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The BLOGFlume--2005 Lookin' Good
By Russell Meyer
December 29, 2004: Disney and Universal both in good position for next year
9 responses. Last on January 1, 2005 at 7:06 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume-Death, Taxes, and Roy E. Disney
By Russell Meyer
December 26, 2004: Knott's kills an attraction, Kennywood butts heads with borough, and Roy E. Disney hasn't a clue
10 responses. Last on January 7, 2005 at 7:04 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Mammals, Reptiles, and Anime
By Russell Meyer
December 22, 2004: Sea World celebrates, Disney markets, and Universal gets nerdy
16 responses. Last on December 29, 2004 at 6:40 PM (MST)


JOE TOURIST - All I Want For Christmas
By Joe Lane
December 22, 2004: It's an open letter to Santa. Joe Lane lists off what he's wants for Christmas for Disney and Universal.
7 responses. Last on December 26, 2004 at 10:14 AM (MST)


The BLOGFlume--Disappointment, Communism, and Controversy
By Russell Meyer
December 19, 2004: Kings Island takes a title, a Mickey invasion, major "Turbulence," and Universal blinks
17 responses. Last on December 22, 2004 at 7:22 AM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Hot News
By Russell Meyer
December 15, 2004: Two stories that have already been reported on TPI are explored in depth
11 responses. Last on February 17, 2005 at 7:09 AM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Three Simple Questions
By Russell Meyer
December 12, 2004: Lemony Snicket thoughts, Disney financial changes, and the future of Marine World...
4 responses. Last on December 20, 2004 at 4:18 AM (MST)


The BLOGFlume--Movies, Roads, and Automobiles
By Russell Meyer
December 8, 2004: Disney announces a delay and a commitment, Busch gets help from Tampa, and Universal gets help from the Fockers.
34 responses. Last on December 30, 2004 at 10:56 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—All Smiles at Disney
By Russell Meyer
December 5, 2004: The impossible, the predictable, and the inexplicable all headline this weekend's BLOGFlume.
6 responses. Last on December 10, 2004 at 4:06 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume - A Four Ringed Circus
By Russell Meyer
December 1, 2004: Giant frisbees, uninspired rocket coasters, lawsuits, and penguins in California?
13 responses. Last on December 5, 2004 at 11:07 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Too Much Turkey!
By Russell Meyer
November 28, 2004: This weekend's news was about as slow as the cashiers at Kohls. The BLOGFlume is still able to deliver some important stories from Disneyland's 50th anniversary to new attractions at a classic theme park...
3 responses. Last on December 1, 2004 at 8:24 AM (MST)


The BLOG Flume -- Happy Thanksgiving
By Russell Meyer
November 25, 2004: Here's what Russell's thankful for this holiday....
7 responses. Last on November 27, 2004 at 3:42 AM (MST)


JOE TOURIST - Joyous Yuletide
By Joe Lane
November 23, 2004: For those of us spending the Christmas season in sunny Florida, here's an overview of some of the more promising holiday events this year.
10 responses. Last on December 21, 2004 at 4:57 PM (MST)


The BLOG Flume -- No Basket-brawls Here
By Russell Meyer
November 22, 2004: We review the news from the annual IAAPA convention in Orlando.
13 responses. Last on November 25, 2004 at 7:00 PM (MST)


The BLOG Flume -- Let's Lighten Up
By Russell Meyer
November 18, 2004: Laugh at the insanity rampant in the courtroom, in the parks on TV and in Las Vegas.
39 responses. Last on November 24, 2004 at 7:37 PM (MST)


The BLOG Flume -- Slow News, but News Nonetheless
By Russell Meyer
November 15, 2004: A new mega-resort for Vegas, the industry's annual convention opens and Disney World's labor stalemate continues.
34 responses. Last on November 18, 2004 at 3:46 PM (MST)


The BLOG FLUME - Surprise!
By Russell Meyer
November 11, 2004: More announcements about new attractions around the country. And Knott's serves up a promotion that will live in infamy.
33 responses. Last on November 19, 2004 at 7:05 AM (MST)


The BLOG Flume -- Hi, My Name Is...
By Russell Meyer
November 8, 2004: Our new Blog Flumer introduces himself, as well as a slew of other newsworthy characters.
15 responses. Last on November 11, 2004 at 7:52 PM (MST)


JOE INSIDER - Stitch's Great Escape at The Magic Kingdom
By Joe Lane
November 7, 2004: A stitch in time saves nine, but only if the budget is up to the challenge. Joe Lane reports his findings at the "new" Tomorrowland show.
13 responses. Last on August 21, 2005 at 8:41 PM (MST)


The BLOG FLUME -- Time to Vote!
By Robert Niles
October 29, 2004: We wrap up our virtual reality show, "Persister," by asking you to cast your ballot for the best new Blog Flume writer.
25 responses. Last on November 8, 2004 at 4:55 AM (MST)


The BLOG FLUME -- Screamin' And Eatin'
By Joe Llorens
October 28, 2004: Joe Llorens wraps up 'Persister' with some thoughts on his October in Orlando.
6 responses. Last on November 1, 2004 at 2:33 PM (MST)


Lego Looks to Sell, but Who's Buying?
By Robert Niles
October 27, 2004: Lego's created a great asset for the theme park industry. Now the industry's major players must find a way to keep that asset from slipping away.
7 responses. Last on October 28, 2004 at 1:33 PM (MST)


The BLOG FLUME -- Who Needs Tradition?
By Kenny Hitt
October 25, 2004: Say goodbye to Lego, Disneyland gets its 1000th ghost and Disney World rethemes a couple attractions.
9 responses. Last on October 27, 2004 at 8:36 PM (MST)


The BLOG FLUME -- I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
By Russell Meyer
October 21, 2004: Disney deals, Orlando develops and the best theme park ride EVER comes from... Nike?
12 responses. Last on November 2, 2004 at 1:35 AM (MST)


The BLOG FLUME -- It's a Scary, Incredible, Wacko Halloween Season
By J. Dana
October 18, 2004: Eisner fends off another lawsuit, Steve Jobs hints at a Disney reconciliation, wackos go nuts over Universal’s ads, Dolly expands and other news.
18 responses. Last on October 25, 2004 at 7:51 PM (MST)


The BLOG FLUME -- The Wide, Wide, World of Theme Parks
By John Franklin
October 13, 2004: We kick off Round Two of 'Persister' with a new entry from John Franklin.
27 responses. Last on October 19, 2004 at 10:25 AM (MST)


JOE TOURIST - Halloween Horror Nights 14 @ UO
By Joe Lane
October 11, 2004: From his little padded cell, Joe Lane files his trip report on Universal's annual haunted house and Halloween event.
19 responses. Last on November 6, 2005 at 10:23 PM (MST)


PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Trump Mentality
By Kevin Baxter
October 8, 2004: Does size actually matter? Two top theme park companies seem to think so. Kevin looks at the latest battle in the Warriest War that ever Warred!
18 responses. Last on October 23, 2004 at 9:00 AM (MST)


The BLOG FLUME -- Fantasies and Frights
By Joe Llorens
October 7, 2004: Michael Eisner says he'll leave Disney in such great shape it can coast for years. Um, hasn't that been the plan for, oh, a decade or so?
26 responses. Last on October 12, 2004 at 9:30 PM (MST)


PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Another Nail?
By Kevin Baxter
October 4, 2004: The developing Pixar/DreamWorks rivalry heated up this weekend with the release of Shark Tale. How much pressure is now on Disney?
44 responses. Last on October 18, 2004 at 2:05 PM (MST)


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