CoasterBuzz Podcast #180 posted

Posted Sunday, June 6, 2010 11:54 PM | Contributed by Jeff

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

  • Gonch spent the holiday weekend at Cedar Point, Carrie at Six Flags Great America (with Mike).
  • Whacky Shack is 40 years old at Waldameer.
  • Bell's Amusement Park almost had a chance to lease land near Tulsa, then they county folk decided not to make the offer for a sales tax to pay for the land. Jeff's tired of taxes and the government being absolutely evil. Carrie makes the distinction between principal and situational beliefs.
  • Six Flags is doing the online social gaming thing. Jeff can't wait to block yet another application. If you're gonna waste time on the Internet, do it taunting LostKause on CoasterBuzz!
  • Kentucky Kingdom may have yet another chance, but what should it really be?
  • Universal Hollywood reopens its giant backlot with the help of the Governator and Steven Spielberg.
  • Zamperla pulls off Luna Park in just 100 days. A minor stabbing occurs outside the park on its opening weekend. The place was really mobbed.
  • Kings Island gets Googled to death, but we diffuse the reasoning to the park not having its proper domain name, and people who Google what they already know exists. A discussion about Chrome ensues.
  • Merlin wines and dines tourism officials from Florida to give assurance that Legoland Florida will be superawesome.
  • Security roughs up some teens with pepper spray at a Six Flags Over Texas show. Get off my lawn!
  • Teens rough up an autistic kids at Idlewild. Adults just watch and let it happen.
  • Give Kids The World is competing for some cash from Pepsi to do some upgrades at the village. Vote now!
  • IAAPA lobbies Washington at a cost of $190,000.
  • Shoot The Rapids at Cedar Point: Still not open. Only Intamin could make something not work that Arrow Dynamics did in the 70's.
  • Comcast says they wouldn't shed the theme parks if they acquired NBC-Universal.
  • Giant attempt at swim lesson: Not so interesting, actually.
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Monday, June 7, 2010 12:25 AM
LostKause's avatar

I've always wanted a shout out. lol

It's not taunting, Gonch. Carrie seems to understand. It's all in good fun.

Monday, June 7, 2010 1:56 AM
kpjb's avatar

I love that it's a "minor stabbing." Nothing to be concerned about, really. It's New York. To be expected.


Monday, June 7, 2010 2:19 PM
Jeff's avatar

Yep, adds to the ambiance. That's why I described it as minor!

Jeff - Editor - - My Blog - Silly Nonsense

Monday, June 7, 2010 9:02 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar

I know what you mean about the facebook apps. What I couldn't tell from your conversation was whether or not you realized that you can block posts from specific apps without blocking a specific person. I participate in a few apps. But, I block the ones I don't participate in.

By the way, Zamperla Flying Coasters.

Last edited by Jason Hammond, Monday, June 7, 2010 9:20 PM

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010 1:09 AM
Jeff's avatar

Yeah, I knew you could block apps, but I seem to recall they didn't have that feature available right away.

Jeff - Editor - - My Blog - Silly Nonsense

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 11:48 AM
Jason Hammond's avatar

That could be. It took me a while to get on Facebook. Plus they keep changing it. So, it's hard to keep up sometimes.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010 11:43 AM

• I wonder if people simply saw through the Bell's tax plan for what it was: properly executed, a lease arrangement will pay for itself and generate profit. The proper way for a government entity to finance that sort of transaction is with a bond issue, bonds to be repaid through the proceeds of the lease. What they were proposing is nothing more than a permanent, ultimately unrelated tax increase in that most hated of taxes, the sales tax.

• Dudley Do-Right does have lap bars that kind of go up and down and mostly just make it really awkward to get into and out of the boats. According to standards, restraints as we think about them are not actually required on anything until you get to certain levels of sustained acceleration, and even at that it is ultimately the designer's decision...every requirement in the standard says "unless otherwise indicated by the ride analysis."

• Facebook apps are annoying. More annoying than the ones that post updates to their users' pages (which can be blocked) are the ones that actually change the user's status message, which apparently cannot be blocked without blocking the user. (I'm looking at you, ChaserTV and UStream...) Am I the only one who wants to know what people are thinking and doing and want to share, but couldn't care less what those same people's browing habits are? "Look, I am watching this video" or "I'm visiting this web site" is right up there with the "I'm taking a dump" status updaters. On a related note--Jeff, I'm not really stalking you, it's just that your updates are more interesting than 80% of the other crap on Facebook. :)

• The Zamperla flying coasters are pretty awful, but I have to give them some credit: they are the only ones that really get the whole flying thing right. Their vehicle is on the right track, and the lift is really cool, but the ride action is kind of wasted with no real drops and barrel rolls that don't work very well. I've ridden the ones at Canada's Wonderland and Elitch Gardens, and was prevented from riding the one at Rye (AFTER I paid my ticket!!) because of the glasses thing.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

    /X\        _      *** Respect rides. They do not respect you. ***
/XXX\ /X\ /X\_ _ /X\__ _ _ _____


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