Eastcoaster Round-up

Sunday, February 8, 2004 5:56 PM
Figured I would give everyone an outline of what went on at Eastcoaster 04 yesterday in beautiful Allentown, PA. Sorry in advance for misspelled names.

Chris Ozemik - Dorney Park PR guy

-Big News, first official announcement, Dorney is getting a new flat for 2004, a Chance Morgan Revolution 32 (http://www.flatrides.com/Ride%20Index%20Pages/revolution32.html)

-They are also expanding the HalloWeekends, adding two new haunted houses and a new fright trail

-Coaster Madness will be June 4th

-They showed a video of the destruction of Hercules. There was no new news on the new floorless.

-Everyone got a piece of wood from Hercules, there was plenty to go around

Jeff Siebert, Scott Anderson, and Morean (Something, missed the last name) - Paramount Parks

-Showed an interesting short video on innovative rides installed at the parks over the years

-Video of Borg Invasion 4D in Las Vegas

-Video animation of Borg Assimilator (formerly Stealth) at PCWinds

-PCWland's Zamperla Volair flyer is going to be the first park model, and it is going to have a Hollywood theme to it.

-Video of the CoasterCon 26 Midway Olympics at PKD

-All parks are going to have their theaters completely renovated with state of the art equipment and seating

-All parks are getting an interactive show about movie making in which people can act out roles from several Paramount films (Star Trek, Titanic, ect.)

-All parks are going to have a character parade with mascots and large floats

-The rosebowl section of SoB is being completely rebuilt from the ground up with a new tracking system

-The Beast was said to have run faster and better last year then anytime in its history, and they continue to make structural improvements so they can remove more trims from the ride

-Video animation of boomerang Bay at PKI and PGA

-Everyone got a booklet with a free pass to any of the US Paramount parks and Bonfonte Gardens, as well as passes to the media day of Boomerang Bay at PKI and a ticket for a commemorative beach towel

-ACE members now get half price admission at all US Paramount parks and Bonfonte Gardens

Paul Ruban - resident Coaster Tool

-Showed a video of the full sized Screaming Squirrel from S&S Power in operation

-Showed an animation of a new concept from Interactive rides called the Frequent Faller where the layout is much like the Screaming Squirrel, but the track is mounted on its side and the cars rock back and forth on a pivot mounted to the track. It is tough to describe, but it looks like an interesting concept

Tom Rebbie - Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters

-This year is PTC's 100th anniversary

-They are rebuilding SFA's trains for both coasters

-They are rebuilding the trains for the Hoosier Hurricane

-They have been contracted to build the new Tsunami trains. It will be two trains of four two bench cars, with the option of adding two more cars on each train in the next few years. The trains are going to be painted "blood red" and have a classic line trimming on them (the paint will look like the train here, but in the modern "box" train http://www.penncoasters.com/tripreports/PTC/PTC012.jpg)

-Also being built is the train for the new coaster at Thunder Ridge in the Dells. It will be just one train with three two bench cars.

-New trains for Spaland in Japan are being built

Janis Witherow - Cedar Point

-Lighthouse Point is getting many new additions

-Soak City is getting a new water activity area

-The Radison is being turned into a year round resort with an indoor water park including a water coaster. It should be open by Nov.

-TTD may be getting heat sinks to help cool the catch car which would overheat in the summer last year. It may also be getting larger hydraulic motors

-Well done TTD video shown

-Opening is May 8th<BR>-Coastermania is Sept 18th this year

-The park will now be open the two Fridays before HalloWeekends starts

-Silver Dollar Grill will now be the Gameday Grill, a sports grill.

-New stand, Doughnut Time, will be opened with fresh baked doughnuts

-Boathouse Restaurant is now a Famous Dave's

-Corkscrew has been repainted in the same colors

-Iron Dragon has been repainted in red and yellow

Cathy Burrows and Laura Woodburn - Hersheypark

-Stormrunner was just crowned this week. A construction video and animation was shown. The coaster will have a duel track station with a switchover track before and after the station

Jeff Pike - Great Coasters International, Inc.

-Started with a video of the Ozark Wildcat

-Thunderhead moving along well. It will feature a 100 foot vertical drop into a steeply banked S-turn, banking as high as 72 degrees, a station fly through, and it is surrounded by woods for great night time rides

Ann and Brian - Consign Systems

-Talked about coaster control systems

Videos of SFWOA and KennyKon were shown

Ray Uberoth

-Talked about the ACE archives consolidation

Rich Munch

-Talked about the Roller Coaster Museum

-Cars from the Silver Flash from Riverview Park have been donated

-A train from Mister Twister was donated by SFEG

Janis Witherow, again

-Talked about CoasterCon 27 being held at CP, SFWOA, and Memphis Kiddiepark

-CoasterCon 28 will be held at SFGAm

Video of Baulder was show

Charity Auction included the entrance sign from Hercules, banners from CP, and GCII lapbars

Finally, a video celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Beast was shown

That is about it. Everyone was invited to visit the ACE archives afterwards, but I have been there, so I just headed home.

*** Edited 2/8/2004 11:08:59 PM UTC by Black 7***

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Sunday, February 8, 2004 6:30 PM

Black 7 said:


Videos of SFWOA and KennyKon were shown


That would be me.

Coasterman Mike

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Sunday, February 8, 2004 6:49 PM

...in beautiful Allentown, PA.

Sarcasm, right? :)

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Sunday, February 8, 2004 7:31 PM
LG: yup, it is particularly lovely this time of year ;)

Mike, thanks, I missed your name the first time, was not paying attention. Nice job, BTW.

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Sunday, February 8, 2004 9:37 PM
Black 7, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Mike

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Sunday, February 8, 2004 9:41 PM
Nice videos. I liked the KennyKon one most. Hope to see more next year if I go.
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Monday, February 9, 2004 12:41 AM
Thank you, Black 7, for the detailed report. It is much appreciated for those of us who could not make it.

Mike

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Monday, February 9, 2004 12:58 AM
The train for the Dells coaster is only going to hold 12 people? That doesn't seem right.
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Monday, February 9, 2004 3:55 AM
Nothing that has been said about the Timber Falls coaster seems right...

-Nate

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Monday, February 9, 2004 10:02 AM
"Jeff Siebert, Scott Anderson, and Morean (Something, missed the last name) - Paramount Parks"

Maureen Boothe.... PKI's fantastic new Marketing and Communications Area Manager. A terririfc addition to the team!

Shaggy

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Monday, February 9, 2004 11:54 AM
Did I read that right: ACE members get 1/2 price admission at all paramount parks?
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Monday, February 9, 2004 12:03 PM
yes!
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Monday, February 9, 2004 12:04 PM
Yep, Andy, They said that at NCC, too... http://www.coasterbuzz.com/forum.aspx?mode=thread&TopicID=36602
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Monday, February 9, 2004 5:31 PM

ApolloAndy said:
Did I read that right: ACE members get 1/2 price admission at all paramount parks?

All parks in the US, it does not include Canada's Wonderland :(, which kinda sucks since I plan to visit there this year.

It also does not include The Star Trek Experiance in Las Vegas.

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Monday, February 9, 2004 5:59 PM

Black 7 said:


-The Beast was said to have run faster and better last year then anytime in its history...


You can't be serious.

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Monday, February 9, 2004 6:41 PM
Hmm...CoasterMania is being moved to Sept, I wonder why they'd move it back that late in the season. I'm thinking it may be because if they push it off that long then they can announce what they're building for 2005 then. Seems like a pretty good idea to me, I believe that's usually around the time they announce what they've got baking in the oven. lol.
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Monday, February 9, 2004 7:00 PM
bassman - Coastermania is moved to Sept because the ACE Con is this June. C-mania will be back in June in 2005, I'd assume.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2004 9:17 PM
Yea, that makes sense. I still think that would be an awesome time to either debut, or hype any possible ride that may be built for the 2005 season.
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