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Preview: The Original Theme Park Podcast

Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 01:00:00 +0000

Last Build Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:06:13 +0000

Copyright: 2005-2017 Lift Hill Media, LLC #1114 - 2017 Preview with Arthur Levine - Part 1

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 01:00:00 +0000

This week, we bring back a listener favorite!

Arthur Levine, the Theme Parks Industry Expert from and USA Today joins Mike and EB to discuss and debate all of the new attractions for 2017.

We'll talk about new attractions coming to parks like Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Disney California Adventure, Carowinds, Hersheypark, Six Flags Great Adventure, OWA Park, Kings Island, Cedar Point, Kings Dominion, Worlds of Fun, Kentucky Kingdom, Morey's Piers and MORE.

Plus, Mike and EB announce the winner of the Best New Attraction of 2016 award!

Thanks for listening to the show!

Media Files: #1113 - "Coaster"damus and Best New Attraction of 2016

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 01:00:00 +0000

Happy New Year! We're looking forward to a great 2017 at!

We kick off this week's show with a First Drop story about the Sky Cabin at Knotts Berry Farm. Last week, it got stuck with 21 people on board and it took seven hours to rescue them. Mike and EB talk about all aspects of this event... including the inevitable bathroom questions.

We also take a look at your "Coaster"damus predictions from 2016 to see how many of them came true and also to see which ones missed the mark.

After a "Live Trip Report" from the last winter operation day at Six Flags Great Adventure, we dive in to your "Coaster"damus presictions for 2017!

Finally, we'll take a look at how the voting turned out for the Best New Attraction of 2016 award!

Thanks for listening to the show!

Media Files: #1112 - Lightning Rodney's Christmas Spectacular

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 01:00:00 +0000

This year, has contracted the famous comedian "Lightning Rodney" to host our Christmas Episode. He starts things off with a monologue worthy of Johnny Carson.

We'll have visits from Hagrid Claus (who will call the child of one of our listeners) and Mr. Shaperro (who is blindsided by a member of his own family!)

Randy Ray Rayford stops by to give us his Christmas Wish List and a mom from Minnesota gets angry about our moonshine show.

We'll also have the telling of "A CoasterBoy Christmas".

Of course, we also have theme park talk as well.

We'll tell the story of a doppleganger for Santa Claus who was asked to leave a Six Flags park.

We'll also talk about some new ride design patents for Universal Studios that were uncovered.

Finally, we'll take a look at all of the nominees for's Best New Attraction of 2016 award! Get in your vote now!

Happy Holidays! Thanks for listening to the show!

Media Files: Visits Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0000

Watch as visits the annual holiday event at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Media Files: #1111 - Gift Giving and Shot Taking

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 01:00:00 +0000

This week, we kick things off with talk about how Disney turned Spaceship Earth at EPCOT into the Death Star from Star Wars for one night only to promote "Rogue One." We'll talk with a Sith Lord to find out if it was a success.

We'll also talk about how Samsung Everland isn't planing on fixing their iconic ferris wheel. Instead, they're letting park guests sit in the gondolas with Virtual Reality glasses to simulate the experience.

Mike had a chance to visit Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. He'll have the story behind the trip as well as information about a video he produced showing the sights and sounds.

We also have a Live Trip Report from Cedar Point and a review of "Dark Ride" perfume from Xyrena.

And we'll unveil a new game show that pits two listeners against each other in a head-to-head battle!

PLUS... Mike will celebrate the fact that Mysterious Mansion in Gatlinburg is still standing by honoring his promise to try nine different flavors of Moonshine from Tennessee!

Media Files: #1110 - The 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:00:00 +0000

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN (one of our favorite places in the world) experienced devistating and terrifying wildwires this week. Our First Drop focuses on what was damaged and how this fantastic resort town can get back on its feet.

Next up, we'll hear a Live Trip Report from Disneyland Paris and find out what changes are on the way for this amazing Euro-stle Disney park.

Then, it's a Holiday Tradition - The 2017 Holiday Gift Guide! Here is the list!!!



Media Files: #1109 - Thanks and No Thanks

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 01:00:00 +0000

The annual IAAPA Convention is happening in Orlando this week. It's the big gathering of people who are buying and selling anything and everything related to the amusement industry. We'll talk with Dwayne from about what he's seeing on the show floor and what we might expect at the parks during the next decade.

Next up, we talk about how Walt Disney World is beta testing a new program called "Custodial of Tomorrow." This week, janitors in Tomorrowland are being tracked with an mobile device and are being told what trashcans in their immediate area need dumping and what areas in the park need cleaning. We'll talk with a janitor who is on-duty to see how it's working.

Then, we'll hear the opening number from C-Pain's new musical!

Finally, we have this week's interactive converstaion where listeners tell us things they are thankful for and not thankful for at their local parks.

Media Files: #1108 - A Time for Self-Reflection

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:30:00 +0000

We start this week's first drop by taking a look at Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay waterpark that is under construction. Check out this video that shows some of the new attractions and the innovative new TapuTapu wristband that could be a step above Disney's Magic Band.

Next up, Disney received FAA approval to use drones as part of their night-time shows. The first will be premiering at Disney Springs in a few weeks.  Take a look at what they are planning!

With the shocking election results this week, a former President of the United States calls in with an idea to "unite the country." 

Plus, we have a Live Trip Report from Dollywood's Christmas event and a fantastic interactive converstaion where listeners tell us about their favorite memories from the 2016 season!

Media Files: #1107 - The Off-Season Has Arrived

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Halloween is over. That means the off-season has arrived at parks around the country.

We'l start off by taking a look at some news around the industry.

There's a rumor that Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando might be thinking about removing "Dragon Challenge." Could this really happen?.

We also have news about new 2017 attractions at Dollywood and Dutch Wonderland. Plus, details on how Six Flags attendance as down over the important summer season. We speculate on the reasons.

Plus, we have a Live Trip Report from Gilroy Gardens and stories from EB and Mike's Halloween.

As a bonus, we have an on-site interview with the Creative Director of "Fields of Fear" at Cox Farms in Centerville, VA. He'll give us a behind-the-scenes look at this innovative haunt on a real farm.

Media Files: #1106 - Being a Scare-Actor

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000

We're just a few days away from Halloween. So, if you need help learning how to scare, take a listen to the guests on this week's show.

We'll talk with Willy Mellott, one of the Scare Actors at Six Flags Great Adventrure's "Fright Fest!"As you can see in this video, this guy knows how to scare people.

We'll also go behind the scenes of one of the greatest haunted houses in America... Gaitlinburg's Mysrerious Mansion. This amazing haunt totally scared Mike and EB when they were at the Dollywood Listener Meet-Up earlier this year. We'll learn all about how the house was created and how they stayed one step ahead of the guys the entire night.

Plus, we have a Live Trip Report from Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion, a visit to a scare maze designed by CoasterBoy AND you'll find out what happens with Freddy meets C-Pain.

Media Files: #1105 - RMC Rumors and Six Flags Haunts

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000

This week, it's the first true Halloween show of the year on

We'll talk with Robbie Zumsteg, the Manager of Entertainment at Six Flags Great Adventrureabout what it takes to create the seven haunted mazes and four scarezones at "Fright Fest!" He'll even give us some behind the scenes info on where haunt designers go to find the latest and greatest the industry has to offer!

For those who aren't in to Halloween talk, our "First Drop" segment focuses on some RMC Rumors. Kings Dominion released a teaser video that says their old wooden coaster "Hurler" will transform into something new in 2018. We also talk about how Silver Dollar City is prepping for a new roller coaster with three possible themes.

We also have some behind-the-scenes talk about what happened at the Knoebels Listener Meet-Up after the podcast microphones were turned off.

Plus, we have a Live Trip Report from an interesting Halloween Haunt in Southern California and the much-awaited return of Lightning Rodney!!!

Media Files: #1104 - Live from the Knoebels Meet-Up

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000

On Saturday, October 8, 2016 listeners gathered at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Pennsylvania for the Fall Listener Meet-Up!

To kick off the festivities, we had a live podcast recording at the Knoebels Campground with juice, coffee and doughnuts for the entire crowd.

The show begins with a First Drop detailing internet complaints about how Walt Disney World charged guests stranded by Hurricane Matthew $12.99 for low-quality boxed dinners. Was Disney wrong to charge so much? Or was it their right to do so?

We also get into a discussion with the live audience about the best haunts at regional parks. The crowd gives their recommendations on where you should go.

We also get into a discussion about what makes Knoebels a unique park. We discuss the rides, the food and the atmosphere.

After a Q&A Session with EB and Mike and a Live Trip Report from Lake Compounce, we celebrate the wedding of Rebecca and Michael. Mike Collins dons a suit to be the officiant!

Finally, we announce the winners of the Park Map Pile-Up!

It's all this week on!

Media Files:

Bonus VidCast - Behind the Scenes at Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Does Izzy have what it takes to become a member of the "Scare Squad" at Busch Gardens Williamsburg?  We'll go behind the scenes at this world class Halloween event to see how they scare thousands of people each year.

Media Files: #1103 - Judge EB - Fury 325 vs. Millennium Force

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Halloween is just a few weeks away and we start things up with a bit of a controversy.

Knott's Berry Farm has closed a temporary Halloween attraction due to pressure from mental health advocates. Was it a smart move or were they wrong to bow to political correctness?

We also talk about the new HBO series "Westworld," a show set in a futuristic theme park where anything goes. Is there a chance we could see a real-life version of this someday?

And did you hear that someone's e-cigarette exploded into a fireball aboard the Hogwarts Express at Universal Orlando? We're not so sure the explosion was caused by a guest.

We'll also have two Live Trip Reports from Halloween Horror Nights and find out if their R.I.P. (VIP) tours are worth the expense.

Then, it's time to enter the courtroom of "Judge EB" as two listeners argue the case of "Fury 325 vs. Millennium Force!" Each listener will try to convince "His Honor" that their particular favorite coaster is #1!

It's all this week on!

Media Files: #1102 - A "Stone's" Throw from Busch Gardens

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000

We start off this week's show with THREE First Drop stories!

First up, is news about the new roller coaster coming to Sea World San Diego in 2017 - Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster. Then, we get into a debate on what is really happening with Mean Streak at Cedar Point. Finally, we review a story about a doctor who found that taking a ride on a roller coaster could cure a person of kidney stones.

Heck, we'll even do an experiment live on-the-air to see if it's true.

Then, we'll interview Phil Raybourn, Senior Manager of Consumer Event Production at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Phil is in charge of Howl-O-Scream, so we'll talk with him all about it. We'll also find out about their new Escape Rooms and the new haunted house Circo Sinistro!

We'll also have a Live Trip Report from Six Flags Magic Mountain and an Interactive Discussion about Amusement Today's Top 50 Steel Roller Coaster list.

It's all this week on!

Media Files: #1101 - Season 11 Premiere

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:30:00 +0000 is back and ready for its 11th Season!

We start off by taking a look at the winners of the 2016 Golden Ticket Awards. Each year,Amusement Today recognizes the best of amusement parks worldwide. Did they get it right? Or did they miss the mark?

We also take a look at the 2017 attractions announcements for both Cedar Fair and Six Flags. Do the theme park companies have incredible new rides in store for us? Or will 2017 be a year to forget on the midways?

We also have news about the Listener Meet-Up on Saturday, October 8th and the results of of 2016 Listener Survey!

It's all this week on the first episode of Season 11 of!

Media Files: #1045 - Season 10 Finale with LIVE Calls!

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0000

We celebrate the end of our 10th Season this week by turning the show over to you!

We spend the entire show taking your live phone calls. It's an unscripted show where we talk with a variety of listeners about a variety of topics. We also play some new games with a few lucky listeners for a change to win something out of the "prize closet."

We also have some stories from Mike's trip to Kings Dominion and EB's trip to Kentucky Kingdom. Plus, an in-studio visit from COASTERBOY!

Media Files: #1044 - Live Trip Report Show

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 22:00:00 +0000

The theme of this week's show is simple... we play Live Trip Reports sent in from listeners all over the world!

It's a fun, rapid-fire show where we all get to hear the sounds of different parks and different rides while hearing honest reviews of what people have been experiencing at the parks in 2016.

Media Files: #1043 - Out With the Old, In With the New

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0000

There were two big announcements in the amusement industry this week and we talk about them both! First up, Cedar Point has announced that "Mean Streak" will "get the axe" later this fall. What does this mean and who is the "old coot" in the teaser video?

We also talk about the Triple Tower at Hersheypark. CoasterBoys aren't very excited about this one... even going so far as to say they're more excited about the new Chick-fil-a Restaurant being installed in 2017. Why is this?

We also have an interview with Adam House from Great Coasters International minutes after the announcement of "Mystic Timbers" at Kings Island. We'll talk with him about what it's like to design a roller coaster for your his home park

Plus, Mr. Shapiro is back with ideas on how to "monetize" Pokemon Go and... the return of LIGHTNING RODNEY!

Media Files: #1042 - The Best and Worst of B&M

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0000

This week's show starts with Ohio Correspondents Kevin and Jonathan joining us live from the 2017 Attraction Announcement at Kings Island. We'll find out what they have in store and how it will fit into the park.

We'll hear Live Trip Reports from Heritage Park in Canada and Busch Gardens Tampa.

We'll also talk about how the "Tower of Terror" at Disney California Adventure is slated to be turned into "Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT!" What can we expect from the new attraction and will the Tower's biggest fans be upset?

We'll also talk about how a popular park is doing away with Giant Turkey legs! That's like getting rid of funnel cakes!

Finally, we'll hear from our listeners about what they consider to be the best and worst roller coasters designed by Bolliger & Mabillard.

Media Files: #1041 - Is VR on Roller Coasters Any Good?

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0000

This week's show starts off with discussion of the Pokemon Go craze and how it's invading theme parks across the country. Will the regional parks pick-up on this and create their own versions of this popular app and game? One park is already ahead of the curve.

We'll hear reviews from listeners who have tried out the Virtual Reality Experience on roller coasters at Six Flags and Cedar Fair parks across the country. What works and what doesn't? Is this a fad or a phase?

We also have a Live Trip Report from Canada's Wonderland and we'll listen to a French version of that COMPLETELY rips us off!

Media Files: #1040 - Mid-Season Audit

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0000

It's never too early to start looking ahead to 2017! This week's "First Drop" focuses on possible new rides at HersheyparkSix Flags Over GeorgiaSix Flags Fiesta Texas and Kings Island. Will we see major thrills at these parks?

We also unveil what happened at the 2016 Podcast Awards and invite the podcaster who beat us to come on Will he accept our kind invitation?

Nick Hutson calls in from the UK to review "Derren Brown's Ghost Train" at Thorpe Park. Will the years of development and be worth the hype?

Finally, EB will tell us all about his New England theme park trip. It included stops at Darien LakePalace Playland and Canobe Lake!

Media Files: #1039 - The 2016 Sparktacular Exploosioloosa

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0000

This week, the 4th of July Tradition continues! It's the "Sparktacular Explosioloosa!"

This is our version of the Disney and Universal fireworks shows with funny sounding names.

This year, the fireworks come from EB's Backyard in Indiana and Mike's 4th of July party in DC!

Media Files: #1038 - Happily Verbolten After

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0000

This week, Mike and EB dedicate the show to newlyweds who got married inside of a theme park!  And they actually took their vows before the big drop on a famous roller coaster!


We'll talk with the couple and find out how they pulled off this event and what it was like to start their life together while experiencing their favorite shared hobby.

Media Files: #1037 - Who Wants to be a CoasterBoy?

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0000

We love Game Shows here at!

This week, we're ready to unveil a brand new one.. WHO WANTS TO BE A COASTERBOY?

If you remember the old "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" show, it's just like that. Except, Mike and EB will be taking the place of Regis.

We'll have the lifelines, the dramatic music and questions that are so difficult, only a TRUE BLUE CoasterBoy would be able to answer them correctly.

Plus, we'll interview Dan "The T-Shirt Guy" Miller, who just rode his 500th roller coaster. Find out what one it was and listen at the end of the show for messages of congratulations from all of his friends!

Media Files: #1036 - Your Ride EVAC Stories

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0000

There's lots of "behind-the-scenes" info this week as listeners send in their "Ride Evacuation" stories.

We've all seen rides break down. But every now and then, the breakdown is so bad that guests need to be removed from the rides.

This usually results in people getting to see "backstage" areas of the park that are normally off-limits to park guests.

So this week, we'll hear a ton of stories about what people saw when they were "EVACED" from a ride!

Media Files: #1035 - Trip Reports and Joker Media Day

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 19:30:00 +0000

It's a RAPID FIRE week on!

We quickly go all over the country to hear Live Trip Reports from listeners ar Cedar Point, Holiday World (for Holiwood Nights), Beech Bend, Adventureland and Kentucky Kingdom.

We also hear from a VERY grumpy coaster enthusiast who is really peeved that the Coaster Campout at Cedar Point was washed out by a major Sandusky storm. Will the authorities be called?

Plus, our "Park Hopper" takes us to Darien Lake in New York. Will EB enjoy this former Six Flags property when he takes his New England road trip next month?

Plus Adam and Andrew report from Six Flags Great Adventure and talk to the park about their new coaster for 2016 "The Joker!"

Media Files: #1034 - What's New? With Bert the Conqueror

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0000

An all new season of "Bert the Conqueror" premieres on The Travel Channel this week. We're joined by the show's host, comedian Bert Kreischer (live from his daughter's softball game.) He'll tell us what we can expect to see in the new season and what rides absolutely terrified him. We'll also hear about a gruesome injury he suffered for the good of his TV audience.

Our interactive question is all about what new ride could be coming to Knotts Berry Farm in 2017. The audience has some great ideas for what would be a good fit at the park.

We also have a Park Hopper segment about Canobe Lake Park and a Live Trip Report from Six Flags Over Georgia. Plus, news about the 2016 Podcast Awards!

And, Bert Kreischer isn't the only comic on the show this week. We have the world premiere of our own "Coaster Comic," Lightning Rodney!

Media Files: #1033 - Summer is Here!

Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 +0000

It's Memorial Day weekend! That means the parks are open daily!


We start this week by discussing an LA Times article about the abundance of sponsorship at the theme park.  Is this a major annoyance to guests?  Or does nobody care at all?


Our Park Hopper segment focuses on Rye Playland in New York! The guys learn a lot about the unique and antique attractions at this classic park.


We also have a Live Trip Report from Carowinds and some updates on past topics!


Plus, we go LIVE to Layer Elementary School and Lawton Elementary school to talk with over 200 kids and find out the winner of their Coaster Design Contest!


All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1032 - Your Most "Engaging" Rides

Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 +0000

We talk about the latest RMC to hit the scene... Joker at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom!


We also have a Live Trip Report and a Wedding Invitation from Germany! Will Mike and EB travel to Europe for a listener's wedding?


Our Park Hopper segment focuses on Dorney Park in Allentown, PA! There's a lot to know about this former trout pond and park!


Finally, our Interactive Topic asks listeners to name their favorite ride with two stipulations. It can't be a roller coaster and it can't be at a Disney or Universal Park.


All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1031 - Cedar Secrets with Matt Ouimet and Tony Clark

Fri, 13 May 2016 00:00:00 +0000

The Incredible Hulk is about to ROAR back to life at Islands of Adventure.  We'll talk about the new entrance, queue, storyline and sleek coaster trains.


Shanghai Disneyland opens next month, but the park is in soft openings now.  That means people are starting to take video of the rides, including Soarin' Over the World, Tron Light Cycle Power Run and the incredible new Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Sunken Treasure. However, Mike isn't thrilled with the quality of the video.


We have a Live Trip Report from Dorney Park and our Park Hopper segment about Enchanted Forest in Oregon!


Finally, we have Kevin and Cincinnati Jon's interview with Cedar Fair's CEO Matt Ouimet and Cedar Point's Director of Communications Tony Clark.  Yes, they talk about Valravn, but they also talk about the park itself and what plans they have for 2016 and beyond.

Media Files: #1030 - Media Day! Valravn and Storm Chaser

Thu, 05 May 2016 02:00:00 +0000

Tis' the Season for MEDIA DAYS!


Fresh off their Media Day at Cedar Point, Kevin and Cincinatti Jon join Mike and EB to talk about their first ride on the longest, tallest and fastest dive coaster - VALRAVN!


Then, we head to Kentucky where EB had a chance to ride RMC's latest coaster creation - Storm Chaser at Kentucky Kingdom!


All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1029 - Indiana Beach: A Diamond in the Rough

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0000

This week's show epitomises the term "jam packed!"


We start with our First Drop... focusing on the court appearance of Merlin. They took full responsibility for last year's tragic accident at Alton Towers involving "The Smiler."


We play the first Live Trip Report for 2016! It comes from Ben at the Opening Day of Six Flags Great America.


We have an update on Lightning Rod at Dollywood and new POV videos of upcoming attractions that were released this week.


Mike tells us about his trip to Las Vegas and our Park Hopper segment is all about Six Flags St. Louis.


Finally, we talk with Don Hurd, the Marketing Director at Indiana Beach to find out about their new ownership, the enhancements to the park and their 90th season!

Media Files: #1028 - "He's HUGE! He's HUGE!"

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Mike is out of town this week, much like he was back in 2006 when he attended the Media Preview for Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom.


To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of this ride, we replay our interview with Animal Kingdom's Lead Designer, Imagineer Joe Rohde.


It's fascinating to hear him speak about the ride nine months before it's grand opening. He talks about the storyline, the ride system and yes... the infamous Yeti.


We'll also play Mike's on-ride audio from his first experience with Expedition Everest. It gave birth to a famous catch-phrase that still lives on in 2016!


All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1027 - Hagrid Goes Hollywood

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Walt Disney World is experimenting with charging people for the privilege of entering the park early or be able to stay past normal closing times.  Will the regional parks follow suit?  What would a program like that look like at, say, Cedar Point?


This week's ParkHopper is all about Legoland Florida. Would an average theme park fan enjoy this park? Or is it only for the kids?


Universal Studios Hollywood opened its version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. What are the early reviews like? And will we have an appearance by our favorite friendly Half-Giant?


Plus, we talk with Roger Ross from California's Great America about recent rumors surrounding the park. Is it in danger of closing? We get to the bottom of it!


All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1026 - Get Your Ass to Mars!

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Mike and EB have returned from from Dollywood and are back in-studio!


This week, they spend the First Drop segment going over all of the news they missed while out on the road... including a new roller coaster coming to Busch Gardens Williamsburg in 2017!


In this week's Park Hopper segment, the guys turn their attention to Kennywood in West Mifflin, PA!


And, the guys review what happened after the Dollywood Meet-Up! It's a full review of a bunch of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg attractions including Alpine Coasters, Haunted Houses and MOONSHINE!


Plus, Theater returns!


All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1025 - 2016 "Reel" Design Contest Finals

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Mike and EB come to you from Dollywood to unveil the judges' decision in the 2016 "Reel" Design Contest!


Over the past two months, listeners have submitted their ride designs for attractions based on any movie, TV show or video game.


This week, our esteemed panel of judges have each rendered their verdict!


Our judging panel includes:


Legendary Attraction Creator Gary Goddard

Ernest Yale, CEO of TrioTech

Korey Kiepert from The Gravity Group

Dom McChesney from Sudden Impact Entertainment

Arthur Levine, Theme Parks Guide from

2012 Reel Design Winner, Travis LaRiviere


Which of our finalists will be crowned the 2016 "Reel" Design Contest Champion?


Kevin Wilson - Dick Tracy: Calling All Cars

Tim Wilson - Creature from the Black Lagoon

Tom from Louisville - Crimson Peak: Descent into Madness


All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1024 - LIVE at Dollywood!

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000

The show comes to you from the first Listener Meet-Up of 2016 at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN!


Mike, EB and a LIVE studio audience review the rides, food and other attractions at this classic southern park.


Plus, there are a few surprise guests!

Media Files: #1023 - Dollywood Meet-Up Preview

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000


Mike and EB preview the first Listener Meet-up of 2016 at Dollywood!


All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1022 - "Reel" Design Contest Semifinals

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 01:00:00 +0000


Mike and EB detail each of the 10 Semi-Finalists in the Reel Design Contest!


Check out each of the Semi-FInalists!


Steve Mosley - Bilbo’s Barrel Rush

Tim Wilson - Creature from the Black Lagoon

Chris Ayala - A Goofy Movie

Sean Catherall - James Bond: Life or Death Casino

Benjamin Van Bowl - Dr. Who: Blink

FD Kirkman - Rita Skeeter Presents - Behind the Scenes of the TriWizard Cup

Tom from Louisville - Crimson Peak: Descent into Madness

Matt Summers - Wall-E and Eve Rollercoaster at EPCOT

Kevin Wilson - Dick Tracy: Calling All Cars

Richard from Oregon - Jurassic Park Gyrospheres


All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1021 - The Park's Urge to Surge?

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 01:00:00 +0000

Six Flags made a surprise announcement about how they will be adding Virtual Reality to nine of their roller coasters across North America. Mike and EB will discuss the pros and cons and whether this will be a fad or a longtime hit. (2:10)


"Park Hopper" returns as we go into detail about Adventuredome in Las Vegas. (15:37)


We unveil the final five semi-finalists in the 2016 Reel Design Contest! (24:37)


Plus, Disney announced surge pricing based on the time of year you visit.  Mike and EB (with the help of the audience) debate whether this trend will come to the regional parks. (47:17)


All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1020 - The Legacy of Arrow

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 01:00:00 +0000

This week, Mike monopolizes the "Off-Topic" segment to complain about ABC's two-hour broadcast that was supposed to be a celebration of Disneyland's 60th Anniversary. (0:57)


"Park Hopper" returns as we go into detail about Busch Gardens Williamsburg. (9:35)


We unveil the next three semi-finalists in the 2016 Reel Design Contest! (18:22)


Plus, we'll interview the production team who created a fantastic documentary called "The Legacy of Arrow." We'll talk about the history and tradition of "Arrow Dynamics" and the unique story of their company. The documentary will be available worldwide on Friday, February 26th at noon Eastern.(31:52)


All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1019 - Off Season High Rollers

Fri, 19 Feb 2016 01:00:00 +0000

This week, Off-Topic returns with a strange story about an "amorous" couple who got caught "knockin' boots" on the High Roller Ferris Wheel in Las Vegas. (2:58)


We unveil the first three semi-finalists in the 2016 Reel Design Contest! (14:22)


And we play Theme Park Smarts! The game show where a listener must figure out how much an average person on the street knows about theme parks! (32:04)


All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1018 - Listener Questions: Part II

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 01:00:00 +0000

Part II of our 2016 Listener Question Show is here!


Mike and EB tackle your pressing questions, both on-topic and off-topic!


Some highlights:

2:35 - What "holidays" would we add to Holiday World

5:32 - What countries would we add toWorld Showcase

8:30 - Our celebrity "Free Passes"

11:27 - Reactions to "CoasterBoy Christmas Carol"

12:58 - CoasterBoy Puppet Videos

14:45 - What sports did we play growing up?

18:43 - What if we received $100,000 per month on Patreon

22:21 - A Theme Park Conundrum

25:02 - Theme Park Change Haters

27:30 - A Restaurant?

36:13 - Listeners who looks like their voices

38:52 - Preventing CR Burnout

41:20 - without Mike and EB?

45:18 - and LHM Lawyers

46:43 - Judge EB rules on a Summer Trip

49:39 - A Disney Listener Meet-Up

50:37 - A Show or character we regret

51:56 - Our views on Fastpass - Queue Jumping Systems

54:27 - EB’s favorite coaster

55:38 - Thoughts on Canada’s Wonderland New Attraction

56:53 - Which Non-American parks would we like to visit?

58:35 - Geocaching

1:01:05 - EB's Nintendo Games

1:01:57 - Kentucky Kingdom Renaissance

1:03:15 - What music do we like and dislike?

1:05:41 - Our Top Five Parks


All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1017 - Listener Questions: Part 1

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 01:00:00 +0000

It's an off-season favorite! The 2016 Listener Question Show is here!


Mike and EB tackle your pressing questions, both on-topic and off-topic!


Some highlights:

2:20 - What was your most memorable ride with a loved one?

3:28 - Is Millennium Force scarier than El Toro?

4:25 - Where was your first kiss?

7:10 - Have you ever been embarrassed to admit that you host a podcast about theme parks?

18:49 - Funny high school stories

36:54 - Will the Joint Chiefs Return?

38:52 - Have you ever seen a ride that you’re too terrified to ride?

41:00 - CoasterRadio: The Movie

43:56 - Should an alpine coaster count as a coaster credit?

46:10 - Holiday World’s Next Coaster?

47:08 - Fastlane vs. Frightlane

49:41 - Are theme parks better with alcohol?


All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1016 - 2016 Preview with Arthur Levine: Part 2

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 01:00:00 +0000

The 2016 Season will be here before you know it!


To get you ready, we're joined by Arthur Levine, the theme parks expect from to preview 35 different new attractions. Part I of this series was last week! Part II is here now!


This week, we'll preview:


Shanghai Disneyland

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood

The Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland

Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Gale Force at Playland’s Castaway Cove

Pulsar at Walabi Belgium

Valravn at Cedar Point

Mako at Sea World Orlando

Luigi’s Rollickin' Roadsters at Disney’s California Adventure

Total Mayhem at Six Flags Great Adventure

Hunger Games Attractions at Motiongate Dubai

Lego Movie 4D at Legoland

Taron at Phantasialand

Cobra’s Curse at Busch Gardens Tampa

Skull Island: Reign of Kong at Islands of Adventure


All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1015 - 2016 Preview with Arthur Levine: Part 1

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 01:00:00 +0000

The 2016 Season will be here before you know it!   To get you ready, we're joined by Arthur Levine, the theme parks expect from to preview 35 different new attractions over the next two shows.   This week, we'll preview:   Galactica at Alton Towers Joker at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom  Storm Chaser at Kentucky Kingdom Soarin’ Round the World at EPCOT The Monster at Adventureland WC16 - Project Whitechapel at Thorpe Park Ghostrider at Knotts’ Berry Farm The New Revolution - Six Flags Magic Mountain Phobia Phear at Lake Compounce The Flying Dinosaur at Universal Studios Japan Lightning Rod at Dollywood Lego Ninjago at Legoland California Justice League: Battle for Metropolis at Six Flags Great America Wildfire at Kolmården Wildlife Park Mass Effect at California’s Great America Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare at Carowinds Frozen Ever After at EPCOT Disney Springs at Walt Disney World SFX Coaster at Ferarri World   All this and much, much more![...]

Media Files: #1014 - CoasterDaums 2016

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 01:00:00 +0000

It's the FIRST show of 2016!


We kick off the new year by taking a look at your predictions about 2015?  How many came true? How many were laughably off the mark,


Then, we'll let you become "CoasterDamus" and make bold predictions for the 2016 Theme Park Season. What rides and attractions will be hits? Which ones will be failures? What crazy things will happen at the parks this year?


Plus, we announce the start of the 2015 Reel Design Contest! Listen for details!


All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1013 - Best New Attraction of 2015

Thu, 24 Dec 2015 17:00:00 +0000

It's the FINAL show of 2015!


We celebrate Christmas Eve by taking a look at the top new attractions in 2015!


We take a look at listener voting from and crown the "Best New Attraction of 2015!"


Plus, we have the traditional re-telling of "A CoasterBoy Christmas" and the finale of  "A Coaster Carol!"


All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1012 - Ghosts of Attractions Past

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 01:00:00 +0000

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens this weekend! We are joined by Josh "Two Cents" Miely from Chips, Dips and Dorks to review his experience at Season of the Force at Disneyland - including a review of Hyperspace Mountain!


Our Park Hopper segment heads to Fun Spot in Orlando, Florida. We'll talk about the interesting aspects of this park and review their two excellent roller coasters.


We announce voting for "The Best New Attraction of 2015!" Cast your vote at


We also announce our next listener meet-up!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Dollywood!  We'll be among the first to ride the all new "Lightning Rod!"


Finally, we'll be visited by the Ghost of Attractions Past... as listeners regale us with tales of their favorite long-forgotten rides.


Plus, we'll have PART III of "A Coaster Carol!"


All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1011 - You Won't Believe What These Fans Think!

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 01:00:00 +0000

Profiles in History is having an auction of some amazing pieces of Theme Park, Animation and Film History. On this week's "First Drop," we take a look at some of the headline items up for auction.


We'll also have a Park Hopper segment that features The Great Escape and their unique place in the Six Flags Chain.


We also have one of our "Interactive Topics" where we ask our listeners to call in with their most Controversial or Unpopular Opinions. As the title of this episode suggests... you won't believe what some of them think!


We'll also have the second episode of our Holiday Classic - "A Coaster Carol!"


All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1010 - Cool Stuff at IAAPA

Fri, 04 Dec 2015 01:00:00 +0000

The SkyPlex project has been up for debate over the past few months.  This week, we received word out of Orlando that the project has been approved by Orange County.  What does this mean for the project and why did Universal Orlando object to the project in the first place? We have some ideas.


We'll also have a Park Hopper segment that features Michigan's Adventure and their fantastic wooden coaster "Shivering Timbers."


We'll welcome The Legend and Drew the Intern from "In the Loop" to talk about their coverage of the annual IAAPA Convention. We'll discuss all of the big announcements and find out about the interesting new things found on the show floor.


We'll also have the first episode of our Holiday Classic - "A Coaster Carol!"


All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1009 - The 2015 Holiday Gift Guide!

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 22:00:00 +0000

It's the 2015 Holiday Gift Guide!  This is our list of the best holiday gifts for Theme Park and Amusement Park fan!

Media Files: #1008 - Fired Up About SkyPlex!

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 01:00:00 +0000

Orlando's International Drive is set to be the home of the SkyPlex project - scheduled to include the world's tallest rollercoaster "Skyscraper." Joshua Wallack, the project's leader has been fending off opponents of the project, including Universal Orlando.


We'll talk to Joshua to find out the latest on the project and and hear what could happen at the December 1st vote in front of the Orange County Commission.


We'll also focus this week's "Park Hopper" segment on Quassy Amusement Park in Connecticut! Queasy is home of "Wooden Warrior..." a small, but thrilling wooden coaster from The Gravity Group!


All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1007 - Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 01:00:00 +0000

This week, we interview Kevin Dumont, the owner of Liquid Planet Water Park in Candia, New Hampshire. He has chained himself to the top of one of his waterslides in an attempt to save his business from foreclosure. We have a live interview with him from his camp on top of the slide!


We discuss the announcement from Sea World San Diego that they will be phasing out their Killer Whale shows from their park. Does this mean the end of all similar shows across the chain.


We also discuss the new slew of attractions planned for 20th Century Fox World in Dubai... including one based on the 1997 film "Titanic."


We also have our "Park Hopper" segment where we focus on Silverwood Theme Park in Idaho!


All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1006 - EB! Live from Kings Island!

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 01:00:00 +0000

This week, EB reports from Kings Island in Ohio! He has tips and tricks to make your day at the park the best it can be!

Media Files: #1005 - HAA’s Certified Top Haunted Attractions

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000

It's Halloween Week here at!

We take a look at the Haunted Attraction Association's list of 17 "Top Haunted Attractions."

We also have a bunch of Live Trip Reports from Halloween events all over the world.

Our First Drop Segment focuses on a new World Record Roller Coaster attempt in England.... where all of the riders were naked.

We also have this week's Park Hopper segment... featuring tons of tips and tricks for Six Flags Over Georgia!

All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1004 - BTTF: The Ride Director Douglas Trumbull

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000

It's October, 21, 2015 - the day Marty and Doc Brown travelled into the future in Back to the Future: Part II.  To celebrate, we talk with the director of one of the greatest theme park attractions ever. This week, we're joined by Douglas Trumbull who created "Back to the Future: The Ride" at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood!

We also talk about a developing story in Orlando - the Skyplex project (featuring the world's tallest roller coaster" is being opposed by several groups... including Universal Orlando! We'll discuss possible reasons.

Last week, we discussed how a raccoon stumbled onto the tracks of Volcano: The Blast Coaster at Kings Dominion and met a sticky end. This week, we hear the real story behind the little critter.

We have a trip report from Thorpe Park's Halloween event!

We also have this week's Park Hopper segment... featuring tons of tips and tricks for Kings Island in Ohio!

All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1003 - Halloween Horror

Fri, 16 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Cedar Fair was testing Virtual Reality headsets on a roller coaster at Canada's Wonderland. We have the reaction.

raccoon stumbled onto the tracks of Volcano: The Blast Coaster at Kings Dominion and met a sticky end. We have thoughts about the raccoon's life.

This week's Park Hopper segment features Lake Compounce in Connecticut. We all know about "Boulder Dash," but we'll also learn about the other great rides and attractions at this historic park.

Joe from Parkscope joins us to review all of the houses at this year's Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando!

All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #1002 - Mystic Motel: A DIY Dark Ride

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Mike and EB comments on how pieces of "The Incredible Hulk" coaster from Islands of Adventure are in the trash! Cincinnati Jon gives us a Live Trip Report from Kings Island's Halloween Haunt and Matt from Yorkshire calls in from Oktoberfest.  We also have our first-ever "Park Hopper" segment focusing on Six Flags Great America! And we're joined by the creators of the "Mystic Motel" DIY dark ride!

Media Files: #1001 - The 2015 Listener Survey

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000

This week, we kick off Season 10 with a re-cap of the past month's news... courtesy of CoasterBoy. We also have a Live Trip Report from Scarowinds, the results from our 2015 Listener Survey and the announcement of a brand new segment!

Media Files: #1000 - CoasterBoy at Coney Island!

Fri, 25 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Season 10 of kicks off with the premiere of our new video series starring the one and only COASTERBOY!

Media Files: #945 - Your Favorite Memories of 2015

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Phantasialand in Germany is building a new ride... and it's wild. An Irish guy took his taxi driver to a park in the UAE... and it gave us an idea. A Live Trip Report from Holiday World. The 2015 Listener Survey is here! Take it now! YOUR favorite theme park memories from 2015. All this plus a lot more!

Media Files: #944 - Hot, Wet and Wild Rides

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Disney has announced something we've all been waiting for... STAR WARS LAND! Cedar Point's 2016 Announcement has been delayed because of a tradgedy. A Live Trip Report from Six Flags Magic Mountain. The 2015 Listener Survey is here! Take it now! YOUR favorite theme park attractions that use water creatively. All this plus a lot more!

Media Files: #943 - The Best (and Worst!) Cast Member Stories

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Dollywood has announced "Lightning Rod" for 2016! EB and Mike break down the stats and the theme for you. Supposed details of Cedar Point's 2016 coaster have leaked. Do you believe it? A Live Trip Report from Midwest Jim gets interesting. Mike apologizes for a previous comment. The 2015 Listener Survey is here! Take it now! More stories from Cast Members! All this plus a lot more!

Media Files: #942 - Laff Track and Flying Turns: Worth the Wait?

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Riding a theme park attraction is fun enough as is, but now designers at HUSS want us to wear Virtual Reality devices to take the experience to a whole different level. Mike reviews Laff Track at Hersheypark and Flying Turns at Knoebels. Are they worth the hour-long waits? listeners call in and write in for Part 1 of our Cast Member Stories Episode! All this plus a lot more!

Media Files: #941 - More Knott's Berry Farm

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000

EB tells behind-the-scenes stories from the second Listener Meet-Up of 2015 at Knott's Berry FarmHe has reviews of Ghostrider, Pony Express, Silver Bullet and Voyage to the Iron Reef. We talk about "Storm Chaser," the new RMC retrofit at Kentucky Kingdom. All this plus a lot more!

Media Files: #940 - The West Coast Meet-Up at Knott's

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000

The second Listener Meet-Up of 2015 is at Knott's Berry Farm! EB made his first trip to Knott's and has reviews of Ghostrider, Pony Express, Silver Bullet and Voyage to the Iron Reef. Knott's Entertainment Supervisor Jeff Tucker joins us to talk about his career and his involvement with Knott's Scary Farm! All this plus a ton of listener interaction live from the park!

Media Files: #939 - The Extreme Theme of Baron 1898

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Cedar Fair CEO Matt Quimet gave an interesting interview to the Sandusky Register. The GM of Carowinds tweeted something interesting and then deleted it. OK, we'll bite. Our West-Coast Listener Meet-Up is at Knott's Berry Farm on Saturday, July 18th! Live Trip Reports make their triumphant return! Baron 1898 has opened at Efteling. Is it one of the best themed coasters in the world? They even make a 14-minute short film to tell its backstory! This and a whole lot more!

Media Files: #938 - The 2015 Sparktacular Exploosioloosa!

Fri, 03 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Disneyquest at Walt Disney World is closing down. We'll talk about the history of this attraction and why it didn't live up to its potential. One of our "Coaster-Damus" Predictions for 2015 has come to pass! Our West-Coast Listener Meet-Up is at Knott's Berry Farm on Saturday, July 18th! EB braves danger and shoots off high-octane fireworks for the The 2015 Sparktacular Exploosioloosa! This and a whole lot more!

Media Files: #937 - The Worst Park Policies That Have To Go

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Cannibal at Lagoon is almost ready to "devour" the competition. EB and Mike answer a listener e-mail from a man asking if he truly has the credibility to be a "Coasterboy." Our West-Coast Listener Meet-Up is at Knott's Berry Farm on Saturday, July 18th! Our Interactive Question asks listeners to vent about the Worst Policies invading theme parks this year. This and a whole lot more!

Media Files: #936 - What's Old is New Again: RMCs and "Plussing"

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000

There might be proof of what new coaster Dollywood is getting in 2016. Is Disney coming back to Virginia with plans to finally build a park there? The Plusses and Minuses of "Plussing." Our West-Coast Listener Meet-Up is at Knott's Berry Farm on July 18th! Arthur Levine from joins us to review Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Disneyland's 60th Anniversary. This and a whole lot more!

Media Files: #935 - Who Ya Gonna Call?

Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000

News this week about a fantastic new theme park attraction based on one of our FAVORITE 80's movies! We'll have an exclusive interview with the attraction's creators and, we'll explain how Mike Collins is involved.

Media Files: #934 - New Ride Round-Up

Fri, 05 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000

New coasters are coming to Central Florida in 2016! Kenny joins us to review Justice League: Battle for Metropolis We tell some behind-the-scenes stories from the Listener Meet-Up! Brian and Juile review Wicked Cyclone We go live to the kids at Layer and Evans Elementary Schools in Florida to crown the winner of their Coaster Design Contest! This and a whole lot more!

Media Files: #933 - Listener Meet-Up at Cedar Point

Fri, 29 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Mike, EB and listeners from all over the world are at Cedar Point for the first-ever Listener Meet-Up! The first-half of the show is from the Breakfast Tailgate party before the park opened. The second-half of the show is from the Lunch Cookout! The show features reviews of Cedar Point, a live raffle and interaction with the Characters! This and a whole lot more!

Media Files: #932 - First Ride: Voyage to the Iron Reef

Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Jonathan joins us for a first-hand review of Knott's "Voyage to the Iron Reef!" We have an interview with Triotech CEO Ernest Yale The Listener Meet-Up at Cedar Point is a few days away. 

Six Flags opened Batman: the Ride and Justice League: Battle for Metropolis. Will we see ultra-themed lounges at the regional parks? This and a whole lot more!

Media Files: #931 - A Cupcake Gets You to the Front of the Line!

Fri, 15 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Universal Orlando is on a roll! Kong returns in 2016 and Nintendo is on the way too! Mike visited Kings Dominion on their 40th Birthday and received a present of his own! The Listener Meet-Up at Cedar Point is just one week away! Mike give in-depth reviews of Sea World San Diego and Belmont Park! This and a whole lot more!

Media Files: #930 - Tempesto, Thunderbird and Iron Reef

Thu, 07 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000

We talk about a theme park that had a rough opening dayWe have an opportunity for West Coast listeners to ride Knott's "Voyage to the Iron Reef" before anyone else! The Listener Meet-Up at Cedar Point is just two weeks away! Mike and EB give in-depth reviews of Thunderbird and Tempesto. Not everyone loves Tempesto. This and a whole lot more!

Media Files: #929 - Thunderbird Media Day (VIDEO)

Fri, 01 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000

EB takes a ride on Thunderbird, the new attraction for 2015 at Holiday World!

Media Files: #928 - Tempesto Media Day (VIDEO)

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Mike and Greg take a ride on Tempesto, the new coaster for 2015 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg!

Media Files: #927 - Your Opening Day Traditions

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Metal detectors are in use at the front gate of some parks, but now we're starting to see them before you get on a ride! Is this the future? EB's FIRST trip to Cedar Point is coming up! What is he looking forward to experiencing? EB has opened a T-Shirt Shop! We talk about your Opening Day Traditions and Tips! This and a whole lot more!

Media Files: #926 - Festivals, Feasts, and Photos

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000

We're not even into the 2015 Summer season yet and already, we're talking about the big new rides for 2016! Dollywood might have a whopper!  The guys want to partner with "Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer" Food and Wine Festivals aren't just for EPCOT anymore. "Big Boy" makes his triumphant return to the podcast! EB has opened a T-Shirt Shop! We talk to the CEO of Picsolve about On-Ride Photo Technology! This and a whole lot more!

Media Files: #925 - Trip Reports: Silver Dollar City and Fury 325

Fri, 03 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000

As part of our "Year of a Dozen Dreams," we send the Wilson Brothers to Fury 325 Media Day! They'll tell us about their celebrity encounters and what it was like to ride the world's tallest Giga-Coaster! EB spent his spring break at Silver Dollar City! He'll have an interview with the park's Vice President and General Manager Brad Thomas.  He'll also review Outlaw Run, Thunderation and Wildfire!

Media Files: #924 - Mike and EB Go Off-Topic

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000

* We're taking a hiatus this week to enjoy Spring Break week, but we're not going silent!

* This week, you'll hear the 1st episode of our exclusive Off-Topic Show that is produced especially for our Patreon Subscribers.

* We don't talk about theme parks or thrill rides, but we do cover a lot of pop culture and stories from our own lives.

* One word of warning... the show is unedited and uncensored. So, occasional adult language is used.

Media Files: #923 - Know Your Coasterboy - Screamscape

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000


* It's time for an all-new episode of one of our favorite game shows!

* This week, we play KNOW YOUR COASTERBOY!

* We're joined by Lance Hart, the editor of Screamscape... one of the longest running theme park websites on the web!

* All this, plus a whole lot more!

Media Files: #922 - HOT or NOT 2015

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000

THIS WEEK: * Get ready for an all-time favorite! It's the 2015 edition of HOT or NOT! * We cover over 40 theme parkand pop culture topics in 40-minutes! * We talk about topics like:       Polercoasters        Girl Ghostbusters and Guy Ghostbusters       Selfie sticks       Rebooting Indiana Jones       Upcharge attractions (slingshot, ripcord, etc.)       B&M in the last five years       Intamin in the last five years       Bob the Lobster       Rocky Mountain Construction       Cedar Point's rumored dark ride       Travelling abroad for theme parks/ coaster counts       International Drive in Orlando       Epcot - the whole park       The Tomorrowland movie       Turning Media Days into enthusiast events    * All this, plus a whole lot more![...]

Media Files: #921 - Impulsively Dapper

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 01:00:00 +0000

* We talk about how "Impulse" at Knoebels might change the atmosphere at the classic park.

* Has anyone used the Platinum Flashpass at Six Flags Magic Mountain and ridden each ride twice in a row?

* We talk with Travis about "Dapper Day" at Disneyland and other unofficial gatherings the park.

* We were nominated for a 2015 Podcast Award in the Travel category! We talk about what this means for the show!

* All this, plus a whole lot more!

Media Files: #920 - Thrill-casting and Thrill-eating!

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:00:00 +0000

We kick off the show by talking about the new 450-foot drop ride being installed at the Orlando SkyplexWe also talk about how the public (and CoasterBoys) will react to the Larson Super Loops being installed at Six Flags Parks across the country. We talk with Chris, the new Carowinds Thrillcaster about his new job as an online reporter for the park!We hear from our listeners who have come up with great ideas for themed restaurants based on classic movie scenes. All this, plus a whole lot more!

Media Files: #919 - Listener Questions - Part 2

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 01:00:00 +0000

Once again, we turn the show over to our listeners. They pepper us with questions about the parks and the show. The listeners also have some fantastic off-topic questions that lead to fantastic conversations. Plus, there's more news about our Summer Listener Meet-Ups!

Media Files: #918 - Listener Questions - Part 1

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 01:00:00 +0000

We hand the reigns of the show over to our listeners, who pepper us with questions about the parks and the show. The listeners also have some fantastic off-topic questions that lead to fantastic conversations. We also go live to Australia's Gold Coast where our listener Sam goes on a "walkabout" to Warner Bros. Movie World and Dreamworld

Media Files: #917 - 2015 Preview with Arthur Levine - Part 2

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 01:00:00 +0000

Arthur Levine, the Theme Parks Expert at, joins for for a preview of some of the best new attractions coming to theme parks in 2015! Including:      - Fury 325 at Carowinds      - New Wooden Coaster at Ireland’s Tayto Park       - Rougarou at Cedar Point      - Slideboard at Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas      - Thunderbird at Holiday World      - Rampage returns to Alabama Splash Adventure      - Cannibal at Lagoon      - Starliner returns to the Miracle Strip in Florida       - "Paint the Night" parade debuting at Disneyland      - T3 Returns to Kentucky Kingdom       - Switchback at ZDT’s      - Fast & Furious Supercharged at Universal Studios Hollywood      - Springfield Themed Area at Universal Studios Hollywood      - Maison Rouge: Labyrinth of Fear at La Ronde      - Laff Trakk at Hersheypark [...]

Media Files: #916 - 2015 Preview with Arthur Levine - Part 1

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:00:00 +0000

Arthur Levine, the Theme Parks Expert at, joins for for a preview of some of the best new attractions coming to theme parks in 2015! Including:      - Wicked Cyclone at Six Flags New England      - Ghost: The Haunted House at Legoland Windsor      - A new vertical coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg      - Zombie at Mexico’s Bosque Magico       - Fireman's Landing at Silver Dollar City      - Karnan at Hansa Park in Germany      - Justice League: Battle for Metropolis at Six Flags Over Texas      - Justice League: Battle for Metropolis at Six Flags St. Louis      - Possible King Kong Dark Ride at Universal’s Islands of Adventure      - Baron 1898 at Efteling in the Netherlands      - Batman: The Ride at Six Flags Fiesta Texas       - Voyage to the Iron Reef at Knott’s Berry Farm      - Impulse at Knoebels      - The Orlando Eye Observation Wheel in Orlando      - Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain   Be sure to tune in next week for Part 2 of our podcast![...]

Media Files: #915 - Six Flags Power Plant

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:00:00 +0000

People are flying drones (or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) in and around theme parks, we'll talk about what this means in terms of safety and park reaction.  The "Disney Coaster" game is back and it's OLD SKOOL!

osh from Theme Park University joins us to talk about several attractions that are no longer in operation: Six Flags Power PlantMGM Grand Adventures and The Titanic Experience at Fox Studios.  All this, plus MUCH MORE!

Media Files: #914 - CoasterDamus 2015

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 01:00:00 +0000

On this week's show, we discuss a strange article about "rumored" 2016 Attraction at Cedar Point. We also hear a positive spin on the Disneyland Measles Outbreak.  We take a look back at our predictions from 2014 and hear our theme park predicts (even the outrageous ones) for 2015! All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #913 - Kongfrontation in 2015

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 01:00:00 +0000

There's a wild rumor about a new King Kong ride at Universal Orlando... is the rumor even technologically possible Listeners call in to tell us what theme park related items were under their Christmas Tree.

* A Disney Face-Character is doing pushups and it went viral. Did Disney plan this? Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa is closing. What other rides might be on the chopping block? All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #912 - Santa! Save My Park!

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:00:00 +0000

On this week's show, we've reached our first Patreon goal, so we announce our next meet up! We bring back our Christmas Traditions... including A CoasterBoy Christmas! Listeners tell us what they want Santa Claus to bring to their parks. We review the the nominees  and crown the winner of the 2014 Best New Attraction of the YearWe bring listeners inside the Workshop to listen to something we're working on for 2015! All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #911 - Christmas at the Parks

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 01:00:00 +0000

On this week's show, are Interactive Queues breeding grounds of germs and illness? We have an interview with Ben Corneet, the CEO and Founder of Alterface.... the company providing all of the interactivity to the new Justice League attraction coming to Six Flags Over Texas next year. We Announce the Nominees for the 2014 Best New Attraction of the Year EB reviews Krampus Night. Mike Reviews Christmas Townat Busch Gardens Williamsburg   The guys take a look at Holiday Events at your local parks, including: - Macy's Holiday Parade, Universal Studios Florida      - Smoky Mountain Christmas, Dollywood - A Very Furry Christmas, Sesame Place - The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, Disney Hollywood Studios - Holiday Snow Days/Winter Nights, Legoland California - An Old Time Christmas, Silver Dollar City - Holiday in the Park, Six Flags Over Texas - SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration - Orlando and San Antonio - Six Flags Magic Mountain - Holiday in the Park - Wild Waves Theme Park in Washington - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom - Holiday in the Park - Kennywood’s Holiday Lights - Six Flags Fiesta Texas - Holiday in the Park - Hersheypark Christmas Candylane - Lake Compounce Holiday Lights All this and much, much more! [...]

Media Files: #910 - The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Fri, 05 Dec 2014 01:00:00 +0000

This week. the show begins with a surprise "Live Trip Report!"  Mike and EB review the trailers for Jurassic World and Star Wars. Chris and Kevin talk with Mark Burnet, the CEO of Accesso about the future of virtual queuing. AND... The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! 

Media Files: #909 - 46 Rides in One Day

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:00:00 +0000

This week, we talk with Korey Kiepert from the Gravity Group about "Switchback" and other new projects! We hear the story of Ted and Shane from and how they rode all 46 rides at Walt Disney World in one day! We also discuss some new rumors about Cedar Point. All this and much, much more!

Media Files: #908 - A Dream Fufilled: IAAPA 2014

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:00:00 +0000

This week, the very first wish in our "Year of a Dozen Dreams" is fufilled! Kevin and Chris live their dream of going to the IAAPA Expo to cover the event! They tell us about what they have seen, including details about new attractions and ride types. After that, listeners sound-off on ways to get a theme park fix during the off-season. All this and much, much more!

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