CoasterBuzz Podcast #154 posted

Posted Tuesday, September 1, 2009 12:06 AM | Contributed by Jeff

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

  • CoasterBuzz members ride Gemini at Cedar Point all day to raise over $8k for Give Kids The World. Awesome group, awesome crew, awesome charity. Jeff talks up the organization and its cause.
  • Freestyle attendance not ideal in its first year. Gonch believes that the park isn't enough in terms of attractions, and now it's missing the "vibe" that filled the gap.
  • Can the official Disney fan conference reach the level of a Comic-Con kind of affair?
  • Dubailand, not so big and thriving, actually.
  • Food Network show features enthusiast feeding at Six Flags Great America.
  • Carowinds announces, wait for it, Intimidator. But not with the 305. Jeff can't believe the complaining already about this ride and the one at Dominion.
  • Jeff notices traffic spikes with ride announcements and new features.
  • PBS affiliate posts video for Kings Island history. "Facts" are a little odd, but it's a solid video otherwise.
  • Busch Gardens Tampa outlines some of the new Sesame Street stuff, including character breakfasts. Jeff says no to Elmo. What's with kids who need constant electronic stimulation?
  • Job and hour cuts at Orlando parks eventually negatively affect the guest experience.
  • Disney World is extending the free dining plan offer, which Jeff loves.
  • Nickelodeon license appears to be at an end around the Cedar Fair parks, and word on the street is that it's just not a good deal for the company.
  • 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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Wednesday, September 2, 2009 4:54 PM

Where do you fly to get to the Smokeys? Charlotte, duh. It's a major USAirways hub.If you have to fly to just about anywhere on the East coast from the west, it's one of two airports they will route you through.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009 5:03 PM

Nah. Fly Southwest and fly into Nashville.


Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009 5:39 PM
Jeff's avatar

CLE to CLT is crazy expensive. And it's, what, three plus hours at least to the Smokies?

Duh, indeed.


Jeff - Webmaster/Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Twitter - Video

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009 5:42 PM

Maybe for you, but flying from MHT, SWA has at least a couple of flight that go through Nashville.


Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 1:48 PM

Costs about the same as flying from San Diego to Vegas, about $200 (unless SW has one of it's specials).

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 3:14 PM
Jeff's avatar

Yeah, I can go to Vegas from Cleveland for around $200 as well. I don't understand what you're comparing. Flying to Charlotte from here is not cheap or convenient to go to the Smoky Mountains.


Jeff - Webmaster/Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Twitter - Video

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 4:06 PM

I guess what I'm trying to get at is what is your time worth? You can drive to Pigeon Forge from the Cleveland area in about 8-9 hours. You can fly to Charlotte in an hour, and drive for another four hours to Pigeon Forge. Nashville is about the same price and flight time and three and a half hour to your destination. Knoxville is the nearest airport to Pigeon Forge,the flight time is about an hour also, with a final drive time of approx 47 mins, but costs $200 more to get there.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 4:11 PM
Jeff's avatar

So, I'm not allowed to believe that all of the options suck?


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Thursday, September 3, 2009 9:54 PM
a_hoffman50's avatar

no.

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