Archive: October, 2010

CoasterBuzz Podcast #195 - October 25, 2010

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posted by Jeff | Monday, October 25, 2010, 12:24 AM | comments: 0

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

  • BooBuzz on a Friday night at Cedar Point was an epic success. Gonch hit the haunts, Carrie got her first ride on Dragster while she was disappointed with Breakers Express. Crazy busy weekends for Cedar Point again this year.
  • Park staffing late in the year is clearly a problem for Cedar Point.
  • Carrie did the VIP tour at Dorney Park, a perk for her Coasting For Kids fundraising. You can still donate to Give Kids The World.
  • SeaWorld Orlando births a new orca. Jeff loves the circle of life stuff, blood and all.
  • Area around Carowinds wants to clean up and better deal with traffic.
  • Morey's ditches its giant slide, and we all wonder where they went. Was it the nuckle burns?
  • Pony Express investigation complete at Knott's, brake fins were apparently painted, contributing to failure. Was someone fired?
  • Cedar Point says "changes not required" to asylum attractions in response to mental illness advocacy group.
  • Holiday World sets another attendance record. What will the Kentucky Kingdom impact be?
  • A thrill park on International Drive in Orlando: Viable?
  • Busch Gardens Tampa is building a low to the ground, multiple launch ride. Gonch is skeptical, Jeff thinks the proximity to scenery can make or break it.
  • Still no word on what's up with Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket at Universal Studios Florida.
  • Q Funding calls out Dick Kinzel, wants a vote to split CEO and board duties. Hilariously, the SEC filing references CoasterBuzz.
  • Church and school groups criticize scorn lover story of haunt attractions at Busch Gardens Tampa. Kids are stupid, sure, but they're not that stupid.
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain announces Green Lantern. Strange low capacity choice for a park that size.
  • Legoland Florida is doing a good job keeping the park on the news radar. So not like Hard Rock Park. The Lego brand is very strong right now.
  • Seattle waterfront Ferris wheel? Jeff is all for it.
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CoasterBuzz Podcast #194 - October 11, 2010

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posted by Jeff | Sunday, October 10, 2010, 11:39 PM | comments: 0

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

  • Carrie says recounts her experience at Phoenix Phall Phunfest at Knoebels. Accommodations are "challenging" around that area. Watch out for severed chicken heads.
  • Canobie Lake Park waiting on the traffic study to proceed with Euro Fighter.
  • Extreme World civil suit settled out of court, criminal trial of operator yet to come. We're still not comfortable with the precedent of someone doing a minimum wage job being charged with a crime.
  • Food & Wine Festival begins at Epcot. It's about cheese and wine, not drink around the world advance mode. Sidebar: box wine.
  • Checketts is out at S&S, no longer holding any stake and not consulting. What's with entrepreneurs that totally let go of something they started?
  • Cedar Fair sets out concrete financial goals for 2015, and reinstates the distribution. Does the entire sale fiasco seem even more ridiculous? This causes zero confidence for the executive team.
  • Another orca dies at SeaWorld Orlando, tired debate resumes about "free" versus captive animals.
  • Good clowns protest portrayal of evil clowns at Alton Towers. We all agree that it's probably a scam. And when did clowns become primarily evil? Sidebar: Insane Clown Posse are Evangelical Christians. And still not musicians. Also sidebar: Katy Perry and Elmo on Sesame Street.
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom announces a swing tower. They're the new drop tower.
  • Minor accident involving rollback on Pony Express at Knott's Berry Farm injures ten people. Expect the state to shut it down and investigate for two years.
  • Zippin Pippin rises in Green Bay. How many roller coasters did Elvis actually ever ride?
  • Mental illness advocates ask Cedar Point to shut down its asylum haunted attractions. Mike says it's the fault of Hollywood.
  • BooBuzz returns to Cedar Point on Friday, October 15.
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CoasterBuzz Podcast #193 - October 4, 2010

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posted by Jeff | Sunday, October 3, 2010, 11:22 PM | comments: 0

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

  • Carrie says vote for Dan! He wants to be Holiday World's number one fan.
  • Iger says Disney building boom will chill. We still wonder if frequent and giant capital investment is entirely necessary around the industry.
  • Jeff really likes the Disney Parks Blog.
  • Ferrari World opens soon. How reliable will the super fast Intamin coaster be out in the desert?
  • Another head scarf case for Disney, but no one noticed this time.
  • Tulsa State Fair gets a roller coaster. How did no one get sued over the suspicious Bell's lease non-renewal?
  • Chinese simulator accident attributed to bad bolt.
  • Canobie wants to build a Euro-Fighter. Jeff likes these. Wants more. Like. FTW.
  • Exposure therapy used to get college kids over their fear of roller coasters. (Insert "how does that make you feel" joke here.) Is it possible for coaster enthusiasts to lose all of the joy from riding?
  • Idlewild sued for alleged pervert. Gonch and Carrie make the case for why it's a legit claim.
  • Disneyland's first day was a bit of a disaster. How would that have gone in the Internet age?
  • Undercover Boss features Great Wolf CEO. Gonch believes it's the worst piece of reality crap on television.
  • Legoland Florida GM says it's time for Winter Haven to raise its game. Is that really an overnight destination?
  • Geauga Lake Big Dipper has a new owner, with a new level of transparency. Carrie would've liked to have seen the old owner go down with the ship just for his approach to selling it.
  • BooBuzz returns to Cedar Point on Friday, October 15.
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