CoasterBuzz Podcast #211 - November 14, 2011
Summary: 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. CoasterBuzz Club is ten years old! You can get the latest headlines on CoasterBuzz from the Twitter. Follow us @coasterbuzz. You can also like us on Facebook. CoasterBuzz Club is $25 per year. You can join or renew today. Enjoy CoasterBuzz with no ads.