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A weekly podcast dedicated to theme parks, roller coasters and thrill rides. During each show, we talk about the total theme park experience. We'll have interviews with the people making decisions at your favorite park, reviews and ratings of the newest rides and attractions, discussion about ever…

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    CoasterRadio.com #1608 - The 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 79:09

    EB and Mike have spent weeks searching the internet to create the PERFECT list of holiday presents for that special park enthusiast in your life.  Or, let's face it, maybe you just want to buy this cool stuff for yourself.

    CoasterRadio.com #1607 - EB and Mike Need to Visit IAAPA

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 56:54

    Happy Thanksgiving! This week, EB and Mike take a look at all the headlines and new attractions from the 2021 IAAPA Expo in Orlando. They also talk with a listener who represented the show and saw everything the show floor had to offer!

    CoasterRadio.com #1606 - Pardon the Ripoff

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 66:55

    It's the FASTEST 20 minutes in Theme Park Podcasting! We'll tackle eight hot topics in the amusement industry while trying to get in all of our hot takes before being cut off by the buzzer.

    CoasterRadio.com #1605 - Who Are These People?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 46:58

    A helicopter sees something weird at Cedar Point, Knott's Mystery Lodge might give way to a major attraction, an ICON rises in Orlando and the drones have their day at Valleyfair. We talk about it all on this week's show!

    CoasterRadio.com #1604 - Prominent Assets

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 63:11

    We're in that weird two or three week period where the parks close down after Halloween to get ready to reopen for Christmas. So it's the off-season… but not really the off season? We'll try to make sense of it all… while having some great theme park talk.

    CoasterRadio.com #1603 - There's Always Room for One More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 83:25

    Halloween is here and we have an epic show! We start off by talking with Tarah Chieffi, a theme park journalist who became a ghost hunter...at Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. She attempted to count all of the ghosts in the attraction to see if there were really 999 Happy Haunts. We also talk with Tony Turner, the man responsible for the terrifying attractions at Kings Dominion's 20th Halloween Haunt. He'll talk about what it takes to create world class scares that also make you laugh. Plus, the guys visit "The Curse of CoasterBoy" scare maze! Be prepared. This will give you nightmares.

    CoasterRadio.com #1602 - The Terrortorium

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 72:31

    We talk with the owner and creator of "The Terrortorium," a Halloween attraction in the southeast. What makes this attraction unique is that it features "The Haunted Castle," the original Bill Tracey dark ride from the Miracle Strip Amusement Park in Panama City Beach! We'll hear the story of how the famous ride was saved and brought back to life for a new generation.

    CoasterRadio.com #1601 - Welcome to the Circus!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 99:34

    We've been on a six-week vacation and we're back with an EXTRA LONG show! This week, we'll catch up on the news...including an article that broke down how much parks across the world cost "per-ride." We'll find out what parks make the "most expensive" and "least expensive" lists. We'll also take you behind-the-scenes of our show and let you know what we found out from the 2021 Listener Survey. You'll hear all of the demographics, but more importantly, EB will read all of the super-mean comments too.

    Theme Park News from CoasterRadio.com - Weekend Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 12:56

    While the CoasterRadio.com podcast is on hiatus, check out the "Weekend Edition" of Theme Park News from CoasterRadio.com! We'll be back with all-new episodes in October!

    Theme Park News from CoasterRadio.com - Weekend Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 14:58

    While the CoasterRadio.com podcast is on hiatus, check out the "Weekend Edition" of Theme Park News from CoasterRadio.com! We'll be back with all-new episodes in October!

    Theme Park News from CoasterRadio.com - Weekend Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 21:43

    While the CoasterRadio.com podcast is on hiatus, check out the "Weekend Edition" of Theme Park News from CoasterRadio.com! We'll be back with all-new episodes in October!

    Theme Park News from CoasterRadio.com - Weekend Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 22:50

    While the CoasterRadio.com podcast is on hiatus, check out the "Weekend Edition" of Theme Park News from CoasterRadio.com! We'll be back with all-new episodes in October!

    Theme Park News from CoasterRadio.com - Weekend Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 26:17

    While the CoasterRadio.com podcast is on hiatus, check out the "Weekend Edition" of Theme Park News from CoasterRadio.com! We'll be back with all-new episodes in October!

    Theme Park News from CoasterRadio.com - Weekend Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 14:13

    While the CoasterRadio.com podcast is on hiatus, check out the "Weekend Edition" of Theme Park News from CoasterRadio.com! We'll be back with all-new episodes in October!

    CoasterRadio.com #1542 - Last Call!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 88:50

    We've reached the end of the 15th Season of our podcast!  As they say at your favorite bar… it's time for LAST CALL!  We'll take care of all your last-second requests on the season finale of CoasterRadio.com!

    CoasterRadio.com #1541 - It's Been a Tough Week

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 69:42

    This week hasn't been a great one for the amusement industry.  There are a bunch of stories that are difficult to discuss. But we'll do our best and also bring you some of the good stuff too!  We have in-park trip reports, ride reviews and fun discussion.

    CoasterRadio.com #1540 - A Wicked Plan

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 58:47

    New rides are being announced… and old rides are being removed! We'll tell you all about it. Plus, we have your Live Trip Reports, an interactive topic and the official schedule of events for the Listener Meet-Up in Las Vegas!

    CoasterRadio.com #1539 - All Keyed Up

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 82:44

    The guys have news from all over the industry, including details on Disneyland's new "Dream Key" pass. Plus, one of our listeners attempts to win a bunch of prizes by beating our latest game show. Whether he wins or not depends on how well he listened to last week's interview with Universal Creative's Shelby Honea.

    CoasterRadio.com #1538 - "Thrills and Teeth" with VelociCoaster's Shelby Honea

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 53:11

    We'll go in-depth about one of the best new attractions of the year. We're talking with Shelby Honea, Show Producer for the Jurassic World VelociCoaster at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure. She'll tell us all about the development and construction of this innovative and highly-themed roller coaster. We'll also hear some behind-the-scenes stories about how this attraction came to life.

    CoasterRadio.com #1537 - Dance Party at 325 Feet

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 70:21

    There is a TON of news to cover this week... including a story about a guy climbing to the top of a 325 foot ride... to dance. We are living in weird times. We also have your in-park trip reports and lots more!

    CoasterRadio.com #1536 - High Rollers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 49:38

    As we get ready for our 2021 Meet-Up in Las Vegas, we'll talk all about the thousands of things to do at America's Playground! We'll talk rides, attractions, food and yes… even gambling tips! All to get you ready for the Meet-Up in October.

    CoasterRadio.com #1535 - I'd Buy THAT for a Dollar!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 69:06

    A major theme park company is changing how they are offering "front of the line" access at one of their parks... and it could mean changes at a lot of other places. We'll talk all about it. We also have the latest news, your amazing trip reports AND news about the 2021 Listener Meetup! We'll announce where and when it will be!

    CoasterRadio.com #1534 - The 2021 Sparktacular Exploosioloosa

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 50:19

    Our 4th of July Tradition LIVES ON! Join us as EB risks life and limb by setting off fireworks and getting the microphone as close as he can without hurting himself. Plus, EB's trip report from Kings Island!

    CoasterRadio.com #1533 - EB's Coaster Milestone

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 67:17

    EB recently hit a coaster milestone while visiting a park he had never visited before! Mike went to his home park and rode 12 rides he had never had the opportunity to ride! We'll tell you all about it! Plus, the guys will talk about all of the latest amusement industry news... including a story about a cucumber. These are Strange Days.

    CoasterRadio.com #1532 - Unpopular Opinions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 65:03

    It takes a lot to go out on a limb, especially with opinions. This week, we'll hear from our listeners as they tell us their unpopular hot takes about Cedar Fair parks. We'll also hear the first reviews of Jersey Devil at Six Flags Great Adventure and take a look at the latest news from around the industry.

    CoasterRadio.com #1531 - CoasterRadio Meets Civil Gore

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 61:45

    EB is joined by Brian and Tim from "The Civil Gore" Podcast! They give their takes on all the attractions at Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure.  They also talk about the best horror films set in theme parks.

    CoasterRadio.com #1530 - Going Back Home

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 63:54

    This week, Mike and EB tell the stories of the return to their home parks after a long pandemic.  EB visited Holiday World and Mike visited Busch Gardens Williamsburg. They also take a look at the top headlines from around the amusement industry.

    CoasterRadio.com #1529 - I've got a FEVER!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 63:14

    Parks across the country are starting to open... and their opening days are having mixed success.  We'll talk about how some parks are dealing with reopening after the pandemic. We'll also hear from our listeners as they report from inside parks all over the country.

    CoasterRadio.com #1528 - We Owe You Some Answers

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 64:43

    We did a fun Listener Questions show a few months ago, but didn't get to answer all of the e-mails that came in.  So this week, we'll do our best to get through some more of them! We discuss the parks, pop culture, the podcast and our own lives.

    CoasterRadio.com #1527 - The Password is... "Formidable"

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2021 60:57

    The guys use this episode to catch up on the latest news, including Gerstlauer's new roller coaster, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser and MORE! Plus, we have Live Trip Reports from Disneyland, Islands of Adventure and Six Flags Over Texas.

    CoasterRadio.com #1526 - VelociCoaster Reviewed and Disneyland Reopens

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 65:33

    This week, we start off with a live call from Islands of Adventure, where one of our listeners has ridden VelociCoaster! He'll have a full review! Then, we'll talk with Julie Tremaine of the SFGate to talk about Disneyland reopening this weekend. We'll discuss what guests can expect and what she thinks the future will hold for Walt's original park.

    CoasterRadio.com #1525 - Summer 2021 Know-It-Alls

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2021 70:40

    The 2021 Summer Season is just about ready to begin.  But how much do you REALLY know about all of the new attractions that are set to open. We've designed a new game show that seeks to find the biggest "KNOW IT ALL" out there.

    CoasterRadio.com #1524 - The Story of Kings Island

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2021 53:04

    We're joined by the author of a new book about the history behind one of America's most famous amusement parks.  Kings Island: A Ride Through Time tells the entire story of the park directly from the various general managers, engineers and planners who designed it.

    CoasterRadio.com #1523 - More News Than We Can Handle

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2021 67:59

    There are some weeks where we really have to work hard to find news stories to discuss.  This week though, we have more stories than we can handle. We'll talk about big news happening at Universal, Disney, Cedar Fair, Six Flags and a lot of other places near you. We're also joined by Arthur Levine to talk about the announced opening date for Universal Orlando's VelociCoaster!

    CoasterRadio.com #1522 - The Best Attraction Special Effects

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 61:32

    The Disney Podcast Guys are at it again! This week, we break down one of the biggest stories to ever come out of Walt's original park - Disneyland Forward! Then, we hear from YOU about what you think is the greatest special effect created for a Disney attraction. All that, plus a bunch of other surprises!

    CoasterRadio.com #1521 - Behind-the-Scenes with Zamperla

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2021 47:21

    This week, Mike and EB interview Zamperla CEO Antonio Zamperla and Prototyping Engineer Tim Jacoby. They learn about the history of this legendary amusement ride manufacturer and talk about the innovations that are being developed for the future. They also get a behind the scenes look at "Big WaveZ," an amazing interactive drop ride/water ride. Plus, you'll find out how Mike and EB are actually a part of the ride!

    Coasterradio.com #1520 - Listener Questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 19, 2021 68:57

    This week, the guys attempt to get through HUNDREDS of questions that have been sent in from listeners for this annual show. They answer questions about parks, pop culture, the podcast and their personal lives.

    CoasterRadio.com #1519 - Queue-Anon

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2021 69:51

    On this week's show, we'll cover some great news for theme park fans on both coasts of the U.S.  Plus, we'll talk about some upgrades that need to happen at our local parks. Then, we'll go undercover to expose a theme park conspiracy cult that has been meeting secretly for years!

    CoasterRadio.com #1518 - Make Attractions Great Again

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2021 41:00

    We take a look at 10 Disney attractions that used to be good... but need a little love to become great once again.

    CoasterRadio.com #1517 - The Ride to Happiness

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2021 63:07

    There is a TON of news to cover this week, including a popular park changing operators and a former guest of the podcast working in SPACE! We also take a look at many of the new rides and attractions coming to Europe in 2021!

    CoasterRadio.com #1516 - FastLane-FastPass-FlashPass-QuickQueue

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2021 65:19

    Throughout this 15th season of the podcast, we're going to take a look at certain topics and find out how our opinions on them have changed over the years. This week, we'll listen to part of a show recorded in January of 2006 about the emergence of "Cut the Line" passes.  We made a lot of strong statements then.  Do we feel differently now?

    CoasterRadio.com #1515 - Last Fan Standing

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2021 87:20

    To celebrate the 600th Episode of our podcast, we played our most ambitious game show EVER! We had 100 listeners take part in a trivia competition LIVE on our show!

    CoasterRadio.com #1514 - HOT or NOT 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2021 83:30

    It's our annual HOT or NOT episode! We gave listeners the chance to vote on whether specific rides, parks and amusement industry fads are trending upwards or downwards in 2021. You'll hear the results in real-time!

    CoasterRadio.com #1513 - 2021 New Attraction Preview with Arthur Levine

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2021 91:32

    Mike and EB are joined by Theme Park Journalist Arthur Levine to discuss all of the new attractions coming to US parks in 2021. A live audience interacted with the show by voting on the "hype-level" for each new ride.

    CoasterRadio.com #1512 - Our New Best Friend at Coney Island

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2021 49:58

    There's a lot of news to cover this week, including our thoughts on what is happening at Disneyland. But after that, we talk with Deno from Deno's Wonderwheel Park about their 100th Anniversary Season, some behind-the-scenes stories and their TWO new roller coasters for 2021!

    CoasterRadio.com #1511 - CoasterDamus Returns!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2021 64:01

    A new year gives us a chance to reflect on the past and look towards the future. This week, we take a cue from that gnarly, old prognosticator Nostradamus and see if we can predict what will happen at the parks in 2021.

    CoasterRadio.com #1510 - Go Big or Go Home

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2021 69:08

    The first show of 2021 starts off with some BIG NEWS. We have details on the proposed tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster in the world! We'll also take a look at USA Today's 10Best list of the Best New Amusement Attractions for 2020.  Did they get it right?

    CoasterRadio.com #1509 - 2020 Holiday Spectacular

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2020 113:22

    It has been a tough year. We decided to use our final show of 2020 to kick back and have a good time.  We asked our listeners to program the show! They had  a lot of great ideas on how to finish the year! Happy Holidays from everyone here at CoasterRadio.com!

    CoasterRadio.com #1508 - Is it a Masterpiece or Just Plain Ugly?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2020 50:30

    As we get to the end of 2020, there's a lot to talk about.  On this week's show, we have news from around the country and details about next week's holiday spectacular!

    CoasterRadio.com #1507 - One Giant Leap for Nerd-kind

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2020 77:53

    A park is letting you set up their office inside one of their attractions.  Will Star Wars: Galactic Cruiser be our first step towards "Westworld?"  We learn more about the Ride Warrior's Choice Award and how YOU can be a part.

    CoasterRadio.com #1506 - Rebirth and Retirement

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2020 50:18

    Join Mike and EB as they talk about one of the most anticipated theme park lands ever and the retirement of a Disney Imagineering legend.  Plus, the audience suggests rides from their home park that they think need to be removed for good.

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