Archive: May, 2007

CoasterBuzz Podcast #76 - May 28, 2007

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posted by Jeff | Tuesday, May 29, 2007, 6:31 PM | comments: 0

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

  • The gang manages to get out into the world and ride some new stuff.
  • Greg reports long lines and positive reviews from Busch Gardens Europe and the new Griffon.
  • Gonch says that Firehawk at Kings Island so far has problems similar to those it had at Geauga Lake.
  • Mike is impressed with the Wiggles at Six Flags Great America.
  • Jeff and Gonch score laps on Maverick at Cedar Point, which opened earlier than expected after modifications. We like it. We like it a lot.
  • Jeff loves Renegade too at Valleyfair. Is Jeff turning into Paul Ruben?
  • Jeff also digs the Park at The Mall of America, and the aquarium.
  • Smoke-free at Indiana Beach. Gonch comments about how things have changed culturally so quickly.
  • The food pricing at Cedar Fair parks is out of control this year, and this coming from the guys who pay whatever they have to pay.
  • Mike is amused by all of the advertising at Six Flags Great America, but at least we can see that these "partnerships" really exist.
  • Conneaut Lake: Mostly dead is slightly alive?
  • Some of the coasters in Japan are scary for the wrong reasons. Greg has cheated death.

CoasterBuzz Podcast #75 - May 21, 2007

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posted by Jeff | Monday, May 21, 2007, 6:50 PM | comments: 0

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

  • Six Flags New England neighbors complain about traffic.
  • Is it OK for state governments to fund private projects like amusement parks?
  • The PBA at Six Flags St. Louis. Pro bowlers used to be fat and not good for TV.
  • Cedar Point food pricing sure is out of control.
  • Tony Hawk theme on a spinning coaster? You bet, and it really works.
  • Six Flags Over Georgia is 40, and seems to be one of the gems in the chain.
  • WSJ reviews some VIP programs. Yes, we knew Six Flags was under-pricing it.
  • Geauga Lake gets scaled down, but we're excited that Villain got some off-season love.
  • Gonch saw Quiet Riot at Conneaut Lake once.
  • Cedar Point is actually expanding its hours this week. Clearly the Maverick "issue" isn't an issue at all.
  • The Oakwood Hydro accident is still under investigation? Are you kidding?
  • Jeff is excited to ride Renegade.

CoasterBuzz Podcast #74 - May 14, 2007

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posted by Jeff | Sunday, May 13, 2007, 11:30 PM | comments: 0

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

  • Cedar Point's Tony Clark talks about the delayed opening of Maverick.
  • Nickelodeon license will persist at Carowinds. It sure would be cool if they would license for the rest of the Cedar Fair parks as well.
  • The Expoland accident was attributed to axles that were never replaced. Greg has been on the ride, and has no love for it.
  • Gilroy Gardens may be sold to the city, which we're all for if it prevents "mixed use" development.
  • Rye Playland goes smoke-free. Gonch the smoker is growing accustomed to the anti-smoking culture, and expects to last only to age 60.
  • Disney profits up on resort revenue. The places on International Drive are apparently a dump, so why wouldn't you stay with the rat?
  • Is Son of Beast going to be interesting at all when it re-opens?
  • Viacom and its Paramount Pictures division wants to open a park in Korea. This is a growth opportunity in a new market, something the US parks could never be.
  • Legoland project outside of Kansas City gets its day for public debate.
  • Zingo comes down at Bell's. Still no fight, and nobody got sued. What's wrong with that picture?
  • Playland is also offering some new food choices, going the healthier route. Believe it or not, eating right is a lifestyle. Jeff notes he's still not pleased about choices at Cedar Point.
  • Renegade is getting rave reviews so far at Valleyfair, some even better than Thunderhead. Is the enthusiast audience fickle when they choose their favorites.
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CoasterBuzz Podcast #73 - May 7, 2007

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posted by Jeff | Monday, May 7, 2007, 6:39 PM | comments: 0

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

  • Conneaut Lake is trying to raise money with commemorative coins. They're a long way off thus far.
  • Entering a low zone while a ride is operating seems like a bad idea, so why does someone die this way every year or two?
  • Epcot restaurants are getting a makeover. We realize now that much of that side of the park had not been updated in decades.
  • What do you do when your property tax begins to overwhelm your existing business?
  • Detroit waterfront gets a carousel, it still scares Jeff.
  • Universal Studios Dubai announced. Dubai is becoming the Caribbean for Europe.
  • Wild West World opens, and we're betting it will be successful.
  • Kennywood expands its portfolio with another kid-centric property. Gonch likes Fred Rogers.
  • Dick Kinzel and the state of Cedar Fair. Is he a bit too focused on Cedar Point? Also: Geauga Lake's future, Ohio park differentiation, and the Nickelodeon license.
  • Disney cuts smoking in the resorts on their own, sans legislation. We like that.
  • Expoland in Japan has a fatal accident as an axle fails on stand-up coaster.
  • PointBuzz has coverage of Maverick's media day on Thursday.
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