Posted Monday, March 1, 2010 1:58 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Jeff, Mike, Carrie and Pat review this week's news in the amusement industry.
Link: CoasterBuzz Podcast
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.
That's a good plan. I'm really impressed the way the University has single-handedly begun to bring up Akron.
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.
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.
My author website: mgrantroberts.com
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.
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!
No one suggested they were new, smartypants. Only that I've never been on one.
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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