CoasterBuzz Podcast #79 posted
Posted | Contributed by Jeff
Jeff, Pat, Mike and Greg review this week's news in the amusement industry.
- Stadiums and parking and Cedar Fair. Never thought they'd be in the business of disputing that kind of project.
- Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk turns 100. We think boardwalk parks are a uniquely American experience.
- Six Flags New England gets their way and makes off-property parking more expensive for lot owners.
- Disneyland gets its day at the polls to dispute the zoning changes that would permit low-income housing in the "amusement district."
- Spending will go up slightly in US parks, but the Asian markets will grow 5% every year for the next several.
- The accident at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom seems so random. Is it something that will have far-reaching effects in the industry?
- Gonch says using retirees as employees is a trade off. On one hand, they're slower, but they're a lot more friendly than the average teen or college kid.
- He loves Silver Dollar and Celebration City.
- Jeff shares a story about an encounter with a retired worker at Universal. People go to Florida not to die, but to live.
- Mike did the Q-bot experience at Six Flags Great America, and liked it because of the large group and the kids.
- Jeff and Gonch remain unimpressed with food operations in all of the Cedar Fair parks they've been to.
- Lower height requirements make for a better family experience.
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