CoasterBuzz Podcast #135 posted

Posted Monday, March 16, 2009 11:27 PM | Contributed by Jeff

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

  • Job fairs everywhere swamped with "grown ups." Will the quality of service at amusement parks improve?
  • Alton Towers and the road to nowhere (or road that will never be built).
  • Locals not thrilled with Coney Island development proposals.
  • GM not cool with Disney's price to renew the Test Track sponsorship. Jeff thinks it's a good deal, even if Disney is asking for more. Public scrutiny over marketing expense for bail-out business would be silly.
  • Photos from Egyptian parks posted to
  • Manta testing begins any moment, and while we're not that into flying coasters, the experience in terms of the queue should be interesting. Gonch says it's about the show.
  • Busch parks in sale mode, and Jeff hears of a lot of stupid things going on mandated by the new owners, InBev.
  • Cedar Fair cuts the distribution, considers selling Valleyfair and Worlds of Fun. We have many market pundits on CoasterBuzz.
  • Burger King getting premium at City Walk in Orlando. Jeff is not impressed, but likens it to the upscale-ish brand of Chipotle.
  • Six Flags cash flow positive, but it's likely too little, too late, as they seriously consider bankruptcy.
  • Disney starts an official fan club, and our local fanboys sign up immediately. Hooray, Disney took more of your money!
  • Carowinds offering a limited season pass, but we're not sure who the target market is.
  • Ghost Town in the Sky files for bankruptcy, but still plans to open this spring.
  • Alabama Adventure gets a new slide.
  • Saw: The Ride opening, yet another ride with another beyond-vertical drop.
  • Seriously, what the hell is the name of the new roller coaster at Universal Studios Florida? It's as bad as the name they gave to The Ride Formerly Known As Earthquake.
  • We appreciate your support of CoasterBuzz by joining the club. It's still just $20 per year.

Link: CoasterBuzz Podcast

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 1:26 PM

I'm giving my first listen to the podcast right now and I'm digging it so far. I never gave it a listen because I was bitter about being beaten to the punch for a coaster podcast after having the idea a few weeks after the podcast trend started but then never doing anything about it.

I'll probably tune in again.

- Johnathan

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 1:40 PM

Another great podcast. Started listening a little while ago and found them both informative and funny. Keep up the great work. :)

Last edited by CPcisco, Tuesday, March 17, 2009 1:41 PM
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 1:42 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Thanks, guys. Nice to hear. :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 4:54 PM

^^My only fear is that with Jeffy's upcoming nuptials and vacay, I will have likely already ridden Diamondback by the time I get to hear another CBuzz podcast!! :(

Guess I'll have to enjoy this sucker like I would a 100 year-aged bourbon!! ;)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 5:06 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Should be recording another one at the end of the month. (30th)

Then I'm guessing the next time we'll record would be the weekend D-back opens, but that's just my guess. Probably get back to weekly shows again sometime too.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 7:51 PM
ridemcoaster's avatar

LOL on the fanboy thing Guys..

However I am a Coasterbuzz member as well.. I figure a few days without fast food, or the fact I dont drive in an SUV which can easily exceed $75. ;)
Im ok with that cost since I know we will participate in the event..

To each his own.. My money.. My Decision :-P~~~

Oh and Jeff, will us lesser important buzzers be treated to at least one or two photos of the Putz Wedding? (wait!! Is that what the invite says?? ;) )

Or even the videos of Gonch and his brilliant idea of what to do with the party bottles..

Last edited by ridemcoaster, Tuesday, March 17, 2009 11:05 PM
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 12:00 PM
Jeff's avatar

Yeah, we've got one scheduled for 3/30, and then 4/20, unless we try to cut one mid-week, which I doubt would come together.

Jeff - Editor - - My Blog - Music: The Modern Gen-X - Video

Thursday, March 19, 2009 3:57 PM

So I've listened to half of the podcast so far (still saving the 2nd half for later like take-home tiramisu from Cheesecake Factory), and I had to roll over Gonch’s comment regarding Manta…”If you’re listening to this podcast, Manta is not for you!!”

Friday, March 20, 2009 12:24 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

I'm not sure I was quite so blunt about it. :)

Sunday, March 29, 2009 8:13 PM

Hopefully, in just an hour or two, Jeffy, Gonch, et al will be making some sweet Podcasting music!! ;)

Sunday, March 29, 2009 11:29 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Done. :)


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