taken out of context.
  • BeastBuzz is coming up at Paramount's Kings Island on June 17. Sign up today!

CoasterBuzz Podcast #32 - May 15, 2006

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posted by Jeff | Tuesday, May 16, 2006, 10:50 PM | comments: 0

Jeff and Pat review this week's news in the amusement industry.

  • Disney closes deal to buy Pixar, Steve Jobs owns 7% of Disney.
  • Six Flags teams up with Home Depot. Pat says it's another way of getting the brand in front of people.
  • Six Flags revenue down for quarter, per capita spending up. We told you so.
  • Minor fireworks accident at Universal Orlando. Kind of scary.
  • Two new indoor water park resorts coming to Chicago. What does that mean for the Dells?
  • Disney profit up on TV shows and strong theme park performance. Sure is a turn around from the post-9/11 decline.
  • Track for Cedar Point's 2007 coaster is already there, and everyone has seen it. The hype for CP rides is ridiculous.
  • Six Flags Astroworld site sells for $77 million. Was the sale a good idea?
  • Goliath opens at La Ronde.
  • BeastBuzz is coming up at Paramount's Kings Island on June 17. Sign up today!

CoasterBuzz Podcast #31 - May 8, 2006

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posted by Jeff | Monday, May 8, 2006, 10:48 PM | comments: 0

Jeff, Mike and Greg review this week's news in the amusement industry.

  • Not a single mention of Six Flags this episode!
  • Mason considers taxing Paramount's Kings Island admission. Biting the hand that feeds?
  • Cedar Fair revenue down in first quarter, in part because of soft occupancy at Castaway Bay.
  • More borrowing drama for Conneaut Lake. They can't keep borrowing forever.
  • Big S&S swings open at Cedar Point and Kennywood. Much better rides than we thought!
  • We tried HD video from Cedar Point's media day, and passed 59 gigs of data through our server in one day!
  • Motionless Mission: Space. What's the point?
  • Kentucky TV station loses defamation suit. You have to be pretty stupid to get into that situation.
  • The Voyage opens at Holiday World. Haven't found anyone say anything bad about it yet.
  • Please... if you want to join CoasterBuzz Club for entry to events coming in the next few weeks, don't wait!
  • BeastBuzz is coming up at Paramount's Kings Island on June 17. Sign up today!

CoasterBuzz Podcast #30 - May 1, 2006

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posted by Jeff | Monday, May 1, 2006, 10:13 PM | comments: 0

Jeff, Pat and Mike review this week's news in the amusement industry.

  • The Voyage begins. It sure looks fast!
  • CoasterBuzz Club memberships: Don't wait!
  • Aquarium scores big in downtown Atlanta.
  • Six Flags Over Georgia has a record spring break.
  • Conneaut Lake in danger of not opening. How many times can they get by like this?
  • Six Flags home base split between New York City and Texas.
  • Euro Disney continues to tank. How is Europe's biggest tourist attraction not able to pull off a profit?
  • Cedar Point drops food prices. We wonder how this will help overall, and if anyone else will follow that lead.
  • Mike says that so far the new emphasis on service and experience is evident at Six Flags Great America.
  • Libertyland property in a state of chaos.
  • BeastBuzz is coming up at Paramount's Kings Island on June 17. Sign up today!