CoasterBuzz Podcast #149 posted

Posted Monday, July 27, 2009 8:14 PM | Contributed by Jeff

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

  • Wild West World's new owner says economy slowing re-development, while former owner goes on trial for taking investors' money. Is being a crappy businessman illegal?
  • The "every sponge," SpongeBob Squarepants has been around now for ten years. This brings up the credible rumor that Cedar Fair is going to ditch the Nickelodeon license, which might be stupid for a lot of reasons. It's not just about merchandise, it's about the experience. Replacing with Peanuts won't be the same.
  • OSHA jumps in on Dueling Dragons accident.
  • The Dells are saying you can't run your amusement park late. Owner points out that's pretty stupid, seeing as how bars can be open late and, uh, it's Wisconsin Dells. What else is there to do?
  • Give Kids The World Village hits volunteer hour milestone. CoasterBuzz would appreciate your donation to this awesome charity.
  • Schlitterbahn opens new water park in Kansas City.
  • No proposal for Coney Island will ever make everyone happy.
  • Legoland California attendance way up with new aquarium, and people are spending more to see it all. Aquariums are cool. Check out the one in Baltimore's Inner Harbor if you ever get a chance.
  • Is the capital intensive nature of the industry something it did to itself? How is it that Orlando can get away with so much less?
  • Cedar Fair has a Ride Warrior site now, and we're wondering what the point is. Meanwhile, the marketing across the company is very one-size-fits-all, an odd symptom of corporate mentality in all aspects of operating the parks. The Cedar Point template for running a park is backward, since it's probably the exception to the rules.
  • A rise in child molestation at water parks, a faux bomb scare in Cedar Point's parking lot, worker falls from BGT sky ride, Sky Ride station at Alton Towers burns, Six Flags says guest satisfaction is up... what's the world coming to?
  • Disney World manages to keep butts in the hotel rooms, and word on the street is that some of the discount deals may persist into December.
  • Discounted food and merchandise is a great perk for season pass holders, so why doesn't Cedar Fair do it? As it is, passholders can be a drain if they visit frequently and don't spend any money.
  • Big Bad Wolf won't be bad much longer, as Busch Williamsburg announces its retirement.
  • Finance blog gives an honest assessment of the Six Flags premium queuing system.
  • CoasterBuzz Club is $25 per year. You can join or renew today. Enjoy CoasterBuzz with no ads.
  • BooBuzz 2009 details posted for Cedar Point!
  • The Fall Affair at Holiday World promises to be a big deal. Register today! Gonch will be there if others show up.

Link: CoasterBuzz Podcast

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 2:57 AM
LostKause's avatar

Kenmei, I am an Avatar fan too! I always wonder why more people didn't absolutely love that show. (I am very anxious to see how bad M. Knight Shamalan destroys it.)

It's almost as awesome as Samurai Jack!

..and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.

...and, of course, The Fairly Oddparents.

Let me agree that the old Looney Tunes are the very best of the best. Road Runner was always my favorite. BeepBeep!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 6:51 PM
Kenmei's avatar

^ Dude, I think I love you. XD Foster's was FAB, honestly one of the more witty things on CN daytime when it was on. I'm an anime dork and thought I would HATE avatar. Wound up really digging it. And you know, the movie trailer looked promising. They got the fire armada right, at least.

Watch out for flying maps!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 8:23 PM
ridemcoaster's avatar

Kenmei said:
^ Dude, I think I love you.

YAY.. Another thread with some good CB Lovin'

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 10:55 PM
LostKause's avatar

(quiet, whispery voice) Love? Thanks man. (Wipes tear rolling down face)


I'm a little different in that I don't like anime, and I thought that I wouldn't like Avatar, but I really got into it.

The movie trailer looks cool enough. I don't think I am going to like that bratty looking kid playing Ang though.

Oddly enough, what got me interested in Avatar was the awesome ride at KI.

Thursday, July 30, 2009 10:11 AM
Kenmei's avatar

You know, that thing is actually pretty intense for a kids ride. I was impressed with it. KI has the coolest kids area ever. It made me wish I was little again. =) Even my husband was laughing at me for it. And I have to like Anime to a degree-I'm a manga-style artist. God help me. XD

Watch out for flying maps!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 4:08 PM
The Mole's avatar

Been catching up with my podcasts after my Disney trip and just wanted to throw in...


Thursday, August 6, 2009 12:48 AM
Kenmei's avatar

The Mole said:
Been catching up with my podcasts after my Disney trip and just wanted to throw in...


Dick move, phantom limb. ;)

Watch out for flying maps!

Thursday, August 6, 2009 9:53 AM
Jeff's avatar

You think you're hot **** in a champagne glass, but really you're just cold diarrhea in a Dixie cup!

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