Funtime threatens to sue Cedar Point if it builds Mondial's version of its StarFlyer

Posted Thursday, August 19, 2010 12:59 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Australian ride manufacturer Funtime Group, which has built 22 StarFlyers so far, thought it had a deal to build one for Cedar Point after amusement park executives flew to Orlando to see one. Instead, Funtime says they're buying a similar ride from Mondial, and intend to sue the park instead of the competing manufacturer.

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Friday, August 20, 2010 3:08 AM
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Michael W. Moss said:
Good Times.I've heard you say Good Times on the podcast so many times now that it's become a habit of mine to say it too lol

The unofficial podcast drinking game is to do a shot every time Jeff says, "Good times."

Hell, I play while we're recording. :)

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Friday, August 20, 2010 3:54 AM

CommonSense said:

I don't post much on here, nor do I come here often, but, didn't cedar fair say that it would please everyone, and have a nostalgia feel? How would 300+ feet tall swings bring nostalgia.

Concurrent with the grand opening in July* 2011, CP puts up a cool, sepia-toned sign next to the ride with pictures of the old swing ride. To wit: "Nearly a century ago, Cedar Point customers liked to take a swing by the beach. We're proud to say they can again -- even if we've raised the bar a little." Or something to that effect.

Ta-dah. Nostalgia. That'll be 25 cents.

(*Oops. I meant May. It's not like this is a you-know-what.)


Then again though, this is the same company, that seemingly thought noone would care when they closed Geauga Lake with no warning.

What the heck does that have to do with the cost of koala meat in China? Your comment is irrelevant, it's gratuitous, and (coming from me, one of the folks most P.O.'ed around here about GL's closing), it's insulting.


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Friday, August 20, 2010 3:57 AM

Lord Gonchar said:


The unofficial podcast drinking game is to do a shot every time Jeff says, "Good times."

Hell, I play while we're recording. :)

I'm not even positive if I shouldn't be doing a shot just because you mentioned it in a thread. Guess I better not take any chances! ;)


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Friday, August 20, 2010 7:25 AM

CommonSense said:
Pshhh, Do you not know that controvery creates cash?

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LostKause said:
I am sure that you are aware that there is a lot of politics, for lack of a better word, involved in the business.

He may not be aware. Taking everything you learn in the class room and applying it to real life sounds nice and all, but it's not that simple. Newspaper reporters put their pants on one leg at a time like everyone else. That means they have career goals, write to win awards, have a family to support, and ultimately, want to please their employers as much as, if not more than, the public.

So, I guess my point is, I can see why LK might have the perspective he does. However, as you know LK, the reporter doesn't operate independently. Which means, in a "polical" sense, employees higher on the Sandusky Register food chain (editors, staff bosses, etc.) were comfortable with the story being published. In fact, I'd venture to say Cedar Fair execs were comfortable (to a certain extent) with it being published. If not comfortable, they at least knew about it for a couple of days, if not weeks, before it was printed.

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Friday, August 20, 2010 8:21 AM
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Lord Gonchar said:
The unofficial podcast drinking game is to do a shot every time Jeff says, "Good times."

What are we suposed to do when he says, "Blah Blah Blah" :)


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Friday, August 20, 2010 10:46 AM
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d_port_12E said:


Newspaper reporters put their pants on one leg at a time like everyone else.

I've always hated that expression. I, for one, put my pants on both legs at a time. I sit on the bed, stick my legs in the pants, and pull up the pants.


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Friday, August 20, 2010 10:49 AM
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How very efficient of you. I smell over-achievement.


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Friday, August 20, 2010 10:49 AM
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I just don't wear any pants, so it doesn't apply to me either.


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Friday, August 20, 2010 10:53 AM
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I only wear cutoff jean shorts.


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Friday, August 20, 2010 10:58 AM

Are you a never nude or a bear?

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Friday, August 20, 2010 11:00 AM
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Neither, I wear Kilts :).


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Friday, August 20, 2010 11:05 AM
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robotfactory said:
Are you a never nude or a bear?

Never nude, duh.


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Friday, August 20, 2010 11:14 AM
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That was one of those shows that I didn't get into until it was over :(. Great show, though. But like My So Called Life, there just isn't enough greatness.


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Friday, August 20, 2010 11:44 AM
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LOL. I saw a t-shirt somewhere with a picture of a business card for "Tobias Funke' Analrapist", and I so wanted to buy it. I'm just not that much of a T-shirt guy, and besides - I might get kicked out of LaRonde for wearing it :).


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Friday, August 20, 2010 11:45 AM

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robotfactory said:
Are you a never nude or a bear?

Never nude, duh.

By any chance, you don't happen to be an analrapist, do you? ;)

Damn! Your next post beat me to it. :)

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Friday, August 20, 2010 11:54 AM

I'm a Never Nude, too. There's dozens of us. But I converted to a full-body God suit years ago.


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Friday, August 20, 2010 1:22 PM

Lord Gonchar said:

Michael W. Moss said:
Good Times.I've heard you say Good Times on the podcast so many times now that it's become a habit of mine to say it too lol

The unofficial podcast drinking game is to do a shot every time Jeff says, "Good times."

Hell, I play while we're recording. :)

Sweet :)


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Friday, August 20, 2010 8:51 PM
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I'll say it again, for the third time this topic...

I am not a reporter. I write fluff feature stories, mainly because I never went to "J School". (Edit - and movie reviews.)


I'll also remind everyone who has forgotten, I changed my mind just a few posts down, when my quickly posted reply was challenged. My new stance is that Cedar Point should counter-sue Funtime. (SO quit rubbing my nose in it, please.)

And I did think about where my viewpoint was coming from, and my experience on the subject is that, yes, reporters should only base stories on facts, but where the politics come in is when a reporter writes in the opinion page. That's where a balance has to be carefully watched.

This reporter wrote the facts. If the paper had Kick Kinzels blessings, that's great, because releasing that story a week before the announcement could possible jeopardize a friendly relationship between the two parties.

I already know that I am a loser. Can we move onto reminding someone else that they are a loser now, please? :)

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Friday, August 20, 2010 9:09 PM

Tekwardo said:
"This breaking news just in: Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead!"

Was that News For The Hard Of Hearing, Chevy? Because I am...


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Friday, August 20, 2010 9:09 PM
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Funtime is not going to get anything out of this except for a black eye.

Let me put it this way; Funtime does not exist without parks like those in the Cedar Fair chain. Cedar Fair is one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) player in the chain of industries that make their very existence as a company possible. Why would any company ever want to do business with them again? Look what happens if you "anger" them by going with another manufacturer?

If you read the article close enough, it's in plain sight that there never was a contract; Funtime was still hoping to get it, but didn't.

I'm behind Cedar Fair 100% in this one.

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