Posted Tuesday, December 4, 2007 7:43 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Jeff, Mike and Pat review this week's news in the amusement industry.
- Gonch gets pulled into a debate on "corporate" blogging.
- Jeff gives a quick recap from what little he at IAAPA's big trade show in Orlando.
- What's the point of Dinner in The Sky?
- Blue Man Group show at Universal Orlando is tweaked a bit, and there's digging behind Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure. Jeff also did Spiderman broken. Men In Black bonus.
- Kalahari is building in Virginia and advertising heavily in Cleveland.
- Cypress Gardens will persist with the new owners.
- ProSlide wants to open its own park. Does that seem weird? How long will the season really be in Ottawa?
- He ran into Jeff Siebert from Schlitterbahn and finally met Susie Storey in real life from a number of parks previously, now with Give Kids The World.
- Lenders are crossing their fingers that they'll make their money back on the Wild West World failure. Still can't believe anyone gave money to that guy.
- Universal wants to expand to South Korea. No surprise there as Southeast Asia and the Middle East are the big growth opportunities.
- Indiana Beach announces Steel Hawg roller coaster. It'll be interesting to see them squeeze that ride in.
- Critical meetings in Santa Clara will determine 49ers stadium and where it will be in relation to California's Great America.
- Disney gets its way as Anaheim pulls the zoning change for housing in the resort district.
- Jeff ran into Eric from Ultimate Rollercoaster at IOA.
- Holiday World announces new rides, a carousel and spring ride, for next year.
Link: CoasterBuzz Podcast
Tuesday, December 4, 2007 8:14 PM
Proslide already owns Mont Cascades, which is a skiing mountain with a small water park in the summer. Mont Cascades is 15-20 miles from Ottawa on the Quebec side.
Quebec has a lot of waterparks with pretty short seasons (open june to august) and they're all thriving. Super Aqua Club near montreal is buying the whole Proslide catalog, missing only the Rocket water coaster and a racer slide! Mont Saint-Sauveur is an extreme water park that has 3 water slides requiring helmets. Village Vacances Valcartier in Quebec City dropped 6 millions in a huge themed expansion a few years ago and they're very well themed now. So, the lenght of the season is not a factor..*** This post was edited by Absimilliard 12/4/2007 8:16:24 PM ***
Wednesday, December 5, 2007 1:11 AM
Since I live in a different world and all, I just wanted to throw in another perspective.
People work in tourist areas. So, it makes sense for people to live in tourist areas too. I lived in Celebration when I worked for Disney and it rocked. My commute to work was like 5 minutes.
When you live far away from the tourist areas, commuting WITH the tourists SUCKS big time. I realize Disneyland is completely different from Walt Disney World as far as geography, but there is a desire and need to live within touristy areas.
I'm not saying the area around Disneyland should have been rezoned, because I don't think it should have. But, you guys asked why anyone would ever want to live in/near a tourist area. Well, that's why.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007 11:21 AM
It's my first post on this topic! ;)
While I think that Holiday World's additions for next year will be wonderful for the park, I can't help but question the name "Reindeer Games." It just strikes me as a name that would be better suited for a games pavilion in the Christmas section. However, I haven't thought of any other suggestions for a name for the ride. Names don't really matter though - the park gets the idea that a ride that the entire family can ride and enjoy will be beneficial. That's the most important part.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007 5:06 PM
"All of the other reindeer...used to laugh and call him names. They wouldn't let poor Rudolph...join in any reindeer games."
That section of children's rides is called Rudolph's Reindeer Ranch ... that's our thinking behind the name.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007 5:40 PM
I thought that was obvious. Especially to the guy with a music degree. ;)
Wednesday, December 5, 2007 6:14 PM
I'd be glad to sing it for you on next week's podcast. :)
Wednesday, December 5, 2007 8:58 PM
Yes, I understood where the line came from - I just was saying that I thought the name could have had another use.
For the record, I never had to sing "Rudolph" in any class in college, even with my music degree. :)
"Gonch gets pulled into a debate on 'corporate' blogging."
Thursday, December 6, 2007 12:04 PM
Now who would DO such a thing? ;)
Thursday, December 6, 2007 1:25 PM
I even used your name on the podcast.
You've been outed. :)
Thursday, December 6, 2007 6:48 PM
My defense of Sandusky isn't so much a defense of Sandusky, but rather to make the point that it is not any different than any other town its size. Sandusky gets beat up a lot for being boring, but using the same criteria, 95% of towns are boring. It's always worth a laugh when someone from, say, Lima, Ohio, gets on PointBuzz and says, "Sandusky is teh sux." :)
Sandusky isn't any different than any other mid-size town in the Midwest, except for the lakefront, the indoor waterparks, and the world-class amusement park. :)