CoasterBuzz Podcast #9 posted

Posted Monday, November 14, 2005 11:25 AM | Contributed by Jeff

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

  • Shamu gets an image makeover. Does the whale still sell?
  • A steel fabricator in Southern Ohio is featured in a TV documentary for its manufacturing of B&M roller coasters.
  • Six Flags seeks final bids and encourages investors to allow sale of the company. We again ponder the fate of the parks. Also, an insignificant shareholder endorses the Red Zone plan for Six Flags.
  • Two new indoor water park resorts are opening. Are these high-value attractions for families?
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon software developer sues Atari for unpaid royalties. Scott and Jeff give him the "killer app" salute.
  • Cedar Point and Geauga Lake hire a new ad agency. Pat talks about the message for Geauga Lake as seen in Pittsburgh.

Link: CoasterBuzz Podcast

Monday, November 14, 2005 2:25 PM
Jeff, perhaps you guys should start a Six Flags exclusive Podcast ;)

Another excellent podcast guys! I found the RCT portion to be interesting; I didn't know that Chris Sawyer programmed the game(s) all by himself. For somethign that popular nowadays that truly is amazing and he deserves recognition and compensation for that.

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Monday, November 14, 2005 2:55 PM
In regards to the indoor waterparks and whether they are a "value," I would say it depends on the time of year you go.

My daughter, my mom and I went to Castaway Bay in Sandusky last Thursday. At a cost of $99 which included the room and up to 4 admissions to the waterpark for 2 days, I'd say it was a good value. Now during peak summer months that same room can run $249 or higher. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't pay that when we could go to GL, which we have season passes for and is closer to home (Pgh area).

I personally wouldn't want to go to an indoor waterpark during the summer (unless it's one of those crappy rainy summers). But I guess people in the south could possibly welcome an indoor waterpark during the summer. It is so hot and humid in some areas of the south that I'm not even sure an outdoor waterpark could be refreshing.

BTW, Castaway Bay was pretty cool and I would go back even though Splash Lagoon in Erie is closer.

And Jeff and LG, I'm an ex-Moon Twp. peep, does that count?;)

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Monday, November 14, 2005 3:45 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar The Moon Twp. Crew! :)

Brett (impulse-ive) lives and/or lived here too.

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Monday, November 14, 2005 9:00 PM
Hey Guys!

Just want to comment on the lastest podcast...about the new ad company for Cedar Point and Geauge Lake. I don't know how any one could forget about the ad that Cedar Point Ran "There ain't no time for the summer time blues..." that is the ad that sticks out for me.....Thanks for your time

CoasterXtreme

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Monday, November 14, 2005 10:13 PM
Jeff's avatar Was that on their watch? Yeah, that was a big deal. I think they got more than one season out of that.

Great, now I won't be able to get it out of my head!

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Monday, November 14, 2005 11:32 PM
I remember seeing an ad for Thunder Canyon while watching some old TV shows we had taped back then. Thunder Canyon opened in 1986 and I believe the ad was talking about "the new ride at Cedar Point", so chances are MARC is responsible for it. It had some footage of the rafts going through the course and under the waterfalls. I believe it ended with an animation of a raft coming towards the screen above the Thunder Canyon logo. Anyone else remember this ad? I'll have to look for the tape when I go home at Thanksgiving.

edit: clarification
*** This post was edited by Junior 11/14/2005 11:34:57 PM ***

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005 12:27 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar Oh man. I remember the "Summertime Blues" ads. How did we forget those?
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Tuesday, November 15, 2005 11:14 AM
eightdotthree's avatar Gonch, agreed about the Geauga Lake marketing and the Six Flags burn. People in Pittsburgh don't know the park has changed hands, and won't go back based on previous bad visits. Its going to take very direct marketing or word of mouth to change that I think.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2005 6:56 PM
Jeff,

LoL, I still sing it while I am walking down the midway...It has stuck with me for all this time, must have done something right....Sorry I made you remember that little ditty! Now maybe there will be two people walking down the midway sing it :)

Sean

*** This post was edited by Sean Hess 11/15/2005 9:24:59 PM ***

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005 3:07 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Gonch, agreed about the Geauga Lake marketing...

Good. :) I always feel awkward stating an opinion for an entire city, the best I can do is pass along how it seems to me. In this case perhaps I nailed it.

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