Posted Monday, August 24, 2009 4:00 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Jeff and Mike review this week's news in the amusement industry.
- Kid gets busted for stealing from Great Escape. It's amazing that people think they can get away with this stuff.
- Inflatables are not big fluffy pillows.
- More people busted for selling half-used tickets in Orlando. Mike says the mess of ticket vendors don't help with the confusion.
- Disney films don't always make for good theme park attractions and merchandise.
- Kent Buescher got a raw deal when it comes to the failure of Cypress Gardens.
- Another Disney performer dies, this one in a stunt rehearsal. Is it just odds that people get hurt in these shows?
- More details released on strange Invertigo incident. Another Vekoma engineering win!
- Carowinds gets tax deal for building new attractions, a one-time fee in exchange for waiver on annual property tax.
- Thorpe Park tries to enforce a no body odor rule. Stupid.
- Southern Star says they're doing a Nickelodeon park, we're skeptical they'll be able to pay for it. No word yet on where this leaves Six Flags.
- Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket finally opens at Universal Studios Florida. Initial reviews are relatively positive.
- Former executives from way back offer to run Six Flags, as if they're somehow qualified.
- Dollywood announces new water ride, exhibits a pattern of regular and varied cap ex.
- Kings Dominion announces Intimidator 305. Jeff thinks it's a pretty cool design, and predictably some "enthusiasts" already hate it.
- Canada's Wonderland drops Nickelodeon for Peanuts, and it still seems short-sighted.
- Six Flags says they'll do a debt-equity swap in bankruptcy.
- 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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