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Last update: 2013-06-20

CoasterRadio.com #735 - Your Burning Questions

2013-06-20
Length: 55s

When we did our annual Listener Question Show a few months ago, we had a TON of them!

In fact, we had so many that we couldn't answer them all in one show.

So this week, we dig back into the mailbag and answer more of your "burning questions."

The best part about shows like this is that we have a lot of great pop culture and behind-the-scenes content along with fun theme park talk too!

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #734 - Summer Insanity!

2013-06-13
Length: 53s

As Summer 2013 rolls along, there's a lot to get excited about! (And we talk about a lot of it on this week's show!)

For instance, Busch Gardens Tampa just unveiled plans for their new 2014 attraction... it's a 335-feet tall drop tower named "Falcon's Fury."

The new ride will drop riders at 60-mph, but with a new twist.  The riders' seats will pivot 90 degrees so that they are facing straight down! INSANE!

We'll also take a look at the new fast-food area themed to the long running animated series "The Simpsons" that just opened at Universal Studios Florida.  Will it be worth the price of admission to visit Moe's Tavern to have a pint of Duff Beer?

We also have LIVE TRIP REPORTS from the newly refurbished Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knotts Berry Farm and the crazy new roller coaster at Alton Towers, "The Smiler."  The English ride has 14-inversions! INSANE!

Finally, we talk with Steve VanDis from Indigo Films.  He's the Co-Executive Producer for the popular Travel Channel show "Insane Coaster Wars: World Domination."

We'll talk to him about what we can expect during this season of the show and what it's like to shoot a complicated TV program in some of the world's best known parks.

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #733 - EB and Mike's Chinese Park Adventure!

2013-06-06
Length: 44s

Every year, the Themed Entertainment Association releases their Global Attractions Attendance Report.

The report focuses on the attendance numbers of theme parks, water parks and museums across the globe.

On this week's show, EB and Mike break down the numbers and talk about the parks and companies were at the top of the list and the ones were surprisingly at the bottom.

Plus, we'll have a Live Trip Report from Hersheypark and much more!

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #732 - School's Out for the Summer!

2013-05-30
Length: 1s

This year, theme park fans are feverishly anticipating not one, not two, but THREE wooden coasters with inversions.

The first, Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City opened to much fanfare and success.

Now, we hear about the 2nd inverting wooden coaster to open... Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

We're joined by Arthur Levine, the Theme Parks Guide at About.com, who had a chance to ride the coaster on its opening weekend.

We'll discuss the ride's unique features, it's amazing setting and whether or not this should really count as a wooden coaster.  Oh yeah, Arthur will also tell us if the ride is actually worth riding!

We'll also hear three Live Trip Reports from different parks around the country.  We'll hear reviews of the new "Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin" at Sea World Orlando.  We'll also hear reviews of "White Lightning" and "Freedom Flyer" at Fun Spot in Orlando.

Finally, we'll go live to Layer Elementary School in Central Florida to talk with the winners of their coaster design contest!  Their teacher happens to be a fan of CoasterRadio.com and asked EB and Mike to judge a contest where the kids learned about the physics and technology behind ride design.

Who knows, we might be talking to the next generation of Disney Imagineers!

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #731 - EB vs. The Blue Flash!

2013-05-23
Length: 1s

Our own EB picked up his family and moved to Indiana a few years ago.

Since then, he's been enjoying Midwestern life... even getting to Holiday World as often as he can.

This past week though, he lived out every "Coaster Boy's" dream.

He rode John Iver's legendary backyard looping coaster "The Blue Flash."

On this week's episode, EB gives an element-by-element description of the ride and what it was like to see this legend in person.

The guys also take-on the recent news story in the New York Post about the rich, socialite mothers who have allegedly been hiring disabled tour guides so that the whole family can skip the lines at Walt Disney World.  EB and Mike have a good debate about the story and all its various angles.

The guys also talk with Chicago Correspondant CMVenom about his Media Day experience at Six Flags Great America.  He was one of the first to try out NAMTAB... or what is really "Batman: The Ride - BACKWARDS!"

Does the ride live up to the hype?  And will Six Flags have a "new" hit ride on their hands without having to shell out the big bucks to build a new coaster?

We'll also have a Live Trip Report from Kings Dominion, a favorite character from the past and MUCH MORE!

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #730 - Theme Park Royalty

2013-05-16
Length: 1s

When we've had celebrities on this program before, they've talked about how they have to hire park-provided guides to walk them around to the various attractions and rides.

If they didn't have this preferential treatment, people would constantly be hounding them for autographs and they wouldn't be able to have any semblance of a "normal" theme park experience.

But I bet most people don't know that this same exact treatment is available to EVERYONE.

You can have a private, park-provided guide take you around and get you to the front of even the most crowded lines.  But you have to be willing to pony up the BIG bucks.

On this week's show, we'll talk about the different VIP programs offered at many of the parks across the country.  We'll talk about what perks you'll get and most importantly, how much it will cost you.

We'll also talk about one of the newest rumors to come out of the Six Flags chain.  Apparently, a survey is going around asking people what types of new rides they'd like to see at Six Flags Great Adventure.

We'll go through some of the choices and debate the pros and cons of each.

Plus, we have a LIVE Trip Report and the return of our one-of-a-kind game show - THEME PARK SMARTS! You'll have a chance to play along with our lucky contestant!

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #729 - Gatekeeper Media Day

2013-05-09
Length: 1s

On this week's special episode, join Mike Collins as he speaks with Coaster Radio Correspondants Kevin from Ohio and Cincinatti John about their experience at the Media Day for Cedar Point's new wing coaster "Gatekeeper!"

Kevin and Jon will break down the pros and cons of the ride and tell us all what it's like to be at a massive Media Day attended by hundreds of working press and over 1,200 coaster enthusiasts.

They'll also have interviews with Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet, Cedar Point General Manager John Hildebrandt and Cedar Fair Vice President of Planning and Design Rob Decker.

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #728 - The Best and Worst of Animal Kingdom

2013-05-02
Length: 1s

This week, Disney's Animal Kingdom celebrated its 15th Anniversary.

It's fair to say that of all the Disney Theme Parks, Animal Kingdom has the greatest divide between people who like and dislike it.

Some people claim it's the best designed, most well-themed park in the Disney chain.  Others feel that it's a complete miss and not worth spending one of their precious vacation days there.

On this week's show, the CoasterRadio.com audience steps forward to tell us about their favorite and least favorite aspects to the controversial park.  You'll be surprised at some of the responses.

We'll also talk about the strange new signs appearing around the former "Son of Beast" area at Kings Island.  The signs warns that they've had to shut down a section of park because of "mysterious, bone chilling screams" and an "evil phenomenon."

Of course, the park is gearing up to promote their 2014 attraction.  But what could it be and is the park making the most of this "Paranormal PR?"

We also have the inside scoop on a brand new "theme park related" television pilot, a Live Trip Report from the opening day at Knoebels and a whole lot more!

 

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #727 - The Future is NOW! Mystic Manor and More!

2013-04-25
Length: 48s

Every now and then, a theme park attraction comes along that makes you remember why you liked this stuff in the first place.

And sometimes that same ride is so ahead of its time, you realize you've sort-of seen a glimpse into the future of the amusement industry.

This week saw the unveiling of "Mystic Manor" at Hong Kong Disneyland.  And for the most part, every Disney fan is in agreement that it is one of the finest attractions ever created by Imagineering.

On this week's show, we'll discuss the new attraction, what makes it special and why there are no (at least announced) plans to bring a copy of it to the US Parks.

We'll also talk with Steve Fielding, the President of Pantera Entertainment about his highly-anticipated new game "Theme Park Studio."

The new title will allow players to create their own steel coasters, wooden coasters, dark rides and flat rides with a level of authenticity and realism never before seen in a theme park simulator.

Steve will tell us about some new surprises we can expect to see and how listeners can be a part of the development process!

Plus, we'll have Live Trip Reports from Busch Gardens Tampa, Disney California Adventure and Silver Dollar City.... plus a whole lot more!

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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BONUS VIDEO PODCAST - Legoland Hotel Grand Opening

2013-04-18
Length: 4s

Travis from California, our CoasterRadio.com West Coast Correspondant, had a chance to visit the Grand Opening of the Legoland Hotel in Southern California.

This special video podcast will take you inside the hotel to show you all of the surprises that await families who book a stay there... including the infamous "Disco Elevator!"

Our thanks go to Travis for producing this video! Way to go!

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CoasterRadio.com #726 - Legoland, Las Vegas and David Copperfield

2013-04-18
Length: 57s

This is one of those shows where a lot is covered in 57 minutes.

I hope you're ready....

First up, the guys talk about the new "Iron Man Tech: Presented by Stark Industries" exhibit that opened at Disneyland.

Besides sounding a lot like one of last year's "Reel Design" finalists, could this be the first wave of Marvel-themed attractions in the Disney Parks?  The guys will talk about the speculation and what we might see in the next few years.

The guys also take a look at the progress on "Gatekeeper" at Cedar Point.  The park is already testing their massive winged coaster with almost a month to go before opening day.  You'll hear from one of the park's engineers about what they are doing to get ready for May 11th.

We'll also hear a Live Trip Report from Tom who had lunch with a Disney Imagineer as part of a new program offered by the Disney Parks.  Did he learn any secret info and will he spill the beans for the CoasterRadio.com audience?

Travis from California joins the show to talk about his visit to the grand opening of the Legoland Hotel in Southern California.  Travis will give us the inside scoop about what surprises we can expect to see inside the hotel... including an elevator that doubles as a disco!  Plus, he'll let us know about some of the things at Legoland that even an adult would love.

Finally, the guys go "Off Topic!" EB gives the audience an update on a major home renovation project and Mike fills you in on his "Magical" trip to Las Vegas!  Highlights include a "secret" elevator to the top of the Stratosphere Tower, a ride on the "Big Shot," a front row seat to David Copperfield's show, David making one of Mike's friends disappear and a road trip to the Grand Canyon.

There's lots of fun and a few surprises on this all new episode of "The Original Theme Park Podcast!"

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #725 - Namtab is Batman Backwards

2013-04-04
Length: 47s

Imagine you're walking into your favorite theme park and heading straight for favorite roller coaster.

Just as you come up on the familiar twists and turns, you notice something strange.... the cars are facing backwards!

This will be the experience for parks fans in the Chicago area when Six Flags Great America runs Batman: The Ride backwards for part of the 2013 season.

On this week's show, we'll talk with Brandon Bruce, the park's communication's specialist about the excitement surrounding the change and why they decided to do it.

We'll also find out more about igNIGHT, the park's new nighttime spectacular that will feature fireworks, special effects, live music and a storyline unique to the Windy City.

We also ask you guys about your "Opening Day" traditions.

Here in the United States, Spring Break is in full swing.  So that means that many of us are taking our first steps into the parks after a long winter hibernation.

It's a special moment when we first walk into our favorite theme park after so many months away.  Because of this, each of us has our own unique traditions and customs to mark the occasion.

 

We'll hear about listener's "interesting" ways to  celebrate the start of the season.

Plus, we'll have a Live Trip Report from Six Flags America and a whole lot more!

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CoasterRadio.com #724 - Disney for the "Thinking Fan"

2013-03-28
Length: 1s

Anyone who considers themselves a fan of theme parks probably has spent a lot of time analyzing them.

We marvel at how attraction designers use technology to bring the our favorite stories and characters to life.

But, fans can also take the analysis a step further and take a look at the parks from a literary and social angle as well.

For instance, what does "It's A Small World" have to do with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's?

On this week's show, we welcome the author of "The Thinking Fan's Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom," Aaron Wallace.

While most travel guidebooks are aimed at first-timers, Aaron's book is aimed someone looking to find  information beyond wait times and ride ratings.

Aaron takes a scholarly look at each attraction in the Magic Kingdom and the stories behind them.  On this week's show, he'll share some of what you'll find in his new book.

We also have two Live Trip Reports this week.... one from the opening day of Six Flags Great Adventure and one from the opening day of Luna Park on Coney Island.  Both of these reports have an authentic "Jersey" feel to them!

Plus, Mike just got back from a unique trip to Walt Disney World where he got to explore New Fantasyland and try out the upgraded Test Track at EPCOT.  Plus, he has some stories about chaperoning 30 high school students who were set loose on the Walt Disney World Resort.

All this, plus a whole lot more on this all-new episode of the Original Theme Park Podcast!

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CoasterRadio.com #723 - Wild Rides, Wild Animals

2013-03-21
Length: 1s

"Outlaw Run," one of the most highly anticipated roller coasters of 2013 opened this week at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO.

The new creation from Rocky Mountain Construction has set a world record for the steepest drop on a wooden coaster at 81 degrees.

It's also the 2nd fastest wooden coaster in the world at 68 mph.

Plus, it has the signature element of a double barrel roll that brings the train back into the station.

On this week's show, we talk with Marcus Leshock, a reporter from WGN-TV in Chicago.

Marcus made the 8-hour drive from the Windy City to Branson so he could be one of the first people to ride the coaster.

He'll tell us if the hype is for real and if this new attraction will be a hit in 2013.

We'll also talk with Kristin Siebeneicher, the Communications Manager at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ.


Kristin will tell us about preparations for their Opening Day this weekend and details of their new "Safari Off Road Adventure" that is scheduled to open on Memorial Day.

The combination of the theme park and the land for the new Safari attraction makes Six Flags Great Adventure the largest theme park in the world! So, there's a lot to be excited about.

Plus, we have a Live Trip Report from the Ohana Restaurant at the Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World and a whole lot more!

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #722 - What Ride Would Make a Good TV Show?

2013-03-14
Length: 53s

Here at the show, we're curious to find out what what the new ABC Television pilot "Big Thunder" is all about.

In the past, there have been movies based on classic theme park attractions (Pirates of the Carribbean and The Haunted Mansion), but to our knowledge, this is the first television show based upon a theme park ride.

So while we wait for the show to premiere, we came up with a fun contest idea.

We asked listeners to pick any theme park attraction in the world and turn it into a television pilot of their own.

Not surprisingly, the audience delivered some excellent and creative ideas! Wait until you hear them!

Mike and EB also get into a good "First Drop" segment where they discuss the decline of the classic Dark Ride.

This year, only six dark rides are being built across the world and the majority are being constructed by Disney and Universal.  What happened to the Dark Ride and why aren't regional parks like Six Flags and Cedar Fair dedicating some capital to building new ones?

We also have a Live Trip Report from Six Flags Great Adventure and a Live Correspondent from a new attraction at the Magic Kingdom!

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #721 - This or That - Bigger, Faster, Better Edition

2013-03-07
Length: 1s

This or That returns this week!

Listeners have submitted over 60 different pairs of theme park related items.

Mike and EB will have to debate their merits and then ultimately choose one.

For instance...

Would you visit Disneyland in 1955 or 2055?

"Knotts Scary Farm" or "Halloween Horror Nights?"

What ride at Cedar Point will come down first: Mantis or Magnum?

Along with all of the theme park related items, listeners also submitted a lot of "This or That's" dealing with Pop Culture.  It leads to some really great discussion and debate amongst the guys.

In addition, our "First Drop" segment deals with the rumors and facts about Alton Tower's new coaster for 2013... "The Smiler."

Supposedly, the new attraction will shatter the world record for inversions by turning people upside down at least 14 times! Plus, they have a strange way of marketing the new ride.

We also have a Live Trip Report from "Dapper Day" at Disneyland and details on a brand new contest (with prizes) for next week's show!

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #720 - The Man With Our "Dream Job"

2013-02-28
Length: 59s

If we asked you guys what your "Dream Job" would be, we're guessing a lot of you would have the same answer...

"Disney Imagineer."

Unfortunately, only a select few get to have that title.  So, it's understandable when some of the more famous names become the "rock stars" of the Disney and Theme Park Fan Communities.

On this week's show, we pay tribute to Tony Baxter, a long-time Disney Imagineer who recently announced his retirement.

Tony is responsible for many Disney Attractions that have become household names.

We'll discuss his career and what it means to be an Imagineer in 2013 versus 1955. Plus, we'll hear from listeners about their favorite Tony Baxter rides.

We'll also hear plans for a new theme park in Texas, news about Skyrush at Hersheypark and details about changes to the Fastpass system at Disneyland.

Plus, we'll be visited by our brand-new correspondent who has detailed tips and trivia about some of your favoritetheme park rides. We only had to pay him $1000 for his appearance (and it was worth every penny!)

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #719 - Gold Striker UPGRADED!

2013-02-20
Length: 1s

There's big news this week out of Northern California this week and we have the first interviews about it.

California's Great America announced that their new roller coaster "Gold Striker" will now include the world’s longest covered initial descent tunnel on a wooden coaster. 

 

Adding intrigue to the record setting feature, Gold Striker’s 174-foot tunnel will be enclosed by wood on both sides, corrugated metal on top and in-fill underneath the tracks, to replicate a true "gold mine" feel.

We'll talk with Tyler Currie, Director of Park Operations for California's Great America about the new ride and their big announcement.

We'll also discuss some rumors coming out of Walt Disney World in Orlando.  Word is leaking out about a possible re-imagining of the entire Downtown Disney complex.... complete with a new name, layout and a five-level parking garage.  Interesting stuff... but maybe Mike and EB have a better idea of what can be done with the area.

All this, plus a Live Trip Report from Kings Island, the return of "OFF TOPIC" and a visit from everyone's favorite Dutch Performance Artist!

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #718 - Listener Questions: Part I

2013-02-07
Length: 1s

The best thing about this show are the people who listen to it.

They are all fun, passionate people who share a love of theme parks.

They are also one of the most engaged audiences out there.  When we have asked for listener interaction in the past, we always receive interesting and energetic responses.

That's why we love our yearly "Listener Question Shows."

We received a ton of great questions this week.  Actually, we received so many from you guys... we're breaking this show into two parts!

This week, we'll answer questions like:

* If you guys were still bachelors and had your pick of the girls of any of the countries in World Showcase who would you choose?  (Extra degree of difficulty:  No Norway.)

* If you guys could punch one person in the theme park industry who would it be and why?

* What was the most embarrasing thing to happen to you in high school?

* Was the Disney Podcast Guy character based on anyone specifically?  And if so, who?

We'll also spend our "First Drop" segment discussing the best attractions created during the career of Disney Imagineer Tony Baxter.  He announced his retirement last week, so we'll spend some time talking about his legacy and his classic Disney rides.

PLUS, we'll have a Live Trip Report from Disney's Animal Kingdom and the return of the greatest Amusement Industry Game Show ever: THEME PARK SMARTS!!!

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #717 - Pimp My Park: Disney Edition

2013-01-31
Length: 57s

Week after week, we get a lot of interesting feedback from you guys.

One listener will write in and say that we need to focus on the regional parks more and less on what's happening at Disney.

An hour later, we'll get an e-mail from someone wanting more talk about the Disney Parks and less about Six Flags and Cedar Fair.

It's impossible to come up with topics that please everyone, but this week we might have one that comes close.

On this week's show, Mike and EB will take a look at things that the regional theme parks can "copy" or "outright steal" from Disney to make the guest experience better for everyone.

The audience steps in with their ideas, as we discuss ways our local parks can improve the family experience.

We'll talk about ride capacity, front-of-the-line programs, food quality, attraction diversity and a bunch of other ideas that might make a trip to Six Flags a little more like a trip to Disneyland.

Plus, we'll have a Live Trip Report from Verbolten at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and the return of "Off-Topic!"

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #716 - 2013: What it's all About.com

2013-01-24
Length: 1s

We're only a few short months away from the regional parks beginning to open up for the spring.

That means that the new attractions for 2013 will be opening at parks worldwide shortly thereafter.

Are you aware how many new rides will be opening during the upcoming year?

On this week's show, Mike and EB are joined by Arthur Levine, the Theme Parks Expert at About.com.

Arthur and the guys will weigh in on close to two dozen of the newest rides that will be thrilling guests at parks this summer.

Which ones will be hits and which ones will be misses.

The guys will also discuss the recent rumor about how Six Flags might be interested in purchasing Sea World Parks and Entertainment.

What would it mean if Shamu and Busch Gardens were owned by Six Flags?

Plus, we'll have a Live Trip Report from Six Flags Over Texas and MUCH, MUCH MORE!

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CoasterRadio.com #715 - We Stole This Show

2013-01-17
Length: 1s

Imagine covering 40 different topics of discussion in a 60-minute show.

Sounds exhausting, right?

Mike and EB will attempt to it, as they lovingly "ripoff" one of their favorite ESPN programs, "Pardon the Interruption."

PTI is known for its fast-paced conversation, incessant bickering between the hosts and rapid-fire topics.

The show uses a countdown timer in order to keep the conversation moving.  Once the time expires, the hosts hear a buzzer and they have to move on to the next topic.  They also have an updated rundown of the show on the side of the screen.

If CoasterRadio.com was a video podcast, this week's episode might look like this:

But even though we're an audio podcast, you get the idea.

Topics on this week's show include:

* Doubts about Cedar Point's supremacy amongst theme parks

* Universal getting into the MyMagic+ game

* Choosing the #1 flat ride in the world

* Replacements for Son of Beast

* Lou Mongello being mentioned in the Spiderman comic book series

* Adults-only nights at the parks

* Iconic rides being retired

* Tom Hanks as Walt Disney

* Plus MUCH, MUCH MORE!

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CoasterRadio.com #714 - Rockin' New Years Countdown!

2013-01-10
Length: 1s

It's the start of a New Year!  Happy 2013!

To celebrate, we'll look forwards and backwards.

We'll take a look at all of the Best New Attractions from 2012 and how they affected parks across the world.

Which rides were hits?  Which ones were misses?  Which one will be crowned the "CoasterRadio.com Best New Attraction of 2012?"  We'll find out on this week's episode.

We'll also have an in-depth discussion about the new RFID initiative that Disney announced this week...MyMagic+.  You'll want to listen closely to what the guys have to say, because Disney's announcement is going to radically change the way you visit their parks.

Mike and EB will give you the scoop on how the FastPass+ system will work and the changes that are coming sometime in 2013.

AND... since it is a New Year's Show, we'll have our 3rd Annual "Rockin' New Years Eve with Bob the Lobster!"

Our own "Crustacean Correspondent" was inside the "Tank at Times Square" to report on all of the happenings at the "Crossroads of the World." He'll countdown to midnight, see the shiny ball drop and maybe even get a kiss from a famous starlet!  Whoa!

All that, plus a Live Trip Report from Dollywood on this week's episode of The Original Theme Park Podcast!

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #713 - Guest Hosted by Ricky Brigante and YOU!

2013-01-04
Length: 59s

This week, we do something on the show that hasn't been done since October 10, 2005!

For the first time in seven years, an episode of Coaster Radio will not be hosted by either Mike or EB.

Instead, we welcome several guest hosts!

First, as master of ceremonies, we're happy to welcome Ricky Brigante... host of the extremely popular and longest running Disney podcast in the world, Inside the Magic.

Ricky will be the ringleader this week, welcoming CoasterRadio.com listeners as they introduce their favorite show moments from 2012.

You'll hear the best interviews, guest appearances, character segments and stories from the past year.  You might even hear a few things that are new to you!

We'll also have a Live Trip Report from Six Flags Magic Mountain and hear about some improvements that have been made to the California Theme Park.

Don't forget to vote for the CoasterRadio.com Best New Attraction of 2012! Voting runs from now through Tuesday, January 8th.

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #712 - Clark Grizwold Would Love This!

2012-12-27
Length: 8s

Earlier this year, we were amazed when we got to see "World of Color" at Disney California Adventure.

It was absolutely amazing what the Imagineers could do with water, light and music.

 "Backyard Imagineers" can do something similar around the winter holidays.  They take thousands of lights and animate them to music using computer technology!

 It's like having a mini World of Color in your front yard!

 This week, EB and Mike take a look at some of the best home lighting displays for 2012!

 Happy Holidays!

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CoasterRadio.com #711 - The Holiday Spectacular!

2012-12-20
Length: 55s

We're just a few days away from Christmas... but the presents are here early!

My friends, it's time for the 2012 Coaster Radio Holiday Spectacular!

There are a ton of gifts under the tree, including...

* Mike and EB's eerie predictions for theme parks in 2013.

* A Live Trip Report from Silver Dollar City

* A new "Christmas Carol" from one of the most famous theme park figures of 2012.

* The return of "Off Topic!" (Including a new listener topic feature!)

* And, we bring back the traditional reading of "A CoasterBoy Christmas" with our special guest star Neil Patrick Harris!

Thanks so much for listening to the show and letting us be a part of your lives.  We hope that you and your families have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #710 - Outlaw Run and Game Show Fun

2012-12-13
Length: 57s

Here's a trivia question for you...

Besides Walt Disney, who was Mike Collins' hero when he was growing up?

The answer: Bob Barker from The Price is Right.

Mike never got to meet Walt, but he did get a chance to meet Mr. Barker shortly after he retired from his game show.

On this week's show, Mike and EB will channel Bob's spirit as they unleash a new game show... THEME PARK SMARTS!

CoasterRadio.com listeners will hear actual members of the general public answer what we consider to be really easy questions about amusement parks.  All the listeners will have to do is guess wheteher the person will get the answer right or wrong.

It sounds easy... but it's much harder than you might think!

Plus, the guys will discuss some of the new inverting wooden coasters that will be coming to American parks in 2013.

That's right, America is getting not one, not two, but THREE inverting wooden roller coasters next year.

All three are under construction right now! But which one will wow theme park guests when summer rolls around?

Speaking of excellent rides....

It's time for our annual poll where we ask you guys what you think is the Best New Theme Park Attraction of the year.  Make sure you vote between now and the end of the year.  Mike and EB will be announcing the winner during the first show of 2013!

Also on this week's show, a Live Trip Report from Disneyland's Candlelight Processional and MUCH MORE!

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #709 - Disney Dragons and Haunted Mansions

2012-12-05
Length: 40s

One of the great things about being a fan of theme parks is getting to know the creative stories and legends behind each attraction.

With all due respect to other theme park companies, no one does this better than Disney.

The story and immersive atmosphere of the "Haunted Mansion" attractions captivate guests around the world.

Recently, a group of filmmakers, special effects artists, composers and actors from Hollywood, California created an amazing short film that brings the lore of the "Haunted Mansion" to life.

On this week's show, we interview Jeremiah Daws and Lisa Livesay from the new short film "Missing in the Mansion."

We'll talk to them about the creative process behind the film, what is was like to shoot at Disneyland during normal park hours and how fans have reacted to what they created.

And speaking of creative things....

We'll talk about the mysterious creature that has been flying in the skies over the Magic Kingdom this week.  Curious fans have been staying up late, trying to catch a glimpse of whatever has been flying over Cinderella Castle each night.

Mike and EB will break down what information is out there and possibly get the official answer to what the creature could be.

Plus, we have a Live Trip Report from Canobie Lake and a whole lot more!

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #708 - Own the Haunted Mansion

2012-11-29
Length: 1s

We're about three weeks away from Christmas... so now's the time to start looking for holiday gifts for family and friends.

OR... it might be the time for you to start dropping hints about what you're interested in seeing under the tree.

Odds are, whether you're giving or receiving, you have theme park fans in your life.

On this week's episode of Coaster Radio, we're here to help! It's the 2012 Holiday Gift Guide!

The list includes everything from inexpensive stocking stuffers to obscenely expensive items that would blow someone away.

Heck, the list includes a 7-bedroom home that looks exactly like Disneyland's Haunted Mansion.  You can have it if you have $870,000!

Mike and EB also talk about the possibility of park's moving to away from a once-price admission ticket to a more dynamic pricing structure based on the day of the week and the time of year.  Imagine paying once price on a Wednesday and a completely different price on a Saturday.  Could this actually happen?

We also have a Live Trip Report from EPCOT, a few celebrity visits and details on how you can win some amazing prizes from the show!

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #707 - Thanks for Nothing!

2012-11-23
Length: 1s

On this week's show, EB and Mike let the listeners vent on what they are most (and least) thankful for at the theme parks this year.

It's a chance to give thanks and complain at the same time!

Plus, the guys discuss some of the big announcements made at the amusement industry's major trade show - IAAPA.

Mike and EB will be joined by Clint Novak and The Legend from the "In The Loop" podcast.

Clint and The Legend were on-site at IAAPA shooting dozens of videos showcasing the latest and greatest technologies on display at the trade show.

Plus, we'll have a Live Trip Report from Six Flags Magic Mountain and a whole lot more!!!

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #706 - What Would You Do?

2012-11-08
Length: 55s

We've all been at the park and seen a parent or other adult forcing a kid onto a roller coaster or other intense thrill ride.

Maybe the kid is just a bit scared... but other times the kid is shrieking in sheer terror.

On this week's show, we ask the Coaster Radio audience... What Would You Do?

Would you get involved?  Would you stay away?  Would you watch as if it were bonus entertainment that you didn't have to pay for?

We share a ton of listener stories about real-life events and how they reacted to what they saw.  We even hear from a few parents who admit to being the ones who force their kids on the rides.

Also, we have talk about the new ride announcements at Universal Orlando and Knotts Berry Farm, plus a Live Trip Report from Disney California Adventure!

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CoasterRadio.com #705 - Holy Crap, Star Wars!

2012-10-31
Length: 50s

Sometimes there are big stories in the amusement industry...

Maybe a new roller coaster is announced or a new park is being built somewhere.

But sometimes there are stories that come along that entirely change the landscape of the entertainment industry.

One of those stories happened this week.

The Walt Disney Company announced that it would be purchasing Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion.

This includes all of the Star Wars Properties, technical companies such as Industrial Light and Magic, LucasArts, plus anything else that George Lucas created over the last four decades.

Disney also announced that fans can look forward to Star Wars: Episodes 7, 8 and 9, with the next installment due in 2015. (Nerds rejoice!!!)

But what does this all mean for the Disney Theme Parks?

Are we going to see new attractions and themed areas based on the hundreds of characters and locations in the Star Wars Universe?  Could we see more rides based on the Adventures of Indiana Jones?

Or, might be actually see an entire park based on all that George Lucas and his team created?

The possibilities (and the conjecture) are unlimited!!!

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CoasterRadio.com #704 - The Halloween Campfire Show

2012-10-25
Length: 1s

All Hallows Eve is almost upon us....

This week, we have the perfect show to get you in the "spirit" of Halloween.

Mike and EB start this week's show with a bit of talk about whether or not Walt Disney World and Disneyland should consider an "adult-oriented" Halloween event at their parks.

Universal Studios has pretty much cornered the market in Orlando and Southern California... but could Disney come up with something even better?

After that, Mike reveals that he has spent $199.99 on a "Seance School" and wants to attempt contacting one of his heroes who has passed on to the afterlife.  Will he be successful?  And who is the spirit that he wants to contact?

Finally, after a Live Trip Report from Busch Gardens Tampa, the guys sit around the fire pit with their marshmellows and S'Mores to begin the 2012 Halloween Campfire show.

This is an annual tradition where the guys take actual back-stories from Halloween Haunts across the country and bring them to life on-the-air.  You'll want to darken the room, light some candles, grab some candy (and your headsets) to join in on the fun!!!

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CoasterRadio.com #703 - 80's-Style Murder in the Amusement Park

2012-10-18
Length: 1s

Here at the Original Theme Park Podcast, we love Halloween.

We also love good horror movies from the 80's.

So, imagine if someone made a throwback horror film that was set in an old, closed down amusement park...

Yeah, they'd have our attention.

On this week's all new episode, we talk with Cary Hill.  He's the writer and director of a brand new 80's-style horror film - Scream Park.

The entire film was shot on location at Conneaut Lake Park in Pennsylvania. Several of the key scenes were shot on and around classic attractions like the Blue Streak and the Devil's Den.

We'll talk with Cary about what it was like to shoot his film in the park and how the rides and attractions influenced the story.

We'll also talk about how Hersheypark's Thigh Crush... er, Sky Rush has closed for the season a little earlier than expected.  Of course, the Coaster Boys out there have their own ideas on why this happened.  But Mike and EB give their own unique take on the matter.

Plus, we'll have your ideas on the ultimate setting to have a Halloween Haunt and EB's review of Holiday World's Happy Halloween Weekends!

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

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CoasterRadio.com #702 - Halloween Begins!

2012-10-11
Length: 1s

It's fun to visit theme parks any time of the year, but there's something a bit more special about visting them around Halloween.

We love Halloween here at the Original Theme Park Podcast!  We love it so much, that this is the first of three shows dedicated to the spookiest time of year.

This week's show starts out with a bit of a shocker! You'll have to listen to the first 30-seconds to see what we mean!

After the guys have a few minutes to process what happened, they discuss a story in the news about a man who died after partipating in a roach and worm eating contest.  The contest was very similar to what many parks do during their Hallowen Haunt events.  Will this have any affect on what the parks do thoughout October?

Mike and EB also talk about how Kings Island is selling off parts of "Son of Beast." Is the price too high?  Who would buy such a thing? And who actually came up with this idea?  The guys have answers to all of those questions.

Mike also has a trip report from Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.  He also had a chance to talk with Scott Gasparich, the Vice President of  Entertainment for the park about what it takes to put on a massive Halloween Haunt like Howl-O-Scream.

Plus, you'll hear what it sounded like when Mike and Greg walked though one of the most popular mazes... Deadline.

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CoasterRadio.com #701 - The Joint Chiefs Return!

2012-10-03
Length: 1s

Any new listeners to our show might only know it has being hosted by Mike and EB.

But back in 2005, the show was hosted by the five guys you see on the right.

When the new version of CoasterRadio.com came out in 2009, Mario Flava and Greg had all moved on to other things.  But as a listener said this week, they will always be a part of the show.

But over the past year, many listeners (new and old) have been asking for the guys to come back for at least one episode.  One astute listener obsevred thatNeil Patrick Harris has been on the show more lately than Mario has.

So, to kick off Season Seven "In Styllleeee...," we're goin' OLD SCHOOL.

This first episode of the new season features Mike, EB, Greg, Flava and Mario... THE JOINT CHIEFS.

It's a wild show that didn't quite happen as the gang planned.  But it does have the feel of being back in 2005 again.

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!

Welcome back guys!

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CoasterRadio.com #651 - Coaster Commentary - Gatekeeper at Cedar Point (VIDEO)

2012-09-27
Length: 3s

EB and Mike take a look at the animation for "Gatekeeper," the new B&M Wingrider coaster coming to Cedar Point in 2013.

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CoasterRadio.com #650 - Coaster Commentary - X-Flight and King Cobra (VIDEO)

2012-09-20
Length: 5s

As we get warmed up for Season Seven, here is another "Coaster Commentary" where Mike and EB take a look at "X-Flight"...the new winged coaster at Six Flags Great America.

The guys also take a virtual ride on Six Flags Great Adventure's new serpentine water slide "King Cobra."

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CoasterRadio.com #649 - Nighttime at the County Fair (VIDEO)

2012-09-10
Length: 1s

CoasterRadio.com was recently at the Prince William County Fair in Manassas, Virginia. This is video from the midway!

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CoasterRadio.com #648 - Season Six Finale

2012-08-30
Length: 1s

It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating Memorial Day, the unofficial kickoff to summer.

Now, Labor Day weekend is upon us and the hot summer will soon turn to the chilly fall.

The end of the summer season also means the end of the sixth season of Coaster Radio.

To celebrate, we're bring our "in-park" shows to a whole new level.

This week, we podcast from not one, but TWO parks.

Mike Collins comes to us from America's Roller Coast, Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio and EB comes to us from America's Friendliest Park, Holiday World and Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana.

The guys look back on the past year of the show, and look ahead to what's coming to theme parks in 2013.  This includes Gatekeeper at Cedar Point!  Mike will have an interview with a Cedar Point PR Representative to talk about what riders can expect from the new attraction.

Plus, the guys will have in-depth reviews and stories from their visits to both parks.

It's two parks for the price of one, this week on the Original Theme Park Podcast!

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CoasterRadio.com #647 - The 80's Movie Podcast: Episode II

2012-08-23
Length: 52s

Just like Marty McFly returned to 1955 in "Back to the Future: Part II," it's time for a sequel to your favorite "bodacious" radio show!

Mike and EB return to the "80's Movie Podcast" for a look at the greatest movies from the greatest decade ever!

There's a ton of discussion about favorite 80's flicks like Ghostbusters, Teen Wolf and The Goonies.

But we also have interactive games, audience questions and trivia about some long-forgotten films and actors.

Plus, we have a special tribute to John Candy. We'll hear from our listeners about their favorite John Candy films and we'll talk about what made him one of the best actors from the 80's.

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CoasterRadio.com #646 - Disney Super-Stereo On-Ride Audio

2012-08-16
Length: 46s

When you're riding a really good theme park attraction, it's a true treat for the senses.

You're being bombarded with visual imagery, scents, tactile sensations and immersive soundtracks.

On this week's episode of the Original Theme Park Podcast, we're going isolate one of those senses and focus on what you hear when riding some of the world's best theme park attractions.

You'll want to grab a pair of stereo headphones, because we're going to put you right in the middle of four of the most popular rides at Walt Disney World in Florida.

Once you don your headsets, you'll feel like you're in the creaky old elevator at the Hollywood Tower Hotel aboard "Tower of Terror."

Then, we'll strap you into a handglider as you fly over some of  California's greatest landmarks in "Soarin'"

Next, we'll travel with C-3PO and R2-D2 aboard "Star Tours" Flight 1401 as we are persued by Darth Vader and Jango Fett.

Finally, we'll take a ride on "Pirates of the Caribbean" at the Magic Kingdom and hear how the Imagineers seamless blended music and sound effects as we travel from scene to scene.

We'll also have a "Live Trip Report" from Knotts Berry Farm, plus a whole lot more!

We'll also have a "Live Trip Report" from Knotts Berry Farm, plus a whole lot more!

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CoasterRadio.com #645 - Son of Beast: A Legend is Born

2012-08-09
Length: 50s

What makes a roller coaster legendary?

There are probably a lot of good answers to that question.

But when a roller coaster is dismantled before it has a chance to grow old, odds are is going to be talked about and remembered for a long time.

On this week's show, we talk about Kings Island's Son of Beast... a ride that is scheduled to be dismantled to make way for something new.

The ride was groundbreaking, but troubled.

However, over the next few years will it become legendary?  Will people remember it for being a better coaster than it actually was?

What other roller coasters shared a similar fate, but also went on garner "legendary" status?

We'll also hear from Mike about his trip to Busch Gardens Williamsburg.  He tried out their Quick Queue system and finally had a chance to ride Mach Tower!

Plus, we'll have a Live Trip Report from Michigan's Adventure plus a few surprise guests and drop-ins!

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CoasterRadio.com #644 - Breaking a World Record

2012-08-02
Length: 1s

As theme park fans, we've all done marathons on our favorite rides when the lines aren't long.

Maybe we've been lucky enough to stay on our favorite roller coaster for several laps in a row on a slow day at the park.

But most of us haven't had to endure staying on an amusement park ride for more than 24-hours in a row.

On this week's show, we'll talk to Robbie Gibson... he's better known as "Robbie the Intern" on 104.9 Virgin Radio in Edmonton, Canada.

Last week, he set the Guinness World Record for the "Longest Marathon on a Fairground/Theme Park Attraction" at 30 hours and 30 seconds!

We'll find out all about his record-setting attempt and what challenges he endured along the way.

Plus, it's possible that Robbie might have inspired one of the CoasterRadio.com guys to break the record in 2013!

We also go to the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line to hear from listeners about their encounters with rude guests at the parks.  From line jumpers to people who want to fist-fight... we'll cover it all!

And, we have a Live Trip Report from Six Flags Great America in Chicago plus much, much more!

And, we have a Live Trip Report from Six Flags Great America in Chicago plus much, much more!

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CoasterRadio.com #643 - Stories About Your "First Time"

2012-07-26
Length: 1s

If you listen to a weekly show about theme parks and roller coasters, it's probably safe to say that you're obsessed.

(And we dig that, man!)  But this obsession of yours had to start somewhere.

Do you remember your very first ride on a roller coaster?

Even if you don't, a bunch of CoasterRadio.com listeners do! 

This week, many of them (along with Mike and EB) will tell their stories about the first time they braved a roller coaster.

Some of the stories are scary some are funny, others are quite moving... but they're all interesting.

Plus, we have a Live Trip Report from Disney California Adventure and Cars Land AND an epic rant about the downside of visiting a water park!

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CoasterRadio.com #642 - Lex Luthor "Drops" By

2012-07-19
Length: 1s

There are only a few attractions in the world that a true thrill ride aficionado would think twice about riding.

One may have just opened in Southern California.

Six Flags Magic Mountain just unveiled the world's tallest drop tower ride... Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom.

Maxing out at 400 feet with a top speed of 85 mph, this new ride has been making enthusiasts wonder if they have what it takes to ride.

On this week's episode, Mike and EB break down the new ride.  They even produced a video podcast where they provide "DVD-Style" commentary as they watch on-board video of the ride!

Mike also gives us a Trip Report from his recent visit to Michigan's Adventure.

It was Mike's first trip to the park, so he talks about his over all impressions and reviews of each of the park's roller coasters.

One of them actually cracked his Top 10 list!

The guys also asked the listeners to write in with their favorite movies or film scenes that take place at theme parks or on roller coasters.

The audience responded with some well-known favorites and some really obscure flicks.

After you hear this show, you'll be headed to Netflix or YouTube to see if you can find some of these movies!

Plus, we have a Live Trip Report from Six Flags Great Adventure, an in-studio visit AND information on the 2012 CoasterRadio.com Olympics!

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CoasterRadio.com #641 - Coaster Commentary - Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom

2012-07-18
Length: 5s

As a bonus to this week's regular episode of CoasterRadio.com, we have produced one of our "Coaster Commentaries!"

Yes, we know Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom at Six Flags Magic Mountain isn't a roller coaster, but it's unique and downright scary enough to devote an entire video podcast to it.

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CoasterRadio.com #640 - Denise, Stacey and the Orange Shirt Girl

2012-07-12
Length: 1s

Last summer, we sponsored a contest here at CoasterRadio.com where we would give the lucky winner a chance to produce an entire episode of the show.

 We were so excited about everyone's ideas... we chose four winners!

 Back in February, Tom from Louisville did a great job producing his episode... "The Live Trip Report Show." 

 This week, the second of those winners is stepping up to the plate to see if she has what it takes to live up to the pressure of producing a crazy podcast like this.

This week, Mike and EB are joined by Denise from Virginia along with Stacey from Michigan.  The two will give the female perspective on going to Walt Disney World alone.

The girls will talk about everything from dining and riding alone to possibly getting hit on by the International Cast Members at EPCOT.

They'll also talk about some of the hidden gems in the Disney Parks that you can usually only find if you are there alone.

We also have a Live Trip Report from Kings Dominion and Intimidator 305, an update on The CoasterRadio.com Olympics AND we have the World Premiere of C-Pain's Summertime Hit for 2012 - Orange Shirt Girl!

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CoasterRadio.com #639 - Sorcerers and Superman

2012-07-05
Length: 1s

We're back with a jam-packed, all-new episode of The Original Theme Park Podcast!

This week, we talk about Six Flags Discovery Kingdom's new roller coaster "Superman: Ultimate Flight!"

It may last less than 60-seconds, but what it lacks in ride time it makes up for by being unique.  The new ride includes multi-directional launches, several non-inverting loops and a barrel-roll at 150 feet in the air! (That's one of the tallest inversions in the world!)

As a bonus to this week's audio podcast, the guys have also produced a video podcast that shows you footage of the new ride along with some "Coaster Commentary!"

The guys also discuss Mike's trip to Walt Disney World.

Mike had a chance to try out the new "Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom" interactive game. Is it work trying out the next time you're in Orlando?  Mike will let us know!

Mike also recorded some on-board audio while riding "Big Thunder Mountain Railroad" and "Space Mountain" at the Magic Kingdom.  Be sure to wear your headphones while listening... you'll feel like you're there with him!

Plus, we also have a Live Trip Report from Six Flags Great Adventure and news about the CoasterRadio.com Olympics!

Plus, we also have a Live Trip Report from Six Flags Great Adventure and news about the CoasterRadio.com Olympics!

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CoasterRadio.com #638 - Coaster Commentary - Superman: Ultimate Flight (Video)

2012-07-05
Length: 5s

Among the many topics n this week's show, is the new roller coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Northern California... Superman: Ultimate Flight.

This is really one of the strangest and most interesting looking roller coasters that we've seen in the last decade.

As a bonus to this week's episode, Mike and EB watch video of the new coaster and comment on everything including the layout, restraints, theming and even the people the park chose to ride it on-camera!

It's the perfect complement to this week's regular show!

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CoasterRadio.com #637 - The 2012 Sparktacular Exploosioloosa! (Video)

2012-06-28
Length: 13s

We have a lot of traditions here at CoasterRadio.com. But one of our favorites happens every year at this time.

Back in 2005, we shot off Fireworks during the show to celebrate America's Independance Day. Flava got the microphone as close to the sparks and flames as he could... and a tradition was born.

Every year since, we have marked America's Birthday with this colorful (and very loud) tradition.

A few years ago, we gave the celebration a name... The CoasterRadio.com Sparktacular Exploosioloosa!"

And this year, we have produced a video podcast so you can see and hear the action!

Plus, we have Fireworks footage from Illuminations at EPCOT and Fantasmic at Disney's Hollywood Studios!

It's shaping up to be the greatest "Sparktacular Exploosioloosa' ever!

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CoasterRadio.com #636 - HOT or NOT 2012

2012-06-21
Length: 42s

Summertime is heating up and so is the Original Theme Park Podcast!

We bring back an old favorite this week!

You see, EB and Mike have a long list of popular Amusement Industry topics for 2012.

It's their job to go through the list and decide if each is HOT or NOT.

Some of the topics include...

Verbolten at Busch Gardens WIlliamsburg
Cars Land at Disney California Adventure
Cedar Fair over the last five years
Windseeker
The restraints on SkyRush at Hersheypark
EB's Chickens
Plus many, many more!

We also have a Live Trip Report from Six Flags Magic Mountain and discussion about the new interactive queue systems that Walt Disney Imagineering has unveiled for their Dumbo attraction.

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CoasterRadio.com #635 - Review of Cars Land and Insider Park Tips

2012-06-14
Length: 53s

On the week's show, we have one of the first on-site reviews of the new CARS LAND at Disney California Adventure.

You'll hear about the rich detail of the new land as well as reviews of all three attractions!

And then we have a question for you.

If you took everyone who listened to the Coaster Radio podcast and put them in a giant room... what would you get.

EB might have a snarky comment here... but what you'd have is a huge collection of knowledge about theme parks all across the world.

I'd bet each of those people would have specific knowledge about certain parks they call home.

On this week's episode, we ask the audience to share their best tips for having a great time at their home park.

What rides should you visit first?  Which attractions should you skip?  What food is "must-eat?" What show is "must-see?"

It's also fascinating to listen to all of these tips and realize how many of them apply to parks everywhere.

We also take a look at the story of a teenager who dressed up as a famous Disney fairy while visiting  Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World.  She was asked to change out of her costume because she looked too similar to the "real" thing.

Who's right in this situation?  Who's wrong? Did the media blow this way out of proportion for ratings?  We'll get to the bottom of it all.

PLUS, we have a Live Trip Report from Coney Island!

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CoasterRadio.com #634 - AJ from The Disney Food Blog

2012-06-07
Length: 1s

For this week's show, we hope you brought your appetites.

Because we're going to talk about some of the greatest places on earth to eat and drink... Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

Some of the most renowned chefs on earth work at the various Disney Resorts... cooking up tasty dishes and unbelievable pastries to tempt the theme park tourist.

To help us with our Culinary Conversation, we'll be joined by AJ, the creator of the preeminent place to learn about Dining at Disney, The Disney Food Blog.

Every week, AJ and her team of writers check out what's tasty and new at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.  They've uncovered so much information, they've included it all in a series of e-books! (You've got to check them out!!!)

 Plus, we'll get into a debate on whether or not Disney should sell alcoholic beverages in their parks.  Not just in EPCOT and California Adventure, but ALL THE PARKS.

Would you like to have a tasty cocktail while walking through Adventureland?  You might be surprised at how some listeners answered that question.

We''ll also have a Live Trip Report from Hollywood Nights at Holiday World and a visit from the unruliest guest to ever visit Disneyland!

It's all this week on an all-new episode of The Original Theme Park Podcast! (DING!)

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CoasterRadio.com #633 - CoasterRadio.com Strikes Back!

2012-05-31
Length: 57s

This week's episode is sort-of a sequel to last week's show.

And, in the tradition of Star Wars, we've given this episode a very special title.

Last week, we got into a big discussion about the relationship between George Lucas and the Walt Disney Company.

We wondered why Disney hasn't done whatever it needs to get Mr. Lucas to agree to building a gigantic (Potter-defeating) land or park based on the Star Wars empire.

On this week's show, we asked the CoasterRadio.com audience to step up to the microphone and tell us what attractions they would like to see in a Disnet-built Star Wars Park.

We received a lot of good answers, but any one that mentions the awesomeness that is Billy Dee Williams gets my vote.

We also have a rather vocal debate with the audience about the pros and cons on on-board audio on roller coasters.  Mike and EB have very entrenched feelings about the subject, but will the CoasterBoys be able to change their minds?

We'll also hear about Mike's trip to Pennsylvania and his visit to Knoebels! Did the new "Black Diamond"dark ride-coaster hybrid live up to the hype (and history?)

Plus, we have a Live Trip Report from Hershey Park and their new rollercoaster "Skyrush" and several surprise visits!

It's all this week on the Original Theme Park Podcast!

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CoasterRadio.com #632 - Give George Lucas Whatever He Wants!

2012-05-24
Length: 1s

For the next few weeks, Disney's Hollywood Studios is being over run with Jedi Knights, Sith Lords, Wookies, Droids, Bounty Hunters and a bunch of other characters from "a galaxy far, far away."

"Star Wars Weekends" is the hot ticket at Walt Disney World and it seems to be more popular than ever.

With the Boy Wizard making so much noise down the street at Universal Orlando, we want to know why Disney hasn't gone after the ultimate Potter Killer.

Why hasn't Disney done whatever they need to do to get George Lucas to sign off on a dedicated land or a dedicated park solely devoted to Star Wars?

We'll discuss it on this week's show and look for your opinions too!

EB also has a full-scale review of the two new rides that debuted at Holiday World - Mammoth and Sparkler.  Will the world's longest water slide live up to the hype?

We also have a Live Trip Report from Disneyland, a winner in our SOUNDWAVE Contest AND we announce a new Summer-Long contest that will have people from all over the world competing in a theme park spectacle!!!

It's all this week on the Original Theme Park Podcast!

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CoasterRadio.com #631 - Verbolten at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

2012-05-18
Length: 46s

On this week's show, Mike heads to Williamsburg, Virginia to take on Busch Gardens' newest roller coaster - Verbolten!

Verbolten isn't your typical roller coaster.

It's an immersive thematic attraction that sends passengers twisting and turning through the forbidden Black Forest.

There are a ton of great surprises and some of the most detailed theming Busch Gardens has ever done.

Throughout the show, Mike will describe the entire new attraction area as well as the ride itself.

He'll interview Larry Giles, Busch Gardens' Vice President for Design and Engineering.  He'll tell us what it was like to take on such a massive project and what guests can expect from Verbolten.

He'll also interview SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment's Corporate Director of Creative Development, Brian Morrow.  Brian was responsible for the attraction's storyline and rich theming.  He'll give us the attraction's back story and tell us about some of the unique aspects of the ride.

Plus, you'll get to ride along with Mike and his brother Greg as they "Brave the Black Forest" for the first time!

Back in Indiana, EB will have the results of our weekly poll question, play a Live Trip Report from Six Flags Great Adventure's opening day AND he'll have a new clue for our SOUNDWAVE Contest!

It's a jam-packed all-new episode of The Original Theme Park Podcast!

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CoasterRadio.com #630 - 2012 Season Preview

2012-05-10
Length: 1s

The very first episode of our podcast was on April 25, 2005.

We spent that first show looking ahead at all of the new attractions that would be opening at theme parks across the country in 2005.

Reviewing the new attractions for the upcoming summer has become an annual tradition here at the show and this year is no different.

This week, we take a look ahead at 12 new rides and attractions that will be making their debut in 2012.

From roller coasters to flat rides to water slides... we'll talk about new attractions that will demand your attention.

Joining us on the show to lend his expertise is the Theme Parks Guide from About.com... Arthur Levine!

Arthur will give us in-depth detail about each new attraction... including some breaking news about what will happen inside the event building of Busch Gardens Williamsburg's new coaster - Verbolten!

Plus, we'll announce the winner of our HIMYM Caption Contest and give yet another clue in our Soundwave Contest! (You'll have to listen to the show to find out what that is!)

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CoasterRadio.com #629 - To The Extreme!

2012-05-03
Length: 1s

People who like theme parks and thrill rides are often called "extreme."

I guess people who travel hundreds of miles to ride the latest and greatest roller coasters tend to take a few more risks and try experiences that the average person might never try.

However, there are some attractions out there that even test the courage of the bravest park fans.

Heck, they even test the courage of the bravest podcast hosts!

On this week's show, Mike and EB talk about what the listeners say are the most extreme rides on earth.  To make things easier, they break up the conversation into three sections - extreme roller coasters, extreme water slides and extreme flat rides.

Your stomach will turn just hearing about some of these crazy experiences.

We also have some updates on the various CoasterRadio.com contests, the results of our interactive poll and details about a fun, new project we've devised for this summer!

It's all on this new episode of The Original Theme Park Podcast!

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CoasterRadio.com #628 - Shakespeare in Love (with Roller Coasters)

2012-04-25
Length: 55s

An interesting title for the podcast this week... but we'll explain it all.

On this episode of the "Original Theme Park Podcast," we transition from the winter months to the spring and summer and get ready for the 2012 season!

This week, we take a look at a recent survey conducted by Six Flags Over Georgia.  Last summer, they asked their guests' opinions on different aspects of roller coasters and thrill rides.

You'll be surprised at what they had to say!

This week is also our first show back since "our" episode of "How I Met your Mother" aired nationally on CBS.

Mike and EB will let you know how their lives have changed since becoming "background actors." Did Mike's new-found fame help him get "lucky" with a big breasted redhead in Las Vegas?

We also announce two new contests... including the return of "Soundwave!"  Plus, we unleash details about the "Most Interactive Summer EVER" at the show.

Summer is almost here and everyone at the show is getting excited! We hope you are too!

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CoasterRadio.com #627 - On the Set of "How I Met Your Mother"

2012-04-12
Length: 1s

As fun as it was to visit Disneyland and Disney California Adventure a few weeks ago, it wasn't the main reason for our trip to the west coast.

Neil Patrick Harris invited us to come out to Hollywood to be extras in an upcoming episode of the hit CBS sit-com, "How I Met Your Mother."

On this week's (very long) episode, we tell you the ENTIRE story.

We talk about what we saw, our interactions with the cast and crew and what it was like to be a "background extra" in MacLaren's Pub.

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CoasterRadio.com #626 - California Questions

2012-04-05
Length: 54s

We've spent the past two shows going over every details of our California Trip that included visits to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

But even with two whole hours devoted to both parks, there were things we missed.

AND... the CoasterRadio.com audience was quick to remind us of the things we forgot to talk about.

PLUS, there were some things that we said about the Disney's West Coast parks that upset some of our listeners.  So, they sent strongly worded e-mails to let us know how they felt.

We had so many e-mails and interest about the last two shows, that we decided to set aside this episode and answer all of them!

Plus, we preview next week's show which is all about our visit to the set of "How I Met Your Mother." We even spill the beans on some of the stories about what we saw and did!

Make sure to set your DVRs to record "our" episode of HIMYM!  It airs Monday, April 16th at 8pm est on CBS!

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CoasterRadio.com #625 - Our Visit to Disney California Adventure!

2012-03-29
Length: 1s

The Original Theme Park Podcast returns with Part II of our California Trilogy of shows!

This week, we talk about all of the stories and details from our trip to Disney California Adventure.

This park has been on people's minds a lot lately as Disney wraps up its major construction projects including Buena Vista Street and Cars Land.

But will EB and Mike enjoy the park after visiting Disneyland just a few days before?

What will they think of attractions like Tower of Terror, Soarin', California Screamin' and Toy Story Midway Mania?

Plus, for the first time ever, CoasterRadio.com will present Binaural Audio from several points in the park... including audio from EB's first-ever ride on Tower of Terror.  You'll want to make sure that you have headphones handy so you can close your eyes and pretend you're there!

Next week, we want to hear from you with your questions about our California trip! Send them via e-mail, on Facebook and Twitter or by calling our Voicemail Line at 206-339-3360!

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CoasterRadio.com #624 - Live from Disneyland!

2012-03-24
Length: 1s

EB and Mike reunite to take on the park that essentially started the theme park industry.

This week, the guys are at Disneyland!

After spending 15 hours in the park, they experienced almost every ride and attraction on the Disneyland Map!

In a show that's partially on-location and partially in our studios, the guys review the park and all of the famous attractions for which Disneyland is known!

You might be surprised at which rides they really liked and which ones lead to "anticipointment."

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CoasterRadio.com #623 - The Finals of the 2012 "Reel" Design Contest

2012-03-08
Length: 1s

This week, CoasterRadio.com presents the Finals in the 2012 "Reel" Design Contest!

People from all over the world sent in ride designs based on their favorite Hollywood movies.

Mike and EB shared the Top 10 Semi-Finalists with you on the show and then sent the follow three finalists off to the esteemed panel of judges:

The Stark Expo: The Iron Man Experience - James King

The UP Adventure - Travis and Katie

Ghostbusters: The Ride - Carson from Dallas, TX

This week, we hear from this panel of industry experts and superfans to find out who will will be crowned 2012 "Reel" Design Champion!

* Neil Patrick Harris

* Gary Goddard, Founder and CEO, The Goddard Group

* Dan Koch, President of Holiday World and Splashin' Safari

* Korey Kiepert, Engineer & Partner at The Gravity Group

* Dave Altman, President, American Coaster Enthusiasts

* Arthur Levine, Theme Park Guide, About.com

* Lance Hart, Editor of Screamscape.com

* Andre from Miami, FL - The 2006 "Reel" Design Contest Winner

We can't reveal any outcomes... but we can say that there is a lot of drama!

Thanks to our judging panel for giving their time and expertise!  Thanks also to everyone who entered! You are all amazing and creative people!

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CoasterRadio.com #622 - "Reel" Design Contest Semi-Finals (Part 2)

2012-03-01
Length: 1s

Last week, we started the Semi-Final Round of the 2012 "Reel" Design Contest.

The first five Semi-Finalists were revealed, debated and disected.

Listeners of Coaster Radio took to our blog, Twitter Feed and Facebook Page to let their opinions be known.  It seemed as if every listener had a different entry that they liked best!

On this week's show, EB and Mike reveal the final five Semi-Finalists and discuss each entry in detail.

What parts of the attraction concept work?  What are some things that might need to change?  Could the design actually work in a real-life theme park?

Then, the guys take on the difficult task of eliminating seven contestants, so that only three finalists remain. Next week, those finalists will be judged by an esteemed panel of industry experts... including:

* Neil Patrick Harris

* Gary Goddard, Founder and CEO, The Goddard Group

* Dan Koch, President of Holiday World and Splashin' Safari

* Korey Kiepert, Engineer & Partner at The Gravity Group

* Dave Altman, President, American Coaster Enthusiasts

* Arthur Levine, Theme Park Guide, About.com

* Lance Hart, Editor of Screamscape.com

* Andre from Miami, FL - The 2006 "Reel" Design Contest Winner

Be sure to listen next week, when the judges' voices are heard!

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CoasterRadio.com #621 - "Reel" Design Contest Semi-Finals (Part 1)

2012-02-23
Length: 58s

For weeks and weeks, people from all over the world have been dreaming up new ideas for theme park attractions based on hit movies.

They've tried to carefully re-tell a story from a beloved film using the latest and greatest technologies available to the amusement industry.

Some have been drawing up blueprints and schematics, others have been sketching out storyboards, while others have been writing simple paragraphs detailing their ride experience.

Today, we find out which ideas will take their first steps on the road to super stardom.

Today, we begin the Semi-Final Round of the 2012 "Reel" Design Contest.

On this week's show, EB and Mike reveal the first five Semi-Finalists and discuss each entry in detail.

What parts of the attraction concept work?  What are some things that might need to change?  Could the design actually work in a real-life theme park?

We'll announce the next five Semi-Finalists on next week's show.  Then, we'll narrow the Top 10 entries down to three finalists.

Those finalists will be judged by an esteemed panel of industry experts... including:

* Neil Patrick Harris

* Gary Goddard, Founder and CEO, The Goddard Group

* Dan Koch, President of Holiday World and Splashin' Safari

* Korey Kiepert, Engineer & Partner at The Gravity Group

* Dave Altman, President, American Coaster Enthusiasts

* Arthur Levine, Theme Park Guide, About.com

* Lance Hart, Editor of Screamscape.com

* Andre from Miami, FL - The 2006 "Reel" Design Contest Winner

Plus, we also have a LIVE REPORT from the Disneyland Resort.  Apparently, there has been a disturbance outside of the Terror or Terror at Disney California Adventure. We have a live microphone on-site to get to the bottom of the situation.

All that and much more, this week on CoasterRadio.com!

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CoasterRadio.com #620 - The 200th Episode!

2012-02-16
Length: 1s

"This is going to be a very interesting project. 

When you first look at it, it does sound a little bit strange... you know, an entire radio show dedicated to roller coasters and theme parks.  

 But there are shows dedicated to all types of things, like sports.  People talk for hours and hours about sports... why not talk for hours and hours about theme parks?"

This is what I said on the very first episode of our show to explain what CoasterRadio.com set out to be.

 We wanted to create a fun, accessible show about theme parks and thrill rides that was for the average fan... but could also be enjoyed by even the most hardcore enthusiast.

Back in 2005, I don't think anyone (including us) expected the show to go past 20 episodes.

Now, here we are seven years later celebrating the 200th!

On this week's show, we take a look back at favorite moments from the past 199 episodes and hear from each of the "Joint Chiefs" who were a part of the show back in 2005.  Mario, Flava and Greg K. return to talk about their thoughts on this milestone.

Also, since our listeners are the heart and soul of CoasterRadio.com... it's fitting that we celebrate by  having our annual "Listener Question Show" this week.

As per tradition, the questions are all over the map!  Some are about theme parks and thrill rides, others are about pop culture and some are about Mike, EB and the podcast itself.

We also unveil some big news about the upcoming West Coast trip and count down the days to the entry deadline for the "Reel" Design Contest!

Thanks to each of you for listening and participating in the show. We say it several time this week, because it's the truth - you guys are the show... and we're thankful that you're here.

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CoasterRadio.com #619 - "Making Your Move" at the Theme Park

2012-02-09
Length: 1s

CoasterRadio.com is a show about theme parks and thrill rides... but we also try to be a lot more.

Whenever possible, we try to enrich the lives our our listeners, by providing them with information essential to living "the good life."

Since this week's show is so dangerously close to Valentine's Day, we've decided to dedicate this episode to enhancing your love life.

Buckle your seatbelts!

To help you become a better catch out there in the world of relationships, we've enlisted the help of an expert.

Joining us on this week's show is Dating Expert and Relationship Coach DeAnna Lorraine.

Besides being devastatingly beautiful, DeAnna is an expert on the art of romance.  She has helped men all over the world have more success on the dating scene by teaching them how to be cool, confident and most importantly, BOLD!

This week, CoasterRadio.com listeners have sent in their questions for DeAnna and she is going to offer her valuable advice to make sure your Valentine's Day is a successful one.

Keeping with the spirit of love, we're going to have the World Premiere of the song written specifically for the winner of the CoasterRadio.com Valentine's Day Charity Song Auction!

Nick Hutson has been working with auction winner Kerri from Florida on her special song.  But who has it been written for and what does it sound like?  You'll find out this week!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

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CoasterRadio.com #618 - The Live Trip Report Show

2012-02-02
Length: 1s

Last summer, we sponsored a contest here at CoasterRadio.com where we would give the lucky winner a chance to produce an entire episode of the show.

We were so excited about everyone's ideas... we chose four winners!

This week, the first of those winners is stepping up to the plate to see if he has what it takes to live up to the pressure of producing a crazy podcast like this.

Tom from Louisville, KY has come up with the "Live Trip Report Show!"

He's gone though the dozens and dozens of backlogged trip reports that visitors have called in and has picked some of the most interesting ones to share with you.

Plus, to make things even more compelling... he has enlisted the services of the infamous CoasterRadio.com characters to introduce each one.

As EB says this week... "this is a show you're either gonna love or gonna hate!"

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CoasterRadio.com #617 - Mannequin Accidents = PR Gold!

2012-01-26
Length: 58s

There were some crazy stories in the press this week... and a lot of them had to do with theme parks.

For instance...

Disney decided to drop a decades old rule that Walt Disney himself instated.  Starting next month, workers will be allowed to sport beards and goatees. Hipsters rejoice!

Thorpe Park in England said that their new coaster "The Swarm" was apparently having some trouble making its height clearances during testing.  Apparantly, some of the test mannequins came back without their limbs.

I like this story for a lot of reasons, but mostly because it gave the the opportunity to post a still from one of my favorite 80's movies ever - mannequin.  Emmy was one hot Egyptian, man.

The guys also take an opportunity to preview upcoming shows and contests!  You won't believe what is in store for February!

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CoasterRadio.com #616 - The Birth of a Theme Park

2012-01-19
Length: 45s

Imagine if you had a chance to sit down and talk with Walt Disney when he started to brainstorm about an idea called "Mickey Mouse Park."

What if you could go back to 1959 and have lunch with Angus Wynne Jr. to hear his ideas about a park that would eventually become "Six Flags Over Texas."

Building a theme park from scratch is no easy accomplishment.  It takes hard work, a solid business plan and most importantly... a vision.

On this week's show, we welcome a man with a unique vision of his own.

He wants to see a theme park built in his home town of Nashville, Tennessee.

This week, David Webb joins us to talk about his plans for "Ole South USA".

It would be a theme park celebrating everything that is vibrant and special about the southern region of the United States.

David gives us a "virtual tour" of the different themed lands, including descriptions of some of their innovative rides and attractions.  He also talks about the steps being taken to make this dream a reality.

Most importantly, he fills us in on the Pioneer Club, which gives 3,500 people a chance to take part in the birth of this theme park.

We also have an update on the Valentine's Day Charity Song Auction and we announce the first CoasterRadio.com Listener Meet-up of 2012.

California, HERE WE COME!

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CoasterRadio.com #615 - The Mysteries of Universal Orlando

2012-01-12
Length: 53s

Among theme park fans, one of the most talked about locations over the past several years has been Universal Orlando.

Year after year, they blow people away with their incredibly detailed and truly scary (and fun) "Halloween Horror Nights."

They really turned people's heads when they unleashed the incredibly awesome "Spiderman" attraction on the world.  Some people claim that ride hasn't been topped yet.

Then, they shocked the world when they announced plans to build "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter."  What was even more amazing is that the new land and it's attractions actually lived up to the anticipation and the hype.

Most recently, they closed "Jaws", one of their original opening day rides and perhaps their most iconic attraction.  That lead to speculation and some controversial reporting on what might possibly replace the gigantic Amity area.

To make sense of all of this, we welcome Seth Kubersky back to the show. He is the author of "Universal Studios 2012: The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Theme Park."

We'll talk about the recent closure of "Jaws" and what the attraction has meant to the park's history.  We'll also talk about what it was like to be at the attraction on it's closing night.

We'll also discuss its rumored replacement.

Seth will give us a breakdown about the possibility of a new Harry Potter themed area in Universal Studios Florida and a new thrill attraction that would be unlike anything we have ever seen at a park before.

Fascinating stuff! 

Plus, EB and Mike announce a fun new project for all you romantics out there.

The Valentine's Day Charity Song Auction gives listeners an opportunity to bid on an original love song that will be written especially for that special someone in your life.

And, the best part is that all of the money raised will go to the winner's favorite charity.

Check out our link on the CoasterRadio.com Blog for more info on how to bid!

Check out our link on the CoasterRadio.com Blog for more info on how to bid!

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CoasterRadio.com #614 - Bob The Lobster's Rockin' New Year's Eve!

2012-01-05
Length: 1s

The crowd in Times Square has gathered...

The giant crystal ball is hovering above the masses, ready to drop...

The New Year is just minutes away!

And, there is only one host who has the charisma, sparkling personality and giant red claws to bring it all to you...

Bob The Lobster.

This week, the Original Theme Park Podcast rings in the new year with a "live" broadcast from Times Square in New York City, where our own "Bob The Lobster" is standing by to count us down Dick Clark style!

We also will review all of the new attractions that made their debuts in 2011 at theme parks across America.

Which ones worked?  Which ones didn't?  Which ones made an impact and which ones were bombs?

After the clock strikes midnight, Mike and EB will give away the "CoasterRadio.com Award for Best New Attraction of 2011!"

Plus, we'll go live to Universal Studios Hollywood to meet our exclusive correspondent who will give us the inside scoop on what's happening with their version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Happy New Year from Bob The Lobster and everyone here at CoasterRadio.com!

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CoasterRadio.com #613 - Video Podcast - Christmas Tree Monorail!

2011-12-29
Length: 1s

EB and Mike are taking a week off for the holidays.  But, they have produced this video podcast showing you the complete circuit of Mike's 2011 Christmas Tree Monorail!

Mike set up the Walt Disney World Monorail toy under his Christmas Tree. Two trains (Yellow and Black) move through a track switch and visit EPCOT's Spaceship Earth along with Disney's Contemporary Resort and Disney's Polynesian Resort.

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CoasterRadio.com #612 - The 2011 Holiday Spectacular!

2011-12-22
Length: 1s

Here at Coaster Radio, we're big fans of the Variety Specials they used to have on TV awhile back.

Before there were hundreds of lame reality shows and other filler, television networks used to produce special programs (especially around the holidays) that featured different kinds of entertainment and segments.

This week, we're going to try to do the same thing with our 2011 Holiday Spectacular!

This week's episode is jam-packed with fun stuff like:

* A live call from Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom from one of the show's newest correspondants.
* Live trip reports from Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, a Holiday Fair at Hyde Park in  London and a roller coaster ride at Gulliover's World, Warrington, UK.
* A "Holiday Kid Call" from "Hagrid Claus" and "Shapiro the Elf" to two lucky children.
* A dramatic (and sound effects filled) reading of "A CoasterBoy Christmas"
* Interactive calls from CoasterRadio.com listeners
* Music and Mayhem, plus a whole lot more!

We're so thankful that you listen to the show week after week and have made us a part of your lives.  We wish you and your families a Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays!

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CoasterRadio.com #611 - The "X" Factor at Disney World?

2011-12-15
Length: 1s

Jim Hill Media published an interesting article this week about possible plans at Walt Disney World to introduce a fee-based version of the FastPass System.

Nothing has been announced by the Walt Disney Company as of yet, but the article says that Disney is considering offering a way to reserve ride times and show/parade viewing spots if you stay at a Disney Resort and purchase something called "The X Pass."

This week, the guys discuss this new possiblity and what it would mean for the theme park experience... at Walt Disney World and beyond.

The guys also take a look at the winners of the 2011 Themed Entertainment Awards - The THEA Awards!

The annual awards reward excellence for the creation of compelling educational, historical and entertainment projects.

You'll be amazed at some of the new technologies that were honored this year! AND, you'll be excited to learn about an old friend of the show who won the Lifetime Achievement Award!

Plus, we'll have news about our GIGANTIC holiday spectaculars that are coming up in the next two weeks!

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CoasterRadio.com #610 - The 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

2011-12-08
Length: 57s

With the holidays right around the corner, you might be scrambling to find the perfect gift.

But if you're looking for something for a theme park fan, the local mall might not have exactly what you need.

Never fear!

Here at Coaster Radio, we're bring back our annual tradition - The Holiday Gift Guide!

The 2011 version has a ton of great ideas, sure to impress the theme park fan in your life.  Hey, you might even want to check out some of these items for yourself.

Plus, EB and Mike get into a great debate/rant about the latest announcements from Universal Studios.

This week, we found out that Hogwarts (and the incredible Forbodden Journey attraction) are coming to Universal Studios Hollywood.  In addition, there were confirmed plans to expand the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando.

However, another recent annoucement had to do with the closure of the classic "JAWS" attraction at Universal Studios Florida.  The latest hot rumor is that Amity Island will make way for Harry Potter's London and Phase Two of the Potterverse.

Mike and EB will disect the rumors and give you their opinion on the current state of things.

Hey! As you listen to the show, here is a list of all of the gift items that the guys discuss!

Coaster Dynamix Kits
    - Full Coaster Kits
    - Train Models - Statix
Knex Kits
Quercetti Skyrail Rollercoaster with Elevator
Disney Monorail
Park Season Passes

Online stores - Holiday World, Busch Gardens, Cedar Point, WWOHP
Millennium Force Replica Space Mountain Seat at
Mouse SurplusJungle Cruise Gallery of Light by Olszewski
Kinect Disneyland Adventures for XBox360
Imagineering Blueprints
Walt Disney Autograph
Touring Plans Subscription
Skee-Ball Game
Cotton Candy Machine
Sno Cone Machine
Rollercoaster DVD - Watch it with Our Unofficial DVD Commentary!
Vintage items from your home park on EBay (70s, 80s, 90s)

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CoasterRadio.com #609 - A Lost Episode!

2011-12-01
Length: 52s

The guys had planned on producing a regular show this week, but Mike came down with a pretty bad case of the flu.

So, after some thought, they decided to enlist the help of Clint Novak from The Coaster Crew and dig out an episode of the show that has never been heard on our podcast feed before!

Let me explain....

Back in 2007, after Coaster Radio 1.0 had gone off the air, Mike, Flava and Mario formed a team to compete in the first ever "Single Riders Marathon" at Kennywood Park.

Now, the marathon had nothing to do with being single.  Instead, it meant that each marathon rider would fill an empty seat on a coaster and complete as many laps as possible during the day.

People would then pledge a certain amount of money for every coaster lap counted.

As part of this event, Flava , Mario and Mike produced an episode of "The Coaster Crew's Guide to the Midway" on-location at the park.

We thought this show was lost forever, but Will Holder was able to dig it up out of the archives this week!

So, since Mike is sick, we decided to play this show for the first time ever on OUR podcast.

For all of you who have missed Flava and Mario... this one's for you.

For all of you who have missed Flava and Mario... this one's for you.

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CoasterRadio.com #608 - Let Us Give Thanks (Or Not)

2011-11-24
Length: 55s

Happy Thanksgiving!

On this week's show, EB and Mike let the listeners vent on what they are most (and least) thankful for at the theme parks this year.

It's a chance to give thanks and complain at the same time!

We also have the first ever Holiday Kid Call!

Our own version of Santa Claus makes a call to the children of one of our listeners.

Does this turn out to be a good idea for the show?  Or does it go into the category of failed ideas like "Being David Arquette?"

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CoasterRadio.com #607 - Inspired Design: From Tibor to Toomer

2011-11-17
Length: 1s

It may be the off-season for most of us around the world, but you can get still get your park fix right here... with the Original Theme Park Podcast!

Each year, amusement industry insiders gather at the annual IAAPA Conference to check out new attractions and technologies that they might want to purchase for their park.

On this week's show, Mike and EB send a wireless microphone to the 2011 IAAPA show floor and talk with one specific vendor who just might have the hottest idea for the 2012 season.

Plus, the guys spend some time talking about legendary roller coaster designer Ron Toomer.  Ron passed away during the show's hiatus this past September, so Coaster Radio listeners call in to talk about their favorite Toomer-designed coasters. Was he one of the most influential designers ever?

And, we'll let you in on some of the behind-the-scenes information that we gathered from our Season Six Survey. You'll find out exactly how many women actually listen to this show.  Fascinating stuff!

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CoasterRadio.com #606 - Mike is a Stupid Idiot!

2011-11-10
Length: 55s

Yes, it's a strange title for this week's episode... but it will all make sense once you take a listen!

This week, Mike and EB catch up on a bunch of backlogged calls from the Coaster Radio Voicemail Line.

We'll hear what happened to some of our favorite callers over the summer and introduce you to someone who we're sure is going to be a fan favorite.

We also interview Scot Wegener. the author of "Things to do in Theme Park Queues."

Scott has written a book (and a companion smart phone app) that will help even the most impatient person be able to stand the hour-long lines for your favorite rides and attractions.

Plus, we'll have dueling Live Trip Reports and exciting news about upcoming shows and contests!

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CoasterRadio.com #605 - Live from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

2011-11-03
Length: 1s

Grab a glass of Butterbeer, dust off your magic wand and brush up on your spells... because this week, the Original Theme Park Podcast is coming to you from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

This amazingly detailed land at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure in Orlando has been memorizing guests ever since it opened last year.

We'll tell you what makes the Wizarding World so special and give you some tips that will make your next visit even better.

We'll also have reviews of the many different shops and merchandise that can be found in Hogsmead Village.

Plus, Mike will have a first-hand account of what it's like to ride Dragon Challenge and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey!

And, the moment any fan of CoasterRadio.com has been waiting for... a live visit with the friendly Half-Giant himself, HAGRID!

There are a ton of other surprises waiting for you in the latest episode of CoasterRadio.com!

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CoasterRadio.com #604 - The Halloween Campfire Show!

2011-10-27
Length: 42s

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Throughout the month of October, we've been getting in the spirit for the world's spookiest holiday by visiting the parks and other events to partake in their haunted mazes and attractions.

We've been stalked by demonic clowns and aggressive werewolves.  We've been chased by hungry zombies and thirsty vampires.  We've even had a few brushes with the paranormal... perhaps witnessing a ghostly apparition.

But now that the big day is here, everyone here at The Original Theme Park Podcast is ready to celebrate Halloween in a new way.

This week, EB and Mike start a new tradition on the show.  They tell creepy stories from some of the most popular and inventive haunted attractions in the United States.  These haunts use state-of-the-art technology to scare their guests, but more importantly, they also use engaging storylines to pull people into another world.

Using some "radio magic," the guys will pull YOU into the stories as well.

Plus, EB and Mike talk about some of their favorite tried and true haunt effects. AND, we have one of the most entertaining Live Trip Reports EVER!

It's all coming up on a very scary episode of CoasterRadio.com!

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CoasterRadio.com #603 - Halloween is Almost Here!

2011-10-20
Length: 42s

We're just a few days away from one of our favorite holidays here at Coaster Radio... Halloween!

This week, we're going to celebrate early by talking with the owner of the World's Longest Indoor Haunted Attraction... The Factory of Terror in Canton, Ohio.

The Guinness Book of World Records recently certified that this amazing haunt has once again claimed this impressive world record.

We'll find out what it takes to to put on a world-class haunt and what terrifying experiences visitors might encounter when they visit.

We'll also discuss the most recent promotion at Six Flags Over Georgia.  As part of their celebration of Fright Fest, visitors were invited to eat a live Madagascar Hissing Cockroach.  If they succesfully ate the bug, they won a Season Pass.

EB and Mike talk about what it would take to get them to eat a roach and then get to the bottom of finding out who came up with this unique idea.

Plus, we have a Live Trip Report from a popular California Haunted Attraction and we find out how we're doing in the voting for the 2011 Podcast Awards!

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CoasterRadio.com #602 - Live from Walt Disney World

2011-10-13
Length: 59s

This week, the Original Theme Park Podcast comes to you from the Happiest Place on Earth! 

(OK, that tag line might belong to Disneyland... but we're close enough!)

On this week's episode, Mike and EB provide on-site details from EPCOT's Food and Wine Festival.  What culinary delights can you find in World Showcase?  And, if you aren't interested in the festival, does it affect the attraction lines?

Plus, Mike has a chance to check out Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.  Does it live up to the excellence of the original?  Does it exceed expectations?  Or, does it have a disappointing "prequel" feel?

The guys also have live audio from inside the Magic Kingdom at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party! Mike Collins is joined by his wife Molly and their friends Mike and Colleen to talk about the event, the fireworks, the parade, the CANDY and most importantly, their award winning TRON and Karate Kid costumes.

Fear Does Not Exist In This Dojo, DOES IT?

Plus, we have a Live Trip Report from Six Flags Magic Mountain, details on some upcoming CoasterRadio.com Contests and a LOT MORE!!!

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CoasterRadio.com #601 - How We Met Neil Patrick Harris

2011-10-04
Length: 36s

Welcome to the Season Six Premiere of Coaster Radio!

EB and Mike are determined to make this season the best one ever!

So, to kick start things off right, the guys are joined by the one and only Neil Patrick Harris!

Neil is known throughout the world for his many roles in the movies, on television and on broadway.

But fans of Coaster Radio also know him as the familiar voice who introduces and ends each and every episode of the Original Theme Park Podcast.

On this week's show, Neil joins the guys for some excellent theme park talk.

He tells the guys about how he first became fascinated with the amusement industry.  He talks about his favorite rides and attractions and what he looks for in a good ride.

He also talks about his "behind the scenes" involvement in some attractions and shows that you have probably experienced yourself.

Neil looks back on the Halloween Yard Haunt that he built in his own backyard and looks to EB and Mike to give him some advice on what rides he should experience with his twin babies.

Plus, there are a lot of other fun topics and surprises!

 

This is one episode of CoasterRadio.com that you absolutely don't want to miss!

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Bonus Video Podcast - Coaster Commentary (Euro-Style!)

2011-09-29
Length: 8s

This is a Bonus Video Podcast where EB and Mike provide "DVD Commentary" while watching on-ride videos of two of Europe's most interesting roller coasters... Hochschaubahn at Wiener Prater in Vienna, Austria and Hullámvasút aVidámpark in Budapest, Hungary.

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CoasterRadio.com #545 - Video Podcast - Wiener Prater!

2011-09-15
Length: 4s

Last week, we ended our Fifth Season of Coaster Radio with a live broadcast from one of the most unique amusement parks on the planet, Wiener Prater in Vienna Austria.

But admittedly, radio can only do so much when you're describing the amazing roller coasters, thrill rides and other interesting attractions at this one of a kind park.

So, EB and Mike have produced a brand new video podcast (the first in five years!) to show you exactly what it's like at the Prater!

In a few weeks, the guys will return with a second video podcast about some of Europe's greatest roller coasters.

AND...don't forget that Season Six begins on Thursday, October 6th!

We can't unveil what will happen yet, but it will easily be one of the most talked about episodes EVER!

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CoasterRadio.com #544 - Live From Wiener Prater!

2011-09-08
Length: 45s

We've reached the end of another season of Coaster Radio!

To celebrate, we're podcasting from one of the most unique amusement parks in the world...

Wiener Prater in Vienna, Austria!

The Prater was once an imperial hunting ground and only accessible by the aristocracy,  But then, Austrian Emperor Josef II donated the area to the Viennese in 1766 as a public leisure center.

Since then, it has gone on to become the place where the people of Vienna gather to relax and unwind with food, drink and wild rides.

That's right! In recent years, it has become home to some of the most outrageous and intensely thrilling attractions in Europe!

Join Mike and EB and they talk about some of the Prater's most iconic attractions - the roller coasters, Ghost Houses, water rides and gravity defying flat rides.  There might even be some on-ride audio from one of the oldest attractions in the park!

 They'll also talk about how The Prater is run much differently than your average amusement park and howit's full of attractions not seen many other places.

Be sure to come back next week for the premiere of a video podcast showing off all of the rides that the guys discussed on this week's show!

Thanks to everyone who has made this season of CoasterRadio.com the most successful ever! We can't wait for Season Six to begin in October!

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CoasterRadio.com #543 - I Hope the Brakeman Isn't Drunk!

2011-09-01
Length: 59s

Labor Day Weekend is here and the parks are starting to wind down from the Summer Season.

But the Original Theme Park Podcast is still going strong with an all new episode!

This week, we welcome back an old friend to the show!

Greg K. (of "Kiss My Shiekra" fame) makes his triumphant return to talk about his recent trip to Walt Disney World.  This visit was unique because for the first time ever, he made the trip with his wife and two daughters (ages 2 and 2 months!)

Did Greg K. survive the Florida heat,  multiple Teacup Rides and the long wait to meet Mickey Mouse? And more importantly, will he let loose with his trademark catch-phrase?

Then, Mike recalls his trip to Hungary and his visit to Vidampark - the country's one and only amusement park.  What was it like riding their 90-year old coaster with a surly brakeman in charge of keeping the ride on the tracks?

Mike and EB also take a look at some of the most recent ride announcements made by the parks.  

Which 2012 attractions look like hits and which ones look like misses? Will we see any record breaking attractions?  Will we see more upcharge animatronic dinosaurs?

Plus a Live Trip Report from Canada's Wonderland and MUCH MORE!

Plus a Live Trip Report from Canada's Wonderland and MUCH MORE!

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CoasterRadio.com #542 - The Tale of the Pink Monkey

2011-08-25
Length: 1s

We all have them.  And we've probably spent hundreds of dollars on them.

Yes my friends, I'm talking about Theme Park Souvenirs.

From on-ride photos to Disney Vinylmations to the dozens of park shirts you have in your drawers, the amusement industry makes a TON of money off of us and our need to commemorate our visits to their parks.

But some of the souvenirs we by hold a special place in our hearts (and in our homes.)

On this week's show, we explore the best and the worst souvenirs owned by the CoasterRadio.com audience.  Believe it our not, there are some heartwarming stories that come along with some of them!

We also hear all about EB's trip across America.  NOt only did EB encounter the ghosts of lazy Civil War soldiers, he also had a chance to ride a major roller coaster with his son for the first time.

The guys also talk about how they saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II with the new D-Box Motion Technology that is making its way to movie theaters across the country.

Did EB and Mike enjoy having their theater seats move, sway and vibrate along with the action?

All of this, plus a Live Trip Report and MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!

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CoasterRadio.com #541 - "Pre-Game" Rituals

2011-08-18
Length: 28s

Some of the best moments for a theme park fans are the weeks, days and hours leading up to an highly anticipated trip.

And each of us has unique things that we like to do to get in the proper mindset for a day of non-stop fun at the parks.

On this week's show, we talk about all of the different "rituals" that amusement fans take part in before reaching the park.

As always, the CoasterRadio.com audience steps up big time to tell us about the specific things they do before their big trips.

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CoasterRadio.com #540 - Project XL - The World at 40

2011-08-11
Length: 32s

Disney park fans are some of the most passionate people around.

They know everything there is to know about Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Uncle Walt, Imagineering and pretty much anything else related to the Disney Company and their theme parks.

There's even a group of diehards who organize "unofficial" fan celebrations at the Disney Parks in Orlando and Anaheim.

October 1st, 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort, and a group called WDWCelebrations will be hosting an unbelievable fan-organized event to complement the official activities offered by the Walt Disney Company.

This week, we're joined by Adam Roth, co-founder of WDWCelebrations, to talk about Project XL: The World at 40 which will take place September 29th - October 2nd.

He'll tell us about the history of their organization and what they have in store for their biggest fan celebration yet!  Plus, you can find out how to sign up for the fun!

We'll also have a Live Trip Report from Darien Lake, an update on EB's Chickens and much more!

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CoasterRadio.com #539 - More Theme Park Mashups!

2011-08-04
Length: 25s

Unlike most sequels, this one is actually better than the first!

We had so many great submissions from the show we did a few weeks ago about "Theme Park Mashups", we had to break the show into two parts!

This week, we once again have our listeners take two of their favorite attractions and combine them to create the ULTIMATE ride.

For instance...

Imagine mashing up Disney's "Haunted Mansion" with the "Splash Battle" at Dollywood.  OR...

How about trying to combine an S&S Space Shot ride with a B&M Interted Coaster like Alpengeist at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.  OR...

What if someone combined Soarin' with Toy Story Mania?  What would that be like?

Plus, we also have a Live Trip Report from Hersheypark and a whole lot more!

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CoasterRadio.com #538 - Life in the "Fast Lane"

2011-07-28
Length: 50s

The ongoing trend in the amusement industry seems to be parks coming up with new ways for guests to skip the lines.

Some of the the line cutting systems are free and come with your admission.  But others are offered for an upcharge of $40 or $50.

On this week's episode, Mike and EB talk about the new "Fast Lane" option that just debuted at Kings Island.

The guys will discuss the pros and cons of the new service and what this might mean for other parks around the country.

Will the park experience that we know today change forever?

The guys also discuss their upcoming separate trips to Knoebels and Weiner Prater in Vienna, Austria.  Will Mike be brave enough to tackle the crazy Euro-rides?  And, EB just recently renewed his love affair with a classic carnival attraction!

Plus, a Live Trip Report from one of the most enchanting parks in the country!

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CoasterRadio.com #537 - This or That?

2011-07-21
Length: 55s

On this week's episode of "The Original Theme Park Podcast" we ask the age old question...

"This or That?"

Throughout the past week, the Coaster Radio audience has been sending Mike and EB e-mails filled with tantalizing choices.

The e-mails contain choices between rides, choices between attractions and choices between parks.

It will be Mike and EB's job to make a decision for every choice offered and then defend that decision.

Some listeners have even come up with really bizarre choices that spark some furious debates and unavoidable controversies!

We also have news on the "Producer for a Day" Contest and one of the most unique Live Trip Reports ever!

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CoasterRadio.com #536 - Theme Park Mashups!

2011-07-14
Length: 47s

At one time or another, I'm sure that all of us have tried our hand at "armchair imagineering."

You know, dreaming up rides and attractions that we hope and pray eventually make it to our favorite theme park.

On this week's episode, we gave our audience an unlimited budget and unlimited imagination to create an ultimate attraction by "mashing up" two existing rides.

The listeners of CoasterRadio.com make up one of the most creative podcast audience's anywhere... so we have some excellent ideas this week.

We also have a Live Trip Report from Hersheypark, news on the "Producer for a Day" contest and an idea on why the "Mach Tower" drop ride at Busch Gardens Williamsburg has been delayed. Let's just say it might be the "Italian Origins" of the ride!

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CoasterRadio.com #535 - Our New Voiceover Artist - NPH!

2011-07-07
Length: 1s

For each individual season of Coaster Radio, EB and Mike like to have something called a "story arc."

Basically, it's a common theme and storyline that can carry over throughout an entire season of the show.

For season four, we followed Mike as he prepared for and ultimately triumphed at The American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

But in Season Five, the guys  unveiled their most ambitious "story arch" ever - The Neil Patrick Harris Project.

EB and Mike wanted to have a major celebrity (who happened to love theme parks) agree to become the voiceover artist that introduces each episode of the show.

They locked on film, television and stage star Neil Patrick Harris, who turned out to be a listener of the show already!

This week, after ten months of wacky contests, Towers of Treats and major charity events, Neil is ready to announce whether he will become a part of the Original Theme Park Podcast!

We also welcome back an old friend, Arthur Levine - the theme parks guide at about.com!

Arthur recently had a chance to ride Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at Disneyland and The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure at Disney California Adventure.

He'll tell Mike and EB which ride made it to his list of Top Theme Park Attractions and which ride gave him a slight case of anticipointment.

We'll also hear from the CoasterRadio.com audience as they talk about their favorite water rides.  Which wet and wild rides are the best in the country?  The listeners have the scoop!

We'll also have a Live Trip Report from Dinosaurs Alive! at Kings Island and Mike will tell you about his upcoming trip to Hungary to ride one of the oldest coasters in the world!

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CoasterRadio.com #534 - The 2nd Annual Sparktacular Exploosioloosa!

2011-06-30
Length: 53s

We have a lot of fun traditions here at Coaster Radio, but one of our most cherished happens every year at this time!

This week, it's the 2nd Annual...

SPARKTACULAR EXPLOOSIOLOOSA!

Each year, EB risks life and limb so that he can bring our wireless microphones as close as possible to the flames, sparks and explosions.

Last year, EB got hit with a projectile wall of fire.  What could go wrong this year?

We also will hear from Mike as he gives his "complicated" review of Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion.  How does it rate when compared to other rides in the park and will Mike be brave enough to ever ride it again?

We also delve into the world of roller coaster enthusiast clubs.  What are some of the reasons people join?  Are there any drawbacks?  What about the recent trend of several clubs "hating" on one another.

We'll hear from the CoasterRadio.com audience as they tell us about what clubs they belong to and the pros and cons of each.

Plus, we'll have a Live Trip Report from a park in Germany! 

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CoasterRadio.com #533 - The Summer 2011 Anthem is Here!

2011-06-23
Length: 58s

This past Tuesday marked the official start of Summer, 2011!

For every summer we can remember, there has always been an unofficial "anthem" recorded by the biggest pop star of the day.  It's a song that EVERYONE listened to on their way to the beach or the theme park.

In the 80's it was the Fresh Prince, in the 90's it was Ricky Martin and today, it might be Katy Perry or Cee Lo Green.

But this week, we premiere what might be the #1 hit song for this summer! It's a once in a lifetime colloboration!

We also get a live report from opening day of Windseeker at Kings Island.  Does the 300 foot tall spinning thrill machine live up to the hype?  We'll find out!

Plus, we'll hear from listeners all over the world as they tell us about their favorite spots at their home parks.  We'll find out about the special places off the beaten path at parks where people can get away from the noise and crowds! 

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CoasterRadio.com #532 - There Were Churros Everywhere!!!

2011-06-17
Length: 49s

One of the most fun things about being a fan of theme parks are the traditions.

Since we all go to the parks year after year, there are certain things that we look forward to and specific things that we have to do to make the summer season complete.

On this week's show, we talk about our own special traditions and listen to the man interesting ones from the CoasterRadio.com audience.

We also unveil a new contest!  We'll provide details on how you can be "Producer for a Day" here at the show.

We'll also try to help EB solve a mystery that occurred on his farm this week involving one of his beloved chickens! There may or may not have been some "foul" play.

Plus, discussion about The Neil Patrick Harris Project, a Live Trip Report from Six Flags Over Georgia and a Churro Challenge! 

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CoasterRadio.com #531 - Time Machine Show - Part 3

2011-06-09
Length: 1s

On the next episode of Coaster Radio, we bring you the final chapter in our own "Time Travel Trilogy!"

On our last show, we left you with a cliff hanger... EB and Mike were stuck somewhere in the Space Time Continuum.

This week, we find out where they have been and if if they can successfully get back to 2011.

But, since they're travelling in time anyway, they decide to stop in 2006 to listen in on an old episode about going to the parks alone.

The CoasterRadio.com audience also chimes in to tell their own stories about going it alone during a trip to the park.  Plus, Mike has a run-in during his recent solo trip to Hersheypark with the wannabe cast of "Jersey Shore."  You'll hear how Mike channeled his "Inner-NPH" to resolve the situation.

We'll also have a Live Trip Report from Six Flags America and an update from "The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure" at Disney California Adventure.

AND... we also celebrate a very usual milestone in the show's history!


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CoasterRadio.com #530 - Time Machine Show - Part 2

2011-06-05
Length: 1s

After an unplanned two-week hiatus, the Original Theme Park Podcast is back and ready to continue our travels through time.

This week, we're combining the time travel rules from Back to the Future, Bill and Ted, Time Cop, The Time Traveler's Wife and Quantum Leap to listen in on one of our favorite shows from the past.

We'll head back to January of 2006 to hear the "Joint Chiefs ™" talk about the pros and cons of paying to get to the front of the line.

And since we have a Time Machine, we just might try to head into the future to see if the parks have taken the idea of "Pay for Play" too far!

We'll also hear a Live Trip Report from two of our newest listeners who just got to check out the updated version of "Star Tours."  Plus, we'll have news about how EB's son Mark is a bona fide television star in the theme park universe! And, we'll have an update on the NPH Project!

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A Message from the Circuits of Time

2011-05-19
Length: 47s

Could this be from the future?  Or the past?

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CoasterRadio.com #529 - Time Machine Show - Part 1

2011-05-12
Length: 49s

A few weeks ago, we celebrated the 6th Anniversary of this crazy podcast.

EB and I got a little nostalgic for the old days.  So, after a movie marathon where we watched Back to the Future Parts I, II and III while drinking nothing but Diet Mountain Dew, we had an inspiration!

We would build our own time machine and go back to listen to a show featuring a past version of ourselves.

This week, EB and I head back to September 26, 2005 to hear a show featuring Flava and Greg K.  The topic that week, was "Dating at the Theme Park."

We'll listen to our 2005 commentary on the topic and then go "Back to the Future" so we can give you our 2011 take on things.  Let's just all be careful we don't cause a temporal paradox, OK?

We also hear about EB's Opening Day trip to Holiday World and listen to a Live Trip Report from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk!

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CoasterRadio.com #528 - A Fresh Start

2011-05-04
Length: 1s

We usually try to pick show titles that are both creative and ones that give you a hint at what's to come.

That's why I think "A Fresh Start" works well this week.

To begin, we wrap up Theme Park Change with some important words about last week's show

There is a lot to say and a lot to be thankful for, so we hope that you'll all take the time to listen to the first part of our podcast.

We also have a final tally on our fundraising for Theme Park Change and celebrate by inviting two old friends back to Coaster Radio!

This week's show also lives up to its title because we'll hear your favorite stories from Opening Day at the parks.

It's one of the best days of the theme park year because the parks are clean, the paint is fresh and the rides are running like new!

Mike and EB will tell you their own unique "opening day" tales while also hearing from the listeners about their unique experiences from their home park's first day of operation.

Plus, we'll have a Live Trip Report from Texas and a few other surprises! 

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CoasterRadio.com #527 - Tough Love

2011-04-28
Length: 28s

www.themeparkchange.com

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CoasterRadio.com #526 - Are We In A Romantic Comedy?

2011-04-21
Length: 58s

When I'm putting together these blog posts, I always try to find an interesting photo to make you want to listen to the show.

This week, I present you with a picture Hugh Grant.  Listen to the show to figure out why he's relevant!

This week, the Coaster Radio audience steps up to the mike and tells us about what they believe are the most underrated roller coasters in the world.

We're talking about roller coasters that don't get any love from The Travel Channel, magazines and even from us here at the show.

You'll be pleasantly surprised at some of the suggestions listeners came up with!

We'll also have a Live Trip Report from Six Flags Over Texas and an update on Theme Park Change!

Keep in mind, there is only one week left to donate!  We still need a lot of help to reach our goal.  So, if you haven't donated yet, don't wait!

To get you inspired to donate, we'll have a visit from a brand new friend!  (You won't want to miss this!) 

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CoasterRadio.com #525 - The Trip of Lies!

2011-04-15
Length: 35s

Sometimes, the very best ideas for this crazy show of ours come from the listeners.

A few months ago, we were doing a show about "The Best Money You've Spent at a Park" and we received a call from Deidre Rodman from The Lascivious Biddies.

She said the best money she spent was when she and her husband bought the "Bride and Groom" Mickey Ears to wear during their recent honeymoon at Walt Disney World.

She said that throughout the trip, they were given free food, free gifts and other special treatment from the cast members at Disney.

When EB and I heard this, we hatched an evil plan.  We asked our listening audience for two volunteers who would go to Walt Disney World and pretend to be honeymooners (complete with the Mickey Ears) to test this theory.

Derek and Trisha from Southern California answered the call and what followed was "The Trip of Lies!"

On this week's show, we hear about their trip and find out if the hypothesis was true.  Do you get tons of free stuff just for wearing "Bride and Groom" Mickey Ears?

Plus, Derek and Trisha give us the scoop on the rest of their trip, including a review of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure.

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CoasterRadio.com #524 - Young MC Says "Bust" A Move!

2011-04-07
Length: 53s

Yes indeed, the guys from the graveyard scene of The Haunted Mansion are some of the most infamous "busts" around.

 

But this week, we're talking about a different type of bust.  We'll explore some of the major mistakes and blunders in the 56-year history of the Disney Theme Parks.

 

To be fair, Disney goes get most everything right.  They usually do it better than the other guys 9 times out of 10.

 

However, our listeners have chimed in with specific instances of parks, attractions and policies that didn't quite hit the mark.

 

We also have a Live Trip Report from one of the first runs of the new and improved Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion.  Did the off-season work make it a #1 ride?

 

We also are joined by Robert Bauer from Project Angel Food as we give you an update on the progress of Theme Park Change!

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CoasterRadio.com #523 - A Jam-Packed Show!

2011-03-31
Length: 1s

This week's show is so full of Coaster Radio goodness, it's almost enough for three whole shows!

There's so much going on, it's hard to decide where to begin!

How about we start with naming a winner in the "Day at the Park with Neil" Contest!  NPH is no stranger to winning awards.  So, it's fitting that he calls in to crown a winner in our latest contest.

Mike and EB were absolutely floored by the results.  Let's just say, NPH picked a darkhorse entry!

Next, after months in the planning stages, it's finally time to officially kick off our worldwide charity event -  "Theme Park Change!"

The goal is to encourage theme park fans across the globe to give up one thing from the upcoming theme park season and donate the cost of that item to a worthy charity.

All of the proceeds from this year's event is going to an amazing organization, Project Angel Food.  To learn more about them, the guys are joined by Margaret Steele, Project Angel Food's CEO.

One you hear her interview, there won't be a question on whether or not you'll want to donate.  The good work this group does will make you want to reach for your wallet and join in the "Theme Park Change."

Please, check out the website! Anyone who donates $10 or more is automatically entered into a raffle where they can win one of dozens of excellent theme park prizes!

And of course, we appease the CoasterBoys in our audience with some good, interactive theme park talk!

This week, we talk about specific things missing from your specific home park.

CoasterRadio.com listeners from across the world have chimed in to let us know what rides, attractions and other aspects are missing from their local theme parks.

 

Plus, we have a Live Trip Report from Busch Gardens Tampa!

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CoasterRadio.com #522 - Party at the Tower of Terror!

2011-03-24
Length: 55s

The Tower of Terror at Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios is one of my favorite theme park attractions anywhere.

I love it so much, that I totally don't mind waiting in line for it.  Just being around the spooky ambiance is a thrill almost on par with the big drop that is to come.

When the ride is though and I've checked out my on-ride photo and am exiting through the gift shop, I sometimes wish that I could just hang out there for awhile... almost as if I were a guest.

Well, it turns out you can make this happen.  You can even have a romantic dinner just steps away from the ride's entrance.

On this week's show, we're joined by someone who made this dream a reality.

Carrie Hayward is the host of “Inside Disney Weddings” and the author of PassPorter's “Disney Weddings & Honeymoons.” 

Carrie knows everything there is to know about the wonderful world of Disney party planning.  You'll be amazed at some of the things you can do at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.  You'll also be amazed at how relatively inexpensive it is! (She'll even tell us how much it costs to have Disneyland all to ourselves!)

Carrie will also tell us about some of her other Disney adventures... like the time she rode The Haunted Mansion in Florida and The Haunted Mansion in California in the SAME DAY! 

Make sure you check out this show and visit her website, disneytravelbabble.com, to learn more!

Plus, we'll have an update on the Neil Patrick Harris Project and next week's launch of Theme Park Change!

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CoasterRadio.com #521 - 2011 Listener Question Show - Part 2

2011-03-17
Length: 54s

Last week's Listener Question Show was a huge hit!

Like all good parties, we didn't want it to end.  So, we extended the show into a second episode!

This week, we answer more of your questions sent in through our blog, Facebook, Twitter and our voicemail line.  PLUS, we take more of your live calls... it's podcasting without a net!

Listeners called in with a bunch of good topics and started some create discussions.  We were even surprised by a few somewhat "famous" callers.

This week, we also unveil our nationwide charity project... Theme Park Change.

The event begins on April 1st and we'll have a lot more information for you between now and then.  But basically, we're asking theme park fans across the world to give up one thing from the upcoming theme park season and then donate the cost of that item to a worthy charity.  Our 2011 charity for Theme Park Change is Project Angel Food!

This event isn't just solely for CoasterRadio.com either.  We're inviting any theme park fan site (Disney fan sites too) to join us in raising money for this incredible charity.

Plus, there's a chance for you to win some pretty cool prizes if you donate $10 or more!

Check out the website and listen to this week's show to learn more!  We're hoping you'll find it to be as good of an idea as we do!

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CoasterRadio.com #520 - 2011 Listener Questions Show - Part 1

2011-03-10
Length: 59s

We've been doing this crazy podcast since April of 2005... that's a long time!  So, there aren't many "firsts" on the show these days.

But, in an effort to continue to be one of the most interactive podcasts out there, we're adding a new element to our annual Listener Question Show.

This week, for the first time ever, we're taking your live phone calls!

Many members of the Coaster Radio audience joined us during our "live look-in" webcast where people could watch the show being produced.  Listeners were able to call-in to the show and make this year's edition of the Listener Question Show one of the best ever!

In addition to the live questions, we'll be joined by Derek and Trisha, a couple in Southern California who are making their way to Walt Disney World in Orlando next week.  They have agreed to wear Bride and Groom Mickey Ears to test our theory that anyone wearing those "Magical Caps" will get a ton of freebies (even if they aren't exactly newlyweds!)

Join us to find out what to expect in The Newlywed Game: The Trip of Lies!

Plus, we'll have some news on the NPH Project and an update on the "Day at the Park with Neil" contest.  Don't forget, you only have one more week to enter! The contest ends Thursday, March 17th!

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CoasterRadio.com #519 - The Best Money You've Spent

2011-03-03
Length: 51s

After you add up the price of admission, parking, food, drink and souvenirs, the cost of going to a theme park can be substantial.

Especially, if you're a family!

But there are some things that we buy at the parks that are totally worth the price.

On this week's show, we hear from listeners all over the world who tell us about the best money they've spent at the parks.

We'll talk about VIP Experiences, Front of the Line Passes, Disney Trading Pins, Upcharge Attractions and a lot more.

We also have news about our Listener Question Show which we will record on Tuesday, March 8th at 9:30pm est.  We'll have all the details about how you can call in to the show with your questions LIVE!

We'll also have an update on the "Day at the Park with Neil" contest and an update on the NPH Project!

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CoasterRadio.com #518 - Real People Win On CoasterRadio.com!

2011-02-24
Length: 52s

We pride ourselves on being one of the most interactive podcasts out there.

On this week's show, we prove that we also try to be one of the most generous!

We're joined "in-studio" by Andrew from North Carolina who was the winner of a contest we did last season.  The contest was best described by EB as "The Warmup for the NPH Project!"

Andrew won $250 dollars and the chance to sit in on the show!

This week, Andrew, Mike and EB talk about interesting places you can go to get a theme park fix when your local parks are closed for the winter.  It's harder than it sounds!

We also have a Live Trip Report from Busch Gardens Tampa and updates on the "Day at the Park with Neil" Contest and Facebook February!  Have you "liked" us on Facebook yet?

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CoasterRadio.com #517 - "You're Gonna Need a Bigger Podcast!"

2011-02-17
Length: 1s

Each episode of Coaster Radio is unique.

Sure, we carefully outline each episode and decide what we're going to talk about weeks in advance.

But each episode seems to take on a personality of its own.

Having said that, I'm not exactly sure how our episode about romance at the theme parks turned into a love-fest for the 1975 classic "JAWS."

But regardless, in honor of Valentines Day we asked the audience to tell us about their favorite romantic things to do at the parks.

We heard about favorite places to cuddle, to eat, to ride and yes, favorite places to make out at the parks.

Yes, it's sort of gross, but it's also facinating to hear!

We also have a Live Trip Report from Tokyo Disney Sea and a newcomer from beyond tries to ensure a place among the rest of the characters at CoasterRadio.com.

Plus, we unveil a brand new contest related to the Neil Patrick Harris Project!

Plus, we give away another prize for Facebook February!  Have you "liked" us on Facebook yet?

 

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CoasterRadio.com #516 - A Fantastic Facebook February Food Frenzy

2011-02-10
Length: 1s

Here at Coaster Radio, we try to focus our show on the entire theme park experience.

It's really easy to spend time talking about the roller coasters and other thrill rides.  But we think a little more time could be spent talking about the 2nd best reason to go to the amusement park... the food!

This week, listeners from around the globe call in to tell us about the iconic food treats that can be found at their local parks.  We're gonna talk about everything from the "Dole Whip" at Disneyland to the "Chip Twister" at Walibi World!

We'll also talk about that ice cream treat (pictured here) that looks like a potato.  The folks at the Idaho State Fair know how to make a dessert!

We're also honored to be joined by Dewayne Bevil from The Orlando Sentinel.  Dewayne writes for the Theme Park Rangers column and joins us this week to give us updates on some of the theme park projects in Orlando.

 

We'll talk about the proposed Orlando Thrill Park, New Fantasyland and the Cinderella Castle Projection Show at the Magic Kingdom.  Plus, we'll discuss the Wild Africa Trek at Disney's Animal Kindom and Star Wars II.

We'll also have a Live Trip Report and give away some prizes for Facebook February!  Are you a fan of ours on Facebook yet?  You should be!  If not, click here to get in on the fun! 

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CoasterRadio.com #515 - You Against the Whole Wide World

2011-02-03
Length: 1s

In the theme park universe, there are rides that are loved by everyone.

Well, almost everyone.

There are probably some rides out there that you can't stand, but for some reason, everyone else in the world loves.

This week, we hear from a lot of Coaster Radio listeners as they stir up controversy and talk about  the popular rides they would personally get rid of at the parks.

Surprisingly, this is a topic people are passionate about!

You'll be shocked at some of the rides people want to dismantle.

We'll also have a Live Trip Report from Australia, a new idea for CoasterRadio.com day and a visit from everyone's favorite crustacean.

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CoasterRadio.com #514 - 80 Days Away!

2011-01-20
Length: 1s

Depending on where you live, there's anywhere from 70 to 90 days before the regional parks open their gates for the 2011 season.

 

So for the title of this week's show, we averaged it out to 80 days.

 

Here at Coaster Radio, we're pretty excited about the 2011 theme park season.  So, we're spending this week talking about the new attractions we think are going to make some noise this summer.

 

To help us out, we're joined by long-time friend Arthur Levine, the theme parks guide from About.com!

 

He'll help us figure out which attractions and going to be hits and which ones might be duds.  He'll also let us in on the details behind The 2011 Readers' Choice Awards on About.com.


We'll also look ahead to 2012 and talk about what Walt Disney World has planned for the Magic Kingdom.  This week, Disney unveiled plans for "New Fantasyland," the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom's 40-year history!

 

Plus, we'll have a live trip report, tons of calls from the audience and a plea for a "Coaster Radio Day" at Quassy Amusement Park!

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CoasterRadio.com #513 - The Best of 2010

2011-01-13
Length: 56s

2010 may be officially gone, but it still lives on here at Coaster Radio! (for this week, anyway!)

On this week's show, EB and Mike take a look back and talk about the most interesting stories from 2010.  The listeners also get into the act by calling into the show and giving their opinion on what worked and what didn't in 2010.

From The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to World of Color to Intimidator 305, the listeners get passionate about their favorite stories.

There's also big news in the Neil Patrick Harris Project!  As you may recall, we produced a tear-jerking holiday tribute to NPH and released it on YouTube last Christmas Eve.  We've been waiting patiently to hear Neil's response.  Could this be the week he calls in again?

Plus, we have news about some upcoming shows and summertime activities here at the show!

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CoasterRadio.com #512 - EB's Candylane Adventure

2011-01-05
Length: 45s

We begin the first show of 2011 by ringing in the new year with styyllle! 

We even have a special guest to help us with the countdown!  Grab your noise maker and a glass of champagne because you won't want to miss it!

Then, EB steps to the microphone to talk about his trip to Hersheypark's Christmas Candylane.  He recently made a trip back to the east coast and took his whole family to Hershey's holiday event.  Was it smooth sailing?  Or did EB run into Grizwald-like problems?

The guys will also discuss the record crowds at both the Florida and California parks during the winter holidays.  Is it worth it to visit the parks during one of the most crowded times of the year?

Plus, we'll hear from several listeners about their New Years Day theme park experiences!

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CoasterRadio.com #511 - Christmas 2010!

2010-12-23
Length: 57s

Merry Christmas from your friends at Coaster Radio!

On this week's show, the guys kick back and have some Yuletide fun while hearing listeners top picks for theme park gifts.

The show also welcomes several special in-studio guests who stop by to wish everone Happy Holidays.

Plus, the show gets off to a great start with a special song created for the season!

Don't forget to visit the CoasterRadio.com website on Christmas Day to watch the special video for Neil Patrick Harris that stars many of our listeners! It will bring some warmth to your heart and a tear to your eyes!

Thanks to everyone who takes part in the show all year long!  Happy Holidays!

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CoasterRadio.com #510 - The Tower of Treats!

2010-12-16
Length: 44s

We're just a few weeks away from the holidays and we believe that it's the season of giving.

So, we sent Neil Patrick Harris an infamous "Tower of Treats."

This week, we find out if the TOT made it to the "How I Met Your Mother" soundstage in Hollywood.

We also talk about what type of holiday gifts a theme park fan would like to receive.  We have some practical and outrageous ideas that will make you want to write a letter to Santa Claus immediately.

We also talk about the brave souls who have given up their successful careers to go and work at the theme park.  Did they find success?  Was it worth it?  Is it something you would consider doing?

We also have a Live Trip Report from Mike's performance in the stage version of "It's a Wonderful Life" and details about our holiday show next week!

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CoasterRadio.com #509 - It's a Wonderful Theme Park!

2010-12-10
Length: 54s

Mike Collins is in a stage version of "It's a Wonderful Life" that opens this weekend.

So, Mike and EB had to tape the show really late at night after one of the rehearsals.

This means that this week's show is a caffeine-fueled trip that includes a lot of good theme park talk and a lot of imitations from "It's a Wonderful Life" too!

The guys talk about the listener's most "elusive roller coasters," the type of attractions that people have always wanted to ride, but for whatever reason have never been able to visit.

They'll also hear a live trip report from Six Flags Over Texas and get into a discussion about the refurbishment of the Texas Giant.  They'll also talk about new gimmicks on roller coasters, such as heart rate monitors.

There's also an update on The Neil Patrick Harris Project!  The Tower of Treats has been deployed!

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CoasterRadio.com #508 - The Terminator is Terminated

2010-12-02
Length: 45s

If you went back and listened to every single episode of CoasterRadio.com, you'd probably notice that the thing about theme parks we talk about the most is theming.

 

It's the one thing that separates a great park from an average amusement park.

 

That's why it was a bit of surprise when we learned that Six Flags would be dropping the licenses for properties like Thomas the Tank Engine, The Wiggles, Tony Hawk, Evil Kenevil and Terminator.

 

EB and Mike will take a look at the situation and give you their unique spin.  Does it really matter that these themes are going away?

 

And even though the Thanksgiving holiday is over, the guys hear from the listeners as they discuss what they are thankful for from the 2010 park season.

 

Plus, CoasterRadio.com was nominated for Best Travel Podcast in the 2010 Podcast Awards!

 

You can vote for the show once a day through December 15th.

 

EB and Mike discuss the meaning of the award and how half of the nominees are Disney related!  The guys also receive a visit from a Disney podcaster who has a nasty message for CoasterRadio.com.

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CoasterRadio.com #507 - The "Reverse-Thanksgiving" Show

2010-11-25
Length: 47s

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Just like the Pilgrims had a gigantic feast when they landed in the new world, we have a virtual feast of theme park goodness for you.

 

This week, we talk about the stories behind our listener's major park disappointments.  We have tales from around the globe all about how different parks have bummed out park guests.

 

It's sort of a "Reverse-Thanksgiving" show!

 

We also have a special visit from EB's pet turkey.  The turkey quickly outgrew EB's house and has moved on to a turkey farm in Indiana.  Just in time for the holidays, we have a heartwarming reunion with father and turkey this week.

 

Plus, some news on the Neil Patrick Harris Project!  Don't forget to take part in our NPH Holiday Video!

 

 

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CoasterRadio.com #506 - Soarin' With Morgan!

2010-11-18
Length: 48s

Imagine that you were a theme park designer with access to an unlimited budget.

 

As you began to design rides for your park, you'd probably want to enlist the help of some major celebrities to provide the voices behind your rides.

 

On this week's show, we gave our listeners a virtual blank check and asked them to match their favorite celebrity with their favorite theme park ride.

 

We received some very hilarious combinations!

 

Also, the guys will discuss a new driving simulator from Lexus and how it might be converted into the greatest dark ride system ever!  Will we see an attraction like this within the next five years?

 

Plus, there is MAJOR news this week in "The Neil Patrick Harris" Project.  CoasterRadio.com has had several milestones over the years, but the 6:43 mark in this week's show might be one of the greatest ones of all!

 

If that doesn't make you want to take a listen, I don't know what will.

 

We also have a live trip report from a very odd spot in Carowinds and one of our favorite characters makes a surprise appearance to talk sports.

 

It's all this week on CoasterRadio.com!

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CoasterRadio.com #505 - Uncle Walt Had the Right Idea!

2010-11-11
Length: 56s

The original theme park podcast is back with a brand new episode!

 

Back in 1954, Walt Disney had a weekly television show on the ABC Network where he unveiled his plans for Disneyland.

 

Not only did it help finance his park, but it also got people all over the country excited to make the trip to California to see it in person.

 

This week, EB and Mike talk about whether not it would be a good idea to bring this style of TV show back to television.

 

What would a show like this look like?  What parks could you broadcast from?  Would anyone watch?

 

The guys also take a look at a video showing what Six Flags New Orleans looks like five years after Hurricane Katrina.  They talk about what it would take to get them to set foot on the property and why we're fascinated by videos like this.

 

There's also news with The Neil Patrick Harris Project.  This week, it was announced that NPH is the new "Launch Voice" behind California Screamin' at Disneyland!  The guys also announce a holiday project where listeners can help get the attention of Mr. Harris.

 

Plus, you'll hear a live trip report from EPCOT's World Showcase and the story of Mike's failed attempt to get to Disneyland last weekend!

 

It's all on this week's new episode of CoasterRadio.com!

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CoasterRadio.com #504 - They Can't All Be Like Clark Grizwold

2010-11-04
Length: 52s

Clark W. Grizwold was the ultimate parent.

 

All he cared about was giving his family the best vacation ever.  He would do ANYTHING to make his family happy, even if it meant kidnapping John Candy and making him ride the "Screamie Meemie!"

 

Of course, the antics in the movie "Vacation" are overblown.  But the stories we have for you this week are 100% authentic!

 

This week, EB and Mike will share listener stories about the horrible parenting they have seen at the parks.

 

You'll be absolutely shocked at what some of the listeners have seen.  Thankfully, much of it is also pretty funny.

 

The guys will also crown a winner in the "Arquette Arithmetic" contest.  Find out who will win two season passes to the (non-Disney) theme park of their choice!

 

Plus, there's more info on "The Neil Patrick Harris Project!"  The guys will present proof of NPH's love of theme parks and talk about future plans to get his attention.

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CoasterRadio.com #503 - Sweep The Leg, Mikey!

2010-10-28
Length: 53s

Halloween week is here!

 

To celebrate, Mike gets into the spirit of the season by dressing up as one of the most iconic characters from the 1980's.

 

Yes, even though it's radio, Mike has has dressed up like Johnny from "The Karate Kid."

 

Along with all of the expected imitations from the movie, the guys will talk about Mike and Greg's recent trip to Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

 

Mike will give his review of the various haunted houses and talk about Busch's "Quick Queue" system.  You'll hear why Mike and Greg were somewhat embarrassed to use the "front of the line" system.

 

Plus, Mike has audio from one of the houses!  You'll be surprised at how he whimpered like a baby while moving through "The Catacombs!"

 

The guys will also have word on "The Neil Patrick Harris Project," along with a live trip report from "Midget Wrestling" at Kings Island's Halloween Haunt!

 

Plus, a Halloween update from Hagrid...who decided to call in from a very unusual place.

 

It's all coming up on this very spooky episode of CoasterRadio.com!

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CoasterRadio.com #502 - Inside Universal Orlando and Halloween Horror Nights

2010-10-21
Length: 53s

We're one week closer to Halloween!

 

If you love All Hallows Eve and you love theme parks, this is the episode for you.

 

This week, we're joined by Seth Kubersky.  He's the author of Universal Orlando 2011: The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Theme Park Adventure.

 

He'll give us the insider scoop about the 20th Annual Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando.  He'll tell us what we should make sure to see and what most people tend to miss.

 

He'll also tell us some behind the scenes stories about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure.  He'll tell us how you can see Hogwarts Castle without waiting in line and if guests will ever be able to spend the night within it's enchanted walls.

 

Plus, he'll tell us about how the Wizarding World almost ended up at Walt Disney World and what happened that caused it to be built at Universal.

 

This week, we also have details about a possible encounter with Neil Patrick Harris.  We're only one week into "The Neil Patrick Harris" Project, but the possibility exists that NPH is already a fan of the show.

 

Could "The NPH Project" do what "The David Arquette Project" could not?

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CoasterRadio.com #501 - The House at Haunted Hill

2010-10-14
Length: 56s

Season 5 of Coaster Radio.com is here!

 

AND... It's EB and Mike's favorite time of year, Halloween!

 

This week, the guys interview Matt Ford.  he's the creative genius behind "The House at Haunted Hill," an amazing Halloween show in Southern California.

 

The great thing about the show is that it's not located at a theme park or at some commercial venue.  Matt, along with his family and friends, have created this amazing experience at his home!

 

You'll hear the details behind this innovative home haunt and how it was inspired by Disneyland's Haunted Mansion.  You'll also hear how some Disney theme park voice talent came on board to make "The House at Haunted Hill" even more special.

 

EB and Mike also will fill you in on some changes to both the podcast and the website for Season 5.  There's also big news about "The David Arquette Project" and our "Arquette Arithmetic" contest!

 

Plus, EB will fill you in on the behind the scenes story about how his son Mark won Holiday World's "#1 Fan Contest!"

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CoasterRadio.com #450 - Live from Disneyland Paris!

2010-08-19
Length: 1s

This week, we come to the end of the 4th season of CoasterRadio.com and we end things just like Admir would want...

"In Styllllleeeee!"

This week, for the first time ever, the show comes to you from a park outside of the United States. This week, CoasterRadio.com is at Disneyland Resort Paris!

Mike and Molly are in Europe and join EB for a show all about the differences and similarities between the French and American Disney Parks. They'll also have ride reviews of favorites like Pirates of the Caribbean, Phantom Manor, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril and Captain EO.

They'll also talk about their visit to Disney Studios Paris and if it lives up to the other Disney Parks around the world.

Plus, there are great insights into French culture! This basically means there are plenty of jokes about the French being rude, eating cheese, drinking wine and other stereotypes.

Don't worry though. Molly is there to keep things in check.

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CoasterRadio.com #449 - Disneyland Tips From A Pro!

2010-08-12
Length: 54s

Dreams do come true here at CoasterRadio.com!  Just ask Travis.

A few months ago, he submitted this excellent entry into our "Being David Arquette" contest.  The top prize was getting the chance to co-host an episode of the show with EB and Mike.

This week, his hard work pays off when he joins the show to give his top tips for an ultra-successful day at the Disneyland Resort in California.  You'll be impressed with what this California native has to say!

The guys are also joined by a special guest who is in Paris, France to pave the way for Mike's visit next week.  Will he be as big a hit with the French people as C-Pain?

There's also a Live Trip Report from Cedar Point and the guys being back the infamous "Off Topic" segment!  Can you believe that EB is actually building a chicken coop?

Plus, there's news on The David Arquette Project!

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CoasterRadio.com #448 - The Yeti Is Broken! Call 911!

2010-08-05
Length: 56s

August is here and it's HOT!

But it's not as hot as this week's episode of The Original Theme Park Podcast! (Oh Brother!)

This week, EB and Mike tackle some of the most talked about stories in the amusement industry.

First up, they take a listen to one of the 911 calls that came from a recent breakdown of "Harry Potter and Forbidden Journey" at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure.  Isn't 911 supposed to be reserved for emergencies?

Then, the guys discuss the recent mainstream press coverage of Expedition Everest's problematic Yeti.  The big guy hasn't been moving since 2009.  Does this signal a change in Disney's priorities?

The guys also talk about a mom in Indiana who allegedly left her kids in a rat infested home so that she could spend the day at Holiday World.  Hopefully the ride on "The Voyage" was worth the possible jail time.

The guys also hear Live Trip Reports from Disney California Adventure's World of Color and Six Flags (fake) attraction BENCH: THE RIDE!  Will Mark Shapiro's brainchild take the amusement industry by storm?

Plus, C-Pain joins the show from Paris, France to pave the way for Mike's visit to Disneyland Paris in a few weeks and there is news on The David Arquette Project!

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CoasterRadio.com #447 - Live from Knoebels!

2010-07-29
Length: 24s

This week, the show goes back to its roots by doing a show live from the midways of an amusement park!

Using some amazing new technology, Mike joins the show from Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, PA!

Mike and EB will discuss what makes the park unique, how the roller coasters are one-of-a kind and how the food is hard to beat.

They'll also talk about the saga of The Flying Turns roller coaster and if there is any word on when this highly anticipated roller coaster will open.

It's all this week on CoasterRadio.com!

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CoasterRadio.com #446 - Amusement Park Games

2010-07-22
Length: 30s

The Original Theme Park Podcast is back with another all new episode!

This week, EB and Mike talk about the best Amusement Park Games that always seem to separate you from your hard-earned money!

We'll talk about Skee Ball, Frog Bog, Ring Toss, Stacker, Bowler Roller, Fascination, Wacky Wire, Whack-A-Mole, and a whole lot more!

They guys also talk about the "dream arcade" that they would build in their basements.

Plus, there is a Live Trip Report from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with a great tip on how to beat the lines at "Forbidden Journey!"

It's all this week on CoasterRadio.com!

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CoasterRadio.com #445 - Legendary Coasters

2010-07-15
Length: 29s

On this week's show, we get into a good, old-fashioned roller coaster discussion!

It's so good, even CoasterBoy would be proud!

The CoasterRadio.com audience steps up to the microphone to tell us about the most legendary roller coasters that are currently thrilling people every day at parks across the world.

They also tell us about the legendary coasters of the past as well.

It's interesting to hear the different opinions!

We also have a live trip report from Kings Dominion, from the top of their new Ferris Wheel!

It's all this week on CoasterRadio.com!

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CoasterRadio.com #444 - The Best and Worst of The Magic Kingdom

2010-07-08
Length: 35s

On this week's show, we're joined by Stacey Lantz.  Stacey has been writing a lot of great articles for the Coaster Radio blog lately. On this week's show, we'll talk about several of her articles including her top picks for the best and worst attractions at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. You won't believe what classic attraction she put in her bottom three! As part of the patented "Off Topic" segment, EB interviews Michael Buckley, the creator of the popular web comic "60 Ways to Leave Your Mother Alone." Michael has come up with a unique way to raise money for a special project related to the web series.  You'll hear all about it during EB's interview. Plus, we'll hear a Live Trip Report from Six Flags St. Louis! It's all this week on CoasterRadio.com!

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CoasterRadio.com #443 - Bert the Conqueror and Fireworks!

2010-06-30
Length: 59s

On this week's show, we welcome the host of The Travel Channel's hit show "Bert the Conqueror," Bert Kreischer!

Bert and his crew are in the middle of producing the first season of this new show that takes viewers to the legendary attractions, competitions and adrenaline rushes that you can find all across America.

He joins us from the road to tell us about what he's experienced so far and what crazy feats we can expect to see in the upcoming months.

He'll also tell us about whether he really is terrified to experience all of these thrills or if he is just delivering some academy award winning acting.  Plus, you'll be surprised to hear which amusement operators are asking for his advice about future attractions.

Then, we bring back the tradition of celebrating the 4th of July by shooting off fireworks live on the show.  We even gave the experience a very Disney-esque name...

The CoasterRadio.com Sparktacular Explosioloosa!

You'll have to hear it to believe it!  (And, if you're a fan of ours on Facebook, you can see it too!)

All that, plus a live trip report from Six Flags Magic Mountain and a surprise guest!

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CoasterRadio.com #442 - Wizarding World Wackiness!

2010-06-24
Length: 1s

July 17, 1955 was a famous day in theme parks lore. It was the day of Disneyland's Grand Opening.

Will June 18, 2010 be a similar day in theme park history?

This was the day The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure.

There hasn't been an new land opening in recent memory to attract as much excitement and anticipation as the Wizarding World.

On this week's show, EB and Mike welcome Arthur Levine, the theme parks guide from about.com.

Arthur just got back from spending a few days in Orlando for the Grand Opening of the Wizarding World and he has details about the attractions, stores, crowds and surprises that wait Muggles who travel to Hogsmead Village and Hogwarts Castle.

The guys also hear from one of their listeners who calls the CoasterRadio.com hotline to deliver a live trip report. Is the Frozen Butterbeer already a legendary drink?

Plus, EB and Mike are visited by the resident half-giant Hagrid. It turns out Hagrid prevented a huge disaster from happening on opening day. Will it be enough to convince Universal Orlando personnel to let him back into his hut?

It's POTTERMANIA, this week on CoasterRadio.com!

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CoasterRadio.com #441 - Tribute to Will Koch

2010-06-17
Length: 28s

On this week's show, we take a break from our usual craziness to pay tribute to Will Koch, the president of Holiday World who passed away on Sunday at the age of 48.

Will has always had a special place on this show because he was one of the first "big" guests that agreed to come on when we were first starting out back in 2005. Back then, not many people in the amusement industry wanted to deal with "the podcast guys." But Will came on CoasterRadio.com and was funny, candid and extremely interesting. This week, we're replaying that interview as a tribute to Will. It's wonderful to hear him talk about the park that was his life and the creation of roller coasters that everyone knows and loves. His enthusiasm is contagious and the interview is one of our all-time favorites. As a way to say thanks, we're donating all of the website profits for the month of June to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in his name. Everyone here at CoasterRadio.com sends our best wishes to Holiday World and the Koch family.…

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CoasterRadio.com #440 - Hot Summer Nights

2010-06-10
Length: 1s

It seems like this summer, more than most, the parks are really stepping up their game when it comes to creating "Nighttime Spectaculars."

Disney has "Summer Nightastic," Busch Gardens Willamsburg has "IllumiNights," and Knott's Berry Farm has "Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular."

And these are just a few of many such nighttime events at parks across the country.

EB and Mike discuss why these shows were created and if they will make an impact on the average park guest.

The guys will also get into a debate about the usefulness of the Single Rider Line. Should a case be made to get rid of them once and for all?

Plus, Hagrid goes behind the backs of Universal Orlando PR and gives CoasterRadio.com an exclusive on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This is really something that other theme park podcasts could only dream about.

And... OFF TOPIC makes it's triumphant return. Mike talks about his love of the film "Drag Me To Hell" and EB talks about his run-in with the Indiana Police.

All this and a Live Trip Report from Six Flags Great Adventure, on this week's all new episode of The Original Theme Park Podcast, CoasterRadio.com!

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CoasterRadio.com #439 - The Phenomenon of the "Potter Watch"

2010-06-04
Length: 58s

On this week's show, EB and Mike discuss the phenomenon known as "Potter Watch."

Supposedly, there was a merry band of theme park fans that waited patiently outside the gates of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter for Universal to let in guests for the section's soft opening.

Is this something EB and Mike would ever consider doing?

The guys also hear the listener ideas on "theme park weekends" that could be based on movie franchises.

We know "Star Wars Weekends" was a hit, but can the listeners come up with something better?

Plus, there is a live trip report from Holland... and the caller has figured out a way to get multiple rerides on Goliath by cheating the system.

Find out how he did it and much more on this week's episode of the Original Theme Park Podcast!

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CoasterRadio.com #438 - "Back to the Future" Weekends?

2010-05-27
Length: 57s

Disney's Hollywood Studios is in the middle of their uber-successul "Star Wars Weekends."

On this week's show, EB and Mike take a look at the pros and cons of such events and wonder if they affect the average park goer.

We also speculate on what other parks could do to join in on the fun.  Do I hear a second for "Back to the Future Weekends" anybody?

The guys listen to trip reports from Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Carowinds and get into a debate about the Intimidator roller coasters that opened this year.

The guys  also hear the listener's thoughts on what five ride types are necessary for the perfect park.  There were some surprising answers.

Since Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff of summer, EB and Mike relaunch The David Arquette Project by unveiling a new contest!  Will 2010 be the year that we get David Arquette's attention?

Plus, we discuss the rumor of Hagrid being in a fist-fight and C-Pain stops by to review the series finale of LOST - autotune style!

It's all this week on CoasterRadio.com!

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CoasterRadio.com #437 - Mike's American Idol Experience

2010-05-20
Length: 1s

This week marks a rather unique situation for us here at the show.

It's one of the few times that EB and Mike found themselves at two different parks in the same week.

So, the guys take full advantage of the situation by bringing you stories of two very different trips.

First, EB tells us about his trip to Holiday World and Splashin' Safari for the Media Day for Wildebeest.  It's the world's longest water coaster.

EB had a chance to ride this monster first-hand, and tells us all about whether it will be a hit or not.

And, after months of preparation, Mike finally made his trek down to Walt Disney World to take part in "The American Idol Experience" at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Mike tells the ENTIRE STORY... from the lead-up, to the audition and whether or not he made it to the "big stage."  It's a wild story.

PLUS, there's news out of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and things don't look good for Hagrid.  It's possible he got in touble for something he said on this very show.

It's all this week on an all new CoasterRadio.com!

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CoasterRadio.com #436 - Live from the Magic Kingdom!

2010-05-16
Length: 20s

The Original Theme Park Podcast is back..... With a Live Remote!

OK, OK... it's a podcast, so it's not technically live.

BUT, this week EB mans the show from our studios in Indiana while Mike checks in from right outside Space Mountain at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

Mike is joined by longtime Coaster Radio host Greg K. and the two brothers talk about their Brothers Reunion trip to Orlando.

They'll talk about their visit to EPCOT, Magic Kingdom and even drop a few hints about what happened at The American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

EB also plays a live trip report from El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure and he even poses a question to C-Pain.

Make sure to join us next week as we unveil what happened when Mike auditioned for The American Idol Experience at Disney.  It's a great story!

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CoasterRadio.com #435 - Theme Park Spice

2010-05-06
Length: 1s

The Original Theme Park Podcast returns with another all new episode!

When you're cooking the perfect stew, it's important to choose the perfect ingredients. If you don't choose wisely, you're stew is going to be too salty, too bland or worst of all... not tasty enough.

Picking the ingredients for a theme park can be just as difficult.

You need the perfect mix of rides to create a park that will be enjoyed by all.

On this week's show, Mike and EB each list off the five most important types of rides that a park must have to be successful.

The guys also have a mini-celebration of CoasterRadio.com's 5th Anniversary by hearing what listeners believe is the best moment from the show.

EB goes Off-Topic to reveal his new Bird Cam and Mike dishes on what it was like to attend a Coaster Crew karaoke event.

The guys also hear a live trip report from Intimidation 305 and welcome back C-Pain who answers a very controversial question.

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CoasterRadio.com #434 - The E.B. Witch Project

2010-04-29
Length: 1s

The Original Theme Park Podcast is back!

This week, EB returns from his massive 10-state road trip to tell us all about the wild and wacky things he and his family experienced.  Is EB the Clark W. Grizwold for a few generation?

The guys also discuss the recent trend of people exploring closed or abandoned amusement parks and posting the footage and pictures online.  On a related note, Hagrid stops by to tell us what would happen if people explore off-limits sections of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Hopefully no one will dare explore THE OWELRY!

The guys go Off Topic to hear about how EB's family might have stirred up the wrath of a 200-year-old witch.

Mike also admits the embarrassing new song that he likes and introduces the world to a brand new CoasterRadio.com character!

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CoasterRadio.com #433 - The Las Vegas Show!

2010-04-22
Length: 43s

The Original Theme Park Podcast is back....

And we're spitting Aces and Eights!

This week, EB and Mike take you to the Las Vegas Strip and tell you everything you need to know (from a theme park perspective) about Sin City.

We'll tell you some stories about our trips to Las Vegas and rate the rides and attractions that you can find there.

We'll also give you some tips and tricks to maximize your time and money.

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CoasterRadio.com #432 - Rainy Days Don't Have To Get You Down

2010-04-15
Length: 51s

Sunny days and theme park visits seem to go hand in hand.

But what happens when the dark clouds roll in and the rain starts to pour?

If you're a theme park junkie, you don't have to let the bad weather ruin your day.

This week, our blogger Stacey joins us on the show to talk about several different ideas that you can try if the weather threatens your day.

We'll also go Off-Topic to discuss Taylor Swift, Facebook relationships and EB's interesting experience with a pinata!

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CoasterRadio.com #431 - Season Pass Perks

2010-04-08
Length: 56s

We start of this week's show by reviewing what many say is the most anticipated ride of 2010...

Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion.

We'll talk with Jason Deane who was one of the very first to ride the new roller coaster.  We hear the ride is intense, but is it too intense?

We'll also hear from our listeners as they tell us what perks they would like to see included in their theme park season pass.

You'll be impressed by some of the innovative ideas!

We'll also go off-topic to give you a recommendation for an animated film and we'll talk about a new iPad device that started out as an April Fools Joke!

Plus, we'll have a live trip report from Hersheypark!

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CoasterRadio.com #430 - Home Park Advice

2010-04-01
Length: 1s

Whenever you visit a park, it's a good idea to talk with someone who's been there before.

They're going to know all of the ins and outs and the dos and dont's of the park.  They'll know things that only a person who's visited the park for years will know.

On this week's show, our listeners call in to share their most priceless advice about their home parks.

They'll talk about avoiding lines, cheaper ways to park and what rides are can't miss and what ones are worth skipping.

We'll also check in with Molly who is on Spring Break at the very crowded Walt Disney World resort.  We'll find out how she is dealing with 85-minute waits for Peter Pan's Flight and 45-minute waits for Spaceship Earth.

We'll also go Off-Topic to talk about the rumored iPhone HD and the beat down of a Spiderman pinata.

Plus, Hagrid stops by to reveal his favorite part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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CoasterRadio.com #429 - The Hype Machine

2010-03-25
Length: 53s

On this week's show, EB and Mike discuss the pros and cons of he most recent "Super Fans" conference call with Six Flags CEO Mark Shapiro.

There were some really amazing and candid moments during the call, but did Six Flags miss an opportunity to maximize the good PR?

The guys also discuss the recently opened "Th13teen" at Alton Towers in England.  Video has been released on the web and some enthusiasts are less than thrilled.  Did the Alton Tower's hype machine over-do it this time?

Plus, EB goes "Off-Topic" to talk about the rise of Twitter and Mike has information about a possible new direction for the podcast.

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CoasterRadio.com #428 - Your Ideal Park Celebrity

2010-03-18
Length: 58s

The Original Theme Park Podcast is back with a new episode!

This week, EB and Mike open the phone lines to hear who you think would make the ultimate celebrity spokesperson for a theme park.

For instance, imagine if Neil Patrick Harris was the spokesman for Cedar Fair parks!  Wait until you hear the idea a Coaster Radio listener came up with for NPH!

The guys are also joined by Nick Hutson of Musical Talk and The Season Pass Podcast to discuss British Parks.

Nick also brings along an icon from London's West End to critique Mike on his American Idol Experience audition piece.

Plus, the guys reveal how you can have your questions answered by Six Flags' CEO Mark Shapiro.

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CoasterRadio.com #427 - Anticipointment

2010-03-11
Length: 47s

A term we throw around a lot on Coaster Radio is Anticipointment.

The Urban Dictionary says that it's disappointment from something you eagerly anticipated.

The term can apply to a lot of things, but it seems to really fit the feeling we sometimes have at the theme parks.

On this week's episode, our listeners call in to tell us about rides they looked forward to more than anything, but ultimately disappointed them.

You can guess what some of the rides are, but some will probably surprise you.

We also go Off Topic to find out what EB thinks of a new Mad game for the Wii.  Mike also tells you about two strange experiences he had aboard Washington, DC's subway.

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CoasterRadio.com #426 - The Quest For The Perfect Pee

2010-03-04
Length: 55s

The Original Theme Park Podcast is back with a brand new show!

This week, EB and Mike tackle some of the most talked about stories in the amusement industry.

They discuss the recent tragedy at Sea World Orlando and a thief at Busch Gardens Tampa who was outsmarted by technology.

The guys also spend a good amount of time talking about Thorpe Park's latest promotion for their new attraction Saw Alive.

It turns out that the good people at this park are on a quest for the perfect pee!  They are looking for the foulest smelling urine for their new horror attraction.

Do you have what it takes?

Speaking of that, Mike finds out if he has what it takes to make it on The American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  This week, we hear what the listeners thought of his rendition of Mack The Knife.

How'd he do?  Let's put it this way... there are some real Simon Cowell impersonators out there!

Plus, the guys go Off Topic to talk about a sick experience at a Gymnastics Meet and a surprising experience at The Grooming Lounge.

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CoasterRadio.com #425 - Listener Question Show

2010-02-25
Length: 55s

We hit a milestone this week!

It's our 25th show of Season 4!

To celebrate, we welcome back one of the original members of the Coaster Radio.com cast - FLAVA!

You'll find out where he's been and if he has been paying attention to the new podcast.

This episode is all about your listener questions.

Over the past several weeks, listeners have been using Twitter, Facebook and our forums to send in questions.

Some are theme park related, like... what rides from a Six Flags park could easily be added to a Disney park?

Some are personal, like.... have you ever ridden a roller coaster while intoxicated?

Some are off-topic, like.... can you guys help me have more self-confidence?

But all of them are fun and interesting.  You'll also hear some good behind-the-scenes talk about our podcast.

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CoasterRadio.com #424 - Pardon The Ripoff II

2010-02-18
Length: 48s

One of the most popular segments on CoasterRadio.com returns this week!

It's Pardon The Ripoff!

E.B. and Mike steal the program's format from ESPN's Pardon The Interruption. They'll tackle a bunch of rapid-fire segments in 60-seconds or less.

They'll quickly talk about Disney, Six Flags, Cedar Fair, International Parks and other topics chosen by the CoasterRadio.com audience.

The guys will also tackle a "Valentine's Day" topic and talk about whether or not a theme park is a good place to take a date. On first glance, you'd probably think it was. But the guys have some reasons that might make you think twice.

Plus, EB will go Off-Topic to discuss strange habits his son is learning from children's TV. Mike almost loses control while expressing his disappointment over the new version of "We Are The World."

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CoasterRadio.com #423 - The Complainey Show

2010-02-11
Length: 1s

We're all guaranteed the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

But it's a lesser known fact that every theme park fan is guaranteed the right to complain.

On this week's show, we hand over the microphone to our listeners and let the complain about anything and everything related to theme parks.

We were surprised at some of the things that annoy you guys!

We also talk about the recent announcement that Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom has closed for good.  What does this mean for the people of Louisville, Kentucky and what will happen to all of the rides?  There might be some behind the scenes maneuvering that will surprise you.

Plus, EB will go Off-Topic to discuss how he might have been charged with breaking and entering, while Mike talks about who he'd like to see replace Simon Cowell on American Idol.

We'll also have news on The David Arquette Project and Mike's quest to make it on stage for The American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios!

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CoasterRadio.com #422 - The American Idol Experience

2010-02-04
Length: 1s

The Original Theme Park Podcast is back with a brand new episode!

This week, we talk with Stacey Lantz who was a winner at The American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida.

She'll tell us what it was behind-the-scenes at the attraction and give Mike some advice on what he should do during his audition.

You can check out Stacey's Blog about the experience and also watch some of her videos on YouTube too!  The links are at CoasterRadio.com.

EB and Mike have also tabulated the hundreds of e-mails that came in last week and have the official Top Five (non-Disney) Theme Parks.

Who will make the cut?  Who will be #1?

The guys also go Off-Topic to discuss two very different experiences for the Wii video game system.  Plus, there's potentially interesting news on The David Arquette Project!

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CoasterRadio.com #421 - 3-D(oomed)?

2010-01-28
Length: 58s

James Cameron's new blockbuster 3-D film Avatar is on pace to become the most profitable movie of all time.  (Actually, that doesn't count for inflation. Gone With The Wind is still the number one grossing movie in history.)

But anyone who has seen Avatar is blown away by the 3-D imagery.

On this week's show, we talk about if films like these constantly in the movie theater will eventually lead to 3-D films becoming less popular in the theme parks.

We'll also reveal your ideas on how Disney and other park operators should use the new Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies that are sweeping the industry. The listeners came up with some very interesting and entertaining ways to make our park experience interactive.

Plus, we'll go Off Topic to hear about EB's plans to introduce his son to the legend of the "Tooth Fairy." Mike also admits to his strange reaction after watching the teenage vampire flick Twilight.

In addition, Mike announces his on-air training marathon for the American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios and we'll unveil a brand new contest!

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CoasterRadio.com #420 - A Brave New Theme Park World

2010-01-21
Length: 54s

Earlier this week, The Orlando Sentinel's Daily Disney Blog posted an article about how Disney is working on a major technology initiative that boosters hope could radically transform the theme-park experience.

The $1 Billion Dollar project supposedly focuses on the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). This technology would allow for a small microchip to be placed in a wristband or even a theme park ticket. Then, as you navigate the parks, the wireless-communication technology could be used in concepts ranging from keyless hotel-room doors to rides and shows in which the experience varies based on an individual guest’s preferences.

On this week's show, EB and Mike discuss the possible applications for this type of technology and what we hope to eventually see in the parks. Will this forever change the way we experience the parks? Or will it just be another way to easily buy a churro without reaching for our wallets?

We also pick up on last week's discussion about turning popular television shows into theme park attractions. We'll hear your best ideas on what classic shows should be immortalized at the parks. Some of you had great ideas! (Some of you didn't.)

We'll go Off Topic to discuss an controversial documentary that EB saw. We'll also talk about Mike's trip to an ocean resort in the dead of winter where he got to see a few parks in hibernation.

Plus, we'll hear about how one of EB's dream predictions from last week's show can eerily true!

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CoasterRadio.com #419 - Freudian Theme Park Trip

2010-01-14
Length: 1s

Dreams are funny things.

They tell us so much about who we are, where we're going and what we want.

On this week's show, listeners have called in with their most interesting dreams about theme parks.

We've got everything from disappearing lap bars to chainsaw wielding maniacs chopping down a wooden roller coaster.

To make things more interesting, EB has found some dream analyzing web sites and will use some armchair psychology to tell us what the dreams mean.

We'll also talk about an article on Movieline.com that claims Disney Imagineers are work-shopping a new dark ride based on ABC's hit television show "Lost".

We'll also go Off Topic to talk about EB's haircut conundrum and Mike's take on NBC's Late Night situation with Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno.

Plus, we unveil the new CoasterRadio.com iPhone App! Now you can take the show on the road!

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CoasterRadio.com #418 - A Walk Down Memory Lane

2010-01-06
Length: 44s

It's a brand new year...

And a brand new episode of Coaster Radio!

We get back into the podcast swing with a show all about your favorite theme park memories. You'll hear all types of stories, from the sentimental to the shocking.

One listener even had a crazy lady call him -white trash- at the Magic Kingdom! It's a good story!

We also crown a winner in the David Arquette Project "Santa Claus" Challenge. It wasn't the most successful contest ever, but we did find a very deserving winner.

Plus, we'll go -Off Topic- to talk about Mike's upcoming trip to the BCS National Championship game and EB's reluctance to take down his holiday decorations.

It's a new year and we're happy to have you with us!…

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CR Holiday Special - A Coaster Boy Christmas!

2009-12-24
Length: 3s

Merry Christmas!

Instead of a regular show this week, we have something special.

When it's Christmas Eve, we all expect Santa to show up and deliver presents and good cheer.

But what if an unexpected guest showed up instead?

Everyone here at CoasterRadio.com wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!…

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CoasterRadio.com #417 - Best Attraction of the Decade

2009-12-17
Length: 50s

On this week's show, EB and Mike reveal your picks for the top attractions of the decade! We'll go in-depth about what makes these attractions special and why some rides don't deserve to make it on the list. The guys also talk about the strange marketing campaign behind Alton Tower's new roller coaster Thirteen. How effective will it be to tell people they have to sign a waiver to ride because of "emotional stresses?" Mike also starts his preparation to audition for The American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios. He's looking for help from people in the know, including Disney Cast members. Plus, EB and Mike go Off-Topic to talk about spritestitch.com and the rebirth of Dragon's Lair for the iPhone. There's also an update on the David Arquette project Santa Challenge!…

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CoasterRadio.com #416 - A Look Back

2009-12-10
Length: 59s

The end of a year is always a time to take a look back.

Since this is 2009, it's a great opportunity to take a look back over the last decade to see how we've grown and changed.

On this week's show, CoasterRadio.com listeners tell us how their theme park habits have changed over the last 10-years.

Do our listeners visit the parks the same way in 2009 as they did in 2000?

We also take a closer look at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter that is being built at Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure in Orlando.  This week some new details were unveiled on the DVD of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Will the Potter theme have staying power?

We also go Off-Topic to discuss a candy bar scam and Mike's 9th wedding anniversary present.

Plus, we unveil a new contest and an innovative gift idea!…

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CoasterRadio.com #415 - The Biggest Turkey of the Decade

2009-12-03
Length: 56s

The world's Original Theme Park Podcast is back with another episode!

Thanksgiving might be history, but we're still talking turkey.

This week, we talk about nominees for the Biggest Amusement Industry Turkey of the Decade.

The CoasterRadio.com listeners have checked in and have nominated what they think were the biggest busts from theme parks over the last 10 years.

You'll be surprised at some of their picks.

Also, EB and Mike talk about the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives.  Is this a good idea?  Or is it destined to be the biggest turkey of next decade?

We'll also go off-topic to talk about the DARPA Network Challenge.  Can you find 10 giant balloons hidden across the United States?  iIf so, you'll win 40,000.  But why is the government sponsoring this challenge?  EB has some ideas.

Mike also sounds-off about people going crazy with Christmas lights.  When is enough enough?

Plus, we recap the Grandma Thanksgiving Challenge in The David Arquette Project!

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CoasterRadio.com #414 - Your Theme Park Treasures

2009-11-25
Length: 47s

On this week's show, we talk about the interesting theme park items that listeners own. We break down everything from complete roller coaster trains (right) to blueprints. We also talk about the type of things listeners would like to own someday.

We also talk about the recent trend to add advertising to roller coasters. Just as many cities have chosen to wrap their public buses in advertising, some theme park chains have done the same with their roller coasters. Is this a smart move or just a way to cheapen the park?

We also go Off Topic to discuss EB's rediscovery of Tetris and Mike's encounter with a "claw game" where the prizes were ALIVE!

Plus, we have a new challenge for listeners in The David Arquette Project!…

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CoasterRadio.com #413 - Bringing the Park Home

2009-11-19
Length: 53s

The original theme park podcast is back!

This week, EB and Mike tackle H1N1 in the parks.  Is the outbreak affecting the amusement industry?  Or is it not turning out to be the panic inducing event everyone feared?

The guys also talk about having a piece of theme park history in your home.  There are a ton of places to buy theme park artifacts.... everything from Disney resort shower curtains to full size attraction vehicles.  But how much would you spend to take a part of the park home with you?

There's also discussion about possible CoasterRadio.com contest ideas.

EB and Mike also go Off Topic to talk about owning full-size arcade games and the introduction of Google Wave.

Plus, there's a possible lead in The David Arquette Project!

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CoasterRadio.com #412 - A Queue Line Question

2009-11-12
Length: 38s

EB and Mike reveal the answers to two simple listener questions:

1) What attraction is so good, you'd wait as long at it took to ride?

2) What attraction is so terrible, you wouldn't ride even it if it had no line at all?

You'll be surprised at some of the answers!

Plus, EB tries Holiday World's Voyage Extreme Brownies.…

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CoasterRadio.com #411 - 67 Days of Smiles and Your Off Season Fix!

2009-11-05
Length: 50s

EB and Mike reveal what CoasterRadio.com listeners do to get a theme park fix in the off-season.

The guys also welcome Kyle and Stacey, who just finished Orlando's 67 Days of Smiles.  They talk to them about what it was like to experience 120 different attractions in 67 days.

The guys also go Off Topic to talk about EB's experience with a loud man in church and Mike reviews the pilot episode of "V".  Plus, Mike laments the increase of 80's remakes with a little help from The Karate Kid's Ralph Macchio.

And don't forget about The David Arquette Project!

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CoasterRadio.com #410 - Halloween

2009-10-29
Length: 51s

EB & Mike celebrate Halloween by talking about some of the best Halloween events across the US. They also play some audio from inside the scare zones. The guys also talk about the storylines behind some of the more creative haunts and reveal your ideas for theme park attractions based on the best horror films ever. Plus, they go Off Topic to talk about EB's Mystery Novel and Mike's puzzlement over a Halloween Nostradamus scam used to pick up girls in college.…

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CoasterRadio.com #409

2009-10-21
Length: 1s

EB and Mike talk about an old ride from the 80's headed to California, a costumed family being denied entry to Busch Gardens Tampa and current rides that could be turned into Halloween attractions.

The guys also go "Off Topic" to discuss Ghost Hunting and the saga of the "Balloon Boy."

Plus, there are several off-track tangents about Fonzie, the movie Scream and The David Arquette Project.…

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CoasterRadio.com #408

2009-10-14
Length: 1s

Mike is back from Walt Disney World and has stories from all over the resort.  He also has a full review of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at The Magic Kingdom.

EB has new Spring vacation plans and the guys continue their discussion about Backyard Imagineering for Halloween.

Plus, more info about the progress of The David Arquette Project!

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CoasterRadio.com #407

2009-10-01
Length: 22s

EB and Mike do a "time machine" show and talk about how minimum wage affects theme park employees. The guys also talk about their Halloween "Backyard Imagineering" before being rudly cut off by a technical difficulty.…

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CoasterRadio.com #406

2009-09-24
Length: 33s

EB and Mike talk about on-ride cameras and their ability to record mishaps. How do these clips make their way out of the parks?

The guys also talk about the sneakiness of DirecTV and ABC's Flash Forward.

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CoasterRadio.com #405

2009-09-17
Length: 43s

Mario returns to join EB and Mike as they talk about the new details surrounding the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter."

Will the park live up to the hype or will it be a giant Potter themed shopping mall?

They also talk about the possible re-release of Captain EO. Is it a good idea to bring back an old attraction to honor "The King of Pop?"

Also, the guys read your horror stories from your encounters with rude people at the theme park. Amazingly, there are stories of people going to the bathroom where they shouldn't once again!

The guys go "Off Topic" to discuss EB's emergency room story, Twitter woes and Patrick Swayze.

Plus, details on how The David Arquette Project has gone worldwide!

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CoasterRadio.com #404

2009-09-10
Length: 53s

EB and Mike are back with your comments about the Disney-Marvel deal.

Mike talks about his trip to Busch Gardens, including thoughts about Quick Queue and rude guests.

EB dishes on Geo-caching and Mike misses Casey Wilson on SNL.

Plus, the audience embraces The David Arquette Project!

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CoasterRadio.com #403

2009-09-03
Length: 57s

EB and Mike tackle the Disney/Marvel deal and what it means to the theme parks, especially Universal Studios Islands of Adventure. We talk about weight as it relates to fitting on rides. Several of our listeners "weigh in" on the topic. We go "Off Topic" as Mike gets upset by a "Teen Wolf" reboot and EB isn't sure whether he likes blogger Dave Moyer. Plus, the David Arquette Project rolls on!…

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CoasterRadio.com #402

2009-08-27
Length: 51s

This week EB and Mike talk about Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion, your ideas for the new CoasterRadio.com podcast and the launch of The David Arquette Project. We also go "Off Topic" to talk about disappearing bats and training cats to use the toilet.…

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CoasterRadio.com #401

2009-08-20
Length: 54s

8-20-09 - Welcome to the relaunch of the podcast! We talk about our new show segments, 2010 ride announcements, centralized Disney FastPass distribution and body odor on Brittish roller coasters. Plus, we unveil our plan to make David Arquette part of the show.…

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CoasterRadio.com Relaunch - Preview

2009-08-14
Length: 8s

A new version of CoasterRadio.com will launch on Thursday, August 20th.  This is a preview of the new show.

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CoasterRadio.com #302 - Our Third Anniversary Podcast

2008-04-25
Length: 44s

We launched CoasterRadio.com on April 25, 2005 with a podcast that was frankly a liitle rough around the edges. But what followed has been three years of good times on-line and at the parks. A lot has changed in three years, but we're back today with a brand new podcast to celebrate the occasion. Mario, Flava and I don't spend a lot of time looking back, but we do spend time talking about some of the latest stories and trends in the amusement industry. We also talk about some of our upcoming podcasts and events for Summer, 2008. Thanks to all of you who have stuck with us during the past three years.…

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CoasterRadio.com #301 - The Website Re-Launch

2008-01-31
Length: 43s

Today we're re-launching CoasterRadio.com with some all-new features, including this new blog and the return of the "New Forum Forums". To help explain it all, we produced an all new podcast episode. This is the first of three new episodes we promised our listeners for putting us over the $1000 mark during the 2007 Coaster Crew Single Riders Marathon. Enjoy!…

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CoasterRadio.com #228 - Series Finale

2006-11-05
Length: 1s

Dear Listeners of CoasterRadio.com,

Thank you so much for being a part of our lives during the past two years. It was a great experience producing the show and we couldn't have done it without the support of the thousands of you who came along for the ride every week.

Working on this show reminded us of how much fun it is to go to an amusement park with your friends and forget about everyday life for awhile. We hope that listening to this podcast did the same thing for you.

There were a lot of great moments both on-air and off-air, but here are some of the highlights:

* We produced 80 original shows (about 48 hours of podcasting!) * We produced 13 on-location shows at The Walt Disney World Resort, Holiday World, Hersheypark, Six Flags Over Georgia, Kennywood, Busch Gardens Europe, Knoebels, Paramount's Kings Dominion, Six Flags Great Adventure and Dorney Park. * We were the only non-official podcast invited to the grand opening of Expedition Everest at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom. * We were Commissioned by the State of Pennsylvania Office of Tourism to produce a "road trip podcast" to four of its amusement parks. * We interviewed Disney Imagineers Joe Rohde (Expedition Everest), Eric Jacobson (Rock 'n' Roller Coaster) and Mike Lentz (Mission: Space). * We interviewed Holiday World's Will Koch and several of the designers from The Gravity Group (The Voyage / Hades). * We were featured on Adam Curry and iTunes' Podfinder podcast. * We were featured in a July 2006 article about theme park podcasting in the amusement trade publication Funworld.

All of these things happened because we were able to point to an large, active and loyal group of listeners. Without you guys, the show would have never taken off.

This week, we present our series finale. It clocks-in around two hours long because we wanted to get in as many of your e-mails, voicemails and questions as possible.

We also have a few surprises in there for you as well, including an original song written for the end of our show by Deidre Rodman of the Lascivious Biddies.

Even though this is the end of the weekly version of CoasterRadio.com, we're hoping to keep this site alive to continue the friendships we have made while doing the show. We'll probably even produce new "special" episodes of the show during holidays and other times when it makes sense. So make sure you stay subscribed to our RSS feed!

We're also working on a new podcast that will hopefully premiere sometime in 2007. While it won't be strictly about coasters, I'm sure we won't be able to go very long without mentioning them once in awhile.

Thanks again for listening! We'll see you at the parks!

Your friends, Mike, Mario, Flava, EB & Greg…

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CoasterRadio.com #227 - Halloween at the Parks

2006-10-29

This week, we had originally scheduled our Series Finale. But so many of you have been sending in messages and other things for our final show, we decided to bump it back one week so we could fit everything in.

So for this week's Bonus Episode, we're going to talk about our last-second trip to "Hersheypark In The Dark". It was the first time in over two years that we've been to an amusement park without taking along all of the audio equipment.

We'll also be joined by Mike and Greg's brother Ryan, who spent the weekend at Busch Gardens Europe's Howl-O-Scream. He'll tell us what the event was like from a "General Public" perspective.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions.

You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback[@]coasterradio.com.…

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CoasterRadio.com #226 - Accommodations

2006-10-22
Length: 48s

We've all had the experience of standing in line at a park and having to wait an extra cycle while a disabled guest is loaded into the row for which you were waiting.

Most of us have no problem with this. But have you ever wondered how the parks decide who gets to jump to the front of the line and who doesn't? What constitutes a reasonable accommodation?

This week, we'll talk about the different physical and mental challenges that people face and how it affects their trip to the theme park. We'll also talk about how some people try to abuse and cheat the system.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions.

You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback[@]coasterradio.com.…

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CoasterRadio.com #225 - Our 2006 Tribute to Cast Members!

2006-10-15
Length: 40s

We've always said that Cast Members in a theme park can make or break your trip.

They're the hardest working people at the parks. So, the least we can do is dedicate one of our last shows to them and their stories.

Thanks to our friends at StupidGuestTricks.com, we have some fantastic stories about what Cast Members have to put up with each and every day.

This week, we're joined by Mike Collins' wife Molly, who was a Cast Member at the Walt Disney World resort in the mid-90's.

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CoasterRadio.com #224 - Real Ghosts at the Park?

2006-10-08

If you're a fan of theme parks, October is one of the best times of year.

Halloween is right around the corner, and most parks are open for special "scare-fests" where you can ride all day and scream all night.

Most parks have to create artificial ghosts, but it turns out one park doesn't have to. Six Flags Over Georgia recently played host to the Atlanta-based Ghost Hounds, who spent several hours after the park closed searching for signs from the beyond.

Guess what... they found something.

This week, Christy Poore from Six Flags Over Georgia joins us to talk about what they found. She'll also tell us about last week's "Ticket to Terror" promotion where 28 lucky guests volunteered to eat a live Hissing Madagascar Cockroach in order to skip to the front of the line of their new roller coaster, Goliath.

We'll also have a series of reports from EB, who spent the weekend at Knoebels Phoenix Phall Phunfest. It's one of the most anticipated coaster enthusiasts of the year and EB was there! He'll give us his unqiue spin on what he saw.

Plus, we'll tell you about our upcoming shows, all leading up the the big series finale on October 30th.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions.

You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback[@]coasterradio.com.

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CoasterRadio.com #223 - All Good Things....

2006-09-30

We're looking forward to talking with you guys after this show.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions.

You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback[@]coasterradio.com.

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CoasterRadio.com #222 - Mario Faces His Fears On TV (Video)

2006-09-24
Length: 5s

Back in December of last year, we did a show about Extreme Rides where we talked about the different attractions that truly frighten us.

One of the best stories to come out of that show is when we talked about how Mario had to ride Drop Zone on a cold, rainy April day...several times... alone!

We were all working on a Washington, DC based television show for kids and this particular episode was about new thrill rides. Drop Zone at Paramount's Kings Dominion had just opened, so they invited the host of our show to give their new ride a try.

Mario was the host of the show, but is very afraid of heights. However, he but on a brave face and took the ride on.

But during television shoots, you often have to videotape the same action several times from different angles to make sure you have enough footage to complete the segment. So, Mario had to ride Drop Zone four or five times for us to get all the shots we needed.

Also, since the show was produced daily, we had no choice but to shoot on a rainy Friday afternoon, before the park opened to the public the next day. That helped to add to the fear.

This week, we present a video podcast where you finally get to see what that segment looked like!

Don't forget to nominate your favorite park or attraction in our 2006 CoasterRadio.com Awards!…

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CoasterRadio.com #221 - The EB and Mike Morning Zoo Returns!

2006-09-17
Length: 21s

Back by popular demand, it's the EB and Mike Morning Zoo!

OK, the guys aren't exactly back doing a duo-show because of popular demand..... Flava, Greg and Mario were away this week.

But this week, EB and Mike get to finally tell you guys about their trips to Las Vegas.

They'll talk about the city, the casinos, the lights and of course... the thrill rides.

They'll talk about:

* X-Scream, Insanity: The Ride and Big Shot at the Stratosphere. * The Roller Coaster at New York, NY * Speed: The Ride at the Sahara * Canyon Blaster at Circus Circus * Star Trek: The Experience at The Las Vegas Hilton * Desperado at Buffalo Bill's.

Don't forget to nominate your favorite park or attraction in our 2006 CoasterRadio.com Awards!

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions.

You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback[@]coasterradio.com.…

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CoasterRadio.com #220 - Has The Mega-Hype Spoiled Us?

2006-09-10
Length: 26s

This is the time of year when many of the different theme parks and amusement parks all over the country announce their new attractions and additions for the 2007 season.

During this week's show, we'll talk about two of the most recent announcements:

Maverick at Cedar Point - The Point's 17th coaster will be a terrain-hugging ride that features a 105-foot drop at 95-degrees, three inversions and a 70 mph launch through a dark tunnel

Griffon at Busch Gardens Europe - The 205-foot floorless dive coaster will be the tallest ride of it's kind anywhere in the world. It will feature a 205-foot, 90-degree drop, two Immelmann loops, a second 130-foot dive and a water splashdown effect.

These rides sound pretty cool. right?

Well, there are some members of the coaster enthusiast community who aren't very happy. They expected more and are disappointed that we're not seeing more height and speed out of this year's crop of announcements.

This week, we'll talk about the hype surrounding new and future announcements. Can anything satisfy us anymore?

We're also looking for stories from cast members about their time working at a park. If you have a funny or shocking story from your days on the job at a theme park, e-mail us at feedback [@] coasterradio.com.

Don't forget to nominate your favorite park or attraction in our 2006 CoasterRadio.com Awards!…

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CoasterRadio.com #219 - I've Got A Golden Ticket

2006-09-03
Length: 39s

Is it September already? Where did the summer go?

We'll start this week's show by telling you about some upcoming events happening at CoasterRadio.com. We'll also re-cap some behind-the-scenes stories from last week's podcast at Six Flags Over Georgia.

Then, we'll welcome Kevin and Beth from CoasterFamily.com to discuss the Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards that were announced recently at Holiday World. The movies have the Oscars and the Amusement Industry has the Golden Tickets!

We'll talk about the Top 10 Wooden and Steel roller coasters, the Top Dark Rides, The Best New Attraction for 2006 and the Best Overall Park.

Plus, we'll announce how you can nominate your favorite park or attraction in our 2006 CoasterRadio.com Awards!

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions.

You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback[@]coasterradio.com.

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CoasterRadio.com #218 - Podcasting from Six Flags Over Georgia

2006-08-27
Length: 1s

Six Flags Over Georgia is the second oldest park in the Six Flags chain. It opened in 1967, which was four years before Disney opened The Magic Kingdom in Orlando!

Since it's one of the oldest parks in the south, it also happens to have a lot of history and tradition.

This week's show marks the first time CoasterRadio.com has podcast from a Six Flags park on a normal operating day.

During this week's show we'll:

Review Goliath, their new Hypercoaster, Review the Flash Pass virtual line queuing system, Interview park guests (the former mayor of Capetown, South Africa), Play midway games to win our listeners fabulous prizes, Review the park's other coasters and attractions, Preview Six Flags Over Georgia Fright Fest and let you hear what it sounds like inside the park's famous dark ride, Monster Plantation.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions.

You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback[@]coasterradio.com.

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CoasterRadio.com #217 - Listener Questions Return (Part 2)

2006-08-20
Length: 31s

We're back with Part 2 of our Listener Questions Show!

On this week's show, we'll talk about: * What we'd do if we were Imagineers * Theme Park Burnout * Back To The Future: The Ride * Flava's ghostly encounter * What annoys us about podcasting * And what we'd do differently if we could start CoasterRadio.com all over again.

We'll also play a clip from London Composer Nick Hutson's new musical based on one of our characters. Get ready for CoasterBoy: The Musical.

Next week, you'll hear our podcast from Six Flags Over Georgia. We'll experience the southern hospitality at the 2nd oldest theme park in the Six Flags chain. It was there 4 years before The Magic Kingdom in Orlando!

Join us as we check out their new attraction for 2006, Goliath! We'll also talk about some of the other changes at the park this year.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions.

You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback[@]coasterradio.com.…

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CoasterRadio.com #216 - Listener Questions Return (Part 1)

2006-08-13
Length: 40s

Every six months or so, we dedicate an entire show to your listener questions.

Over the past few weeks, we received so many good ones that we had to break this bi-annual show into two parts!

On this week's show, we'll talk about whether independent parks can survive in a corporate climate, we'll discuss our thoughts on the closure of Back To The Future: The Ride at Universal Orlando, we'll play you a "deleted scene" from an old episode of CoasterRadio.com and we'll also talk about whether or not we hate our listeners.

Plus, we finally have a winner in our Soundwave Contest. It took seven weeks, but someone finally figured it out!

On Saturday, August 19th, we'll be on-location at Six Flags Over Georgia. We'll be producing the show around 3pm in front of the Drive-in Theater. We hope to see you there! After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions.

You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback[@]coasterradio.com.…

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CoasterRadio.com #215 - There's No Place Like Home

2006-08-06
Length: 36s

It's nice to go on vacation, but it's a great feeling to finally come back home.

This week, we return to our Washington, DC studios to look back on our Pennsylvania Amusement Park Roadtrip. We'll let you in on some behind the scenes info and tell you some stories that we didn't share while we were on location.

We'll also hear a live trip report from Goliath at Six Flags Over Georgia and announce where our next on-location show will be. Plus, get ready to hear another clue in our Soundwave Contest. We're already into our sixth week and no one has guessed the sound yet!

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions.

You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback[@]coasterradio.com.…

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CoasterRadio.com #214 - Pennsylvania Amusement Park Roadtrip - Kennywood in West Mifflin, PA

2006-07-30
Length: 51s

We're at the fourth and final stop on the Pennsylvania Amusement Park Roadtrip - Kennywood in West Mifflin, PA.

Beautifully landscaped and designated as a National and State Historic Landmark, Kennywood features 31 major rides, including three wooden roller coasters, an antique carousel, the Phantom's Revenge steel coaster, the indoor Exterminator, three water rides, and 14 Kiddieland rides.

The park also has 35 various games, as well as four gift shops and four arcades. The 2006 season features the new Swing Shot---a 32-seat swing thrill ride.

The Pennsylvania Amusement Park Road Trip is brought to you by VisitPA.com.…

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CoasterRadio.com #213 - Pennsylvania Amusement Park Roadtrip - Knoebels Amusement Park and Resort in Elysburg, PA

2006-07-23
Length: 52s

We're at stop three on the Pennsylvania Amusement Park Roadtrip - Knoebels Amusement Park and Resort in Elysburg, PA.

Pennsylvania's largest free admission amusement park is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.

Knoebels features more than 50 rides, including the Phoenix---voted one of the top wooden coasters by Amusement Today; the Twister---go for the sharp vertical drop and the long ride time; and the High Speed Thrill Coaster. Built in 1955, it's believed to be the only operating Overland Coaster in the world. The Haunted Mansion has been named as one of the best dark rides anywhere.

The Grand Carousel includes 63 horses, 3 chariots, two antique organs and a brass ring machine.

Knoebels is currently building a classic wooden ride called Flying Turns. This rollercoaster-like ride will take riders rolling down wooden tracks, much like a bobsled run.

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CoasterRadio.com #212 - Pennsylvania Amusement Park Roadtrip - Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

2006-07-16
Length: 49s

Join us as the Pennsylvania Amusement Park Roadtrip rolls on to Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, PA!

From high speed world-class roller coasters like Hydra The Revenge, Talon, Steel Force, and ThunderHawk to soaking wet water slides, you're sure to enjoy a day spent at the park.

The park originally opened in 1884 as “Dorney’s Trout Ponds and Summer Resort." It quickly became more when rides such as the Old Mill, Circle Swing, Cable Ride and Ferris wheel were added. In 1923, the park’s first coaster was built.

The Wildwater Kingdom was added in 1985. At the time, it offered the Northeast one of the only seasonal water parks in the country. Its exciting collection of water slides, activity pools and the gigantic wave pool created a new experience for people throughout the Northeast.

The Pennsylvania Amusement Park Road Trip is brought to you by VisitPA.com.…

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CoasterRadio.com #211 - Pennsylvania Amusement Park Roadtrip - Hersheypark

2006-07-09
Length: 43s

Join us as we kick off the Pennsylvania Amusement Park Roadtrip at Hersheypark in Hershey, PA!

Rated the No. 1 Amusement Park in the Northeast by FamilyFun Magazine, Hersheypark celebrates its 99th year by offering fun and excitement for every member of the family!

Hersheypark is home to over 60 rides and attractions, 6 drenching water rides, and over two dozen kiddie rides.

With live entertainment daily, a dolphin and sea lion show, games, food, and shopping, Hersheypark has something to delight every member of your family.

The Pennsylvania Amusement Park Road Trip is brought to you by VisitPA.com.…

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CoasterRadio.com #210 - Fried Oreos, Fireworks and Jack Sparrow

2006-07-03
Length: 49s

On this week's show, we'll celebrate the 4th of July by shooting off some of the lamest legal fireworks that the Commonwealth of Virginia allows. Our fireworks display isn't gonna be like what you'll see over Cinderella Castle, but it's better than nothing.

We'll also fire up the deep fryer and pay homage to the greatest theme park food ever made - Fried Oreos!

Yes, we know this is a theme park podcast and not a cooking show. But when we were at Holiday World a few months ago, we were blown away by this strange dessert. So, after a lot of testing in the kitchen, we have come up with what we believe is a very close version of our own.

We'll also bring back Bryan Temmer to the show. Long time listeners will remember Bryan from a show we did last November. Bryan is a normal guy, with a normal job and a normal family. But he has a dream that is far from normal.

Bryan has a dream of building his own theme park and he's making progress! We'll check in with Bryan and find out what's been happening since we spoke with him six months ago.

We'll also hear a live trip report from Lee in Los Angeles, CA. He recently had a chance to experience the new story overlay at Pirates of the Caribbean at The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. We'll find out if Captain Jack Sparrow fits in with the older pirates who have been in the attraction since the late 60's.

We'll also announce the winner of the On-Line Sign Generator Contest and give you another clue in our Soundwave Contest! Don't forget, next week we begin our 4-week long Pennsylvania Amusement Park Road Trip brought to you by VisitPA.com. We'll start the road trip by visiting Hersheypark and experiencing their new attraction for 2006, Reese's Xtreme Cup Challenge! After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions.

You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback[@]coasterradio.com.

This week's episode is brought to you by MapleLeafTickets.com, Orlando's oldest and most trusted discount ticket agent for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and dozens of other area parks and attractions. Unmatched customer service combined with everyday low prices has made them one of Central Florida's most popular discount ticket agencies. In business since 1983, MapleLeafTickets.com offers the best value of any local ticket agent - guaranteed. Call them at 1-800-841-2837.…

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CoasterRadio.com #209 - Gator Wrestling, Yeti Anticipointment and Dreadlocks

2006-06-25
Length: 46s

On this week's show, Flava returns from his seven day Orlando vacation and has a detailed trip report.

He'll have news and reviews from EPCOT, Disney Studios, Magic Kingdom, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida.

He'll even explain how he got a chance to wrestle an alligator at Orlando's famed Gatorland Zoo.

Plus, Flava will unveil what he believes is the greatest thrill ride in Orlando. You won't believe what attraction he chose and what attraction gave him a feeling of major anticipointment.

We'll also talk about an article in last week's Washington Post about how several Six Flags America employees were asked to cut their hair in order to comply with the park's theming.

Our own Mario Williams currently styles his hair in one of the ways that is frowned upon at Maryland theme park. According to the Post, dreadlocks are not allowed.

We'll discuss the situation in-depth and offer our opinions on the matter.

We'll also hear a live trip report from Tim in Baton Rouge, Louisiana who experienced Conja, the world's largest in line waterslide at Blue Bayou Waterpark. Plus, we'll give you another clue in our Soundwave Contest!

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

This week's episode is brought to you by MapleLeafTickets.com, Orlando's oldest and most trusted discount ticket agent for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and dozens of other area parks and attractions. Unmatched customer service combined with everyday low prices has made them one of Central Florida's most popular discount ticket agencies. In business since 1983, MapleLeafTickets.com offers the best value of any local ticket agent - guaranteed. Call them at 1-800-841-2837.

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CoasterRadio.com #208 - The EB and Mike Morning Zoo

2006-06-18
Length: 28s

This past week, the record breaking wooden coaster El Toro opened at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. Immediately, several coaster enthusiasts began to claim that it was better than the rides they took on The Voyage at Holiday World. We'll have a live trip report from In The Loop's Will Holder and some on-ride audio to help us decide if this could be true. We'll also give you another clue in our Soundwave Contest and we'll tell you about the latest entry in our Spread The Word contest that has the clubbers in New York City going CRAZY! After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433). Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback[@]coasterradio.com. This week's episode is brought to you by MapleLeafTickets.com, Orlando's oldest and most trusted discount ticket agent for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and dozens of other area parks and attractions. Unmatched customer service combined with everyday low prices has made them one of Central Florida's most popular discount ticket agencies. In business since 1983, MapleLeafTickets.com offers the best value of any local ticket agent - guaranteed. Call them at 1-800-841-2837.…

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CoasterRadio.com #206 - 1-On-1 With A Jungle Skipper (Video)

2006-06-11
Length: 3s

A video podcast to enhance CoasterRadio.com episode #207. Take a ride on the Jungle Cruise with Molly at the helm!…

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CoasterRadio.com #207 - 1-On-1 With a Jungle Skipper

2006-06-11
Length: 56s

In the mid-1990's, Mike's wife Molly worked at Walt Disney World as a Skipper on the Jungle Cruise and as a Buccaneer on Pirates of the Caribbean. We've been trying to get her on the show for over a year and this week, she finally gave in! We'll grill her about her days working at The Mouse and what it was like to work on these two world famous attractions. She'll even tell us the story about her encounter with the ghost who haunts Pirates of the Carribbean! To help get you in the mood for this week's show, we're offering a video podcast that includes footage of an actual trip on the Jungle Cruise with Molly at the helm. On this week's show, we'll give you another clue in our Soundwave Contest. We'll also tell you about the first entries we've received in our Spread The Word contest. One of our listeners got us some airplay on a national BBC radio show! After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433). Let us know what you think by e-mailing us. This week's episode is brought to you by MapleLeafTickets.com, Orlando's oldest and most trusted discount ticket agent for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and dozens of other area parks and attractions. Unmatched customer service combined with everyday low prices has made them one of Central Florida's most popular discount ticket agencies. In business since 1983, MapleLeafTickets.com offers the best value of any local ticket agent - guaranteed. Call them at 1-800-841-2837.…

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CoasterRadio.com #205 - Encore of our Podcast from Kingda Ka's Grand Opening

2006-06-04
Length: 43s

As most of you know, CoasterRadio.com is not our full-time job. Sometimes, the show has to take a back-seat when professional disasters strike! Throughout the past two months, Mike Collins has been working on a major television project at his job. Earlier this week, the storage system that held all of his video files crashed. So, it's taken a lot of extra hours to bring the files back online so that the project stays on schedule. Unfortunately, this means that we were unable to produce a new show this week. But, we're going to re-post one of our most talked about shows - the Podcast from Kingda Ka's Grand Opening at Six Flags Great Adventure. This was one of the most technically demanding shows from Season One. Not only did we have a live call from Sheikra's Media Day at Busch Gardens Africa in Tampa, FL, we also had an on-ride segment where EB rode Kingda Ka during the show. For newer listeners, this is a show you might not have heard before. But for long-time listeners, we want to make downloading the podcast worth your while. So, we'll also include the clip for our first Soundwave Contest of the year. If you check out the end of the show, you'll hear an easter egg that contains the clip. The first clue will be given out during next week's show. After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433). Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback[@]coasterradio.com. This week's episode is brought to you by MapleLeafTickets.com, Orlando's oldest and most trusted discount ticket agent for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and dozens of other area parks and attractions. Unmatched customer service combined with everyday low prices has made them one of Central Florida's most popular discount ticket agencies. In business since 1983, MapleLeafTickets.com offers the best value of any local ticket agent - guaranteed. Call them at 1-800-841-2837.…

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CoasterRadio.com #204 - Holiday World Debrief, Phantasialand's Black Mamba and Cedar Fair

2006-05-28
Length: 37s

This week, we'll tell you more stories from our trip to Holiday World and Splashin' Safari. We'll also comment on a live trip report from Phantasialand's Black Mamba. Plus, we'll give you our take on Cedar Fair buying Paramount Parks. After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433). Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com. This week's episode is brought to you by MapleLeafTickets.com, Orlando's oldest and most trusted discount ticket agent for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and dozens of other area parks and attractions. Unmatched customer service combined with everyday low prices has made them one of Central Florida's most popular discount ticket agencies. In business since 1983, MapleLeafTickets.com offers the best value of any local ticket agent - guaranteed. Call them at 1-800-841-2837.…

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CoasterRadio.com #203 - Podcasting from Holiday World

2006-05-21
Length: 42s

Join us this week as we podcast from Holiday World and Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, IN. We're there to check out 2006's most anticipated roller coaster, The Voyage. The stats on this coaster say it all: * The world's top air-time wooden coaster * Air-time of 24.2 seconds * Track length: 6,442 feet (1.2 miles) * Maximum speed: 67.4 mph * Five underground tunnels * 2 min., 45 sec. ride time * Eight underground traverses * Three 90-degree extreme banked turns * 173 feet tall, with drops of 154, 107 and 100 feet * First drop's angle of descent a U.S. record: 66 degrees * Among the world's top three longest and fastest wooden coasters But The Voyage is only one of many reasons that we're visiting the park this week. Holiday World and Splashin' Safari is known throughout the country for their cleanliness and world-class service. The atmosphere at this park is truly unlike any other. During this week's show, we'll talk with Mrs. Pat Koch about the park and why it has been so successful. We'll also talk with Holiday World's P.R. Director Paula Werne about the fanaticism surrounding the park. We'll also be joined by CoasterRadio.com listeners who have come from all over the country to ride Holiday World's three legendary coasters The Raven, The Legend and now, The Voyage. After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433). Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com. This week's episode is brought to you by MapleLeafTickets.com, Orlando's oldest and most trusted discount ticket agent for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and dozens of other area parks and attractions. Unmatched customer service combined with everyday low prices has made them one of Central Florida's most popular discount ticket agencies. In business since 1983, MapleLeafTickets.com offers the best value of any local ticket agent - guaranteed. Call them at 1-800-841-2837.…

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CoasterRadio.com #202 - The Best Deals - Coasting For Kids

2006-05-14
Length: 39s

These days the cost of entertainment is skyrocketing. Movies, sporting events, theater and yes, even theme parks are more expensive than they used to be. But, your trip to the theme park doesn't necessarily have to blow out your entertainment budget. This week, with the help of our listeners, we'll talk about ways you can have a great time at the theme park while saving a buck or two. You'll be surprised at how many ways you can be thrifty while having fun. We'll also talk with Erik Yates who is coordinating the Coasting For Kids coaster marathon. On Saturday, May 20th, Erik and some friends will be riding Cypress Gardens' wooden coaster Triple Hurricane for one hour per thousand dollars that they raise. All of the proceeds will be going to the Make A Wish Foundation. You can find out more about this event and donate to the cause by visiting http://myspace.com/coastingforkids. Join us next week when we podcast from Holiday World and Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, IN. We'll be there to check out 2006's most anticipated roller coaster, The Voyage. After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433). Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com. This week's episode is brought to you by MapleLeafTickets.com, Orlando's oldest and most trusted discount ticket agent for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and dozens of other area parks and attractions. Unmatched customer service combined with everyday low prices has made them one of Central Florida's most popular discount ticket agencies. In business since 1983, MapleLeafTickets.com offers the best value of any local ticket agent - guaranteed. Call them at 1-800-841-2837.…

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CoasterRadio.com #201 - Season Two Premiere - 2006 Season Preview

2006-05-07
Length: 45s

Join us as we start the second season of CoasterRadio.com! As the Ghostbusters once said.... We're ready to believe you. We'll start off the 2006 season by reviewing many of the new rides and attractions coming to theme parks this summer. We'll talk about new roller coasters such as: The Voyage at Holiday World El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure Thunderbird at Power Park, Finland Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom X Coaster at at Magic Springs Tatsu at Six Flags Magic Mountain Italian Job Turbo Coaster at Paramount's Kings Dominion Flying Turns at Knoebels Goliath at Six Flags Over Georgia Goliath at La Ronde Patriot at Worlds Of Fun Stealth at Thorpe Park, United Kingdom Kentucky Rumbler at Beech Bend And we'll talk about other attractions like: Panic Plunge at Silverwood in Idaho Skyhawk at Cedar Point Swingshot at Kennywood Thunder N Lightning at Lake Compounce Timber Tower at Dollywood We'll also have some major announcements about upcoming events in Season 2! After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433). Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.…

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CoasterRadio.com #153 (Video) - 2006 Preview - Patriot

2006-04-30
Length: 3s

We're on vacation until our Season Two Premiere on May 8th. Until then, we'll be presenting a video podcast each week that takes a look at upcoming attractions for 2006. This week, we'll preview Patriot at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri.…

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CoasterRadio.com #152 (Video) - 2006 Preview - Goliath

2006-04-23
Length: 3s

We're on vacation until our Season Two Premiere on May 8th. Until then, we'll be presenting a video podcast each week that takes a look at upcoming attractions for 2006. This week, we'll preview Goliath at Six Flags Over Georgia.…

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CoasterRadio.com #151 (Video) - 2006 Preview - El Toro

2006-04-16
Length: 3s

We're on vacation until our Season Two Premiere on May 8th. Until then, we'll be presenting a video podcast each week that takes a look at upcoming attractions for 2006. This week, we'll preview El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ.…

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CoasterRadio.com #150 - Live from the Grand Opening of Expedition Everest

2006-04-09
Length: 1s

It's a week of celebration here at CoasterRadio.com!

First of all, we're celebrating our 50th episode.  But more importantly, we're celebrating the Grand Opening of Expedition Everest by podcasting from Disney's Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Expedition Everest features a perilous journey aboard a runaway train through the Himalayan mountains. Adventurous riders push deep into the lair of the feared yeti, guardian of the forbidden mountain.

Along the way, they encounter torn tracks, spiral backwards through the fog into an ice cavern and dart into and out of the mountain in a high-speed adventure.

CoasterRadio.com was on hand for all of the Grand Opening festivities.  This week's show features:

Our review of Expedition Everest along with on-ride audio
An interview with Disney Imagineer and Expedition Everest Project Manager Mike Lentz
An interview with Walt Disney World's Vice President of Operations, Lee Cockrell
An interview with Disney World Creative Writer and Trivia Master Greg Ehrbar
Reviews of Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show, Soarin' and Mission: Space
And behind the scenes stories about what it's like attending a Disney media event.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions.

You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.

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CoasterRadio.com #149 - The 80's Movie Podcast

2006-04-02
Length: 40s

If there's one thing we love more than theme parks and roller coasters, it's the movies of the 1980's.  Throughout the past year, we've often said that it would be fun to stop work on CoasterRadio.com and switch to doing a show about 80's movies.  This week, we present The 80's Movie Podcast.  Each week, we're going to talk about movies like The Goonies, Back To The Future, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Revenge of the Nerds, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and Ghostbusters.  Is this an April Fools joke?  Is it for real?  You'll have to listen to find out.…

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CoasterRadio.com #148 - 10 Things I Hate About You

2006-03-26
Length: 27s

We think Theme Parks are a blast. We're pretty sure you agree with us because you probably wouldn't be a listener of this podcast if you didn't. But there are some really annoying things that always seem to happen whenever you visit a park these days.

These things aren't awful enough to make you want to cancel your theme park trip, but they are annoying and have the ability to add frustration to your theme park day.

With the help of our listeners, we have compiled a list of the Top 10 most annoying things that happen when you visit a theme park. We're calling it "10 Things I Hate About You". This list isn't specific to one park or one theme park chain, but if you're a regular theme park visitor, odds are one or more of these things have affected you.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.

This week's episode is brought to you by MapleLeafTickets.com, Orlando's oldest and most trusted discount ticket agent for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and dozens of other area parks and attractions. Unmatched customer service combined with everyday low prices has made them one of Central Florida's most popular discount ticket agencies. In business since 1983, MapleLeafTickets.com offers the best value of any local ticket agent - guaranteed. Call them at 1-800-841-2837.…

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CoasterRadio.com #147 - Rollercoaster (The Movie)

2006-03-19
Length: 34s

Back in the late 70's, people were crazy for disaster films. There were movies about earthquakes, airplane disasters, war and even one about roller coasters.

In 1977, Universal Studios released a film about a madman (played by Timothy Bottoms) who was crisscrossing the country to set off bombs at amusement parks. He wanted the theme park chains to give him one million dollars or he would continue to blow up roller coasters and dark rides. It turns out that the only guy smart enough to stop him was a chain-smoking safety inspector (played by George Segal) who gets on the case after the madman destroys a coaster that he personally inspected.

The plot is a bit laughable, but most theme park fans watch this movie for the scenes that were shot at Paramount's Kings Dominion, Six Flags Magic Mountain and the now defunct Ocean View Park. Three of the major on-ride sequences take place on PKD's Rebel Yell, SFMM's Revolution and The Rocket at Ocean View Park.

On this week's show, we'll be joined by a Washington, DC film commentator who will give us his professional take on the film. We'll also give you the scoop on the fun things to look for the next time you watch the film.

If you do happen to own a copy of the 1998 DVD release, you can now download a full-length commentary where we point out interacting facts and trivia about the movie in real-time. Such as:

Who shot the film's producer Jennings Lang and why? What's the deal with the singing mushrooms at PKD? What is Vitamin F and how does it relate to SFMM?

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.

This week's episode is brought to you by MapleLeafTickets.com, Orlando's oldest and most trusted discount ticket agent for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and dozens of other area parks and attractions. Unmatched customer service combined with everyday low prices has made them one of Central Florida's most popular discount ticket agencies. In business since 1983, MapleLeafTickets.com offers the best value of any local ticket agent - guaranteed. Call them at 1-800-841-2837.…

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CoasterRadio.com #146 - Hitting The Parks Alone

2006-03-12
Length: 11s

Theme parks are designed as a place where friends and family can go and have a good time together. They really aren't set up for people to visit alone.

For instance, there aren't any one-seater roller coasters out there. Most times if you're by yourself, there's always that huge empty seat next to you.

So, while most people would never consider visiting a theme park alone, there are a lot of advantages to taking a trip by yourself.

On this week's show, we'll talk about the pros and cons of hitting the parks alone.

Next week, join us as we talk about the Universal Studios 1977 classic "RollerCoaster". We'll be joined by a Washington, DC film commentator and we'll give you the scoop on the fun things to look for the next time you watch the film.

If you do happen to own a copy of the 1998 DVD release, you'll be able to listen to a full-length commentary where we point out interacting facts and trivia about the movie in real-time. If anyone actually does this, we'll be amazed.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.

This week's episode is brought to you by MapleLeafTickets.com, Orlando's oldest and most trusted discount ticket agent for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and dozens of other area parks and attractions. Unmatched customer service combined with everyday low prices has made them one of Central Florida's most popular discount ticket agencies. In business since 1983, MapleLeafTickets.com offers the best value of any local ticket agent - guaranteed. Call them at 1-800-841-2837.…

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CoasterRadio.com #145 - From The Forums....

2006-03-05
Length: 25s

We had a topic lined up for this week's show, but a post on the CoasterRadio.com Forums caught our eye. So, we decided to bump our planned show and talk about the debate.

One of our listeners was looking into joining ACE, the American Coaster Enthusiasts. While he was reading their code of conduct, he came upon one part of the code that said...

"When interacting with the media, members are expected to speak enthusiastically about all parks and roller coasters. While members may have strong opinions about parks and roller coasters, they are to avoid negative criticism to the media."

The listener was upset by this because he feels that he should be able to voice his opinion however he wants, whenever he wants. He brought the topic up on our forum, so now we're bringing it up on the show.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.

This week's episode is brought to you by MapleLeafTickets.com, Orlando's oldest and most trusted discount ticket agent for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and dozens of other area parks and attractions. Unmatched customer service combined with everyday low prices has made them one of Central Florida's most popular discount ticket agencies. In business since 1983, MapleLeafTickets.com offers the best value of any local ticket agent - guaranteed. Call them at 1-800-841-2837.…

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CoasterRadio.com #144 - The Reel Design Contest

2006-02-26
Length: 56s

This is the time of year when all of the different Hollywood blockbusters are being honored at the various award ceremonies. What does this have to do with theme parks and roller coasters? Well, many of the best theme park attractions in history have based upon popular films.

Back To The Future, Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, Jaws, Star Tours, Kongfrontation, Superman Escape, Terminator 2: 3D, Jurassic Park, Men In Black, The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman, Revenge Of The Mummy and countless other attractions have had their story lines adapted from popular movies.

For the past month, listeners of CoasterRadio.com have been submitting their ideas for a blockbuster theme park attraction based upon a blockbuster movie. We call it our Reel Design Contest.

We narrowed the submissions down to 10 finalists and you'll hear all of them on this week's show. The winner will receive two one day admission tickets to the Walt Disney World Resort courtesy of MapleLeafTickets.com.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433). Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.

This week's episode is brought to you by MapleLeafTickets.com, Orlando's oldest and most trusted discount ticket agent for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and dozens of other area parks and attractions. Unmatched customer service combined with everyday low prices has made them one of Central Florida's most popular discount ticket agencies. In business since 1983, MapleLeafTickets.com offers the best value of any local ticket agent - guaranteed. Call them at 1-800-841-2837.…

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CoasterRadio.com #143 - Theme Park Weddings

2006-02-19
Length: 1s

If you're a weekly listener to this podcast, odds are you're passionate about theme parks. You might be a fan of the roller coasters, the scenery or the general ambiance, but most likely your love of theme parks is a big part of your life.

Some people are so passionate that they include a theme park experience as part of their wedding.

We've all seen video of people "taking the plunge" on board a roller coaster; saying their vows in the front seat with a minister and the entire bridal party in tow. But these days, there are ways to enjoy an elegant wedding while including tasteful theme park aspects.

On this week's show, we'll interview Colleen and Mike. They got married at the Walt Disney World Resort in 2004. They'll tell us about their entire experience from planning the wedding all the way up to the activities on the big day. They'll even tell us about how they were able to take pictures inside the Magic Kingdom at 4:30 AM!

Then we'll talk with Deidre Rodman of The Lascivious Biddies, a band the Washington Post calls "Manhattan's Hippest Girl Group". Deidre is the group's keyboardist and one of their songwriters. She'll tell us about her theme park and circus-themed wedding as well as stories from when she worked at a small park in Idaho.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.

This week's episode is brought to you by MapleLeafTickets.com, Orlando's oldest and most trusted discount ticket agent for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and dozens of other area parks and attractions. Unmatched customer service combined with everyday low prices has made them one of Central Florida's most popular discount ticket agencies. In business since 1983, MapleLeafTickets.com offers the best value of any local ticket agent - guaranteed. Call them at 1-800-841-2837.…

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CoasterRadio.com #142 - Listener Questions

2006-02-12
Length: 49s

We get a lot of questions sent our way through e-mail, the forums and the voicemail line.

But because our show is set up the way it is, we don't get a chance to answer them as quickly as we'd like. So, every few months we save them all up and answer them in one show.

We'll talk about a lot of different things... including Flava's HUGE MISTAKE with an Oscar nominated actress.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.

This week's episode is brought to you by MapleLeafTickets.com, Orlando's oldest and most trusted discount ticket agent for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and dozens of other area parks and attractions. Unmatched customer service combined with everyday low prices has made them one of Central Florida's most popular discount ticket agencies. In business since 1983, MapleLeafTickets.com offers the best value of any local ticket agent - guaranteed. Call them at 1-800-841-2837.…

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CoasterRadio.com #141 - Final Destination 3 Review

2006-02-09
Length: 8s

Our review of Final Destination 3.…

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CoasterRadio.com #140 (Video) - Final Destination 3 Preview

2006-02-07
Length: 6s

This is our video preview of Final Destination 3!…

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CoasterRadio.com #139 - Final Destination 3 Preview

2006-02-05
Length: 32s

Theme parks seem to be a popular place to shoot movies. They're colorful, loud and full of perpetual motion.

Roller Coasters, in particular, seem to be something that Hollywood likes to use in its films because of the perceived danger and what seems like out of control speed.

We haven't had a major studio thriller based around a roller coaster since the 1977 classic "Rollercoaster" (which we'll talk about in a few weeks.)

So this week, we're going to spend the show talking about the new horror/suspense film from New Line Cinema - Final Destination 3. For those of you who don't know, it begins with a roller coaster disaster.

We'll explain the plot, talk about how it relates to the previous two films, discuss the technical aspects of shooting a coaster disaster scene and we'll talk about how a film like this might affect the theme park industry.

This week, we are also unveiling our first video podcast. In this special video episode, we'll show you some behind the scenes footage of the film, interviews with the actors and director, plus a preview of one of the scenes from FD3.

On Friday, February 10th, we'll release a 2nd audio podcast that features our review of the film. We'll let you know whether it's worth heading out to the theaters or if you'll want to wait for this movie to arrive at the video store. During that show, we'll be giving away Final Destination "Scared 2 Death" DVD packs. (If you're under 17, you can't be considered for this contest. Sorry dudes.)

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.

This week's episode is brought to you by MapleLeafTickets.com, Orlando's oldest and most trusted discount ticket agent for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and dozens of other area parks and attractions. Unmatched customer service combined with everyday low prices has made them one of Central Florida's most popular discount ticket agencies. In business since 1983, MapleLeafTickets.com offers the best value of any local ticket agent - guaranteed. Call them at 1-800-841-2837.…

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CoasterRadio.com #138 - Winter Thrills

2006-01-29
Length: 50s

We'll kick off this week's show with a look ahead at some of the upcoming episodes of CoasterRadio.com. In the next few weeks, we'll preview and review the new Final Destination 3 movie, we'll talk with couples who have tied the knot theme park-style, we'll unveil a new contest and we'll finally bring you our commentary on the movie "Roller Coaster".

After that, we'll go through some of your e-mail and voicemail comments about last week's show on ways to beat the lines at the parks. We'll even hear from one of our listeners who used to manage the FastPass system at Disneyland.

After that, we'll talk about some of the different things you can do during the off-season if you are in the mood for a theme park experience, but don't live in Florida or California. You'll be surprised at the many ways you can beat the winter blues.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.

This week's episode is brought to you by MapleLeafTickets.com, Orlando's oldest and most trusted discount ticket agent for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and dozens of other area parks and attractions. Unmatched customer service combined with everyday low prices has made them one of Central Florida's most popular discount ticket agencies. In business since 1983, MapleLeafTickets.com offers the best value of any local ticket agent - guaranteed. Call them at 1-800-841-2837.…

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CoasterRadio.com #137 - Pay to Play?

2006-01-22
Length: 16s

Let's face it, one of the worst things about visiting a popular theme park are the long lines. Unless you're lucky enough to be waiting in a well themed queue like the one for Dueling Dragons at Islands of Adventure, you're probably going to be miserable.

But one of the newest innovations in the amusement industry has been the how the various theme park chains have introduced ways that guests can reduce the time they wait in lines.

Some of these programs, like Disney's FastPass are free with your admission. Others, like Six Flags' Lo-Q can be used for an additional fee. There are even some programs like Universal Express at Universal Orlando where you can go directly to the front of the line at each attraction if you are a guest at an on-site hotel.

This week, we'll talk about the pros and cons of the different systems and how they have changed the way we experience theme parks.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.

This week's episode is brought to you by MapleLeafTickets.com, Orlando's oldest and most trusted discount ticket agent for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and dozens of other area parks and attractions. Unmatched customer service combined with everyday low prices has made them one of Central Florida's most popular discount ticket agencies. In business since 1983, MapleLeafTickets.com offers the best value of any local ticket agent - guaranteed. Call them at 1-800-841-2837.…

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CoasterRadio.com #136 - What Might Have Been

2006-01-15
Length: 36s

One of the fun things about having an on-line community of theme park fans around the world is that there is an abundance of information about current parks and attractions. What's even more fun is that there is also a lot of information about proposed parks and attractions that never quite made it to the construction stage.

On this week's show, we're going to talk about the rides and attractions that allegedly made it to the drawing boards, but never made it to the parks themselves.

For instance, one interesting rumor says that in the very early planning stages of Walt Disney World's Tower Of Terror, Disney Imagineers gave some thought to turning part of the attraction into an actual, working hotel.

Who knows if there is any truth to this rumor, but is is definitely fun to talk about What Might Have Been.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.

This week's episode is brought to you by MapleLeafTickets.com, Orlando's oldest and most trusted discount ticket agent for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and dozens of other area parks and attractions. Unmatched customer service combined with everyday low prices has made them one of Central Florida's most popular discount ticket agencies. In business since 1983, MapleLeafTickets.com offers the best value of any local ticket agent - guaranteed. Call them at 1-800-841-2837.…

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CoasterRadio.com #135 - Great Expectations

2006-01-08
Length: 18s

This week, we bring you a very special podcast as Mike Collins sits by the fire, sipping brandy and smoking a pipe, while he reads passages from the immortal Charles Dickens classic "Great Expectations".

Actually, as fun as that sounds, it's not what we're really going to do this week.

Instead, each of the CoasterRadio.com guys will pick one thing that we absolutely expect when we visit a theme park. We'll also pick one thing that we absolutely do not want to see when we visit a park. So, that's why we called this week's show "Great Expectations".

This week, we'll talk about virtual lines, the cleanliness of park restrooms, rude employees, efficient (or non-efficient) operations, and many more topics.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.

This week's episode is brought to you by MapleLeafTickets.com, Orlando's oldest and most trusted discount ticket agent for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and dozens of other area parks and attractions. Unmatched customer service combined with everyday low prices has made them one of Central Florida's most popular discount ticket agencies. In business since 1983, MapleLeafTickets.com offers the best value of any local ticket agent - guaranteed. Call them at 1-800-841-2837.…

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CoasterRadio.com #134 - 2006 Resolutions

2006-01-01
Length: 27s

We'll kick off this week's show by going through some some of our listeners' picks for the hits and misses of 2005. Then, we'll talk about what could be the New Year's Resolutions of theme parks and amusement parks across the world.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.…

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CoasterRadio.com #133 - Goodbye 2005, Hello 2006!

2005-12-25
Length: 37s

The year 2005 was pretty good for theme parks across the world. We saw the premiere of record breaking attractions, new high tech thrill rides and traditional forms of amusement park entertainment.

We'll take a look back at the highs and lows of 2005 with Arthur Levine from about.com. We'll talk about the attractions that were big hits and some of the ones that missed the mark. We'll also preview what could be big in 2006.

We'll also talk with Ian Clark from ozcoaster.net. He was one of the very first people to ride Superman Escape, the new Intamin Launch Coaster at Warner Brother's Movie World. He'll give us a review of this new attraction that opens this week.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433). Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.

We'd like to wish each of you Happy Holidays and a successful 2006.

When we started the show back in April, we had no idea what the reaction would be to a bunch of unknowns talking about theme parks and roller coasters. We figured that a couple hundred people would listen each week at best. But now, here we are eight months later, and a couple thousand of you are listening to the show each week. That totally exceeded our expectations.

As cheesy as it sounds, we're really honored that you invite us into your lives (iPods, computers) each week. Like we've said on the show, we're not theme park or coaster experts. Most of you out there know more about this stuff than we do. But the people who truly "get" the show understand that CoasterRadio.com is simply a show celebrating the fun that we all have when we visit the parks. That's all it is and all it ever will be.

We appreciate the e-mails we get every day and the many posts on the forums. We appreciate the people who have added themselves to the Frappr map and the people who have left messages on our voice mail line. But we also appreciate all of the people who listen each week that we have NEVER heard from personally. Hopefully we'll get to meet some of you this year.

2006 should be fun and we're glad you're along for the ride.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday with your family and friends.…

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CoasterRadio.com #132 - Pardon The Ripoff

2005-12-18
Length: 17s

If you've every spent any time watching ESPN, you've probably seen a program called "Pardon The Interruption" (PTI). It's a daily show where Washington Post columnists Tony Kornhsiser and Michael Wilbon debate the the biggest stories in sports for exactly one minute at a time.

In these days of short attention spans, it's the perfect format. So, we decided to follow the homage "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" and do a direct rip-off of PTI. So, that's why this week's show is called "Pardon The Ripoff".

We'll discuss 5 different topics for exactly two minutes each. Once the buzzer sounds at the end of the two minutes, we have to move on or else EB will throw a fit. It's the fastest theme park talk out there.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Also, don't forget to check out our CoasterRadio.com Holiday Gift Guide. It's filled with ideas to find the perfect gift for the theme park enthusiast in your life. We've searched the internet for the most interesting toys, gadgets, DVDs, books, calendars, posters and other gifts that are made specifically for a fan of theme parks. We'll also found some outrageously expensive stuff that you can buy to bring the theme park experience into your home.

Thanks for listening to the show. Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.…

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CoasterRadio.com #131 - The Gravity Group

2005-12-11
Length: 29s

This year, Hades, the monstrous wooden roller coaster that opened at Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin won the Amusement Today Golden Ticket Award for Best New Ride in 2005.

Riders were amazed by it's steep drop (140-feet at a 65-degree angle), two underground tunnels (one of which was the longest underground tunnel on a roller coaster ever), and the extreme 90-degree banked turn. The ride was designed by The Gravity Group.

One of the most anticipated rides for 2006 is The Voyage at Holiday World and Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana. This wooden coaster will thrill park-goers with a 154-foot drop at 66-degrees, five underground tunnels, three 90-degree banked turns and a total of 24.2 seconds of airtime. This ride was also designed by The Gravity Group.

So, it goes without saying that the designers at this young company are pushing the evolution of wooden roller coasters. We're happy to welcome GG designers Korey Kiepert and Chad Miller to CoasterRadio.com this week.

We'll talk to the guys about their design philosophies and how they are trying to take the development and technology of the wooden roller coaster to new heights. We'll also talk about the pressures of designing a roller coaster in the age of the internet, where hype knows no bounds. Korey and Chad will also tell us some behind-the-scenes stories about Hades, The Voyage and other projects that they have worked on during their careers. After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Also, don't forget to check out our CoasterRadio.com Holiday Gift Guide. It's filled with ideas to find the perfect gift for the theme park enthusiast in your life. We've searched the internet for the most interesting toys, gadgets, DVDs, books, calendars, posters and other gifts that are made specifically for a fan of theme parks. We'll also found some outrageously expensive stuff that you can buy to bring the theme park experience into your home.

Thanks for listening to the show. Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.…

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CoasterRadio.com #130 - Our Favorite Interviews

2005-12-04
Length: 24s

This week, we hit soft-of a milestone and podcast our 30th episode.

To help celebrate, we'll play highlights from some of our favorite interviews that we have done over the past seven months. We'll play clips from Disney Imagineers Eric Jacobson and Joe Rohde, Holiday World's Will Koch, Curse of DarKastle designer Brent Young, travel author Kelly Monoghan, backyard coaster designer Jeremy Reid and many more. We'll also share a few behind the scene stories about each of the interviews.

Also, don't forget to check out our CoasterRadio.com Holiday Gift Guide. It's filled with ideas to find the perfect gift for the theme park enthusiast in your life. We've searched the internet for the most interesting toys, gadgets, DVDs, books, calendars, posters and other gifts that are made specifically for a fan of theme parks. We'll also found some outrageously expensive stuff that you can buy to bring the theme park experience into your home.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Thanks for listening to the show. Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.…

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CoasterRadio.com #129 - Holiday Gift Guide

2005-11-27
Length: 34s

In America, the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year. Everyone crowds into the shopping malls and collectively spend billions of dollars on holiday gifts.

If you listen to this show on a regular basis, odds are you're interested in buying presents for theme park and roller coaster enthusiasts. You might be looking to buy for family and friends or maybe, you're interested in buying for yourself!

You won't need make a frustrating trip to the mall because we've done all the work for you. We surfed the internet looking for some of the most interesting gifts we could find for the theme park fanatic. You can find them all listen in our CoasterRadio.com Holiday Gift Guide.

During this week's show, we'll talk about the toys, gadgets, DVDs, books, calendars, posters and other gifts that are perfect for a fan of theme parks. We'll also spend some time talking about outrageously expensive stuff that you can buy to bring the theme park experience into your home. For instance, haven't you always wanted to own your own full-size Skee-Ball machine? You'd be the envy of your neighborhood!

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Thanks for listening to the show. Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.…

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CoasterRadio.com #128 - What Are You Thankful For?

2005-11-20
Length: 20s

It's the week of Thanksgiving here in the United States. For most people, that means stuffing themselves full of turkey and then passing out while watching NFL football.

We decided to celebrate the holiday in a different way. We asked out listeners to let us know what they are thankful for within the theme park industry. We received a lot of interesting responses and we'll share some of them with you during this week's show.

Next week, the entire CoasterRadio.com gang will be back with a special show dedicated to theme park and roller coaster related gifts. We'll talk about the toys, gadgets, DVDs, books, calendars, posters and other gifts that you can buy for the coaster nut in your life. (Heck, you might even want to buy some of this stuff for yourself!) We'll also spend some time talking about outrageously expensive stuff that you can buy to bring the theme park experience into your home.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Thanks for listening to the show. Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.…

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CoasterRadio.com #127 - Building Your Own Theme Park

2005-11-13
Length: 23s

If you're a theme park enthusiast, you've probably had a dream of building and owning your own theme park. But odds are, unless you're very well connected or a multi-millionaire, you'll never get to see your dream come true.

If that isn't discouraging enough, most people would probably tell you that your dream was crazy anyway. Heck, people even told Walt Disney that his plans for a new type of amusement park were a horrible idea. They even went so far as to call it "Disney's Folly".

But that folly eventually became Disneyland and those critics had to eat their words.

So in that sprit, we welcome Brian Temmer to the show. Brian is a theme park fan just like all of us. But he's doing whatever he can to bring his dream of a new type of theme park to life.

He'll give us a behind the scenes look at what it takes to push an idea like this from a dream to reality. He'll also give us a few hints as to what this new attraction might be and where it might be located. It's a chance for us all to watch an amusement industry project from it's conception to it's completion.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433). You can also let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.

Next week, we'll celebrate the American holiday of Thanksgiving by talking about what our listeners are thankful for at their favorite theme parks. You can participate in this show by leaving your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433). You can also post your thoughts in our special forum topic.

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CoasterRadio.com #126 - Extreme Rides

2005-11-06
Length: 16s

There really aren't many rides or attractions that theme park fans won't try at least once.

But there are a few rides out there that even the most hardcore enthusiasts think twice about before riding.

Some people won't ride certain types of freefall rides while others won't ride attractions that spin you in circles. Some people won't ride skycoasters and some people could never bring themselves to ride any of the attractions on top of the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas. (That picture over there on the right is X-Scream. You can read our review to find out what it's all about.)

We'll spend this week's short "off-season" show talking about the different theme park attractions that freak people out. We'll talk about the attractions that scare us the most and we'll also hear about some of our listener's picks as well. You'll be surprised at some of the responses we got.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433). You can also let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.

Next week, we'll be talking with a man who has a dream of building his own theme park. Everyone says he is crazy, but he is actually moving ahead with the idea and has had some early successes already.

He'll give us a behind the scenes look at what it takes to bring the idea from a dream to reality. He'll also give us a few hints as to what this new attraction might be and where it might be located. It's a chance for us all to watch an amusement industry project from it's conception to it's completion.

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CoasterRadio.com #125 - Halloween (with Imagineer Joe Rohde)

2005-10-30
Length: 43s

All month long, we've been on-location at different theme parks celebrating Halloween. Now that it's finally here, we'll spend this week's show talking about your favorite haunted, spooky or scary themed attractions.

We'll talk about attractions like The Haunted Mansion, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, The Exterminator, Revenge of the Mummy, The Beast, The Freezer, Burg Falkenstein and more.

We're also are really excited to welcome Joe Rohde to the show. Joe is Executive Designer for Walt Disney Imagineering and the Lead Designer for Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Since this week's show is all about mysterious attractions, it's a perfect time to ask him about Expedition Everest, the new thrill ride coming to Walt Disney World in 2006.

We'll ask him about the attraction's storyline, the immersive theming and how the legend of the Yeti will come to life.

We'll also talk with Joe about and how he and his team of Imagineers are embarking on a real-life trip dubbed Expedition Everest: Mission Himalayas in the search for new species and ancient legends. The scientific and cultural journey to China and the eastern Himalayas began in August and continues though October 2005. We'll find out how this trip to the Everest region will help to create an extremely authentic experience for park guests. Don't worry, we'll ask him about the roller coaster too.

We'll also talk with EB about the annual Halloween Extravaganza that he puts on at his house. We'll talk about the process of Backyard Imagineering and go into detail about the unique setup at EB's house. We'll also provide you with some links to other "home haunts" so you can get a few ideas for your own house.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).Thanks for listening to the show. Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.…

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CoasterRadio.com #124 - Live from Fear Fest at Paramount's Kings Dominion

2005-10-23
Length: 37s

This week, we're on-location from Fear Fest at Paramount's Kings Dominion. It's the 3rd stop on our month-long CoasterRadio.com Halloween Terror Tour.

Since Paramount is a movie company, Kings Dominion uses film-like storytelling to create their haunted mazes and attractions. When the sun goes down, they specialize in delivering intense environments that make you scream as much as they make you laugh.

We'll talk about the evil carnie folks running amuck in Freakshow in 3D, the insane residents of the Maze of Madness, the carnage caused by the Headless Horseman in The Curse of Sleepy Hollow and the terrifying drive you can take on R.L. Stein Fearstreet.

In this week's Great Debate, we'll talk about what horror movies would make excellent theme park rides. Then, we'll talk about new attractions coming to Paramount Parks in 2006. Of course, we'll highlight the new "family-thrill" coaster coming to Kings Dominion - Italian Job Stunt Coaster.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Stay tuned, because next week we'll have another Halloween-themed episode of CoasterRadio.com. We'll interview Joe Rohde, Executive Designer for Walt Disney Imagineering and the Lead Designer for Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. We'll talk with him about Expedition Everest, the new thrill ride coming to Walt Disney World next spring.

Why interview Joe on a Halloween-themed show? Well, the new Expedition Everest attraction brings guests face to face with the mysterious (and terrifying) Yeti!

We'll ask him about the attraction's storyline, the immersive theming and how his team of Imagineers are visiting the Everest region to create an extremely authentic experience for park guests. Don't worry, we'll ask him about the roller coaster too.

We'll also be revealing your picks for the best spooky/haunted/scary themed attractions at theme parks around the world. If you want to participate, post a message in our special forum topic or leave us a voicemail message at 206-339-RIDE.

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CoasterRadio.com #123 - Live from Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

2005-10-16
Length: 40s

This week, we're on-location from Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. During the show, we'll talk with park guests and preview the scare zones and spooky attractions at this annual Halloween event.

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CoasterRadio.com #122 - Live From Fear Fest at Paramount's Kings Island

2005-10-09
Length: 18s

This week, we had originally planned to bring you an on-location show from Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. It was going to be the first broadcast in our month long CoasterRadio.com Halloween Terror Tour. But it was raining so hard on Saturday that we and Busch Gardens decided it was best for the show (and our equipment) to postpone until next week.

But luckily, Kevin and Beth (our correspondents from Ohio) and our friends at the Single Serving of Coke Podcast got a chance to visit Fear Fest at Paramount's Kings Island this weekend.

Kevin brought along his iRiver mp3 recorder and recorded this week's show at PKI's Festhaus. Kevin, Beth, Anthony, Coke, Mary and Buddy talked about the atmosphere at the park, reviewed some of the most popular attractions and previewed the upcoming Winterfest Celebration.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Stay tuned, because next week we're recording the show live at Busch Gardens Williamsburg's annual Halloween event - Howl-O-Scream! We'll tell you all about the haunted attractions and shows as well as talk with park guests about the event.

Thanks for listening to the show. Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.

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CoasterRadio.com #121 - Coaster Clones

2005-10-02
Length: 11s

Have you ever been riding on a roller coaster for the first time and sworn that you've ridden it before? It probably wasn't deja vu (the feeling, not the coaster).

Most likely, you were riding an exact duplicate of a roller coaster from another park. You were probably riding a coaster clone. (Actually, the roller coaster Deja Vu is a coaster clone!)

Sometimes if a theme park or a ride designer has a proven coaster design on their hands, it's less expensive for the parks to build more of the same instead of paying for new design. The general public hardly cares, but the important question is... do theme park enthusiasts care?

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Stay tuned, because next week we're recording the show live at Busch Gardens Williamsburg's annual Halloween event - Howl-O-Scream! We'll tell you all about the haunted attractions and shows as well as talk with park guests about the event.

Thanks for listening to the show. Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.

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CoasterRadio.com #120 - Theme Park Dating

2005-09-25
Length: 10s

Theme parks are a great place for families and friends to get together and have a good time. They're fun, loud, colorful and exciting.

But are they romantic?

This week, we'll talk about whether or not theme parks are a good place to start up a romantic relationship. When you think about it, there are plenty of similarities between a theme park trip and an average date. Instead of having awkward conversation over dinner, you can have awkward conversation while standing in a line. Instead of holding hands while watching the latest thriller from Wes Craven, you can hold hands while you ride the latest thriller from B and M. (OK, that was totally lame. But you get my drift.)

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your opinions. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Stay tuned, because we're planning some really great shows in October. We plan on celebrating Halloween in style with some on-location shows from some of the best Halloween events.

Thanks for listening to the show. Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.

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CoasterRadio.com #119 - HOT or NOT

2005-09-18
Length: 14s

For our first 10-minute show of the Fall, we're going to talk about what's HOT and what's NOT as we finish the 2005 season and head into 2006.

As E.B. said during the pre-show, we're lazy. If you'll remember, we didn't plan on doing new, weekly shows during the off-season. So, the topic for this show began when one of our listeners posted a message about it in the CoasterRadio.com Forums.

Hey, there is some nobility to actually admitting that we're lazy? Right? Actually, we do throw a lot into the show this week. We'll add our own spin to each of the topics and share a few stories too.

After the show, join us in our forums to talk about your thoughts. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Thanks for listening to our first show of the off-season. Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at feedback@coasterradio.com.

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CoasterRadio.com #118 - The 2005 CoasterRadio.com Awards

2005-09-03
Length: 1s

Labor Day signals the end of summer, the beginning of school and the close of the theme park season.

But before we start to pack away our t-shirts and shorts and pull out our jeans and sweaters, it's time for one last summer celebration.

This week, we present the 2005 CoasterRadio.com Awards!

Over the past month, thousands of CoasterRadio.com listeners have been voting for their favorite parks and attractions. On this week's show, we'll announce the winners in the following categories:

Best Theme Park or Amusement Park
Park That Cares Most About Their Guests
Best Theme Park Company
Best Steel Roller Coaster
Best Wooden Roller Coaster
Best Dark Ride
Best Water Ride
Best New Attraction for 2005
Most Attractive Park
Best Waterpark
Best New Waterpark Attraction for 2005
Park with The Best Food
Best Park Operations
Favorite Moment from CoasterRadio.com
Favorite Guest Featured On CoasterRadio.com

After the awards, join us in our forums to talk about your thoughts on who won and who should have won. You can also record your thoughts on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

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CoasterRadio.com #117 - Listener Controlled Show

2005-08-28
Length: 40s

As we wind down the 2005 Summer Theme Park Season, we wanted to do something special for the thousands of you who listen each week.

We decided to put you in charge of this week's show.

Over the past few months, we've received hundredsof e-mails and forum postings from listeners all over the world who want us to talk about specific topics. Since there isn't time to get to all of them during our regular podcasts, we decided that we would use the show before our summer season finale to answer as many as we could.

This week, we'll answer your e-mails about Cedar Point, looping water slides, on-ride video replacing on-ride photos, smoke-free parks, and annoying park guests. We'll also answer some of your questions about the show itself. Have you ever wanted to know the types of things E.B. says that eventually get cut out of the final show? Well, this might be the show where we tell you. We'll also give you some behind the scenes info about how the podcast is created.

Next week is our Summer Season Finale. We'll be presenting the 2005 CoasterRadio.com Awards! It will be a star-studded event live from the CoasterRadio.com Amphitheater in Washington, DC.

By the way, some of you have asked if we will be going away and not producing new shows during the fall and winter. That was the plan originally, but now we're all set to produce one regular show a month and then produce shorter 5-to-10 minute shows during the other weeks. We're planning on getting a lot of input from our listeners to make those shows interesting.

So we hope to hear from you though e-mail, through our forums and on the CoasterRadio.com Voicemail Line at 206-339-RIDE (206-339-7433).

Thanks for listening!

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CoasterRadio.com #116 - Independent Parks

2005-08-21
Length: 50s

If you're a theme park enthusiast, you definitely know names like Disney, Universal, Six Flags, Paramount, Busch and Cedar Fair.

They are the companies behind the major theme park chains in the United States. They also account for most of the profit made in the amusement park industry.

However, when it comes to customer service, cleanliness and value, most of those parks can't compete with America's Independent Parks.

There are dozens of family-owned parks that strive to give their guests a feeling of welcome and the knowledge that their park is a place people can call home.

Parks like Kennywood, Knoebels, Indiana Beach, Lake Compounce and Holiday World are excellent examples of parks that are known throughout the world for their hospitality, attentive staff and a collection of rides that vary from classic to modern.

On this week's show, we'll talk about many of these parks and how they differ from the corporate themers. We give specific details about prices, attractions and the unique aspects of each park.

We'll also be joined by Will Koch, the president of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus Indiana.

Holiday World is recognized as an industry leader because of their innovations in hospitality and the overall guest experience. They shocked the amusement park industry a few years ago when they began giving way free soft drinks as part of the regular admission fee.

They also are home to The Raven and The Legend, two of the top wooden roller coasters in the world.

We'll talk with Will about the the family history of Holiday World, the secret behind its success, and we'll find out as much as we can about their new record-breaking wooden coaster for 2006 - The Voyage. We'll also tell you who won our SOUNDWAVE contest and we'll have another edition of Theme Park Trivia.

Next week, we're putting you in charge of the show. Head to our dedicated forum topic to let us know what you want to hear. It's our way of saying thanks for listening to the show in 2005.

Don't forget to vote in our 2005 CoasterRadio.com Awards!

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CoasterRadio.com #115 - Orlando: Beyond The Mouse

2005-08-14
Length: 39s

Orlando, Florida is the theme park capital of the world. Millions and millions of tourists head there every year for their vacations, but most never venture away from Walt Disney World or Universal Studios to see what else the city has to offer.

Most tourists never realize that Orlando is home to a bunch of other theme park and amusement facilities that offer alternative entertainment and big-time thrills; most often at a cheaper price than the big guys.

On this week's show, we'll talk about some of our favorite Orlando attractions including Gatorland, Cypress Gardens, and Old Town's G-Force.

We'll also be joined by Kelly Monaghan, the author of "Universal Orlando" and "The Other Orlando". He's visited every attraction there is in Orlando, so he knows more than the locals do! He'll tell us about some lesser-known attractions that don't show up on the average tourist's radar.

We'll also give away another clue in our SOUNDWAVE contest and we'll have an Orlando-inspired version of Theme Park Trivia.

Thanks for listening to CoasterRadio.com!

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CoasterRadio.com #114 - Live from Paramount's Kings Dominion

2005-07-31
Length: 32s

This week, CoasterRadio.com broadcasts live from International Street at Paramount's Kings Dominion.

If you've listened to our show for any amount of time, you already know that Kings Dominion is our home park. This year, they're celebrating their 30th Anniversary.

So, we'll spend some time talking about our favorite rides and memories from PKD's past 30 years. We'll be joined by Sarah Lovejoy, PKD's Public Relations Operations Manager. She'll help us out as we talk about some of Kings Dominions' most well known roller coasters and thrill rides such as Volcano: The Blast Coaster, Flight of Fear, Grizzly, Drop Zone, Rebel Yell, Hypersonic XLC and even some oldies like King Cobra.

We'll also spend some time reviewing their new attraction for 2005, Tomb Raider: Firefall. This floorless Top Spin from HUSS is further enhanced by some amazing fire, water and music effects. But will it impress the CoasterRadio.com team?

We'll also review the new "School of Rock" show. We've always said that shows are a waste of good riding time, but we'll make an exception to check this out. Especially if the band is going to play "Hot for Teacher" by Van Halen.

No one has guessed correctly in our latest SOUNDWAVE contest yet, so we'll add another prize to the pack and give away another clue. We'll also play Theme Park Trivia and see if the guys can answer a Kings Dominion related question.

There won't be a new show next week. The whole team will betaking the week off to spend time with family and friends. But, we'll be back on Monday, August 12th with a brand new show. Until then, you can visit the CoasterRadio.com Forum to talk with the CoasterRadio.com guys and other listeners from around the world.

Thanks for listening!

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CoasterRadio.com #113 - European Theme Parks

2005-07-24
Length: 35s

When we first started CoasterRadio.com, we had no idea that people from all around the world would listen.

We've been making friends with people in the UK, Germany, France, Denmark, Austria and other countries throughout Europe.

So, even though we don't know a lot about Europe, we're going to do our best to devote this week's show to European Theme Parks.

To help us out, Robb from Theme Park Review.com will be joining us. Robb, along with his wife Elissa and a bunch of their friends just got back from a three week tour of European Parks. They visited 25 parks in 8 different countries.

Robb will tell us about some of the unique attractions that are featured in European parks and how they compare to ones in the US. He'll also talk about how the atmosphere of their parks helps to make sure everyone has a good time.

We'll also give another clue in our on-going SOUNDWAVE contest. We're in week three and no one has correctly guessed the roller coaster yet. We'll also have a chance for one of our listeners to win a Tomb Raider: Firefall Prize Pack in our Theme Park Trivia segment.

Speaking of Paramount's Kings Dominion, we'll be there next Saturday, July 30th for a special taping of CoasterRadio.com. We'll be there to celebrate their 30th anniversary, check out their new attractions and try to get the dirt on what new attraction they'll be building in 2006.

Thanks for listening! We'll see you in the CoasterRadio.com Forum!

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CoasterRadio.com #112 - Disneyland's 50th Anniversary

2005-07-15
Length: 36s

Fifty years ago on July 17th, 1955...history was made.

Even if you're only a casual fan of theme parks, this is the week to pay tribute to a man who had enough imagination to turn a California Orange Grove into "The Happiest Place on Earth".

This week, CoasterRadio.com celebrates Disneyland's 50th Anniversary and pays tribute to it's founder, Walt Disney.

To help us celebrate, we'll be joined by Eric Jacobson, Senior Vice President of Creative Development for Walt Disney Imagineering. Eric is responsible for directing project teams developing ideas, design, content, art direction and area development for the Disneyland Resort in California, as well as the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney-MGM Studios, sports and recreation, and other entertainment venues at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Most recently, his teams have focused on many attractions opening as part of the "Happiest Celebration on Earth" for Disneyland's 50th anniversary. Eric's creative leadership has shaped numerous projects, including Stitch's Great Escape, Mickey's PhilharMagic, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. In addition, he has equally influenced development of many additional projects for Walt Disney World Resort.

Also on the show this week... our "Great Debate" segment will ask - what is the greatest Disney theme park attraction of all time? You can get into the debate by visiting our on-line forums.

We'll also have another clue for the SOUNDWAVE contest and we'll play a special Disney-related version of Theme Park Trivia.

It's all coming up on this week's special episode of CoasterRadio.com.

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CoasterRadio.com #111 - Waterparks

2005-07-09
Length: 35s

We're not sure what the weather's like where you are, but here in Washington, DC... IT'S HOT!

So, what better way to cool off than with a CoasterRadio.com all about waterparks.

Back in the day, waterparks had nothing to offer but a few tame waterslides and maybe a lazy river.

Today, waterpark designers are coming up with attractions that go higher and faster than ever before. Today's water rides blast you upwards, send you spinning around in circles and give you experiences that weren't available 10 years ago.

On this week's show, we'll talk about some of the new attractions that can be found in waterparks in 2005. We'll talk about water coasters that blast you uphill. We'll talk about wave pools that pump out continuous 8 foot waves. We'll talk about the new "bowl" slides that are sweeping the nation. We'll even talk about a device called a "Flow Rider" that lets riders surf on a continuous stream of water.

We'll also talk with Rick Root from the World Waterpark Association. Rick's organization works with over 1,100 waterparks around the world. He'll give us the inside scoop on some of the new technologies developed to make water attractions more thrilling.

Plus, we'll have another edition of Theme Park Trivia where one of our listeners will have a chance to win a Tomb Raider: Firefall Adventure Pack courtesy of Paramount's Kings Dominion.

We'll also bring back our SOUNDWAVE contest and give you guys a chance to win a bunch of cool prizes by guessing a roller coaster only by the sound it makes.

Also, we're unveiling two new features on our website this week.

The first is something called The Coaster Radio Network. We're inviting webmasters who run theme park related websites to join the network to share content and promotion.

Secondly, we're beta testing the CoasterRadio.com Forums. Many of you have been asking for ways to interact with one another. So, even though we said we'd NEVER have message boards on CoasterRadio.com, we're caving in to your pressure. So, now that they're up, you'd better start posting!

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for the show, e-mail us at feedback@coasterradio.com. Thanks for listening to CoasterRadio.com.

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CoasterRadio.com #110 - 4th of July

2005-07-02
Length: 30s

The 4th of July is a special time in America.It signifies the middle of summer. Of course, it also means that the theme park season is in full swing!

Join us as we celebrate this classic summer holiday by shooting off some of the very lame "legal" fireworks that you can buy in the state of Virginia.

Of course, we'll also have discussion about theme parks. We'll talk about how one county in Maryland is offering free rickets to Six Flags America in exchange for people turning in their illegal fireworks. We'll also feature some more Backyard Thrill Rides and we'll unveil the CoasterRadio.com Ultimate Theme Park Road Trip Music Mix!

Plus, we'll talk with Dan Adams of ign.com. Dan recently reviewed Atari's Roller Coaster Tycoon 3: Soaked Expansion Pack. Many people had problems running the first version of RCT3. Dan will tell us whether this new expansion is worth buying.

Next week's show is all about waterparks! If you have a funny story about your last waterpark experience, e-mail us at feedback@coasterradio.com!

Thanks for listening to CoasterRadio.com!

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CoasterRadio.com #109 - Theme Park Employees

2005-06-23
Length: 31s

Think about the last time you visited a theme park. If it was a good trip, what made it memorable? If it was a bad trip, what made it terrible?

Whatever type of trip you had, odds are it was affected by the employees at the park.

Think about it! Were there long lines at your favorite roller coaster because the trains weren't being loaded fast enough? Or were the lines constantly moving because the ride crew was challenging themselves to move as many people through the ride per hour as possible?

Was the park clean and safe or dirty and sketchy? Was the food fresh and fast or stale and slow?

All of these aspects of a theme park generally depend on the park's employees or "cast members".

On this week's CoasterRadio.com, we're going to pay tribute to these hard working people by sharing stories that many of them have been sending in over the past few months. We'll also share our own stories of both good and bad cast members that we have met during our theme park trips.

We'll also play another round of Theme Park Trivia. We'll give one of our listeners a chance to win a Tomb Raider: Firefall Adventure Pack from Paramount's Kings Dominion.

It's all coming up this week on CoasterRadio.com!

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CoasterRadio.com #108 - Backyard Thrill Rides

2005-06-19
Length: 34s

When you were a kid, did you ever dream of building a theme park in your own backyard? Maybe you turned an old wagon or a Big Wheel into the roller coaster of your dreams?

This week on CoasterRadio.com, we'll be taking a look at three very different thrill rides that have been built in backyards across the world.

We'll talk about a guy in Germany who has created his very own log flume. We'll also talk about The Blue Flash, a looping, steel roller coaster that was built by a gentleman in Indiana.

But, one of our favorites is the 444-foot backyard wooden coaster built by Jeremy Reid. Jeremy was an engineering student at the University of Oklahoma and decided to use his knowledge of physics and mathematics to build his own coaster. After graduating from college, Jeremy worked for Arrow Dynamics before they merged with S&S.

Today, Jeremy works as an engineer at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. We'll have him on the show to find out all about his coaster and why he wanted to build it in the first place.

We'll also talk about the recent down-time of Six Flags Great Adventure's Kingda Ka. Plus, we'll get into a brief discussion about whether or not there is a need for federal oversight of the amusement industry.

We'll also play Theme Park Trivia and give one of our listeners a chance to win a Tomb Raider: Firefall Adventure Pack from Paramount's Kings Dominion. We'll also have a phone call from our first "celebrity" listener.

It's all coming up this week on CoasterRadio.com!

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CoasterRadio.com #107 - Live From Dorney Park

2005-06-05
Length: 32s

This week, we took the show on the road and set up our broadcast at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, PA.

We got a chance to record our broadcast right in front of Dorney Park's new floorless roller coaster, Hydra: The Revenge.

On this week's show, we'll review the ride and give you our thoughts about the park's other attractions. We'll also talk with park guests to get their reactions to Hydra.

Because Hydra replaced another coaster at Dorney Park, that inspired us to talk about other rides and attractions that have been dismantled. What rides do people miss and what rides are people happy to see sent off to the scrap heap?

Also, what can you do when it rains at a theme park? The CoasterRadio.com team has some answers.

Plus, we'll play our first game of Theme Park Trivia with a guest from Dorney Park. This week's question has to do with a well known film that was shot in the park. Will you know which movie it was?

It's all coming up this week on CoasterRadio.com!

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CoasterRadio.com #106 - Memorial Day BBQ

2005-05-28
Length: 33s

We've been working really hard on the show since it premiered six weeks ago. We've taken two road trips - one to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and one to Six Flags Great Adventure. We've also been hard at work recruiting new correspondents from all over the world. If that wasn't enough, we've also been hard at work developing new content and ideas for the CoasterRadio.com website.

So, we decided to take it easy this week and celebrate the kickoff of summer by inviting our family and friends over for an outdoor barbeque.

We'll spend this week's show answering questions and comments that you've sent though our e-mail at feedback@coasterradio.com. We'll wrap up some of the topics we have covered during the past several shows including theme park modesty and theme park road trips.

We'll also play some sound clips that we have found of people riding the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster, Kingda Ka. It's amazing to listen in to someone riding it for the first time.

It's a good thing we're resting this week, because next week we're back on the road at Dorney Park! The entire CoasterRadio.com crew will be there on Saturday, June 4th to record our next show. We'll be set up right in front of Dorney Park's new floorless roller coaster, Hydra: The Revenge. If you're in the area, be sure to stop by and say hello.

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CoasterRadio.com #105 - Kingda Ka Media Day

2005-05-22
Length: 42s

This week, we broadcast from the Media Day of the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster - Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure!

Join us as we talk with park officials, engineers and coaster enthusiasts about the new ride. We'll also give you our review and let you know if it's worth traveling from your hometown for a ride.

We'll also put a wireless microphone on E.B so you can hear exactly what it sounds like as he gets launched from 0 to 128 mph in 3.8 seconds and then travels up and over a 456 foot tower. Maybe, just maybe, you'll hear some profanity. (You've been warned.)

We'll also tell you all about Great Adventure's new land, The Golden Kingdom.

Also, as if one media event weren't enough, we'll check in with our Florida Correspondent, Will, who will report from the media day of Busch Gardens Tampa's new "Dive Coaster" ShieKra! We'll ask Will if the new roller coaster from B and M lives up to the hype.

It's all coming up on this week's CoasterRadio.com!

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CoasterRadio.com #104 - Conspiracies, Road Trips and Modesty

2005-05-15
Length: 40s

Anytime you visit a theme park message board on the internet, you're bound to run into "Conspiracy Theories" about your favorite park or ride.

People post the most outrageous claims and it's difficult to figure out what's true and what's not.

For instance, is your favorite roller coaster going to be torn down because it's sinking into the ground? 

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CoasterRadio.com #103 - Kingda Ka and Las Vegas

2005-05-08
Length: 38s

This week, CoasterRadio.com returns to our Washington, DC studios. We start off the show by answering listener e-mails about Italian Job Stunt Track and our Park Pet Peeves segment about line cutting.

We'll also wrap up last week's trip to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and give our final reviews of their new attraction "Curse of DarKastle."

Then, we'll talk with Kristin Siebeneicher, the Public Relations Manager from Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. She'll let us know what's going on with their record-breaking roller coaster "Kingda Ka." She'll also tell us what we can expect from the new "Golden Kingdom" area of the park.

Mike will re-cap his trip to Las Vegas. In-between sessions at the blackjack tables, Mike rode the two newest attractions on top of the Stratosphere Tower: X-Scream and Insanity: The Ride.

What would possess someone to strap themselves into an "invented centrifuge" that is positioned 1,000 feet above the world-famous Las Vegas strip?

Well, Mike will attempt to answer that question as well as review X-Scream, Manhattan Express and Speed: The Ride.

Plus, we'll update you on our Soundwave contest. For two weeks, we have been inviting our listeners to guess a certain roller coaster solely by the sound it makes.

We've had a lot of guesses, but no correct answer so far. This week, we'll give away another clue and add another prize to the Soundwave Prize Pack.

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