CoasterBuzz Podcast #161 posted

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

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

  • Playland goes POP, and it doesn't go over very well.
  • A guy from Disneyland Paris gets the California gig. This story isn't sexy.
  • Jeff's getting a lot of advice about living on the left coast. Vegas isn't the same when it's all business. He's also gonna miss the easy access to Cedar Point.
  • Knott's and Universal at war for Halloween? It's more an additive arrangement than versus. Gonch can't imagine it's better than what they do at Universal Orlando.
  • Disney stores making a come back? Might be a Steve Jobs inspired experience. You've got to differentiate when everyone sells Disney crap.
  • Raytheon opens shop at Epcot to encourage math and science studies for kids. It's PR, but it's a neat idea.
  • Vivendi considering unloading its share of NBC Universal. Jeff is still troubled by the idea of Comcast owning a broadcast network. They really killed TechTV, which spawned all kinds of other independent new media projects.
  • Son of Beast injury suit goes to trial, which is unusual. Jeff and Carrie share jury duty experiences.
  • Jeff posts video from the CoasterBuzz Club Fall Affair at Holiday World. Carrie reviews the super wet ERT.
  • Google tricycle captures Street View around various amusement parks. Online mapping is fun. We really dig the bird's eye view on Bing Maps.
  • Thorpe Park suspends employees for trying to contact the dead. Allegedly.
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