CoasterBuzz Podcast #157 posted

Posted Monday, September 21, 2009 6:43 PM | Contributed by Jeff

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

  • Mike says that his parents want to take him to Chicago's Kiddieland before it closes, but he says they never took him there in the first place.
  • Gonch wants the old Hard Rock Park street signs. Send them care of CoasterBuzz.
  • Costumed character jobs are probably be miserable. But those Marvel characters at Islands of Adventure have their unit showing.
  • Marvel cross-over series in the comics translate well into movie cross-overs.
  • Wild West World trial delayed as attorney has a cold. What happened to the right to a speedy trial?
  • Harry Potter announcement reveals... nothing! Word on the street is that the big ride will be based on the Robocoaster platform. Mike has been to Middle Earth, Narnia and doesn't want his kids to play Quidditch.
  • Megan Fox: Thespian.
  • Discussion of business ethics breaks out on CoasterBuzz over Wal-Mart after mention of Six Flags Nigeria deal.
  • New Orleans ready to terminate Six Flags lease. And get more money from them. Apparently they haven't noticed the company is in bankruptcy.
  • Strange device found mounted on a Disney World bus, grounds the entire fleet for a couple of hours.
  • We like Bing "bird's eye" view. One of Jeff's cats are on Google street view.
  • Cable snap on Knott's Xcelerator caught on video, and released (probably illegally) into the world. Hard to say what happened. This is another example of how a lack of transparency doesn't help anyone.
  • BooBuzz at Cedar Point had a slightly smaller crowd, but good times with lots of Maverick laps. Jeff got to see parts of the old convention center building, and there's a real treasure underneath it all.
  • We've been tossing the idea around of a tenth anniversary party/conference in January, maybe at Castaway Bay. Would you come?
  • The Fall Affair at Holiday World pre-registration deadline has passed, but we'll be accepting on-site registrations.
  • CoasterBuzz Club is $25 per year. You can join or renew today. Enjoy CoasterBuzz with no ads.

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Monday, September 21, 2009 8:03 PM

Bing's Birds eye view is nice. But im really digging Deep Zoom.

Couple of cool examples are Hard Rock Park Memorabilia

and the Deep Zoom Presidents (where you can drill deep down from portrait to portrait). Ive been experimenting with coaster photos with this application. Its pretty sweet!

Re: Anniversary Party

I would definitely be there if Gonch promises to discuss his views on Q-bot :) Though im not sure im fond of Ohio in the winter. Cold enough in Virginia.

Monday, September 21, 2009 8:25 PM

The bit on google maps was pretty entertaining. Well done! :)

Monday, September 21, 2009 9:12 PM

Jeff is this the architectural feature you were talking about? Cupola

Monday, September 21, 2009 9:28 PM

Yeah, duh. I couldn't think of the word!

DeepZoom is pretty sweet. Have you found the Easter eggs in the Hard Rock collection? Find Paul McCartney's letter, look on the upper left of the envelope. Zoom into the Paramount. Look closely at the marquee. Then the bobble heads.

I have a working prototype to look at roller coaster photos at full resolution. ;)

Monday, September 21, 2009 9:38 PM

How come Sandusky in January? Is Castaway Bay the only resort that hasn't been blacklisted for coaster enthusiast meetings? ;)

Besides that, I am down for a winter gathering of sorts.

Last edited by Carrie M., Monday, September 21, 2009 10:16 PM
Monday, September 21, 2009 10:07 PM

Sweet Jeff.. I never saw that one.. There so many to zoom in on.. Thats the total hotness.

I fully expected you would beat me to the punch on the coaster photos.. Your geek uberness always seems to be a slight step ahead of me.. At least I have a goal to strive for though ;)

Monday, September 21, 2009 10:16 PM

January 31 will be the 10th anniversary of the site, so that weekend gets us right there. As for the location, obviously we have a good relationship with Cedar Point, and we can probably get a pretty good group room rate there (and that includes the water park). Since the membership tends to lean a bit Midwest, I think it would make sense.

Monday, September 21, 2009 10:27 PM

I just have to say, my kids won't be playing quidditch either. ;)

As a fan of LOTR and Narnia, I had a very good laugh at that segment.

Also, about the convention center at Cedar Point, that isn't the only hidden architectural gem. There's a lot of history that has been glossed over and ignored or left behind at the park that I think would be wonderful to bring bring back. Every time I walk into the ballroom it is bittersweet. I love standing there in the middle of a room with such a great history, especially pertaining to jazz, but its so sad seeing it as an afterthought for the park. I've had several thoughts and dreams about what it would have been like to perform on that stage...grand, to say the least. I've spent way too much time in front of the picture of it in Town Hall.

Last edited by maXairMike, Monday, September 21, 2009 11:15 PM
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 10:03 PM

Jeff, you going to fly in from Redmond?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 11:20 PM

Fly in to where?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 11:48 PM

Griffin airport apparently.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 12:35 AM

Louisville and Evansville are the two closest airports. Unless you count Huntingburg's airport.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 7:55 AM

Redmond? Someone moving?

Do I need to resume stalking your blog again Jeff :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 8:53 AM

I'm not moving anywhere... yet. I am, however, interviewing in Redmond.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 9:08 AM

Nice. Assimilation is beginning into the MS Borg.. Best of luck on the interview.


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