CoasterBuzz Podcast #57 posted

Posted Monday, December 18, 2006 7:29 PM | Contributed by Jeff

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

  • Six Flags outlines some of its plans for the new year.
  • Morey's Pier switches to magnetic cards instead of paper tickets. Good move for a classic operation.
  • Son of Beast will reopen without its loop. We're all scratching our head about what defines the ride.
  • Jeff and Cath do the Orlando thing.
  • Finding Nemo: The Musical is a winner at Animal Kingdom.
  • The buses at Disney World suck, especially if you stay at one of the value resorts out in the sticks.
  • People are abusing the accommodations made for the disabled, and the truly disabled people are the people who really lose.
  • Universal has a quality product, but they aren't very good at selling it.
  • In some cases they aren't respecting the time of their guests, and that's frustrating when you want them to succeed.
  • Lots of CoasterBuzz Club events are coming in 2007, including the Fall Affair at Holiday World, Saturday, September 29.

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Monday, December 18, 2006 10:06 PM
Great podcast---one of the best I've heard. Nice work! I especially enjoyed the discussion about entitlement vs. disability.
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Monday, December 18, 2006 11:18 PM
: : Wonders why Jeff said a-hole three times but bleeped Pat last month when he mentioned the store near Cedar Point that sells boob related items. : :
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Monday, December 18, 2006 11:19 PM
To add on the credit card fees. Working at Target, they push their own credit card for this reason. The money goes to them instead of MasterCard or VISA.I'm listening to your WDW stay and it is very Deja Vu. You went the same weekend at the same hotel and have the EXACT (on the dot) same complaints and pluses I had about the resort.

We started to get excited about bus lines with NO wheelchair people. It's sad we have to do that.
*** This post was edited by gomez 12/18/2006 11:45:56 PM ***

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006 12:52 AM
Little kids punching? Uff
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Tuesday, December 19, 2006 9:14 AM
I assure you, Target is still paying fees to MC/Visa. I'm sure they're getting a cut of the fees where ever the card is used, however.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2006 10:23 AM
I downloaded the podcast to my iPOD and enjoyed it as I strolled through Disneyland in my motorized wheelchair. Great job as usual guys ;)
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Tuesday, December 19, 2006 3:06 PM
How many trains did Incredible Hulk have on? (one) How about Dueling Dragons? I was mad at Universal Islands because they were only running one train on each side for Dueling Dragons. I think the problem with those two parks is that it's the same old stuff year after year. At Disney, they have added Expedition, Mission Space, Rockin Roller Coaster, Motor cars spectacular, Nemo at Epcot, Nemo at Animal Kingdom, Monsters is going to Magic Kingdom, Phil Harmagic, and so on.

Universal has added Mummy, and Shrek 3D. I don't consider Twister to be that great of a show at all. I thought that movie stunk. They just need to update. I know they don't have the Murder She Wrote show, and the Alfred Hitchcock. That's okay, but they never replaced it either. Also, how many motion simulator things do they have? They have Shrek, Terminator 3D, Back to the Future, and Jimmy Neutron Boy. Those rides are just with different people. I forgot about Terminator altogether. They are all watching a screen.

The real rides where you are not in a motion simulator for Universal Studios (not Islands) is Men in Black (which is good), Jaws, Earthquake, ET, and the Mummy. There might be another one, but that's a lot where it's not a motion simulator. I don't know if I consider Twister a ride, but rather a show.

However, you have to remember that Universal is still a top attended park as it was somewhere around 6 million last year. So, they probably feel that they don't have to change anything drastically. Islands is so big that there are people walking around the park that count for all the people in the park. I think that shows what other parks should do. Make there park huge just so people have to walk around to get to attractions, or basically eat food. They should make there park really big because there are less people on the rides than.

Of course, Islands of Adventure has really added anything new, and they have less to do. They aren't making it bigger to gain more popularity. They should have added something new by now since they opened. Sure, it's a good park, but they might need one or two more attractions in there. They don't even have to be roller coasters. How many people are saying, let's do both of these parks in one day? I think too many like me.

For Disney, I completely agree with the buses. I'm not talking about a resort though. I just talking about the Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, Transportation, and the MGM buses. Those buses take too long to pick up people wherever you are. Sure, they are a convenience but they should just have more where you don't have to wait 2 times to go the Magic Kingdom which is almost like an hour or something.

I know they try to cram those buses up with people, but you are paying a lot of money, and you expect the buses to do a better job. That's why I like Disneyland better. Disneyland has both parks right next to each other, and you can just literally walk less than a block to get to the other park. Also, I don't have to go to 4 parks to get all my rides when I can get to 2 all so close.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006 5:19 PM
Thats the difference between you and me Jeff, I would say something to the fat aholes your talking about.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2006 5:40 PM
Because you don't like the way some guy in a scooter behaves, he must be faking a disability? Any overweight person on a scooter must have "eaten themselves into diabetes"? The whole discussion about disability was ignorant and offensive.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2006 5:57 PM
Listen again Howie. There was never any lumping of all overweight people on scooters. Simma down...
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Tuesday, December 19, 2006 8:06 PM
Howie, if you listen again you'll see that we are very clear that we're not saying ALL people on scooters fall into that category. I also specifically state that I myself *AM* a diabetic, and one of my best friends has muscular dystrophy.

We may be opinionated, but on this subject we're HARDLY ignorant.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006 6:07 AM
One of the things I found really neat about staying on Disney property, that I didn't know about till a cast member asked me abotu it, was the fact that if you buy anything in a gift shop . They will hold it for you and deliver it to the gift shop of your resort so you don't have to lug around all the goodies you've aquired that day.

It was a really nice perk to be able to buy, say an on-ride photo and a sweatshirt, and not have to carry it all day or find a locker.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006 9:14 AM
Yeah, they outline that in one of the propaganda pieces, er, I mean, brochures. :) Universal does the same thing, though not as efficiently.
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