Ouimet says the "staycation" is here to stay

Posted Thursday, January 10, 2013 9:21 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

The chief executive of one of the country's largest amusement park companies said since the economic downturn has people staying closer to home, staycations have boosted business at the parks. CEO Matt Ouimet on Wednesday predicted the staycation trend would continue even with the economy improving. He said Cedar Fair's parks generally draw most of their visitors from within a couple of hundred miles.

Read more from AP via ABC News.

Thursday, January 10, 2013 10:43 AM

Can't possibly explain how much I hate the word "staycation."

Thursday, January 10, 2013 10:59 AM


Thursday, January 10, 2013 11:18 AM

I was actually there, too. I love this guy. Seriously, we arrived at the same time, and he offered to help carry some of my gear into the plant. He was as giddy as any coaster enthusiast inside.

Thursday, January 10, 2013 2:36 PM

I don't mind the word staycation because at least it rhymes. It's "mancation" that I seriously want to punch whoever said it in the face.

Thursday, January 10, 2013 2:39 PM

Agreed, that is worse. I almost mentioned that above, but couldn't even bear to type it out.

Last edited by kpjb, Thursday, January 10, 2013 2:39 PM
Thursday, January 10, 2013 3:09 PM

What about manscaping? How do you feel about that?


Thursday, January 10, 2013 4:46 PM

The final childless getaways of married couples before their first born arrives, dubbed "Babymoon", is the worst for my ears.

Last edited by Rihard, Thursday, January 10, 2013 4:48 PM
Thursday, January 10, 2013 4:56 PM

My wife feels pretty strongly about manscaping.

Thursday, January 10, 2013 5:52 PM

Does she feel strongly for it or against it?

Friday, January 11, 2013 9:55 AM

What an odd diversion from the subject. Egad.

Friday, January 11, 2013 11:33 AM

Here are some higher res photos from the AP:


(EDIT: Not related to manscaping haha)

Last edited by Fun, Friday, January 11, 2013 11:35 AM
Friday, January 11, 2013 12:00 PM

I was surprised to learn that much of the track has the sand already inside. That seemed strange because it means the extra weight has to be shipped, but I suppose it has to be shipped no matter what. In contrast, the Intamin ride supports have plugs near the top and they put the sand in on-site.

Friday, January 11, 2013 12:15 PM

Thanks for that tidbit Jeff. I've often wondered about sand.

Friday, January 11, 2013 1:07 PM

Perhaps the weight per track piece is less of an issue when shipped domestically.

Friday, January 11, 2013 1:16 PM

Jeff, I've only ever seen one or two pieces of B&M track on a trailer due probably to the shape of the pieces not the weight. If adding the sand doesn't put the truck over the 80,000 pounds that the laws let you ship in why not put the sand in the track there. I would think that makes more sense then having other contractors and more labor hours to do it on site.

Friday, January 11, 2013 2:38 PM

I can see the point about "quality control" and doing it at the shop...

I could also see how the fuel costs to ship tons of sand 2,000 miles cross-country might tilt the balance the other way...

Friday, January 11, 2013 2:53 PM

So, do they fill all of their rides with sand? I thought that was just an exception with the one at Dorney to keep the NIMBYs at bay.

Friday, January 11, 2013 3:00 PM

B&M has installed a bunch of 'quiet' coasters.

I suppose with this going right over the main gate, it makes sense to keep the noise levels down.


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Friday, January 11, 2013 5:39 PM

The interwebz says:

"The cost to operate a truck, considering all private costs, varies by the distance traveled, ranging from 21.17 cents per ton-mile for shipments of less than 250 mile to 7.69 cents per ton-mile for shipments of over 500 miles´╗┐"

Batavia to the CP Parking lot is about 223 miles---let's call it 225 for grins, and 25 cents per ton-mile. So, it costs about $56 and change per ton to ship the sand+track to CP.


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