CoasterBuzz Podcast #206 posted

Posted Sunday, June 26, 2011 11:49 PM | Contributed by Jeff

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

  • What are the reasonable expectations for avoiding injuries at amusement parks? A court says you can't assume anything, and you can sue.
  • Orlando parks up their gate prices again, now around $85. Gonch wonders if Disney will add a fifth park at some point. Biggest rises were in multi-day tickets.
  • Jersey recommends dual occupancy and bigger height requirement for Ferris wheels.
  • What's up with new rides not opening in time?
  • Fuji-Q opening what they call the steepest roller coaster, a Gerstlauer ride.
  • Cedar Fair annoyed by Q Investment lawsuits. I think we all are at this point.
  • Former Disney guy, Matthew Ouimet, named to the president and eventual CEO position at Cedar Fair. Jeff has a wishlist for what he'd like to see him do.
  • Kennywood's Pitt Fall is up for sale. What's next for them?
  • Attendance stories for 2010, Universal Orlando wins big, of course.
  • Chicago's Riverview remembered, remnants found.
  • Disneyland grad night will move to California Adventure in 2013.
  • Zippin Pippin brings in 45% more revenue.
  • Al Weiss retiring after a staggeringly long career with Disney, mostly at Walt Disney World.
  • Check out Richard's photos from North Korea.
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Monday, June 27, 2011 2:18 PM

After Animal Kingdom opened Disney saw "new parks + old parks =! more attendance". Instead attendance at Epcot & DHS fell in proportion to AK opening. What I think they'll do is add more to AK and DHS before adding another 5th gate.

Last edited by The Mole, Monday, June 27, 2011 2:37 PM
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Monday, June 27, 2011 2:22 PM

Ahhh, very interesting.

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Monday, June 27, 2011 3:26 PM

Yeah, both of those parks weren't slam dunks when they opened. I think the studio park is still seeking an identity. Animal Kingdom suffers from the issue of being a daytime park by default. The critters don't "work" 16 hours a day.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 10:09 AM

Solution: Double the number of critters and add a second shift.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 11:12 AM

They could have some real night owls in that park.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 3:03 PM

The real reason for new gates is to increase length ofstay. But WDW is already bumping against US cultural vacation-length limits---and that typical length has been falling for a long time. Some foreign markets typically plan longer trips, but that might not be a large enough slice to justify it.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 3:10 PM

Neuski said:
Solution: Double the number of critters and add a second shift.

Per Michele Bachmann: Eliminate child labor laws and have "kids" work the night shift? ;)

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 1:34 AM

That woman is a danger to herself and everything she breathes near.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 2:47 AM

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