CoasterBuzz Podcast #205 posted

Posted Monday, June 13, 2011 12:03 AM | Contributed by Jeff

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

  • Ferris Wheel mania hits Las Vegas. What audience is Vegas after these days?
  • SeaWorld attendance is up. Perhaps there's a halo effect from the Harry Potter stuff at Universal Orlando.
  • New Jersey touts low injury rate, until girl fall to her death from Ferris wheel. No mechanical issues suspected at this point.
  • Fatal mini train accident attributed to speed. Questions arise about who is at fault. Gonch relates the story to the responsibility issues around the accident in Wisconsin.
  • Former Santa's Village becomes a zoo-like attraction. Mike says they went from competing with Six Flags to competing with two zoos.
  • Q Funding loses a proxy fight with Cedar Fair, then asks for another special meeting but is denied. Cedar Fair says it has pissed away $3 million on stuff relating to the Q lawsuits and proxy votes.
  • Cedar Point's Wildcat has a minor crash, this time at the final brakes.
  • Universal Orlando is totally Comcastic! NBC-Universal buys up Blackstone's half of the resort.
  • Six Flags America to retire Skull Mountain. Jeff recalls a story there. Despite some scary news stories over the years, the park's coaster package is somewhat underrated.
  • Dorney Park snaps up some new land. That park has awesome walk-ons when it's hot and everyone is in the water park.
  • Dallas beats Miami, Jeff launches into a Lebron slam.
  • Cedar Fair's CFO quits. Jeff saw it as a retention problem, but Carrie suggests that perhaps he just didn't see any upward mobility without going elsewhere.
  • Microsoft previews Kinect Disneyland Adventures for Xbox. Jeff doesn't quite get it, but Mike's princess girls totally do.
  • Water parks: Small kids and their dads.
  • Jeff took his family to Great Wolf Lodge in Washington, had a good time. It's a fairly solid value, though the food selections need help.
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Monday, June 13, 2011 8:54 PM

Part of the problem with selling SFA is that a lot of the land is wetlands, that the park can't build on, plus there's a protected historical site past Batwing.

And I fully agree with Gonch about Joker's Jinx. It's awesome!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 4:51 PM

I think the deal with Universal, Sea World, and Busch Gardens still exists. When I did it about 8 years ago it was $200 for 10 days at any of the parks and you could buy it at the ticket window.

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