CoasterBuzz Podcast #40 posted

Posted Monday, July 31, 2006 7:59 PM | Contributed by Jeff

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

  • Skyhawk get technical.
  • The economics of cancelling PKI's Winterfest.
  • What do you sue for when you're hurt?
  • Geauga Lake vs. Kennywood: What was GL's ad agency thinking?
  • Cypress Gardens success in the water park.
  • Mental note: Don't leave stuff sitting around on a ride if it could hit someone in the head.
  • Wild Escape has people wondering if the developers are for real.
  • Taking on the weight issue among enthusiasts.
  • We want to hear from you. Literally. Send an MP3 with your questions, comments on stories, etc., to

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Monday, July 31, 2006 8:42 PM
The swings may be similar in design to the tower rides, but they aren't nearly as reliable mechanically. Skyhawk broke down the first week it was open, Valleyfair's installation was down for weeks(?), and Kennywood's Swing Shot hasn't run two sides for more than about a week all summer, and blows out sides on a weekly basis. I know that new rides are expected to have issues, but I've never seen rides have so many mechanical failures before (at least in Kennywood's case).
Monday, July 31, 2006 11:47 PM
JEFF?! How can you say you haven't seen any Kennywood ads? They are everywhere in Cleveland. It's hard to miss big yellow arrows with the Kennywood logo on it.
Tuesday, August 1, 2006 1:02 AM
Skyhawk seems to be running quite well. It was down a total of 3 days in all and it ran with one side on only a few occasions.
Tuesday, August 1, 2006 11:02 AM
I went to Kennywood this weekend, taking the I-76 route that Jeff mentioned. It takes about 2 hours to get there. It's not a bad drive at all. Kennywood really should advertise more in Akron.

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