Posted Friday, December 23, 2005 2:43 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Motley Fool's Rick Munarriz says that Viacom's willingness to sell the Paramount Parks chain is illogical. He feels that a media company giving up 10 million visitors, precious "eyeballs" that you can market your product to, lacks common sense.
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*** This post was edited by +Danny 12/23/2005 2:55:01 PM ***
They still might be able to work out a licensing deal with the new owners (Cedar Fair maybe?) that would allow them to keep their movie connections at the parks. That might even lead to additional opportunities.
Cedar Fair is in one business: amusement parks (with some hotels on the side). They do that exceptionally well and I am quite sure Dick and the gang are looking at Kings Island, Carowinds, and the others quite seriously.
*** This post was edited by +Danny 12/24/2005 2:30:26 PM ***
P.S. Blue Streak ran as well as it has in years just one year ago!
Timberwolf, the late Herc, Mean Streak prove that they can also *not*...
Thunderhawk - I *loved* the first time I rode...even the second time (3-4 years ago) confirmed that the coaster still "had it". This last trip though, on the most recent PPP excursion, that ride had lost nearly everything but the opening sequence. The rest was horribly overbraked... :(
Back to Paramount though, I have to agree with Munarriz on this one, they're giving up on an awful lot of business *synergies*...
I'll always believe that only the very worst of designs can't be made AT LEAST *tolerable* with really dedicated maintenance...
Makes me wonder "what went right" with Texas Giant? ;)
It's NOT about the amount of money spent to maintain wood, it's about the LOVE of the carpenter/mechanics doing the day-to-day..the word maintainence in itself is a misnomer, since their being "continuosly re-built"...there's good reason that Raven and Legend got faster each and every SRM...then again, they were really solid designs to begin with...
edit: Just so I don't take this TOO far off-topic (too late?), Paramount is *loaded* with wooden coasters (save of course for PGA), maybe their wood-coaster maintenance will be improved by a sale? Other than PCar, *all* of their parks could use better care of their wood...
Wood, it's good... :)*** This post was edited by rollergator 12/25/2005 3:46:04 PM ***
The Villain was the roughest I have ever, ever, ever seen or felt on a woodie this year. It was in my top 20 and now it's dead last. It was "I wonder what the closest hospital is" bad. Nothing has come close to comparison in the brutality and roughness of that. Raging Wolf Bobs has a spot of bad and the rest is fairly smooth. Yawnable, but thumbs up for retracking, which was started by SF, so I'll give them credit for the start. Big Dipper can be a killer or bliss depending on what seat you're in.
Mean Streak is boring, squealy, jumpy, and bad. Blue Streak is nice and fun. Props on that one.
Thunderhawk's jerkiness and crunching into the track was a little offset by the annoying rattling of Hydra to get an exact impression of it. This is a coaster that has always had "half train" operation, so that's one thing that bugs me.
I couldn't ride Ghostrider more than twice due to the vibrating and roughness (is this a theme?), which was much worse than my rides a few years ago.
I haven't been on Timberwolf, but I've heard mixed reviews, mostly saying it's continually getting worse and it's a shadow of its former self. High Roller gets so-so word as well. Can't really comment on them personally though.
I guess the CF woodies really aren't that bad.
It's one thing-- actually a lengthy ongoing thing-- with a single park like Geauga Lake. It's a totally different critter when you talk about 4 or 5 Paramount Parks, or how ever many kazillion SF parks people think CF should just go out and snag. They have their hands full now operating 7 parks, why should or would they go out and instantly increase that to 12 or 15? (And not miss a beat in the operations of either their existing or the "new" parks.)
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