CoasterBuzz Podcast #152 posted

Posted Monday, August 17, 2009 11:38 PM | Contributed by Jeff

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

  • North Myrtle Beach getting so much more love than Hard Rock Park ever did, at a fraction of the cost.
  • Remember the caterpillar rides that had the cover on them? A MB Pavilion tribute has one.
  • Son of Beast at Kings Island looks like it'll be toast. Signage has all come down, merchandise is being blown out.
  • Gonch reminds new members that posting in the forums is all about quality, not quantity.
  • Stuck inverted boomerang at California's Great America is breaking news! Jeff doesn't care for going backward on roller coasters.
  • Spielberg sure got a sweet deal as an acting consultant for Universal.
  • The tables turn when guy is busted for groping costumed Minnie Mouse.
  • Strange collision accident at Blackpool. Why does the British press seem to not follow up on stuff?
  • A company called Big League Dreams wants to build a big ball park facility on the Six Flags New Orleans site, and it's the first thing we've heard that makes sense, and from a viable and experience company.
  • Universal Orlando takes a hit on attendance and revenue, and still turns a bigger profit. And can you believe that Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit is finally enjoying a soft opening?
  • PTC featured in a local paper, but Jeff isn't impressed with anything about their trains.
  • Ad agency vs. Freestyle. Just kidding. We're good friends still.
  • Kennywood announces a new coaster for next year, and the discussion seems to revolve more around the way they announced it. Why are people so into the chick from Adventureland and Twilight?
  • Strange accident by Disney performer who takes a tumble and dies days later.
  • Busch Entertainment takes a slight hit like everyone else.
  • Holiday World announces a LIM-accelerated water slide.
  • We're doing a big event with Cedar Point to raise money for Give Kids The World. Coasting For Kids marathon on Gemini happens on August 26. Your support is appreciated!
  • 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!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 8:19 AM

Yes!! The show continues to go on! :)

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 10:10 AM

Is this the Caterpillar style ride that was mentioned?

http://www.flatrides.com/Ride%20Index%20Pages/caterpillar.html

Idlewild still has one of these.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 10:50 AM

I believe so, only the one I remember had a roof structure over it. The cover was made of canvas.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 12:11 PM

You know if it was me talking about it that 99% of the time a photo (or two) can be found on my site. :)

The Caterpillar at Pavillion Nostalgia Park Open

The Caterpillar at Pavillion Nostalgia Park Closed

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 12:21 PM

That looks like a fairly new model... I didn't realize they had been made in years.

The one at Idlewild has the retractable canvas roof, as well. It's a "hybrid" of the old one at Idlewild and the old one from Kennywood. They combined parts at one time to make one working model.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 1:42 PM

What was the purpose of the canopy? Aesthetics or something else? I have a book about MD Amusement parks, and one caption says the Caterpillar was rumored to cause panic when the canopy went up. Any truth to that?

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 1:49 PM

the one in Gonches pictures is a newer Heinrich Mack GmbH & Co KG version.
http://www.flatrides.com/Ride%20Index%20Pages/raupenbahn.html

The one at Idlewild is Traver Eng.

I know on the older versions the Canopy made it look like more like a Caterpillar. It also has a fan under the track that blows upwards. I could see panic is someone is claustrophobic though.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 2:36 PM

ilovethewildone said:
What was the purpose of the canopy?

Fun.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 2:51 PM

ilovethewildone said:
What was the purpose of the canopy?

Canoodling. :)

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 2:55 PM

In regards to the Steven Spielberg comments, in addition to hisdirectorial credits in Jaws, ET, and Jurassic Park, he was executiveproducer on Back to the Future, An American Tail, Twister, Shrek, andMen in Black.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 3:25 PM

Lord Gonchar said:

Canoodling. :)

Awwww, it makes me feel all warm inside just hearing you acknowledge the concept. :)

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 7:49 PM

[Cant believe Hopman hasnt said this yet] Canobie Lake has a caterpillar with a roof too.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 7:54 PM

Lord Gonchar said:

ilovethewildone said:
What was the purpose of the canopy?

Canoodling. :)

Ah, spoken like a true Pittsburgher..........................

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 9:13 PM

Aww. I can't take credit. I was resistant to the canoodling thing until Carrie convinced me. She's the true Burgh chick.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009 1:45 PM

On the Jungle Cruise, the ride is amazing and great *ONLY IF* your guide is amazing and great. This past trip I had the best skipped I've probably ever had (in response to a girl asking at the end of the ride if all the animals are fake, he says "Yes, they all are... except for the ducks.") But I've had some very, very bad ones.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009 5:42 PM

1, It's *Pilgrims* Plunge, dahling...
2. ProSlide says pacemakers are fine on Wildebeest.
3. Gonch, if you want to wear a down jacket on the water rides, that's just fine with us.
4. Thanks for your kind words.
5. When are you going to have me on again so I can laugh every time you say "diggin' it"? You old hippie, you! :)

Paula

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009 7:48 PM

You keep correcting me/us, but I'm not sure what it is I'm saying. I know I've inadvertently half-said "perilous" but I usually correct myself.

And you can be on the show any time you want, provided you can stay up until 10 on Sundays. That's the time in Cleveland and Dayton, by the way. :)

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Thursday, August 20, 2009 12:07 AM


Jeff said:


That's the time in Cleveland and Dayton, by the way. :)

Oooh, good one.

+1 Jeff

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Friday, August 21, 2009 10:01 PM

Raven Maven said:
3. Gonch, if you want to wear a down jacket on the water rides, that's just fine with us.

Good to know. But I'm in Floriduh right now and at 10pm it still feels like 90+ outside and the thought of a down jacket is making me woozy.

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