Posted Monday, December 31, 2007 5:41 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Jeff, Richard, Rob and Pat review this week's news in the amusement industry.
Link: CoasterBuzz Podcast
Jeff, you said that you haven't been to Disneyland. The difference between the monorails at Disneyland, and the ones at Disney World is the fact that Disneyland's are sitdown. You can't stand up in the monorail at all. Thus, that means less capacity. Those monorails don't have high ceilings. You would have to bend your head down if you had to stand up, I believe. I believe that they also have open windows on those monorails whereas Disney World does not. Disney World has air-conditioning, and heat instead.
I was quite unimpressed of Disneyland's monorails. I like Disney World's a lot, but Disneyland was just not that great. At Disneyland, Wikipedia says that Disneyland runs 2 trains at a time. However, they were running 1 train for I don't know how long when I was there 2 years ago. That's because they were fixing something, or maybe it was because of a new attraction. The colors were red, purple, blue, and orange.
When I was at the Magic Kingdom, they had 3 trains on both Magic Kingdom lines (One is a hotel line), and 2 on the Epcot lines. For busier times, they probably usually more of them, but I was looking at the colors they had. It was later at night.
There are 12 monorails at Disneyworld.
They are a darker blue, purple, black with red stripe, dark red, gold, lime green, regular green, orange, magenta, peach, neon yellow, and gray.
I personally like darker blue, purple, dark red, black with red stripe, lime green, regular green, and neon yellow.
In one of the episodes of the first season, they showed the two of them going back home to Kettering, OH and they showed the park. It's massive and is dedicated to the street skater--which is what Dyrdek specializes in. In that same episode they went to King's Island.
I too find it amazing that Tony Hawk has managed to be as popular for as long as he has. I think the fact that he has managed to keep active in the sport has definitely helped. On the Tony Hawk Boom Boom Huck Jam tour, he put in a considerable amount of skating for the stop at SFA in 06'.
His continued involvement with the X Games on ESPN as a commentator has also kept his name out there. And he's just not some guy--this guy knows how to call all the tricks that people are throwing.
Why the majority of U.S. parks closedown (my opinion)
Richard was asking why most of the parks in America are closed at this time of year. I think besides staffing, it all boils down to weather. Things can get absolutely brutal in many areas of the country. Whether it's relentless snow due to the lakes, or storms that come down from Canada, there are also a lot of states that wind up in that in-between phase where they get a lot of ice.
The other reason is a lot of parks go into heavy-duty maintenance mode. Some rides are completely taken apart and inspected, Six Flags America (and I'm assuming many other parks) send their PTC trains back to PTC. Other rides get shrink-wrapped.
The bottom line is that I think a lot of people get to that point where they've had enough of riding in the cold weather and they'd rather due something else warmer.
The European Fair Phenomenon vs. America
I was talking to some guys this summer who had been to Oktoberfest and they mentioned that the rides are about $10 a piece (ouch!) But, if you look at a YouTube clip of the ride cycles, you're getting your money's worth, plus all the fancy lighting. I'm not really sure I'd want to be on some of those rides for that long--particularly the "Flying Circus" and "Vortex."
The longest ride-cycle I ever experienced was on a Huss Flipper owned by Reithoffer Shows. They were running it for about 7-8 minutes and some people were revisiting their dinners.
In America, you might see a special (expensive and/or big ride) or two at some fairs, but that's about it. It's rare to come across a fair that has a whole lot of big rides, unless you happen upon a fair like The York Interstate Fair or The Great Frederick Fair (both supplied by Reithoffer Shows), where their budget is obviously bigger.
Check out the layout on Google Maps
The effects are being done by Halloween Productions Inc, the trackless vechicles by ETF ride systems, and the guns by LaserStar.
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