National Geographic Tuesday Night

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 10:15 PM
Hey!

I just saw a comercail for a "WOLRD PREMIERE" of a two-hour documentary about building a "$25 Million dollar thrill ride", also know as Kingda Ka.

October 25, 2005
8 EST / 7CST

w00t!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005 10:23 PM
MAN YOU STOLE MY POST! I raced to the computer after seeing the commercial on the national geographic channel (watching the Vegas Hotel thing tonight), looks like you beat me to it. It's on that channel @ 8:00 pm eastern. Two hours of one ride. I don't know if I can handle it. Set your tivo, get the VCR ready, it's gonna be one cool night. So, Kingda Ka next Tuesday, I'm ready to go.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2005 11:30 PM
WOW. TWO hours dedicated to one ride on a national television channel. And some people had to ask why Six Flags decided to be cheap about breaking the record...:) I don't see Dragster getting any more media attention over it, does anybody else? Hmmm? Any takers? Thought so. ;)

So building record breaking ride is really an award all onto itself.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005 11:34 PM
For the first year? Yes! Just like it was for Dragster. Soon enough it'll be old hat, just like TTD and the next 'big coaster' will have a show dedicated to itself.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005 11:40 PM
I am looking at the online tv guide on msn.com and it says the show is only 1 hour long.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:02 AM

Lord Gonchar said:
For the first year? Yes! Just like it was for Dragster. Soon enough it'll be old hat, just like TTD and the next 'big coaster' will have a show dedicated to itself.

There's a big difference between an entire hour or two's slot of national programming dedicated to one ride (Kingda Ka) and a 5 minute segment, 10 minute at most, spot on a TV special (Dragster). Dragster never got more than 15 minutes of total non-news coverage on TV, while Kingda Ka has already 15 minutes under its belt with the history channel and now this upcoming program.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:08 AM
True.

Didn't CP have a whole show dedicated to it a couple of years ago? Was that prior to TTD or after?

I only ask because I suppose it could be argued that TTD, in part, scored the slot for CP.

Then again, which would you rather have? A show that sells your park for an hour or a 2 hour long show that breaks down the process of building a single ride that happens to be at your park?

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:15 AM
HAHA... sorry italianstallion

Well... from National Geographic is said there was one show at 8, then anohter at 10

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:19 AM
CP did have a show dedicated to themselves a few years ago, but it was before TTD was even built. That was a good show, they showed like behind the scenes and what happens at night, even showing their security center and offices.

They also mentioned the planning department and talked about the next "big" ride if I remember right (which turned out to be TTD)

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:20 AM

italianstallion said:
MAN YOU STOLE MY POST! I raced to the computer after seeing the commercial on the national geographic channel (...

WOW!

(sigh)

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:26 AM
will it be on out here in callie? i wana see it! that would be 5 my time and i get the national geographic channel if any one knows i dont get the tv guid till this fiday i beleave.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:28 AM
Cedar Point Fan Boys meet the Six Flags Fan Boys.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:30 AM

kRaXLeRidAh said:
So building record breaking ride is really an award all onto itself.

Nobody talks about S:TE anymore. Think they'll be talking about Kingda Ka in five years?

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:32 AM

DRMAN2004 said:
CP did have a show dedicated to themselves a few years ago, but it was before TTD was even built. That was a good show, they showed like behind the scenes and what happens at night, even showing their security center and offices.

Yeah, that was it.

Odd that the guide on my TV shows Next Tuesday at 8pm as a one hour episode of Megastructures with the title of "Ultimate Roller Coasters" (2005) and that the NGC site has no mention of it that I can find. It seems to be listing a standard episode of Megastructures about the Pentagon in that time slot.

Must be a recent decision to air it or something?

At any rate I'd expect a Megastructures style show covering more of the technical aspects and hurdles in making a ride this big more than a "Woo, look how cool this is" coaster-type show.

And I wouldn't be surprised if previous rides of the same nature get mentioned as well. ;)

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:42 AM

Neuski said:
Cedar Point Fan Boys meet the Six Flags Fan Boys.

Heh! I am shamed. Atleast the CP fan boys can spell. :-)

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:45 AM

Olsor said:

kRaXLeRidAh said:
So building record breaking ride is really an award all onto itself.

Nobody talks about S:TE anymore. Think they'll be talking about Kingda Ka in five years?


Well, the point obviously flew right past you...

It doesn't matter that nobody will be talking about Kingda Ka or Dragster in 5 years. That wasn't my point. The point is that the huge record breaking ride and the park associated with it is receiving free press on a huge level by allowing a national television channel to come in cover something as simple as a ride's construction and its opening as programming material. You don't see National Geographic or the Discovery Channel covering the construction of The Patriot or Hydra The Revenge. For Great Adventure, that's an additional advertising medium that most parks can't buy or access.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:52 AM
I still think this will have little to do with Great Adventure other than it happening to be the location of the ride.

I have a feeling this will be a technology show, not a coaster show.

There is a difference.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:58 AM

Olsor said:Nobody talks about S:TE anymore. Think they'll be talking about Kingda Ka in five years?

Sure, it'll be almost fully operational by then...;)

Personally, I'm looking forward to "the other new coaster, coming to GAdv for '06", and no, I have gotten Ka yet...

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005 1:14 AM
Anyone who misses it, I'll have it recorded and available for download.
*** Edited 10/19/2005 5:16:48 AM UTC by GoliathKills***
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Wednesday, October 19, 2005 1:19 AM
Kraxle,

"...receiving free press..."
Free press? How much did it cost to build that "free" press again?

"You don't see National Geographic or the Discovery Channel covering the construction of The Patriot or Hydra The Revenge."
No, but The Patriot isn't built yet - who's to say the park isn't taking footage now, and that it won't be featured in the future? Personally, I think The Patriot will garner a LOT of media attention due to it's name and theme to the Red White & Blue and may even be featured on some pro-America 4th-of-July special. As for Hydra? I don't recall any of Dorney's previous coasters getting so much media attention. While GAdv's free press ticket was sitting idle after tearing up the launch track, Hydra was giving 5am rides to some lucky riders while everyone else watched on Fox (I think it was Fox..) There were at least 2 pre-opening live shoots this year that I know of, and a live shoot for NBC-10's "10!" show (IIRC) that was set up with Hydra as the background. There may have been more media attention that I'm not even aware of.

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