CoasterBuzz Podcast #178 posted

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

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

  • Nashville flooding prompts auctioning of the Holiday World staff. Gonch is counting his pennies to "own" Paula.
  • Cedar Fair is offering free admission for military folks, but only on certain days. Feels like a half-assed gesture intended to get more butts in the parks, especially compared to the SeaWorld parks' offer.
  • Shoot the Rapids didn't open in time for Cedar Point's opening because the boats don't fit. Another win for Intamin!
  • Mark Shapiro is out as CEO of Six Flags. He will be missed for changing the company culture to one of rational capital expenditures and new territory for marketing revenue. The group discusses where in-park marketing starts to cross a line.
  • The Walt Disney World Resort will add another 2,000 rooms with the Art of Animation, located on the grounds of what was going to be the other half of Pop Century. Check out the Bing map from bird's eye view of the unfinished buildings. Imagine what this means for off-property hotels, when Disney adds that many.
  • Q Investments wants Cedar Fair to pay out .50 a unit per year.
  • Sony Pictures wants to do an animated Rollercoaster Tycoon movie, and we're pretty sure it'll suck. Gonch neglected his kids to play that game and won a pinball machine.
  • Sea lion moves in at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom after some douchebag shoots him in the face.
  • Yet another thread erupts in the forums about virtual queues. Jeff believes the haters either don't understand it or are just unwilling to participate. FastPass rules.
  • The short seat belt conspiracy seems to have returned at Cedar Point's Millennium Force.
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Alexx Argen's avatar

Old shots of the abandoned hotel/ new hotel

Its sad when your best friend asks you the exact running time of a ride. Good thing I didnt know.

Jeff's avatar

Wow, great find! I'd be even more curious to see how much work was done in the hall and the guest rooms.

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birdhombre's avatar

Ryan at Illicit Ohio has quite a few pix in his gallery (linked at the bottom of this page). I'm not sure since he doesn't have captions, but based on where they are in the photo set I think this might be the inside of the main building:

Jeff's avatar

More good stuff. It's crazy how quickly they just stopped. It'll be interesting to see how much of what they did will be used in the final "Art" resort.

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kpjb's avatar

To keep up with every other post being a link:

Some video of the unfinished hotel.


Vater's avatar

Holy crap. Check out the 1:02 first glance I thought there was a giant cockroach cruising across the wall.

LostKause's avatar

Kpjp's link reminds me of Shadow of the Colossus. Sparse, abandons land with no one in sight. I expected to see a giant beast slowly walking towards the camera.

Those rooms look kind of small, imho, and I am used to staying at the cheaper hotels.

Jeff's avatar

They're really not that small. I have a great photo of the interior of the finished rooms, just not on me. Or online. I'm a hotel snob, and Pop Century has been good enough for me to stay at four times.

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Jeff's avatar

I posted some photos in the Day In Pictures forum of Pop Century rooms and what not, for reference.

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LostKause's avatar

Thanks for that. The rooms seem to me to be about the same size as most smaller rooms that I have stayed at, in various hotels. To me, they did seem smaller then that in the video.

Raven-Phile's avatar

To me, it's comparable to a Holiday Inn express, only with exterior entry.

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