CoasterBuzz Podcast #101 posted

Posted Monday, January 14, 2008 6:55 PM | Contributed by Jeff

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

  • The kids look back at the highs and lows of the show, and Gonch pitches some stats at us. He liked interviewing Dick Kinzel.
  • Check out the construction pictures on CoasterBuzz.com under the Nickelodeon Universe park page. The Mall of America is a pretty sweet thing to see.
  • Dolly's Dixie Stampede has a price in Orlando, and we're dying to know who put up the cash to buy a successful Orlando business. The Stampede will eventually relocate.
  • Disney Hollywood Studios is kind of a stupid name seeing as how the park is in Orlando. Back in the day, Disney didn't have the studio brand to put behind a park, thus the Disney-MGM tie in.
  • Six Flags says the quarter ended stronger than expected, as will the year, but the announcement lacks context without knowing what they spent.
  • Cedar Fair plugs their total year attendance, but it lacks context not only because it's absent of financials, but they're not counting the new parks in last year's number prior to the acquisition. The analysts better ask some really hard questions in the conference call this year.
  • That dark ride at Legoland California is shaping up to look very cool.
  • Cedar Point announces Planet Snoopy. A lot of new rides are duplicates from other areas of the park (imported from Geauga Lake), and people are critical of that. Duh, most kids like every one of those rides that go in circles.
  • Six Flags aligns with cosmetic brands for live event sponsorship.
  • "Flight Deck" is the single worst name for a roller coaster ever conceived. Gonch asks they Carowinds didn't just drop the "Top Gun" off of "Jet Coaster."

Link: CoasterBuzz Podcast

Monday, January 14, 2008 7:23 PM
Excel sheet? HAHA!

;)

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Monday, January 14, 2008 11:54 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar Don't make me drive down 35 and find you. :)
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 3:26 AM
Oh I dunno, there are worse names in Japan. Off the top of my head...

Space Salamander
Elf (Episode of Little Fairies)
Rock & Roll Duncan

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 8:49 AM
Vater's avatar Ha! I actually did notice Jeff said '2007' in the last podcast. I just didn't want to be that guy...you know, the one to point out the mistake. I guess I am that guy now... ;)
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 11:54 AM
Touchstone always was Disney, LionsGate is now a subdivision of Sony but may have been independent before, Miramax...I think they started off indy, then got bought by Disney after that?

This is off the top of my head. I'm sure Gonch can research it all...

-'Playa

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 12:24 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar It's not numbers. I'm clueless. :)
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 1:46 PM
And firing the Paramount Brain trust. We call that dumb-sizing in my neck of the woods. Seen it way too much. Someone get a clue!
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 7:00 PM
Re: Mall of America...

No, the Mighty Axe wasn't removed...which is really too bad. :)
(see: http://info.theparkatmoa.com/Hours/collider.htm)

I can't remember with 100% certainty, but I am about 99% positive the Pepsi Ripsaw was never altered/tamed due to noise.

-Nate

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 10:12 PM
Jeff's avatar Ah, the half-pipe is almost right in the middle. At first glance I thought it was closer to where the axe was. And for the record, I didn't really mind that ride, despite some minor nipple torture.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 12:54 AM
The Mighty Axe is slightly uncomfortable, but that's not why I dislike the ride. I just think it's boring/uninteresting, moves too slowly, and takes up quite a bit of space that could be put to much better use.

IMO of course.

The halfpipe took the place of what was once a very large "interactive" fountain in the center of the park.

-Nate
*** This post was edited by coasterdude318 1/16/2008 12:55:28 AM ***

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 9:50 AM
Jeff's avatar Yeah, that seemed like a total waste of space. I didn't get it at all.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 1:48 PM
http://www.theparkatmoa.com/images/camera1.jpg

The Eurofighter is done. Now let's see how they're going to get that crane out...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 11:14 PM
Disney owns Hollywood Pictures as well...
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