Archive: June, 2011

CoasterBuzz Podcast #206 - June 27, 2011

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posted by Jeff | Sunday, June 26, 2011, 11:38 PM | comments: 0

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

  • What are the reasonable expectations for avoiding injuries at amusement parks? A court says you can't assume anything, and you can sue.
  • Orlando parks up their gate prices again, now around $85. Gonch wonders if Disney will add a fifth park at some point. Biggest rises were in multi-day tickets.
  • Jersey recommends dual occupancy and bigger height requirement for Ferris wheels.
  • What's up with new rides not opening in time?
  • Fuji-Q opening what they call the steepest roller coaster, a Gerstlauer ride.
  • Cedar Fair annoyed by Q Investment lawsuits. I think we all are at this point.
  • Former Disney guy, Matthew Ouimet, named to the president and eventual CEO position at Cedar Fair. Jeff has a wishlist for what he'd like to see him do.
  • Kennywood's Pitt Fall is up for sale. What's next for them?
  • Attendance stories for 2010, Universal Orlando wins big, of course.
  • Chicago's Riverview remembered, remnants found.
  • Disneyland grad night will move to California Adventure in 2013.
  • Zippin Pippin brings in 45% more revenue.
  • Al Weiss retiring after a staggeringly long career with Disney, mostly at Walt Disney World.
  • Check out Richard's photos from North Korea.
  • Coasting For Kids 2011 is go at Cedar Fair parks! Help us raise money for Give Kids The World. Register or donate today!
  • The Fall Affair at Holiday World will be September 17, 2011. Also, BooBuzz is Friday, October 7. Get the details!
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CoasterBuzz Podcast #205 - June 13, 2011

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posted by Jeff | Sunday, June 12, 2011, 11:40 PM | comments: 0

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

  • Ferris Wheel mania hits Las Vegas. What audience is Vegas after these days?
  • SeaWorld attendance is up. Perhaps there's a halo effect from the Harry Potter stuff at Universal Orlando.
  • New Jersey touts low injury rate, until girl fall to her death from Ferris wheel. No mechanical issues suspected at this point.
  • Fatal mini train accident attributed to speed. Questions arise about who is at fault. Gonch relates the story to the responsibility issues around the accident in Wisconsin.
  • Former Santa's Village becomes a zoo-like attraction. Mike says they went from competing with Six Flags to competing with two zoos.
  • Q Funding loses a proxy fight with Cedar Fair, then asks for another special meeting but is denied. Cedar Fair says it has pissed away $3 million on stuff relating to the Q lawsuits and proxy votes.
  • Cedar Point's Wildcat has a minor crash, this time at the final brakes.
  • Universal Orlando is totally Comcastic! NBC-Universal buys up Blackstone's half of the resort.
  • Six Flags America to retire Skull Mountain. Jeff recalls a story there. Despite some scary news stories over the years, the park's coaster package is somewhat underrated.
  • Dorney Park snaps up some new land. That park has awesome walk-ons when it's hot and everyone is in the water park.
  • Dallas beats Miami, Jeff launches into a Lebron slam.
  • Cedar Fair's CFO quits. Jeff saw it as a retention problem, but Carrie suggests that perhaps he just didn't see any upward mobility without going elsewhere.
  • Microsoft previews Kinect Disneyland Adventures for Xbox. Jeff doesn't quite get it, but Mike's princess girls totally do.
  • Water parks: Small kids and their dads.
  • Jeff took his family to Great Wolf Lodge in Washington, had a good time. It's a fairly solid value, though the food selections need help.
  • Coasting For Kids 2011 is go at Cedar Fair parks! Help us raise money for Give Kids The World. Register or donate today!
  • The Fall Affair at Holiday World will be September 17, 2011... save the date! Also, BooBuzz is Friday, October 7.
  • You can get the latest headlines on CoasterBuzz from the Twitter. Follow us @coasterbuzz. You can also like us on Facebook.
  • CoasterBuzz Club is $25 per year. You can join or renew today. Enjoy CoasterBuzz with no ads.