CoasterBuzz Podcast #189 posted

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

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

  • Carrie is Hersheypark happy.
  • Woman allegedly harassed by security at Six Flags America for breastfeeding, despite Maryland law. Jeff and Gonch are all for it, Carrie says our culture has too many mixed messages about what to be inhibited about.
  • Family of boy who saw trainer drowning at SeaWorld sues the park. Jeff hates that everyone assumes every lawsuit is crap and lawyers are evil, even if this one isn't the greatest.
  • Mike's older daughter turns three, tries to be a roller coaster enthusiast like her dad.
  • Cedar Fair announces four Mondial WindSeekers, for Canada's Wonderland, Knott's Berry Farm, Cedar Point and Kings Island. Shocker.
  • Meanwhile, Funtime probably pissed off the entire industry by blowing the secret on Cedar Fair's ride announcements, and sets all kinds of bad will with the rest of the industry in the process.
  • We can't really decide if the WindSeeker rides will have broad appeal or not. They might or might not be thrilling rides, but the height might also get to people.
  • Sorry, Michigan's Adventure is not ripe for more giant rides. Muskegon has nice beaches, but wow is it out of the way from everywhere.
  • It sounds like there's a GM shake up in progress around Six Flags, which is not surprising with new executives in place.
  • Butterbeer, the beverage available at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, is all the rage. Some Web site found out what the nutritional data was. It's practically health food to the typical enthusiast.
  • Freestyle Music Park board bails, Gonch waxes nostalgic about Hard Rock Park, and for the millionth time, Jeff wonders what might have been. Carrie says Knights In White Satin will go down as the best dark ride ever as time goes on. Jeff also wonders if the licensing company did a poor job vetting the company that developed the park.
  • Businesses around Legoland Florida are all excited about it, but is it really enough of a stand-alone thing to keep people in town?
  • Luna Park at Coney Island serves up a million rides. Is it dirty enough?
  • Carowinds announces its own light show. We all like it.
  • Geauga Lake's Big Dipper shows up on eBay, and no one knows for real who owns it.
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birdhombre's avatar

Carrie cracks me up.

Mike: [My daughter] is actually the reason I was late [for the podcast].
Carrie: That's why I hate babies.


Carrie M.'s avatar


I've decided to be a Screamster at BooBuzz this year so I can scare babies.

"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

birdhombre's avatar

You mean the baby dolls on the way out of Happy Jack's? Warning: if you scare them, they might pee on you. :)

Hey, what's wrong with Weird Al?

"You seem healthy. So much for voodoo."

Lord Gonchar's avatar

Nothing, Greg. Nothing.

I was just at IOA and Butterbeer is a two part drink. They first dispense the liquid part and then the foam is dispensed on top of that. I personally didn't like the liquid part but the foam itself was actually pretty good.

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sirloindude's avatar

Jeff, regarding your comments regarding lawsuits being bad or whatever, I think we all just had a problem with this one. We're not generalizing, or at least not trying to. We just thought this case was as laughable as the Donald Duck one (one which I actually think, even in the clear absence of pretty much any credibility, still has more than this one), so I guess I'm confused why mocking that one was OK but criticizing this one didn't go over so well. I'm not upset or anything. I'm just curious.

13 Boomerang, 9 SLC, and 8 B-TR clones

Jeff's avatar

Because you can't generalize given the enormous difference in the details.

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sirloindude's avatar

I'm not so sure we're generalizing, though. I re-read the posts in the SeaWorld thread up until your first response, but I only saw 1 post prior to yours that gives off the impression of a generalization to me. I feel that the rest weren't generalizations in the slightest and actually rather valid points.

And I know that this case and the Donald Duck case are two completely different scenarios, but I don't believe we're saying this one is ridiculous because the Donald one is also. I think we're looking at this case in and of itself, and perhaps the proximity in time to the Donald one is leading us to group the two together as two laughable issues, which, though they might be, does give the impression of a generalization.

I'm not trying to tell you your opinion on this SeaWorld issue is wrong, and there could very well be some legitimate issue I'm not seeing, but from where I'm sitting, I don't see how the SeaWorld kid's family's claim is any more realistic or credible than the lady who thinks Donald Duck got fresh with her.

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13 Boomerang, 9 SLC, and 8 B-TR clones

I fully agree about the trains on Wildcat. I'd love to see them on ROAR at SFA.

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