CoasterBuzz Podcast #195 posted

Posted Monday, October 25, 2010 12:49 AM | Contributed by Jeff

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

  • BooBuzz on a Friday night at Cedar Point was an epic success. Gonch hit the haunts, Carrie got her first ride on Dragster while she was disappointed with Breakers Express. Crazy busy weekends for Cedar Point again this year.
  • Park staffing late in the year is clearly a problem for Cedar Point.
  • Carrie did the VIP tour at Dorney Park, a perk for her Coasting For Kids fundraising. You can still donate to Give Kids The World.
  • SeaWorld Orlando births a new orca. Jeff loves the circle of life stuff, blood and all.
  • Area around Carowinds wants to clean up and better deal with traffic.
  • Morey's ditches its giant slide, and we all wonder where they went. Was it the nuckle burns?
  • Pony Express investigation complete at Knott's, brake fins were apparently painted, contributing to failure. Was someone fired?
  • Cedar Point says "changes not required" to asylum attractions in response to mental illness advocacy group.
  • Holiday World sets another attendance record. What will the Kentucky Kingdom impact be?
  • A thrill park on International Drive in Orlando: Viable?
  • Busch Gardens Tampa is building a low to the ground, multiple launch ride. Gonch is skeptical, Jeff thinks the proximity to scenery can make or break it.
  • Still no word on what's up with Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket at Universal Studios Florida.
  • Q Funding calls out Dick Kinzel, wants a vote to split CEO and board duties. Hilariously, the SEC filing references CoasterBuzz.
  • Church and school groups criticize scorn lover story of haunt attractions at Busch Gardens Tampa. Kids are stupid, sure, but they're not that stupid.
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain announces Green Lantern. Strange low capacity choice for a park that size.
  • Legoland Florida is doing a good job keeping the park on the news radar. So not like Hard Rock Park. The Lego brand is very strong right now.
  • Seattle waterfront Ferris wheel? Jeff is all for it.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 5:00 PM
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Is there any hotel in the area that can truly meet the needs of someone with more discerning tastes in hotels? Is 4-diamond too much to ask?


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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 5:36 PM
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Carrie M. said:
I'm glad your experience was better than mine. I will say that my experience with the front desk at check-in was quite pleasant. My complaint resides solely with the quality of the room. I know it's slim pickings for quality hotels in Sandusky, but I still think there's no excuse for charging that much money for that little quality.

And really, is it ever really ok to offer a dirty room in a hotel?

This has been the NORM in this place for years... I was last there in 2005/6 - Same issues you experienced, and a musty moldy smell throughout - screaming kids in the hallways etc... I will gladly take my RV down and sleep in my own disinfected, bed bug free accommodations. Sorry you experienced what all to many have there.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 5:37 PM
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Jeff said:
Is there any hotel in the area that can truly meet the needs of someone with more discerning tastes in hotels? Is 4-diamond too much to ask?

Didn't Radisson make an attempt at this in the early 90's? (Pre CP/Castaway Bay) It wasn't a go for some reason. While not 4 star - it was at least 3.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 6:52 PM
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It was owned by CP for a long time. I think I stayed there in 1999 or 2000 and I'd barely give it 2. The furniture was way passed EOL.


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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 7:41 PM
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Corkscrew Follies said:
I agree with you Carreie there is no reason to charge that much money for such little quality. But, as has been posted before in other threads the majority of us still pay it for the convienence.

People gotta *sleep*. ;)


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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 9:53 PM
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LOL


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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 11:18 PM
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I stayed at the Rad back in '93 - I think that was Pre CP... Everything was pretty up to date then...Lest we forget - it only took 5-6 years for it to be ran into the ground...

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010 12:24 AM

The other issue with late season staffing...

What assurance does the park have that 60,000 people are going to show up? The difference between a 60,000 customer day and a 600 customer day is nothing more than a few degrees of temperature and a little bit of rain.

Or at least I presume that's the park's attitude. Do they want to pay a bunch of workers who are just going to get sent home after the first couple of hours?

The flip side of that, of course, is what the negative customer experience does for repeat visits. Personally, I think some of these parks...Cedar Point in particular, but really any park that has turned October into a second peak season...need to re-examine their whole approach to maintenance and staffing in this part of the year. No, it isn't smart to remove units from rides for early maintenance when you're going to get bigger crowds than you got in July. Yes, it means you need more supplies, more help. And maybe it means that some additional entertainment options need to be brought on-line. After all, there are no water rides, no water park, and many of the peak-season shows are gone. The haunts don't have the total capacity to completely make up for ALL of that. Not yet, anyway.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 5:54 PM
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rollergator said:
^Apollo? ;)

You rang?


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