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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Friday, August 21, 2009 10:28 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar

Here is another Caterpillar in the closed position. I don't have a shot of it in the open position. I saw this one in Spain a few weeks ago at Pola Park in Alicante.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009 11:44 AM
Morté615's avatar

For anyone interested, Camden Park in Huntington WV has a caterpillar ride. Though it does not have a canopy any more, it was placed in a building with lights and loud music and called "Hot Cat". But the ride mechanism is still an original Caterpillar.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009 12:40 PM
LostKause's avatar

LOL. The memories that I have of Hot Cat. I was alive way way back when that ride was installed. I was a "metalhead" when I was a kid. I would bring a pocketfull of cassette tapes (which came before CD, for all you kids out there) for the rides operator to play while my friends and I rode. I always brought the headbanger stuff like Slayer, Metallica, and Megadeth. The ride ops hated the heavy stuff, but they played it anyways.

That's one of my fondest memories of Camden Park.

Sunday, August 23, 2009 11:42 AM

Jeff said:
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.

Because "Perilous Plunge" is the name of the chute ride at Knotts.As we all recall it was in the news alot a few years ago.

Sunday, August 23, 2009 1:41 PM
Jeff's avatar

Yeah, I'm well aware of that. What's your point?

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Monday, August 24, 2009 1:26 PM

No point, just an observation

Monday, August 24, 2009 2:10 PM

Camden Park's Caterpillar is disguised as a Himalaya.

Knoebels replaced theirs with a Wisdom Himalaya. Does Blan--er--DeGrosso's still have theirs?

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Monday, August 24, 2009 4:12 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar

^I'm not sure. Is this a modified version of one?

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Monday, August 24, 2009 5:19 PM

That's a Catapillar, sans canvas.From the looks of it they have it installed in a domed building with lighting effects.


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