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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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    Latest episodes from The Original Theme Park Podcast #1802 - CoasterDamus 2023

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2023 97:48

    It's one of our favorite episodes of the year! CoasterDamus is here! We'll start by going back in time and take a look at last year's predictions.  Which ones came true?  After that, we'll see what crazy things you guys think will happen in 2023. As always, many of our listeners show off their creative side with some amazing rhyming predictions. #1801 - New Year, HUGE News

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2023 81:46

    2023 is only a few days old, but already has given us one of the biggest news stories of the year. We'll talk about Universal's plans to build a 97 acre park in the state of Texas. We'll talk about a bunch of other news stories and hear Mike's review of Pantheon at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. #1711 - This episode is powered by a "Jet Pilot"

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2022 89:48

    E.B. travels to Washington, DC to do the final show of 2022 from Mike's home tiki bar! The guys tell behind-the-scenes stories from their week in Orlando recording shows at Universal Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and IAAPA. They also tell stories from their visits to Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. #1710 - Live from the IAAPA Expo

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2022 64:20 has finally made it to IAAPA!   Mike and EB take their wireless microphones onto the IAAPA Expo show floor to see the latest and greatest innovations in the amusement industry. As they explore the vast expo, they come across a wide range of new attractions and rides, from the latest roller coasters to cutting-edge virtual reality experiences. They also see hundreds of companies who provide animatronnics, special effects, equipment and support for parks around the world.   It's a different type of where the guys get overwhelmed at times. But you'll get to hear in real-time what it's like to be a first timer at "The Global Attractions Industry's Premier Event." #1709 - Live from Busch Gardens Tampa

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2022 54:00

    For Part II of our "Florida Trilogy," we come to you from the 2022 Listener Meetup at Busch Gardens Tampa! Mike and EB do the show in front of a live audience inside the Gwazi Pavilion. They'll talk to the crowd about the park, the attractions, its hidden gems and the incredible new coaster for 2022, Iron Gwazi. They'll also interview Erick Elliott, the Vice President of Engineering and General Services at Busch Gardens Tampa. He'll talk about what it takes to operate such a huge park and what we can look forward to in the future! #1708 - Live from Universal Orlando

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2022 58:08

    Dreams come true this week as Mike and E.B. podcast from the "Radio Broadcast Center" inside Universal Studios Florida. E.B. talks about his first ever visit to Universal Orlando. Then, the guys welcome Kari, David and their producer Michelle from the official "Discover Universal" podcast! There's talk about best attractions, hidden gems and things you can't miss when you visit the resort! Plus, you get to hear amazing stories from the careers of three long-time Universal Orlando team members. #1707 - 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2022 61:38

    Mike and EB unveil their list of the best gifts for the theme park fan in your life. Check out the complete list at! #1706 - Bring It On

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 71:58

    With one week to go before the 2022 Listener Meetup in Central Florida, Mike and EB talk about what parks and attractions they are looking forward to experiencing. #1705 - A "Wild" Off-Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 42:49

    Lots of great news this week, including an announcement about what Hersheypark plans to do with it's "Wildcat" wooden coaster. #1704 - The Scary Episode

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 78:34

    Halloween is here! Our listeners step up to the mic to talk about the greatest scares they have received at an in-park haunt. #1703 - Surf Like A Bulldog

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2022 71:38

    This episode has a strange title, but it will all make sense when you hear us talk about Sea World Orlando's new attraction for 2023. We'll also talk about how both Carowinds and Kings Dominion are about to start up year-round operations. Plus, a different look for the Themed Entertainment Association attendance numbers. #1702 - Get Ready Central Florida!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2022 42:17

    In addition to talking through the latest news and ride announcements from the amusement industry, the guys unveil details about the 2022 Listener Meetup at Busch Gardens Tampa! In addition to the meetup, we'll have info about our visits to IAAPA, Universal Orlando and other Central Florida landmarks! Get your meetup tickets now at! #1701 - Season Premiere and Listener Survey

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 97:07

    Season 17 starts with us asking our listeners what their first order of business would be if they were hired as the President of their local Six Flags park. Then, we go through the results of our 2022 Listener Survey! #1644 - I Bet You Like Hot Dogs

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 70:14

    We discuss more new rides announced for 2023, a collection of amusement park history, a disturbing incident at a Halloween event and an amazing job opportunity at five different parks. #1643 - Winners! Golden Tickets and Game Shows

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 64:14

    Amusement Today recently presented the "2022 Golden Ticket Awards."  Think of it like the Oscars or Emmys for the Amusement Industry. On this week's show, we'll go through all the winners AND dissect the Top 50 Steel and Wooden Coasters. PLUS... EB has news about a new Game Show he appeared on as a contestant! #1624 - Top Thrill DarKoaster

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 70:56

    It was an amazing week in the amusement industry. Two major stories dropped on the same day. Cedar Point announced that their record-breaking roller coaster "Top Thrill Dragster" would be retired "as we know it."  At the same time, Busch Gardens Williamsburg unveiled their 2023 roller coaster that can best be described as a "spiritual successor" to "Curse of Darkastle." There's lots to talk about! #1641 - Podcast and Parks Future Plans

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 67:02

    Everyone's looking towards the future... the parks, their visitors, the ride designers and even your friends here at We'll take a look at rumored 2024 attractions and also look ahead to some changes here at the show! #1640 - Mine Carts and Bicycles

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 69:56

    This week, we have tons of news about new attractions coming to parks over the next few years...including details of the Donkey Kong ride coming to Universal's Epic Universe! Plus, find out how you might see EB riding a bicycle on the streets of Orlando this November. #1639 - Everything Old is New Again

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 58:58

    Amusement parks are places where memories are made. In 2023, several parks are going to tap into old memories to create new experiences. We'll talk about how Worlds of Fun and Cedar Point are creating new attractions based on their legacies. We'll also hear from our listeners as they visit parks around the country. #1638 - New Rides, New Rules

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 58:24

    This week, a lot of new rides were announced. We'll run them down for you. We also have news about how you can take a FREE behind-the-scenes tour of some of your favorite roller coasters. Plus, dark days for a major park chain and teenagers in Orlando. #1637 - Glenwood Caverns' Defiance

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 58:58

    We're joined by Nancy Heard from Glenwood Caverns to talk about their newest coaster "Defiance." We also talk about changes at Carowinds, possible themes for Halloween Horror Nights, rumors out of Dollywood and a Harry Potter themed attraction near Mike. #1636 - Podcasting from 10 Parks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 29:35

    Through the miracle of podcasting (and with the help of our listeners), we hear live reports from 10 different parks around the world! #1635 - Teens and Tumbilis

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 50:29

    On this week's show... New photos from inside a higthly anticipated attraction, Teens cause a park to close early and  Mike has a review of Tumbili at Kings Dominion. #1634 - Is Lost Island a Loser?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 65:25

    Lost Island Theme Park is reportedly having trouble attracting guests to its beautiful new theme park. Our listeners chime in about what they could do to get more people through the gates. We also talk about Hersheypark's new Halloween event, Avengers at Disneyland Paris and rumors about Montezooma's Revenge at Knotts. PLUS, your Live Trip Reports and the CR Mailbag! #1633 - Those fools won't know the difference!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 59:21

    A headlining attraction takes a step backwards. An anticipated ride won't open this year. A hacker takes control of Disneyland's Instagram. Plus, Live Trip Reports from parks around the country! #1632 - Summertime Funtime

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 81:20

    EB had three park visits in a week! He'll tell you all about his trips to Holiday World and Worlds of Fun. Plus, news about the closing of a major amusement park in the United States! #1631 - Ten Minutes in Holiday World

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 8:33

    There's lots going on behind-the-scenes this week. Instead of taking a break, EB podcasts direct from his trip to Holiday World. #1630 - Anyone have $109,995 I can borrow?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 57:51

    A new theme park opens in Iowa, Universal is set to let us take part in a "Back to the Future" story and Disney wants us to pay $100K to visit all 12 of their theme parks. #1629 - Should we rent out Space Mountain?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 69:21

    Lots of great news and discussion this week, including... * The B&M Surf Coaster * What is the "Coaster Capital" of Florida? * Parks are doing better than they were Pre-COVID * 21+ events at the regional parks * A TON of Live Trip Reports from Parks Around the country! #1628 - We Want Darth Vader

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 69:24

    It's been announced that Disneyland is going to add characters to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge that don't (necessarily) fit in the timeline of Battu.  But does it matter? We'll talk about whether we'll see OG characters in the uber-themed land. We'll also talk about similar lands could be built at a park near you. Plus, EB visited Kentucky Kingdom and has a full review. #1627 - Roller Coasters Unleashed!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 59:20

    Will Cedar Point's new after-hours 21+ VIP event inspire a trend in the amusement industry? Mike and EB will talk all about that and other major amusement industry stories. #1626 - Ride The Five Challenge

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 63:40

    This is the type of show that has EVERYTHING our podcast is known for... news, commentary, discussion, character segments, in-park trip reports and much more. #1625 - Arthur Levine Gets Stacked

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 77:34

    Theme Park Expert Arthur Levine joins Mike and EB to talk about his new project "Arthur's About Theme Parks." (Check it out at He'll give the guys first-hand reports of rides like Iron Gwazi, Ice Breaker and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. #1624 - The Most Terrifying Coaster Element

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 60:02

    Mike and EB hear what listeners think are the most terrifying elements on roller coasters and thrill rides. #1623 - The Hidden Theme Parks of Las Vegas

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 73:51

    Mike recently returned from a week of work in Las Vegas. While he was there, he visited two attractions that have the same level of park design as Disney or Universal. #1622 - Guardians of the Red Bull

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 59:12

    A jam packed show filled with news, jokes, trip reports and all the stuff you have come to love from #1621 - April News to Inform and Amuse

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 51:09

    Mike and EB kick back and take a look at the week's most important news stories from the parks around the world! #1620 - March Madness Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 49:11

    EB and Mike are back... taking a look at all the major stories that broke while they were away. #1619 - Florida Park and Ride Reviews from NPH and Mike

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2022 96:02

    Both Mike and Neil Patrick Harris were in Florida last week. NPH visited Busch Gardens Tampa and got several rides on Iron Gwazi. Mike was in Orlando and rode VelociCoaster at Islands of Adventure and Ice Breaker at Sea World Orlando. Plus, he took his daughter to opening day of Peppa Pig Theme Park! #1618 - Overload

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 64:37

    It's a great off-season show... filled with talk about parks, new attractions, pop culture, life and really interesting questions. #1617 - The Butterfly Effect

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 52:57

    No, this episode isn't anything like that dumb Ashton Kutcher movie. But the guys do get in to some more really interesting "What If" scenerios about the amusement industry sent in by the listeners. #1616 - Your Questions Answered

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 76:42

    We kick off this week's show with one of the first reviews of Iron Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa. Dan the T-Shirt Guy called in minutes after his first ride on the new RMC. Then, we answer our listener questions about theme parks, thrill rides, pop culture and MORE! #1615 - Fate, Luck and What If?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 60:55

    This week, everyone was shocked when they heard the news about SeaWorld Entertainment making a bid for Cedar Fair. It made us all think "What if that really happened?" "What if" is such an intriguing question. So we asked our audience to send in their own "What If" scenerios to us. We spend the show exploring what might have been in the amusement industry. #1614 - 2022 Attraction Preview with Arthur Levine

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2022 71:47

    We're joined by Theme Park Expert (and writer for USA Today) Arthur Levine. We'll preview all of the major new attractions coming to the parks in 2022! #1613 - Coaster Studios on Coaster Radio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 68:39

    We talk with Taylor Bybee, Sarah Anderson and Scott Schaffer.... creators of a new documentary about Rocky Mountain Construction. We discuss a lot... coasters, internet fame and what Taylor has to do to maintain such perfect hair. #1612 - CoasterDamus 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 60:15

    It's one of our favorite episodes of the year! CoasterDamus is here! We'll start by going back in time and take a look at last year's predictions.  Which ones came true?  After that, we'll see what crazy things you guys think will happen in 2022. #1611 - Happy New Year! Don't Be A Jerk!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 67:54

    Happy New Year! It's our first show of 2022 and a lot happened during the holiday.  We'll kick off the new year by catching you up on all of the stories and headlines that you might have missed. #1610 - NPH Returns! An Hour with Neil Patrick Harris

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 61:53

    It's our final show of 2021! To celebrate, we welcome Neil Patrick Harris back to! In an uncut, hour-long conversation, we talk about everything from theme parks to movies to magic. You'll hear Neil's takes on the latest theme park attractions and also where he thinks the industry is headed in the future. We also talk about some of his latest projects, including "The Matrix Resurrections." Happy Holidays! #1609 - WinterFest is Coming

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 68:00

    It's the time of year when our favorite parks are decked out for the holidays. This week, Mike talks about his trip to WinterFest at Kings Dominion. The guys also have the latest news from around the industry and some interesting items in the Listener Mailbag. #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. #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!

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