CoasterBuzz Podcast #211 posted

Posted Monday, November 14, 2011 12:09 AM | Contributed by Jeff

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

  • New Orleans can't sell the former Six Flags site. Is it even viable? How is the city doing?
  • Cedar Fair going to spend $90 million in its amusement parks. Leviathan is the big one at Canada's Wonderland.
  • US travel goes a long way, some people don't feel like they need to leave the country.
  • Not a lot of 300-foot roller coasters open, so any new one is an event.
  • Universal Orlando continues to score big time, mostly because of the Harry Potter attractions. Jeff is playing Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7.
  • Dollywood's Wild Eagle is track complete. Jeff has high hopes for this B&M flavor, particularly with Dollywood's terrain and tree retention.
  • Remember what a big deal it was when the first floorless roller coaster opened in 1999?
  • Speed won't be a part of the new Sahara, which is a bummer.
  • Dippin' Dots files for bankruptcy.
  • Jeff is skipping IAAPA this year, but is regretting it, missing people. Hopes to go next year.
  • Coney Island has a record year, which has to be good for Zamperla. Will the numbers stay up after a year of newness?
  • Occupy is all about the free camping. Occupy Sillynonsense!.
  • Welfare dollars appear in Orlando from Missouri. Moral and political debate ensues.
  • Disney hitting much higher margins as room rates jump. Jeff researches some packages. The magic of Disney is mostly paying for as much as possible ahead of time.
  • When you work from home, every day is pants optional day.
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Monday, November 14, 2011 9:46 AM

"Battling Beavers" (beavis and butthead laugh)

I was wondering huccumb I was getting Christian Louboutin ads whenever I visit the site....turns out my membership expired. Time to renew...

Monday, November 14, 2011 1:11 PM

All reports indicate Ross Perot is still alive btw.

Monday, November 14, 2011 2:57 PM

Frank Purdue, however, is not.

Monday, November 14, 2011 3:10 PM

^^PURdue is a university. PERdue is a deceased chicken entrepreneur. That is all.

Monday, November 14, 2011 3:58 PM

For what it's worth, I've ridden Raptor in Gardaland (B&M Wing Rider) and it's smooth as glass.

Monday, November 14, 2011 3:59 PM

Boilermakers.... Might as well be chicken ranchers!

Go Blue.

Monday, November 14, 2011 4:04 PM

My dad was a Boilermaker..and it had nothing to do with the university. Boilermakers Local 28, bayonne, NJ! They built oil refineries, power plants, things like that.

Monday, November 14, 2011 4:47 PM

Place that in the category of things I don't care about.

Monday, November 14, 2011 5:02 PM

I never knew that's what a boilermaker actually was. TIL. (today I learned)

Monday, November 14, 2011 5:25 PM

Umm... Didn't they make "Boilers" like on Steam engines and such? Things that Boiled water? :-)

Monday, November 14, 2011 6:05 PM

Shhhh... I was trying to let Mike know that I found his post interesting.

Monday, November 14, 2011 6:43 PM

Glad someone did.

There's also a drink called a boilermaker.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 6:04 AM

So did Gonch have a job before being a stay at home dad? Would he consider going to work now or does he love the home life?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 2:40 PM

I've held a couple of 'real' jobs in my life - total crap stuff - jobs, not careers. The bulk of money I've made has always been on my own terms doing my own thing. I'm that guy. It's never been much, but it works for me. I'd be totally bohemian poor if it weren't for my lovely, talented and successful better half.

I've thought about jumping back in to the workforce, but given my personal situation and what options I'd face, I'm not sure the value proposition is there for me. I'd probably be better off continuing to find ways to profit off of me.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 6:21 AM

We know you will do just fine with any choice you make. It is just nice to see a parent (whichever) stay home with kids and help them learn and grow. That can be so much more important then having a two job family.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:11 PM

I'd love to be in Gonch's shoes. I hate working for other people (making the rich guy richer, if you will), and I'd love to raise some kids. I've never said it before, but good for you, Gonch.

Last edited by LostKause, Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:11 PM
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:34 PM

Thanks, guys. :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 1:28 PM

I don't see working for the man as "making the rich guy richer" so much as I see it as "making me richer." Of course, I'm not in corporate America and probably never will be, but I was for a few years.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 2:24 PM

I don't see it as either. I see working for the man as "making enough to provide for my family". Of course, my wife does what Gonch does: stays at home with the kids. I envy them only because I miss a lot of the milestones in my kids' lives. But I don't want the full time job that comes with that. :)


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