CoasterBuzz Podcast #203 posted

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

Jeff and Gonch review this week's news in the amusement industry.

  • Coaster season is officially upon us.
  • Intimidator 305 opens with a reprofiled first turn. Gonch and Jeff discuss the ups and downs of the love child of Millennium Force and Maverick.
  • Cedar Fair drama continues with Q, and one side or the other has to be lying about the circumstances of Jack Falfas' departure.
  • Aside: Comcast, you suck. Try delivering the bandwidth Jeff pays for.
  • Merlin Entertainments has a good year, and expects another.
  • The Tokyo Disney parks reopen after the earthquake, with some debate about how important that is.
  • Vancouver's Playland has a Star Flyer in its future.
  • Disney World monorail accident lawsuit is settled.
  • MouseZoom soft-launches for fans of Walt Disney World. The site features full-screen, detailed photographs, and a new forum. Go check it out!
  • Tilikum returns to performing at SeaWorld Orlando. The reaction generally falls into one of three categories.
  • Merchandise sales push up to 20% of revenue, helped by new rides.
  • SeaWorld Parks being sued for allegedly ripping off park designs. We don't buy it.
  • PointBuzz has some construction photos of Windseeker. Check them out!
  • Disney breaks ground on Shanghai park, opening in 2014. Isner says it'll be the best of Disney and China, implying that they'll get the culture this time.
  • Kentucky Kingdom denied funding by city, now asking for substantially less.
  • Dorney gets approval for another recycled ride, but so what? It's a nice park, and the water park is the focus. We love Talon.
  • Cedar Fair is doing a series of events with Guinness World Record organization.
  • New rides to watch this year: Texas Giant and Cheetah Hunt. Jeff says the latter will be the surprise hit of the year.
  • The Fall Affair at Holiday World will be September 17, 2011... save the date!
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