Has the Australian Industry got it all wrong

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Postby tom750 » Fri Jan 21, 2005 3:14 pm

Why could they not have a Disney in Melbourn?

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Postby HUSSRAINBOW » Fri Jan 21, 2005 5:38 pm

fk the parks i say, im all for the transportables :D
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Postby gibbo » Sat Jan 22, 2005 9:04 am

I guess parks versus transportables is an each to their own.

OK, I'm trying to think of a set of analogies that won't offend too many people, so this is the best I can do (yes, I had a lot worse).

Parks are like the potential lady (or man - princess) that you find at a church picnic - clean cut, dependable, well groomed and mantained and you know they've probably got a good history. You can develop a long term relationship with them. They may get boring from time to time, but they'll give you a little surprise from time to time.

Transportables are like the chick (or, again, bloke) you bring home from Twister (dubious Melbourne nightclub/pick-up joint) - not sure where they've been or they're reliability and maintenance regime, they look nice in the dark but when you get them in full light -WOAH- , and they're history is, well, who knows. They're rarely good for a long term relationship, because both you and them are just in it for the night of cheap thrills, and that all either of you want.

I liked Twister in my youth, as many still aparently do, but eventually you realise that the clean cut girl has more to offer and is in it for the longer term.

Sorry if my analogies cause anyone grief, but its the best I could come up with.

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Postby tom750 » Sat Jan 22, 2005 11:19 am

I agree with Gibbo
yay going on holiday in queensland for 2 weeks on march 6th :)

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Postby princess » Sun Jan 23, 2005 9:55 am

Gibbo, beautifully put. lol :lol:

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Postby Mattie » Sun Jan 23, 2005 10:11 am

Interestingly put Gibbo. I do not think anyone has put it in that perspective before.

Dont know if anyone has heard but Macquarie Leisure Trust (ownders of Dreamworld and Adventure World plus other bits of land around the place) has just purchased the AMD chain of ten pin bowling centres. I know we have them in QLD but dont know about the other States. I guess they are broadening their "amusement industry" coverage.

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Postby gibbo » Sun Jan 23, 2005 10:37 am

Woah (I presume you mean AMF though). I used to work for one of the centres (however, I can't bowl for poo). Funnily enough, AMF Australia was the only branch worldwide that was profitable...and now AMF in North America is seemingly dead. I guess MLT picked up a profitable bargain from the administators.

I also just realised that MLT can't team up with Six flags since SF is in bed with Warner.

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Postby Zamperla » Sun Jan 23, 2005 10:40 pm

Gibbo, clever metaphore. I both agree and disagree.

The debate of safety / maintenance of travelling vs static rides is an on-going one.

On the one hand, permanent attractions are not disassembled and hastily bolted together in regular intervals, many would think at face value this would make them safer.

Many engineers argue the opposite - the fact that travelling rides are regularly assembled and torn down indicates a more intimate knowledge of the 'inner workings' of a ride, which in a park, can go un-noticed for months and years perhaps rusting away under a regularly painted cosmetic surface. Regular travel equals regular inspections and replacement of parts it is argued. From my own experience in both parks and on the travelling circuit, I tend to hold this view, assuming all other variables are equal (which they never are) As stereotyped as they are, the operators of travelling rides, I believe, generally have a greater mechanical knowledge and confidence in maintaining control of both the ride (and the general public) than many of the park operators who have limited 'checklist' knowledge and experience in understanding the full gyst of what they are actually doing, while displaying little confidence in handling the questions happenings of managing general public. A good example of this was a park employee operating a HUSS Ranger - the whole central hub was swaying from side to side because she was changing the direction of it manually before the arm had slowed to a stop. The ride was moving like a manual car transmission to a learner driver. :? It really comes down to the individual ride / park and person I think.

Gibbo, do you enjoy the unlimited ride wristband? :wink:

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