Posted Monday, December 22, 2008 6:42 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Jeff, Mike and Pat review this week's news in the amusement industry.
Link: CoasterBuzz Podcast.
Lego sold off the parks to the Blackstone Group a couple of years ago. They get income from the licensing, and the sale of Lego products, but no direct income from the parks themselves.
Yeah, I still think 'experience' is a more correct descriptive term than 'park' was.
Just listened to the show...
• It's as though Gonchar and I visited two different Hard Rock parks. The Hard Rock park I visited was downright desolate. I don't recall any Live-E at all except for a couple of scheduled shows, and the one I saw (in the waterfront shed that is kind of plopped down in the middle of the midway) was competently and energetically performed, but hampered by being a lousy show. Oh, and the Banana Splits were around to do their little show.
My guess is that between his visit and mine (I went on Labor Day weekend) they did some cost-cutting...
• The big surprise: That when Jeff brought up the whole Hitchhiker's Guide thing, Pat and Mike both sounded like they were completely unaware. The secret is to keep banging the rocks together, guys! :)
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
They must have, and if that's the case it probably helped kill them. There was as much live entertainment and shows as there were rides when we visited.
Just what we experienced:
* Malibu Beach Party - so entertaining my 6 year old begged to see it twice and adult enough that mom & dad didn't put up a fight
* Roadies Stunt Show - far and away the most entertaining action/stunt show I've ever seen at an amusement park
* BMX Show on the midway with pro-quality riders doing crazy stuff 4 times a day.
*Country On The Rocks - a solid ice skating show with a country/rock soundtrack in the Ice House Theater
* at Phonehenge we saw a european dude do a fire-eating/juggling kind of act as he entertained with worldly stories about himself and his travels - very intimate setting and show
* Live music outside the Taste Of Paradise Grill during early afternoon(Jimmy Buffett style music), at the Cool Country stage from about 4pm until the fireworks show (country music), outside the Whammy Bar from after the fireworks until close (90's rock), the Fab 2 on the balcony of the Carnaby Street Cafe at least three different times throughout the day (british rock oldies).
* Scavenger hunt for the kids where they gathered stamps in each area of the park then took the completed form to I Want Candy for a free goody bag full of candy.
* Guitar In The Stone was a play on the Sword In The Stone where kids were invited up to try to pull the guitar from the stone and be named the Right-On Ruler of Rock
* Not live entertainment, but the movie in Origins Theater was a nice look at the origins of rock music...and a show that gets you out of the heat.
That's just the stuff I remember doing/seeing that day. No idea how much more there was. If they axed that stuff, then yes, the park would be a bit disappointing - the shows/entertainment were a big part of the experience.
It was fourfold if you ask me:
Removing any of those from the equation would have made the experience less than great.
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