CoasterBuzz Podcast #147 posted

Posted Monday, July 6, 2009 1:35 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Jeff, Mike and Pat review this week's news in the amusement industry.

  • New ride at Universal Studios Florida still has no opening date. Jeff hears that they're trying hard to get it open by the end of July.
  • Beech Bend invites people to ride one of Michael Jackson's Sea Dragon. Coverage of the dead singer has been strange.
  • Kings Dominion's GM is profiled, we like the story. And she gets a new Intamin coaster that will be really big.
  • No one is talking about the new Carowinds ride yet. Why not?
  • Hall of Presidents reopens at Magic Kingdom. Gonch says they can't quite capture Obama's cool in animatronic form.
  • Now you can dress up as a pirate, with the whole family at Magic Kingdom. Which princess would you be?
  • The chuckin' baby park, Hong Kong Disneyland, wants to boost their attendance by 60%.
  • Merlin Entertainment is considering Central Florida for the second US Legoland park. How cool is the Millennium Falcon Lego set?
  • Stupid people buy tickets from the back of a van (metaphorically), and they're shocked that the tickets aren't valid.
  • Worker hit by train in Dueling Dragons field at Islands of Adventure. Jeff hears the guy was supposed to be there, but it creates more questions than answers.
  • Universal partially wins court battle over property taxes.
  • S&S gets a couple of roller coasters right. Hooray! Restraints sure are goofy. Intamin's "decorative" shoulder restraints might just be the most evolved.
  • Monorail crash at Disney World results in one dead operator. Still putting together what happened.
  • CoasterBuzz Club will be going up in price soon, to $25, after eight years at $20. You can still join or renew today at the old rate. Jeff explains why the increase is coming.
  • The Fall Affair at Holiday World promises to be a big deal. Register today! Gonch will be there if others show up.

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