No Coaster Con Notes

Saturday, January 17, 2004 11:02 PM
C.Sanderson - ACE President
- ACE Museum - just got Silver Flash cars from Riverview
- just selected a new mgmt company

PKI - Jeff Seibert
-special announcement regarding an after party 9pm sponsored by Paramount

- Old Mill refurbed and rethemed to Garfields 3D Nightmare
- all enclosed - black lit
- art designed by Jim Davis -Garfields creator

Coaster Dynamix
- INCREDIBLE coaster model set
- $500
- O scale - 1:48

Family Entertainment Center
- Enchanted Castle
- possible addition in near future???

Six Flags Great America
- mardi gras band introduction
- They made a grand entrance with Bugs and Pepe Le Peu
- orleans place being updated to Mardi Gras - many buildings will be brand new
- 5 new rides
- king chaos - top spin
- big easy ballons
- Jestrs wild ride - Rocking Tug
- ragin' cajun- spinning wild mouse
- new bandshell in m.g. area - bands there every day
- revolution - frisbee - back by eagle in Ameri-Go-Round's location
- vegas style magic show
- gospelfest - jul 31
- joyfest - christian music - jul 10
- fiesta mexicana - jul 17&18
- kidsfest - jun 19-27
- mardi gras - weekends in may
- B:TR repainted - yellow rails - blac/gray rest
- demon repaint
- dejavu paint problem being investigated
- characters out 10-4 everyday
- new gm from gadv - Tim Black - Came to GAM on Oct 1, 2003 - happy to 'escape' newjersey
- back lot will remain closed to enter but might open for exiting
- eagle staying backwards
- planning on keeping Ameri-Go-Round carousel probably will be relocated in 2005
- waterpark is 'never dead' gm plans to focus on that aspect
- almost 1 million rides on suf
- july 10 - ace event
- season pass renewal - 69.99 early bird
- new perks - costers after dark - 3x 6/16 7/21 8/11 tentative dates
- goodie bags

Indiana Beach
- lawsuit from the "sisters" is over
- air crow- flying scooters
- lost coaster weekend - aug. 20-22
- new spaces in frankensteins castle - some expansion within current footprint
- new website on the way
- acquired land
- ace discount continues all season 50%

Six Flags Worlds of Adventure
- adding more bleachers and shade structure in dolphin area
- instituting new training and rewards program for employees
- expanding greeter program
- adding more signage and benches
- rwb and big dipper rehab
- adding dolphin discovery - pre-reg needed - in water w/ dolphins $150.00 or 50 observer fee (before park opens)
- capuchin monkeys, anteaters, porcuipines,south american raccoons upclose encounters
- no plan to bring rocket ride back
- coaster height variance approved of 210ft on Wild Life side - no plans for it in 2004

Holiday World Update
- 10 lane pwrslide
- jungle jets water spray area
- 2 smoking areas - park smoke free

Virtual Image Productions
- aka badnitrus crew
- incredible Knotts Silver Bullet animation

Cedar Point
- cabins at lighthouse
- indoor waterpark @ raddison
- coastermania - sept. 18
- swan boats - gone - nothing going there for now
- iron dragon and magnum repaint

Little A-Merrick-A
- bought little dipper from hillcrest - ill open in 2005
- lincoln park comet - in house - 2008??

Paramount Parks
- pcw
-vortex repaint
- borg will be black w. green spine & dark gray supports
- pga
- stealth was 'blocking' the areea behind it from growth
- pcan
- zamprla flyer with a 'twist' - not stated - details "soon"
- pki
- beast 25th anniv.
- coney mall refurb - 'hmmm...interesting tip...<wink, wink>' says jeff seibert
- rebuilding sob 'rose bowl' using same way as beast's 1st drop was done
- boomerang bay
- all parks
- nickelodeon celebration parade
- fairly odd parents characters added
- making of the movie magic show
- 1/2 off ace disc now at ALL paramount parks
- beastbuzz june 26
-free pass to any paramount park to all in attendance
- new sign will hopefully be up early summer
- bonfante garden included in season pass *** Edited 1/18/2004 4:55:12 AM UTC by redman822***

Saturday, January 17, 2004 11:08 PM
Sounds like you guys had fun - thanks for the update!
Saturday, January 17, 2004 11:42 PM
Awesome update...thanks!
Sunday, January 18, 2004 12:07 AM
NCC Photos...
Sunday, January 18, 2004 12:22 AM
By the way, any mention of Visionland at NCC? I know they're redoing their flume ride with a dinosaur theme, but was there any other talk or news?
Sunday, January 18, 2004 12:49 AM
nope...they weren't even mentioned...they are _well_ outside of the chicago area market

All parks that were mentioned during the day are in my notes...the only things that were left out of my notes were home vids and trip presentations *** Edited 1/18/2004 5:51:26 AM UTC by redman822***

Sunday, January 18, 2004 12:52 AM
George. I wouldn't exactly call Kennywood in the Chicago area market but that is on your list of people pitching their respective parks.

Sunday, January 18, 2004 12:55 AM
true but they (sorta) try to get themselves added as a "side trip" to CedarPoint.

She even said, at one point during her presentation, "Stop on by...we're only a couple hours away from that big park in Ohio..."

Sunday, January 18, 2004 12:58 AM
Very true. :)

Looks like SFGAm is going all out for this year. The area in question that they are going to re-vamp is overdue for a makover and some rides.

This completes the park as far as I am concerned.

Sunday, January 18, 2004 1:01 AM
Everyone was very amped about the new GM. He appeared to have a real sense of enthusiasm and didn't pull punches even when it came to "criticizing" GAm.

He made fun of the (as he put it) "Camoflage paint job" on DejaVu and when he was asked it DJV was going to be working reliably at the beginning of the year, he said he hoped so, but perhaps that is why it was camoflaged so noone would see the coaster. ;)

Sunday, January 18, 2004 1:04 AM
Goerge. Did they say exactly where the mouse coaster would be installed? Would the chicken restaurant in that area be removed for it?
Sunday, January 18, 2004 1:05 AM
I am so happy SFGAm is getting all these things in one year! I expected the new flats and mouse and was thrilled about it, and now we are getting new paint jobs and a revamped area! I am still shocked. By the way Chitown, I love your signature.
Sunday, January 18, 2004 2:13 AM
Cripes, Santa was good to Great America this year! I don't think any park has done that well for one season, save for Geauga's rebranding year. Wow.

Even just the new paint sounds great...

Sunday, January 18, 2004 2:56 AM

redman822 said:
- pki

- rebuilding sob 'rose bowl' using same way as beast's 1st drop was done

That's very good news, but no news about Winterfest? As Mr. Seibert said closing night: "wink, wink."

Sunday, January 18, 2004 8:56 AM

redman822 said:
Six Flags Worlds of Adventure
- instituting new training and rewards program for employees

Looks like SFWoA has been reading our threads ;).

I'm definitely pleased to hear that. It'll be interesting to see how it works for them. It's a big step in the right direction, and hopefully it'll help.

Looks like I'll have to visit WoA afew times next year to see how it's working.
*** Edited 1/18/2004 1:58:57 PM UTC by rOLLocOASt***

Sunday, January 18, 2004 10:23 AM
I think the coolest (not "Best", but coolest) news in there is that Paramount extended the 50% off admission to all parks. W00t!
Sunday, January 18, 2004 11:42 AM

rOLLocOASt said:
I'm definitely pleased to hear that [about the new training,etc for SFWoA]. It'll be interesting to see how it works for them. It's a big step in the right direction, and hopefully it'll help.

The only thing I can see wrong with it is -- is this too little too late? I heard lots of negative feedback from patrons (GP) when I visited there last summer. I just hope that the park hasn't dug themselves TOO BIG of a hole that they won't be able to climb out of it.

Sunday, January 18, 2004 11:58 AM
Did IB say where the land was that they bought?
Sunday, January 18, 2004 2:09 PM
Thanks for the excellant update!!!!
Did they mention anything else about the ert nights for season passholders???
And did they offer any details about the ace event???
Sunday, January 18, 2004 2:32 PM
Swoosh - The park is still open and had about 2million visitors this past year. They're not totally burried yet.

If they can keep their numbers from dropping at the rate they are, they might have a shot. Might take 5-6+ years to get their numbers up to a decent level again, but they've gotta start somewhere.


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