Archive: November, 2009

CoasterBuzz Podcast #164 - November 23, 2009

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posted by Jeff | Monday, November 23, 2009, 12:09 AM | comments: 0

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

  • Jeff drove 2,400 miles, stopped at Mount Rushmore. No one got his "robots from space" thing, even after showing the original.
  • Former Six Flags execs invest in water park, humorously suggest that Six Flags was just fine when they were booted out.
  • Tom and Huck are River Blasting through Silver Dollar City. These things are like the new flume.
  • Hooray for New Jersey, with no serious accidents! At least it was a positive story.
  • Wildebeest will be featured on a National Geographic show. Jeff got the headline wrong and no one even noticed.
  • Timberliners are coming to The Voyage at Holiday World. They're designed in the modern times! (See video with Mike Graham, at about 5:14.)
  • Southern Star loses the Nickelodeon license. Who saw that coming?
  • Comcast and GE agree on a value for NBC Universal. A cable provider owning a broadcast network is still pretty weird.
  • NYC to buy a big chunk of Coney Island. Will anything ever really happen there?
  • People can't drive in Seattle.
  • Schlitterbahn launched an iPhone app. This is definitely the future we're looking at in terms of obtaining information.
  • Kalahari gets sued for drowning. A little weird that people should be surprised about a lawsuit when a child actually died.
  • Mason wants higher taxes on admission and parking for Kings Island and The Beach. Price sensitivity aside, there's a real moral issue with taxing a specific business.
  • Son of Beast: Will it stay or go?
  • Six Flags is rehabing Texas Giant for $10 million. For something related to Mean Streak? For real?
  • Have we turned an economic corner? Disney had a nice fiscal 4Q.
  • IAAPA was this week, but Jeff had to miss it for the first time in years because of his new day job.
  • Kings Island cleared for a heart issue that killed a rider. It's been awhile since calls for "safety" issues have come around over pre-existing conditions.
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CoasterBuzz Podcast #163 - November 2, 2009

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posted by Jeff | Monday, November 2, 2009, 8:05 PM | comments: 0

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

  • Ridiculously slow news week, plus enthusiasts were busy doing final weekend stuff at seasonal parks.
  • Mike has a good weekend with Natalia at Great America, Jeff is astounded by the low attendance at Cedar Point. Weather was a huge issue this fall.
  • Jeff starts in an off-topic rant about radio, and is sad about the low participation at his college station.
  • Legoland coming to Southern Illinois? Plus hotel expansion in California.
  • Also off-topic, Jeff attends a baby shower.
  • Oh, and look, the crew starts talking about cross-country driving, Google and Bing maps and the location of Devil's Tower. Carrie did an 11-hour drive to Holiday World last year.
  • Southern Star misses a bond application deadline. Isn't it funny how Nickelodeon will whore themselves out to anyone who can pay, yet Hard Rock backs off hard when a licensee fails?
  • Busch parks won't have to deal with ridiculous net 90 terms for their vendors as they did under InBev rule.
  • A Shanghai Disney park looks like a go. China's a nice market to go if you're trying to expand.
  • Mike describes really strange Halloween treatment for Space Mountain at Disneyland. Special access loading platforms are a good idea if you can afford to build one.
  • Programming note: The show will be off the next two weeks, and return November 23, starting a bi-weekly schedule for the off-season.
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