Posted Monday, October 27, 2008 5:50 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Jeff and Pat review this week's news in the amusement industry.
- Gonch could care less about people protesting the Six Flags Over Texas alcohol permit. Jeff finds it funny that a 12-year-old is in any position to protest it.
- Thorpe Park announces a Saw-themed roller coaster. Is this a good idea?
- There's a spider, and it's dramatic.
- Six Flags Magic Mountain announces a wood coaster called Terminator. Theme hilarity ensues.
- Medusa at Six Flags Great Adventure is getting a face lift too. These "re-imaginings" for rides that were already good are silly. X2 was a special case because of the poor reputation it had.
- Joyland vandalized and for sale to anyone who will buy it. Video was pretty sad.
- Feature on Universal Orlando's Bloody Mary pretty interesting. Gonch wonders if the detail is lost on most people, but Jeff argues that the aggregate detail leaves an impression.
- Disney's California Adventure is a good example of how the lack of aggregate detail can fail to capture imagination. The new classic theme is intended to up the park's game.
- Nick Universe at Mall of America has a nearly tragic accident as kid climbs fence.
- A woman wants to sue Disney for not allowing her to ride Tower of Terror over and over. Article suggests the woman was being an irate bastard to people.
- Transformers coming to Singapore and Hollywood Universal parks. Gonch was into D&D and pro wrestling, but Jeff's excited about the license.
- Euro Disney flirting with... gasp!... profitability!
- Fair worker killed by an Inverter. Jeff isn't surprised, as he shot this video in 1994.
- Analysts down on Disney. Do you have to be a genius to know that everyone is down for the foreseeable future?
- Cedar Fair maintains its quarterly distribution, which feels good.
- Universal Orlando busting underage drinkers at Halloween Horror Nights. Why would anyone be surprised? They get busted and they can lose their license to sell alcohol..
- Jeff will park in the parking structure for the first time ever at Universal, because for three years his visits have all been on-property.
- Paralympian denied water slide ride. Human factors have to be considered in things like this, and it's hard to balance that with the sensitivity component.
- Celebration City closes. Gonch thought it was a pretty cool park. Why do enthusiasts almost not care at all?
Link: CoasterBuzz Podcast
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 9:46 AM
That poor spider...:)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 10:13 AM
Spider drama was probably one of the most odd things I've ever heard in any podcast...
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 10:16 AM
I went back and forth trying to decide if I should leave it in. I figured, why not?
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 10:31 AM
It's a classic moment. Good you left it in.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 3:18 PM
(note: I have not heard the podcast yet)
Was it a Spider? Or was it an Octopus? You have to count the legs to be sure, and even at that there are exceptions, so you need to check and see if the legs are straight or curved.............
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 3:20 PM
Hahahahahaha. You should really listen before asking such questions.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 3:39 PM
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 7:44 PM
I think commemorative Pimp Gonch avatar coins should be sold in an effort to save Celebration City.
"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 11:24 PM
I imagine that'd be about as successful as similar efforts. ;)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 11:31 PM
I bet it'd be more successful than getting a bran muffin via online petition. Slightly.
Thursday, October 30, 2008 12:38 PM
Just get your doctor to prescribe it.
Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."