CoasterBuzz Podcast #211 posted
Posted Monday, November 14, 2011 12:09 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Jeff, Gonch and Mike review this week's news in the amusement industry.
- New Orleans can't sell the former Six Flags site. Is it even viable? How is the city doing?
- Cedar Fair going to spend $90 million in its amusement parks. Leviathan is the big one at Canada's Wonderland.
- US travel goes a long way, some people don't feel like they need to leave the country.
- Not a lot of 300-foot roller coasters open, so any new one is an event.
- Universal Orlando continues to score big time, mostly because of the Harry Potter attractions. Jeff is playing Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7.
- Dollywood's Wild Eagle is track complete. Jeff has high hopes for this B&M flavor, particularly with Dollywood's terrain and tree retention.
- Remember what a big deal it was when the first floorless roller coaster opened in 1999?
- Speed won't be a part of the new Sahara, which is a bummer.
- Dippin' Dots files for bankruptcy.
- Jeff is skipping IAAPA this year, but is regretting it, missing people. Hopes to go next year.
- Coney Island has a record year, which has to be good for Zamperla. Will the numbers stay up after a year of newness?
- Occupy is all about the free camping. Occupy Sillynonsense!.
- Welfare dollars appear in Orlando from Missouri. Moral and political debate ensues.
- Disney hitting much higher margins as room rates jump. Jeff researches some packages. The magic of Disney is mostly paying for as much as possible ahead of time.
- When you work from home, every day is pants optional day.
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