Posted Monday, July 7, 2008 12:00 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Jeff and Pat review this week's news in the amusement industry.
- Busch ups gate at Orlando and Tampa parks. How much is too much? If the market will pay the price, then it's not too much. A little investigation implies that few actually pay the full gate price. Gonch says that the Orlando parks earn their high prices with the experience.
- We hate lines. They're not worth it to us.
- Pleasure Island clubs going away, Disney says. Jeff doesn't think Downtown Disney has much of a night vibe compared to Universal's City Walk. Who actually went to those clubs?
- Decades music theme park coming to Arizona. The developers only need $850 million to break ground.
- Gonch is going to Hard Rock Park. Jeff has heard they've had some turnover in management and they're not doing a very good job marketing the joint.
- Some kid made a big K'Nex roller coaster. Jeff says it's not that cool if it can't complete the course.
- There is some good fun listening to a radio broadcast with Robbie Bell over the demise and alleged improprieties surrounding the boot of Bell's Amusement Park.
- CoasterBuzz Club events coming up this year: The Fall Affair at Holiday World, and BooBuzz at Cedar Point. Visit the CoasterBuzz Club page for more information.
Link: CoasterBuzz Podcast
Monday, July 7, 2008 1:01 PM
This says it's posted at 4pm on Monday. It's only 1pm.
MY FIREFOX LOOKS INTO THE FUTURE! Just like that one TV show where the guy got tomorrow's newspaper...
Monday, July 7, 2008 1:30 PM
That's nothing. The news post, for me says it was posted Monday, July 07, 2008 12:00 PM ET, and your post is stamped 7/7/2008 9:01:54 AM.
Hand over the DeLorean! ;)
Monday, July 7, 2008 1:32 PM
btw gonch, you are right, it's Fulton's inside of the steam boat.
Monday, July 7, 2008 1:36 PM
Yay! I still have undamaged brain cells! :)
"The Mole said:
Monday, July 7, 2008 3:33 PM
Just like that one TV show where the guy got tomorrow's newspaper..."
Tuesday, July 8, 2008 3:06 AM
Erm, even I knew that the Grand Canyon was in Arizona ;)
Tuesday, July 8, 2008 10:48 AM
We hate lines. They're not worth it to us.
I'm totally on board with this. Except for something that is brand-new, I won't bother with anything over 30 minutes, no matter what it is. Even then, 45 or so is my limit. I waited close to that for Toy Story Mania in May, and if it weren't for the Potato Head animatronic, I'd've gone bonkers.
Even better, I've got my kids trained. We walked by Thunderchicken at MiA---3/4 full queue with one train on the course---and my daughter said "Nah, I rode it at Geauga. I don't want to wait for it again." That's my girl!
In almost any park, there are plenty of fun things to do that don't require waiting in long lines.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008 11:58 AM
I didn't think anyone questioned that the Grand Canyon was in Arizona, did they? In my mind I didn't really think of Arizona as the southwest for some reason though, I guess because it touches Nevada, but I think I realized in that train of thought that it only really leaves New Mexico, and one state doesn't make a region.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008 9:47 PM
I understand your point of view. As a person who helped out with the coaster I can tell you that there was still more that we could've done to make it better.
We fixed the pull-up at least one or two times to make it stronger. We didn't get pictures of the latest version of it, but right now it's still intact. I will be able to get pics of it and when I do I will try to get them up.
We are currently planning our next big k'nex coaster for next summer and I can promise you that we are going to put more time and effert into it to make it worth the while.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 12:50 PM
Bell interview was indeed interesting, confirming a lot of the rumours that I had heard at the time. The wheeling and dealing of Jerry Murphy could fill a fair sized book, with the shenanigans involving the Wisconsin State Fair taking up a sizable portion.