CoasterBuzz Podcast #93 posted

Posted Monday, October 29, 2007 7:54 PM | Contributed by Jeff

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

  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will have a really big Christmas tree, but they're pissing off animal rights activists without any help.
  • Kings Dominion announced Dominator from Geauga Lake, and it remains the world's longest floorless coaster. A "debate" about recycling ride names reminds us of the old Batman coaster nonsense. Gonch makes an argument for reusing names.
  • Strange flume accident in Thailand. Asian news agencies don't seem to keep stuff on their Web sites for very long.
  • Coney Island's Astroland gets one more season, probably because the developer hasn't been allowed to do anything else.
  • Busch moves the theme park headquarters from St. Louis to Orlando. It was like building boats in North Dakota. Weird.
  • Cedar Fair announces the park is now California's Great America, and rides for 2008 and 2009. Read between the lines, 49ers: Our price is very, very high.
  • Jeff spent the weekend closing Cedar Point. Pretty solid crowds for being so cold. Jeff can't close the park the way he used to, due in part to the walking around and drinking (and the cold).
  • The conspiracy theories about Geauga Lake are getting really old. Time to let it go.
  • Quarterly results are on the horizon. Halloween events seems like gold in terms of adding attendance to the season totals.
  • Jeff is going to IAAPA in a couple of weeks, and wonders if there's really a story to cover there. Booth babes are not a story.

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