CoasterBuzz Podcast #194 posted

Posted Monday, October 11, 2010 12:08 AM | Contributed by Jeff

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

  • Carrie says recounts her experience at Phoenix Phall Phunfest at Knoebels. Accommodations are "challenging" around that area. Watch out for severed chicken heads.
  • Canobie Lake Park waiting on the traffic study to proceed with Euro Fighter.
  • Extreme World civil suit settled out of court, criminal trial of operator yet to come. We're still not comfortable with the precedent of someone doing a minimum wage job being charged with a crime.
  • Food & Wine Festival begins at Epcot. It's about cheese and wine, not drink around the world advance mode. Sidebar: box wine.
  • Checketts is out at S&S, no longer holding any stake and not consulting. What's with entrepreneurs that totally let go of something they started?
  • Cedar Fair sets out concrete financial goals for 2015, and reinstates the distribution. Does the entire sale fiasco seem even more ridiculous? This causes zero confidence for the executive team.
  • Another orca dies at SeaWorld Orlando, tired debate resumes about "free" versus captive animals.
  • Good clowns protest portrayal of evil clowns at Alton Towers. We all agree that it's probably a scam. And when did clowns become primarily evil? Sidebar: Insane Clown Posse are Evangelical Christians. And still not musicians. Also sidebar: Katy Perry and Elmo on Sesame Street.
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom announces a swing tower. They're the new drop tower.
  • Minor accident involving rollback on Pony Express at Knott's Berry Farm injures ten people. Expect the state to shut it down and investigate for two years.
  • Zippin Pippin rises in Green Bay. How many roller coasters did Elvis actually ever ride?
  • Mental illness advocates ask Cedar Point to shut down its asylum haunted attractions. Mike says it's the fault of Hollywood.
  • BooBuzz returns to Cedar Point on Friday, October 15.
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Monday, October 11, 2010 6:12 AM

Here is the original stuff about Stan's parking solution from August 2008 when it was first mooted.

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Monday, October 11, 2010 11:54 AM

Photo of the bird head is Here.

Our 'cottage' was terrible. Never again. Had a good time, glad to finally have met Carrie & Josh (and others). PPP was interesting, as is Knoebels. The park was odd, but they have some killer rides (My goodness the airtime on Phoenix should be illegal).

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Monday, October 11, 2010 12:09 PM

Which place did you stay? I was thinking of a cottage there for next year.

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Monday, October 11, 2010 12:31 PM

Ironically, I was one of the few not to wear the bird head. Although it did try to feed me a hot dog.

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Monday, October 11, 2010 12:40 PM

Wait, you were at our cabin?

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Monday, October 11, 2010 12:44 PM

That's not a chicken head!

Carrie: By living at home for Phunphest you got to endure the ridiculous traffic on 487, but you also got to take a hot shower. I understand one of the bigger motels up in Danville had no hot water all weekend. Fortunately I did not stay in that particular motel.

By a strange and probably meaningless coincidence, the binary number 101010 when converted to decimal is...is...42.

I'll start with that as I haven't listened to the whole thing yet. Just got to the part about evil clowns. I didn't think I was being cranky...:)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Last edited by RideMan, Monday, October 11, 2010 12:47 PM
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Monday, October 11, 2010 12:56 PM

Oh my. The bird head made the podcast? Guess I need to listen tonight.

We stayed at the Conway House / Knoebel Family cottage. It was very... interesting. All sorts of random oddities throughout. It kinda seemed like it was used more as a storage building. It smelled horribly moldy. In addition to the bird head, we also found (strangely) the front panel to the old Wolverine Wildcat train at Michigan's Adventure.

Accommodations aside, PPP weekend was a blast as always. Nice to hang out with Carrie and RGB. Just six months 'til opening day. ;)

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Monday, October 11, 2010 1:06 PM

Where was Carrie? She may be "the one" I never ran across this past weekend. As always, I will miss (almost) all of you until we meet again....likely at HWN '11. :)

The bird head was quirky/spooky fun, and Toro, as it always has, left me near speechless.

Signed, the Chair of the Committee to Keep Phoenix Legal! ;)

edit: need to figure out who birdhombre is...thought I knew everyone at the cabin.

Last edited by rollergator, Monday, October 11, 2010 1:09 PM
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Monday, October 11, 2010 1:09 PM

Bill, I introduced you to Carrie at one point, right before y'all took the group photo.

Don't feel bad, though, Ed didn't even know who I was until he asked Lisa :).

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Monday, October 11, 2010 1:15 PM

^Oh, I was so busy trying to break the 20-minute photo I ddin't hear you. Next time! :)

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Monday, October 11, 2010 1:37 PM

Tek, I was the one who reminded you of Jon Cryer. I was wearing either a Charlie Brown shirt or a gray Cedar Point hoodie. I should have introduced myself by screen name. :) Gator, we had breakfast together. lol

Dave, we had no hot water at the Days Inn Danville, although technically it wasn't "cold"... because the cold water tap was even colder.

mini-TR:
It was a pretty epic weekend for me. RavenAir and I started off at a deliciously empty SF Great Adventure, where I picked up my 12 new coaster credits in under 4 hours, after which we re-rode our favorites. I need to seriously update my top 10 now. Saturday we stopped at Dorney for a few hours on the way to Knoebels. Going back to the park on Sunday gave us plenty of time to experience Knoebels on a pleasantly sunny day without being in a rush to go anywhere or do anything. Although we did end up getting to Kennywood an hour later than intended, we managed to ride Sky Rocket in the front row (awesome) and most of the other coasters, plus Ghostwood Estate.

It was great to catch up with old friends and meet new ones, as always. :)

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Monday, October 11, 2010 2:30 PM

Oh! Didn't realize that was you, I just thought you were Vic's friend coming. Didn't put the 2 together. What'd you think of El Toro?

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Monday, October 11, 2010 2:34 PM

rollergator said:


Where was Carrie? She may be "the one" I never ran across this past weekend.

:( I'm going to get a complex, 'Gator. That's two years in a row I've been introduced to you and you said you didn't see me. In fact, this year we even hugged. *sigh*

Next time I'll wear a sign or something. ;)

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Monday, October 11, 2010 2:35 PM

I also got a Carrie hug! Sorry we didn't get to hang out more. :-\

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Monday, October 11, 2010 2:36 PM

Yeah, me, too! Time really flew by and there wasn't much of a chance to spend time with people it seemed. But it was great to meet you!

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Monday, October 11, 2010 2:37 PM

birdhombre said:
Gator, we had breakfast together. lol

Hi, I'm Bill. Who the H*** are you? Your profile pic isn't helping one bit, and now I know that I *know* you...but still can't put a SN together with your mother's way of addressing you.... ;)

:)

edit: Darnit Carrie! LOL! I get kinda overwhelmed - too many friends and acquaintances amnd introductions all in one place at one time together with...."party festivities" makes for a lousy memory. Long story short, I suck... :(

;)

Last edited by rollergator, Monday, October 11, 2010 2:40 PM
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Monday, October 11, 2010 2:39 PM

Hmmm, what's your excuse for me? Carrie M. = Carrie Myers. :) ;)

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Monday, October 11, 2010 2:40 PM

Tekwardo said:
What'd you think of El Toro?

We began El Toro in the middle of the last car, which just blew me away. Later in the evening we tried the front (or maybe middle of the front?) but Rory the ride host stapled me in so tight, I couldn't even adjust my coat under the restraint. It was painful just to sit there, not to mention spending most of the ride with my pelvis firmly pressed into the lap bar; hence, I can't give an unbiased review of the front. We then went to the very last seat and switched sides, so Vic had the pleasure of being stapled by Rory. He even commented how uncomfortable it was, and Rory said it had to be down far enough or a sensor would go off, but Vic is *not* a big guy by any stretch. Luckily, he had been sitting forward slightly during the stapling, so he then slid back a little and didn't have to spend the whole ride in pain.

That said, it's 2 against 1, and El Toro moved ahead of Ravine Flyer and Voyage for me. :)

Last edited by birdhombre, Monday, October 11, 2010 2:41 PM
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Monday, October 11, 2010 2:44 PM

rollergator said:
Hi, I'm Bill. Who the H*** are you? Your profile pic isn't helping one bit, and now I know that I *know* you...but still can't put a SN together with your mother's way of addressing you.... ;)

Oh, haha, sorry. I'm Bryan. I was with Vic most of the time.

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