CoasterBuzz Podcast #171 posted

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

  • Olympic fever... now complete. Neat online coverage, when it was live at least.
  • The proxy statement is out, the votes are coming in, and the deal to take Cedar Fair private isn't looking very good.
  • Dubai firm reduces stake in Merlin. Rumors about Merlin going public still haven't panned out.
  • Coney Island the darling of Mayor Bloomberg. Gonch says the seedy feel of the old amusement area was part of the character. Jeff asks why new and shiny is so frowned upon when it comes to new development.
  • China has its second wood coaster on order, this one coming from GCI.
  • Darien Lake is getting a water park. Really? What took them so long? Six Flags back in the day seemed slow to invest in water parks.
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  • In event news, the Fall Affair flyer has been posted. Splashin' Safari will be open this year during the event! Details on Timbers Fest also posted to the club page.
  • Lo-Q is makin' money by helping people sell upcharge stuff. FTW!
  • Kentucky folk trying to sue Six Flags and keep them from removing the rides from Kentucky Kingdom. Still a big mystery over how Six Flags could not own the rides.
  • Ferrari World opening later this year with world's fastest coaster.
  • Captain EO coming back for a limited engagement at Disneyland. Does anyone care?
  • Trainer dies at SeaWorld Orlando as orca drags her into the water. Debate ensues about whether or not it's right for the animals to be captive. Where are the protests when SeaWorld saves and rehabilitates some animals off the coast of California?
  • Worlds of Fun announces a light show, hopefully will keep folks in the park later. Coaster dorks yawn, but it's still a good idea.

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Jeff brough up the Quaker Square area in Akron, OH. In the last 2yrs, The University of Akron has bought the Quaker Square area, and began using the old hotel rooms as dormitories for residence hall students. They still have some hotel rooms; possibly for our hospitality program.

Dream it! Do it!!

Jeff's avatar

That's a good plan. I'm really impressed the way the University has single-handedly begun to bring up Akron.

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With all of the construction that's going on, including them building our new football stadium, the area is looking much better year after year.

Dream it! Do it!!

My wife and I spent our wedding night at the Quaker Hilton. Never forget those round rooms.

Akron has come a long way in the last decade or so: Canal Park, the new library, the convention center (which is turning a better profit than expected), the expanded art museum. On the down side, Inventure Place ended up being a total bust.

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Inventure Place is being converted to a technical school of some sort. I haven't heard many details on it; they've been working on it for a while now.

Dream it! Do it!!

Just want to point out that a water coaster with LIMs is nothing new. There have been 5 installations in the world with 3 more coming this year, and one already announced for next year.

Not only is this not a new concept, but it is an old concept for the general area. The first one opened in Mason Ohio at the Great Wolf Lodge 4 years ago. SFKK's Deluge also featured this technology when it opened 3 years ago.

Just wanted to point this out as it seems to be a common misconception that Holiday World
is the first with LIMs when in fact there's nothing special about it. To be fair (and get Paula off my back) it has some "special" qualities, it will be longer than the rest, and most importantly it will have a lift that guests get to ride up (huge win, and ADA accessible), no more stairs!

Jeff's avatar

No one suggested they were new, smartypants. Only that I've never been on one.

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Jason Hammond's avatar

I was very disappointed in Deluge. For all the stair climbing, I would mush rather have gotten on a regular water slide. With it's length and the fact that it has no stairs, I have much higher expectations for Wildebeast. The only other water coaster I've ridden is the one at Castaway Bay. It was better, but still not as much fun as a regular body slide.

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Jeff said:
No one suggested they were new, smartypants.

Jeff is using parental language now.. how cute :)

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