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Kevin Baxter



PENNIES FROM KEVIN - The Good, The Bad & The Fugly™: IOA's Rumored Jeep Coaster
August 14, 2005: What's good about the rumored Jurassic Parkization of the popular Italian Job coaster? What's bad? And what's downright fugly? Here's a (hopefully) comprehensive look into the IOA's longest rumor - a JP Jeep Thang - becoming reality... maybe.
20 responses. Last at 10:08 AM (MST) on December 9, 2005

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - California Careenin'
July 30, 2005: The Disneyland Resort features yet another roller coaster crash. No major injuries, but Disney is learning that one at-fault crash leads to a lot of undeserved - and much-deserved - scrutiny. Here's some much-deserved scrutiny...
15 responses. Last at 10:03 PM (MST) on August 11, 2005

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Spain's Terra Mitica
July 1, 2005: Just three days after his trip to PortAventura, Kevin visited another big theme park in Spain. Here's his photo essay of Terra Mitica.
2 responses. Last at 10:33 PM (MST) on July 5, 2005

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - The Matterhorn Sends a Woman to the Hospital!!
June 29, 2005: The focus is once again on the safety of Disney's rides. Is Disney doing enough? Or is the media once again hopping on one of its boring bandwagons?
6 responses. Last at 4:30 PM (MST) on December 21, 2005

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Paramount's Smarter than Disney!
June 25, 2005: The Paramount parks will soon leave the Viacom family! Where are they going? And will the move be good for them?
9 responses. Last at 11:48 AM (MST) on August 27, 2005

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Spain's Port Aventura
June 22, 2005: Kevin spent his time off the site in Spain. But he wasn't completely off the job, as he checked out a few theme parks while he was there. Here's his photo essay of Port Aventura.
2 responses. Last at 1:16 AM (MST) on June 25, 2005

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Seven Years, My Africa!
June 19, 2005: It's a big anniversary year for Disney. But there's a certain anniversary that is being studiously ignored. Except at TPI!
11 responses. Last at 12:09 PM (MST) on July 17, 2005

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Nostradumbass 2005 - NBC Universal's Television Division
June 18, 2005: This is it! The end of Nostradumbass's 2005 predictions for the two big theme-park operators' entertainment futures. How about NBC Universal?
6 responses. Last at 12:26 PM (MST) on July 17, 2005

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Nostradumbass 2005 - Disney's Television Division
June 13, 2005: Nostradumbass is back for the fifth part of his six-part series on the entertainment offerings of the two park-operating media giants. Here's predictions on Disney's TV division (but mostly ABC). It's almost over, people!
8 responses. Last at 2:52 PM (MST) on June 15, 2005

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Nostradumbass 2005 - NBC Universal's Film Division
May 22, 2005: Nostradumbass is back for the fourth part of his six-part series on the entertainment offerings of the two park-operating media giants. Here are his predictions for Universal Studios in the rest of 2005.
10 responses. Last at 2:04 PM (MST) on May 25, 2005

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Nostradumbass 2005 - Disney's Film Division
May 14, 2005: Finally back from a loooong vacation (and loooong recovery period), Nostradumbass is here for the third part in his six-part series. Today's column will predict how Disney's film division will weather 2005.
6 responses. Last at 4:34 AM (MST) on May 15, 2005

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Nostradumbass 2005 - NBC Universal's Theme Parks
March 30, 2005: In the second part of his six-part series, Nostradumbass will peer into his crystal ball at how 2005 might treat Universal's theme parks.
9 responses. Last at 8:49 PM (MST) on April 4, 2005

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Nostradumbass 2005 - Disney's Theme Parks
March 30, 2005: In the first part of a six-part series, Nostradumbass will peer into his crystal ball at how 2005 might treat Disney's theme parks.
9 responses. Last at 4:48 PM (MST) on May 13, 2005

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Outside the Fox
March 26, 2005: The underdog in the CGI world has had two hits in Ice Age and Robots. But many think both could have done better. Kevin's back with an idea that would help Fox get closer to Pixar and DreamWorks.
17 responses. Last at 5:09 PM (MST) on May 13, 2005

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - 2004's Losers
January 4, 2005: Kevin's back with a deeper look into two of the big theme park losers of 2004, why they dropped, and why they should probably get used to it.
25 responses. Last at 3:59 PM (MST) on January 9, 2005

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Trump Mentality
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 at 9:00 AM (MST) on October 23, 2004

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Another Nail?
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 at 2:05 PM (MST) on October 18, 2004

RESTAURANT REVIEW - Teppanyaki Dining Room @ Epcot
September 25, 2004: Kevin has eaten at almost every restaurant in the World Showcase section of Epcot. On his last visit, he decided to try out one of Japan's sit-down restaurants.
8 responses. Last at 8:15 PM (MST) on October 31, 2004

ATTRACTION REVIEW - DisneyQuest @ Walt Disney World
September 25, 2004: Kevin reviews the VR "theme park" at WDW. Is it a family destination, or are these tricks for kids?
10 responses. Last at 5:11 AM (MST) on September 28, 2004

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - What You've Been Missing/Universal Studios Hollywood
September 24, 2004: Kevin has come up with a completely original idea for a photo essay! That's right... COMPLETELY ORIGINAL.
9 responses. Last at 7:59 PM (MST) on October 18, 2005

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Second Chances
September 22, 2004: Kevin returns to Universal Studios Hollywood to see how things are going.
4 responses. Last at 5:35 PM (MST) on September 23, 2004

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - From Leg-assy to Legacy
September 17, 2004: Kevin finally finishes his thoughts on what Michael Eisner could do to untarnish his legacy after he leaves Disney.
12 responses. Last at 2:03 PM (MST) on October 23, 2004

ATTRACTION REVIEW - Cirque du Soleil's 'La Nouba'
September 12, 2004: Enjoy the Festival of the Lion King show at Animal Kingdom? Then why not check out the resident show from the group that Disney has 'borrowed' liberally from? Kevin tells you why you should.
7 responses. Last at 8:26 PM (MST) on October 31, 2004

RESTAURANT REVIEW - Le Cellier Steakhouse @ Epcot
September 12, 2004: Yeah, Epcot's World Showcase has fancy schmancy French food, la-dee-dah seafood, weird-sounding Norwegian food, but where's the beef? At Le Cellier, which Kevin reviews for you.
1 response. Last at 6:17 PM (MST) on September 16, 2004

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - More Hurricane Coverage than CNN!
September 6, 2004: We all know how disastrous Hurricanes Charley and Frances have been. But is the disaster all in the past?
7 responses. Last at 12:12 PM (MST) on September 25, 2004

ATTRACTION REVIEW - Miniature Golf Courses in Walt Disney World
August 29, 2004: Orlando has all kinds of hyper-themed mini-golf to entice visitors. So how do the two courses at Walt Disney World compare?
7 responses. Last at 4:52 PM (MST) on May 25, 2005

RESTAURANT REVIEW - Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater @ Disney/MGM Studios
August 29, 2004: What do you do if you want your mealtimes to be just as themed as your day in the parks? The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater MAY solve your problems.
15 responses. Last at 12:27 AM (MST) on September 1, 2004

RESTAURANT REVIEW - Les Chefs de France @ Epcot
August 23, 2004: Epcot visitors have many choices when it's time to eat. Kevin reviews one of the most popular World Showcase restaurants.
3 responses. Last at 9:09 AM (MST) on August 24, 2004

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Of Paramount Importance
August 19, 2004: Now that Paramount is creating yet another themed ride, Kevin looks at what other properties the company can put into its parks.
32 responses. Last at 5:57 PM (MST) on October 6, 2004

CHARACTER MEAL REVIEW - Garden Grill @ Epcot
August 11, 2004: Finding character meals is not always an easy task. Kevin reviews what may be the most accessible character meal in the resort.
14 responses. Last at 2:16 AM (MST) on August 16, 2004

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Snow White's Less Scary Adventures
August 10, 2004: After Disney's first big box office opener, plans are in the works to get some Village action into the parks...
19 responses. Last at 2:17 PM (MST) on September 1, 2004

RESTAURANT REVIEW - Tony's Town Square @ Magic Kingdom
August 1, 2004: For those people who grow weary of the non-stop kidmosphere in Walt Disney World's flagship park, Kevin reviews this somewhat grown-up, sit-down restaurant.
5 responses. Last at 2:37 AM (MST) on August 4, 2004

RESTAURANT REVIEW - 50's Prime Time Cafe @ Disney/MGM Studios
July 30, 2004: Kevin's here with a review of one of his favorite Walt Disney World restaurants.
10 responses. Last at 6:25 PM (MST) on October 18, 2004

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Merger Madness
July 27, 2004: With the four largest Strip casino operators melding into the two largest casino operators in the world, Kevin looks into what may lie on the horizon for a city constantly in flux.
3 responses. Last at 12:39 AM (MST) on July 30, 2004

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Renew This!
July 19, 2004: The Disneyland Resort does its best to get Kevin to renew his Annual Pass. Or does it?
23 responses. Last at 5:23 PM (MST) on July 22, 2004

Kevin's Independence Day in Vegas
July 16, 2004: Now there was no way Kevin could allow Robert to hog the limelight for so long, so here is his trip report of his holiday weekend in Sin City.
10 responses. Last at 7:12 PM (MST) on July 17, 2004

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Mommy's California Adventure
June 28, 2004: Kevin's mother recently got back from a trip to Disney's California Adventure. But who really had the adventure here?
12 responses. Last at 6:46 AM (MST) on June 30, 2004

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - The World's Biggest Theme Park
June 18, 2004: MGM Mirage has just made a deal to absorb Mandalay Resort Group. The buyout will not only create the largest gaming company in the world, but could forever change Las Vegas.
9 responses. Last at 5:45 AM (MST) on June 23, 2004

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Coming to a Theme Park Near You?
June 14, 2004: The Chronicles of Riddick has opened, but was it good enough for a future in a Universal park? How about Around the World in 80 Days, which Disney premieres on Wednesday?
12 responses. Last at 3:55 PM (MST) on July 2, 2004

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Too Many Shows?
June 7, 2004: There are three big theme parks that have had spotty attendance records the past several years. And all three have very few actual rides. Can their problems be traced back to the number of shows each has?
36 responses. Last at 3:40 PM (MST) on July 11, 2005

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Did Shrek Put the Nail in Disney's Coffin?
May 26, 2004: After Shrek 2 broke records this weekend, can Pixar afford to join forces with anyone but Universal? There's only one reason not to, and 129 million reasons why they should...
47 responses. Last at 7:10 AM (MST) on June 30, 2004




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