CoasterBuzz Podcast #172 posted

Posted Tuesday, March 16, 2010 3:55 AM | Contributed by Jeff

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

  • Mike takes his eldest daughter on a roller coaster at Disneyland.
  • Jeff describes the horror of an operating room for the delivery of his son.
  • A story on the regulatory aspect of a possible acquisition of NBC-Universal by Comcast is brewing.
  • The Cedar Fair vote was supposed to happen this week, and right now it looks very likely that the deal will fail. Carrie and Jeff feel that there has still not been a real slam-dunk reason for selling. Plenty of reasons for showing how inept the executives are, however. "I just want to get back to running parks."
  • SeaWorld Orlando and family of drowned trainer want to block release of video.
  • Rock Band is coming to a Cedar Fair park near you. It's a very Six Flags-like promotion, though we're not complaining.
  • Zippin Pippin is coming to Green Bay, sort of. Wait, didn't they tear it down? Preservationists cheer! It was Elvis' favorite coaster (since he'd clearly been on so many).
  • Texas Giant is getting a $10 million "upgrade" with steel track. Really? The expense to benefit ratio is pretty strange.
  • Weekly stupid file: Cashier at Busch Gardens Tampa tries to scam some ticket money.
  • How do you keep people coming back to a former World's Fair site in Seattle? Apparently amusement rides weren't the answer, and glass art is.
  • Six Flags bankruptcy trial begins to get approval for reorganization plan.
  • Disney starts selling a superawesomeeverywhere annual pass for $700. The crew works out the math, to see if it's worth the California parks and the Walt Disney World everything.
  • Mike asks Gonch what it's like to go to little hole in the wall parks compared to those that have a dozen roller coasters. Gonch likes to hang out, because he's cool like that.
  • Six Flags Great America starts prepping the wood coaster from the closed Kiddieland. Preservationists cheer!
  • Disney scores a million participants in their charity volunteering campaign.
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010 12:43 AM

As someone who works at national retail store. I can reassure you that over 50% of all monetary exchange is in cash.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 12:46 AM
Jeff's avatar

That's not entirely relevant. Most retail stores don't sell four $50 tickets at a time.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010 1:01 AM

I often have totals in the hundreds and get handed cash. Granted plastic is more common for totals that are higher, but cash is still up there.

Thursday, March 18, 2010 12:06 PM

Congrats to Jeff and his wife on the birth of their 1st child!!

Dream it! Do it!!

Monday, March 22, 2010 12:07 PM
LuvRaptor's avatar

Congrats Jeff and the Mrs. on the birth of your son!!! :)
Welcome to parenthood--the best ride of your life! :)


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Monday, March 22, 2010 1:05 PM

First of all, congratulations, Jeff, and pass our warm regards on to Simon. :)

Now that I have listened to both #171 and #172...I can't remember which show this was, but in regard to the fire at Adventureland--

The circuit breaker is an overcurrent shutoff device. it's fire protection in that it prevents the wiring from overheating and burning up due to an overload, but that's all it protects against. What is more likely to start a fire as a result of a mechanical failure (say, the roof collapsing on an arcade building) is an electrical arc. Arcing can easily start a fire, and in rare cases can actually cause an explosion if the current is high enough! Overcurrent protection won't help you there, especially circuit breakers which are intended to handle something like 150% of rated load in order to allow motors to start without tripping.

There are devices which will trip on arc faults, these are called "arc fault interrupters" and they are now required on residential bedroom circuits, but hardly anywhere else because of nuisance tripping on small motors.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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