CoasterBuzz Podcast #33 posted

Posted Sunday, May 21, 2006 11:48 PM | Contributed by Jeff

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

  • Chicago area family parks struggle for various reasons. Mike says there is room for these parks, but they don't do a good job of marketing themselves.
  • Jeff's mom thinks SeaWorld Orlando is cool. The new whale show has opened.
  • Orlando parks struggle to find workers. Is the pay an issue?
  • More on the Oakwood Hydro death. Very sad every time it comes up. The blame game is in motion.
  • Michigan's Adventure will get a water line, and they opened Grand Rapid, their new river ride.
  • Joyland: What's up with these small park operators and opposing forces?
  • Gurnee wants to tack on another buck for Six Flags Great America parking.
  • The big news: There is some evidence that Cedar Fair may be considering purchasing Paramount Parks. However, the alleged statement in the Toledo newspaper from Dick Kinzel was likely taken out of context.
  • BeastBuzz is coming up at Paramount's Kings Island on June 17. Sign up today!

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Monday, May 22, 2006 3:17 AM
Good podcast this week... for amusement purposes on the subject of Orlando parks and full time workers it should be noted the pay range for a ride host or hostess is $6.90 to $11.32 an hour... (still not really a living wage in the Orlando area.) The 'skilled' trades covered by the same collective bargaining agreement including horseshoers, wig artists and stage techs top around $19 an hour.

It also should be noted after the recent publicity about the hiring difficulties; the Service Trades Council of Unions (STCU) at WDW approached Disney suggesting it was time to raise the hourly minimums. This story of course appearing as a back page item in the Orlando Sentinel.

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Monday, May 22, 2006 1:09 PM
hey jeff i think cedar fair is going to "go for it" too.
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Monday, May 22, 2006 11:10 PM
Yeah, sounds like they "went for it" when the Podcast was being recorded!
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