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  1. Maybe it's just me, but I find the way PKI hyped the ride almost as interesting and unique as the ride itself. Not only was Tomb Raider known for being one of the best dark rides ever, but the case study behind the marketing of the ride is just incredible. If any of you ever wonder why Jeff Siebert is held in such high esteem, this ride is just one of the many reasons why. One of my favorite all-time forum topics is from over at CoasterBuzz, and really gives a great look at how spectacular this marketing scheme was. It's really worth a read if you have a few minutes, and you'll see a few familiar names too: http://coasterbuzz.com/Forums/Topic/tomb-raider-the-ride---proof-of-giant-top-spin I really hope Kings Island can look at this marketing scheme for possible future attractions, because it remains one of my favorite case studies. I'm even doing a college essay over it!
  2. Both living at working in downtown Indianapolis, I always enjoy the AwesomeCon and GenCon crowds. Glad to hear you had a great time
  3. Like shark said, it's important to note that Blackfish is put together very well, and is a captivating documentary. However, especially with news outlets with as much clout as the New York Times, you would think the reviewer would take the time to investigate the other side of the story as well. SeaWorld does need to take some of the blame though, or at least the PR team. While the facts in the documentary may not be accurate, SeaWorld and 42West (the PR agency SeaWorld hired) did a terrible job of presenting their information, and made it far too easy for the film makers to respond. What does SeaWorld do in response? They haven't completely accepted the fact that their awful financial situation is due in part to Blackfish. What do they need to do? I believe SeaWorld is stepping in the right direction with expanding its tanks, but a 2018 completion date may be too little too late. I think that, if possible, SeaWorld needs to move up that completion date. I also believe that SeaWorld needs to take responsibility for Blackfish, and show their publics what they are doing in order to make the orcas lives better. While the larger environments are a good step, a news release is not going to be picked up by the mainstream media (and more importantly, read by Blackfish supporters) unless Blackfish is brought up. Essentially SeaWorld needs to say "We've heard your voices, now here's how we're trying to help." I also believe SeaWorld needs to center its focus on the many many things the park does for marine life, including its animal rescues, efforts in the BP oil spill, etc. I could go on and on... Also, this Rick Munarriz article is a great read from a PR standpoint of what SeaWorld should do http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/04/08/4-things-that-seaworld-can-do-to-turn-things-around/ And another interesting article from the Washington Post, but this is a different conversation for a different time http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/wp/2014/08/19/after-blackfish-seaworld-hurt-financially-but-keeps-up-political-spending/
  4. ^ Blackfish is highly acclaimed by movie critics. The documentary got a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes and has been well received on multiple other sites. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/blackfish_2013/ http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/19/movies/blackfish-a-documentary-looks-critically-at-seaworld.html?_r=0 http://www.metacritic.com/movie/blackfish http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865571400/Sundance-review-Blackfish-is-an-alarming-film.html?pg=all
  5. Honestly if this is fake I'll be disappointed, because that's one kick*ss logo
  6. I'd be willing to be longest inverted coaster drop/fastest inverted coaster considering the terrain after the supposed zero-g.
  7. I think Gerstlauer is going to disagree with you on this one
  8. Screamscape would report that it would be a Mr Hankey themed coaster with big turds as the trains if someone emailed Lance and told him that. Howdy Ho! Did someone say a Mr. Hanke themed coaster? I'm in luck!!
  9. I'm literally laughing at the people who said HTCO owes them something. Honestly, even if he did say to go go visit the park... illegally... after midnight... who in their right mind would do it? All he did was post that there was something to see and that someone with a camera should visit asap. This entire website needs a
  10. The past 20 pages in this thread remind me of the AIM chat the night before the DB announcement because the countdown clock reached 0 at like 2 am and then nothing happened lol Some of y'all need to step away from the board and go breathe and take a nap, or something to calm you down.
  11. All signs point to Banshee the same way all signs pointed to an Intamin down south being named Cheetaka Oh wait
  12. Basing your argument off of roller coaster specials on television lol
  13. I think the best part of this post is that I would be 100% okay with a parking lot renovation for next season.
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