CoasterBuzz Podcast #78 posted

Posted Monday, June 18, 2007 6:56 PM | Contributed by Jeff

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

  • Coastermania was last weekend, and Jeff brought a date who didn't run.
  • Jeff gives a brief review of the Blue Man Group show at Universal Orlando.
  • Astroland now considering relocation.
  • Six Flags busted by EPA for not reporting pool chemicals at Wild Waves.
  • Six Flags revenue up on flat attendance, though it's probably too early to tell what this season will be like for the company.
  • Vallejo selling Discovery Kingdom property to Six Flags.
  • Star Wars freaks descend upon Disney-MGM. Bust out the Yoda tats.
  • Disney sub ride for the disabled shows creative solution for the ride.
  • Universal Orlando wants to amend its master plan with more rooms, retail, office space and employee housing.
  • Disneyland's Club 33: Is exclusivity itself the attraction?
  • Corkscrew Hill as a feature film? Good luck with that.
  • Wild West World gets it right with a mix of family rides.
  • What happened to all of the amusement park fan sites?

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007 11:49 AM
Corkscrew Hill is a 3D simulator, and a pretty fun one at that.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2007 9:24 PM
On what Universal could add.. while yes, they own Wet-n-Wild, they don't own the land that its on (a lease and an expensive one at that,) so they could certainly consider moving the park to their own land. Also with Sea World building its new waterpark, Wet-n-Wild is going to have to "step it up" to remain competitive. In terms of a full new park, the general consensus around here is that the theme park market is full, at least for now; rumors (again) that Six Flags has broken ground on something down here (again) not withstanding. (lol)

As an Orlando resident, I think the resistance towards Universal wanting to add employee housing is probably coming from the overall state of the "Kirkman Corridor" and the ever-increasing crime.

Wouldn't it be great if when they re-theme Dueling Dragons to Harry Potter they actually began running the ride somewhere near its theoretical capacity? Just dreaming.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007 11:40 PM
Neuski, I was about to mention the Corkscrew Hill story myself. A pretty fun simulator? Totally. A simulator with a story begging to be adapted to film? C'mon...

It does look like the guys behind Corkscrew Hill have quite a bit of creative talent behind them, though. Looks like in addition to their big portfolio of themed attractions, they have actually done some work in movies like 'X-Men' and that Jet Li movie from a few years back called 'The One'. Check out their site at http://www.kwcc.com/

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007 3:19 AM
I don't listen to the ones I do (because I've heard it already) I do like to listen to the shows I can't make.

I was in Branson Sunday night, BTW. Glad you guys care. ;)

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007 9:34 AM
Don't worry Gonch... us stalkers knew where you were at.
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