The Original Theme Park Podcast show The Original Theme Park Podcast

Summary: A weekly podcast dedicated to theme parks, roller coasters and thrill rides. During each show, we talk about the total theme park experience. We'll have interviews with the people making decisions at your favorite park, reviews and ratings of the newest rides and attractions, discussion about everyday park experiences and chances to win tickets and merchandise from parks around the country!

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Podcasts: #1427 - Life's a Beach | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:40

Indiana Beach, a classic park we thought was DEAD, has come back to life. We have the details. We'll also talk about how some countries and states have specific plans for re-opening the parks. even during the COVID-19 outbreak. Then, we'll take a look at all of the coasters built from 1990-1999 and figure out which one was most influential. #1426 - 15th Anniversary of | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:27:37

On April 25, 2005, a group of guys got together and recorded themselves talking about theme parks and thrill rides. They put it online as a podcast and called it "Coaster Radio." 15 years and 568 episodes later, the show is still here. Join us this week (for episode #569) to celebrate the podcast and have some good discussion the parks and rides we all love. #1425 - Radical to the Max! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:07:35

Last week, we got in to a heated debate on what was the most influential roller coaster of the 70's... and we didn't quite agree on an answer. This week, we do the same thing with the 1980s.  Will this be a tough call?  Or is the answer obvious? We also talk about some new attraction rumors and the possibility of a GEEKFEST at Universal Orlando. #1424 - Far Out, Man! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:17

Each decade is responsible for specific influences and innovations, even in the amusement industry. This week, we take a look at the 1970's and talk about what roller coasters were influential... even affecting the rides we have today. #1423 - Where in the World is CoasterBoy? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:10:33

The studios still on lockdown, but that doesn't stop us from bringing you another hour-plus episode! #1422 - What ELSE Do You Wanna Know? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:19:23

Everyone is still on lockdown...or should be. (If you're out there livin' it up like this is some extended Spring Break, stay at home fool!) So, since the parks are closed, it's a good time to spend an hour hanging out, answering your questions and talking about the parks. We rant, we rave and we actually have some fun too. Join us! #1421 - What Do You Wanna Know? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:10:26

Take a break from the "doom and gloom" and get a few laughs with us this week as we answer your listener questions! You guys sent in over 100 really good questions for us to answer and we'll go through them all over the next few weeks! #1420 - Off the Rails | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:10:30

A lot of news piles up when we take a week off... this week, with the background of the Coronavirus, we talk about news stories from all over the amusement industry. Forgive us if the show goes a little off the rails this week. Just like many of you, we're living in stressful times and needed to blow off steam. #1419 - Theme Park Sacrifice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:03:31

Disney CEO Bob Iger is stepping down and will be replaced by another Bob (Chapek), who has recently been in charge of Disney Parks worldwide.  What does this mean for the industry and why are Disney fans worried? We'll also cover the latest news, hear some Live Trip Reports and listen to what you have been giving up to ensure that you can afford those expensive season passes. PLUS... we unveil the first Listener Meet-Up of 2020! #1418 - Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:07:49

The amusement industry was shocked this week when Apex Park announced that they would be closing Indiana Beach.  What will become of their classic rides and roller coasters?  We'll talk about it. Then, we'll talk to Blake Braswell, Show Director at Universal Orlando about the resort's Mardi Gras celebration! There's a lot that goes into bringing the spirit of Bourbon Street to the park, we'll hear all about it! #1417 - Get Over it! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:17

This week, we catch up on all of the news stories we missed while we were doing our 2020 preview shows! We also hear some of your Live Trip Reports from parks around the globe. And... we get into a good debate about which state has the best roller coasters. #1416 - 2020 Preview with Arthur Levine - Part II | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:48

USA Today's Arthur Levine joins us once again to take a look at more rides and attractions that will be opening up in parks across the world in 2020. #1415 - 2020 Preview with Arthur Levine - Part I | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:27

It's time for some of our favorite episodes of the year! We are joined by theme park expert Arthur Levine of USA Today to talk about all of the major new rides and attractions coming to theme parks in 2020. #1414 - Who Wants to Be a CoasterBoy? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:18:42

We're just starting to get hyped about all of the new attractions for 2020. But this week, it's a 2021 rumor that is dominating the news.  We'll tell you all about it. Then, it's the long-awaited return of one of our favorite game show rip-offs!  It's time to find out if one of our listener has what it takes when we play "Who Wants to Be a CoasterBoy!" #1413 - How Dare You! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:12

This week's episode begins with a look at news from around the amusement industry... including an interesting lawsuit, some "accidental" vandalism and an anticipated ride finally opening. Then, we announce that a fan favorite contest will be returning to! Finally, we hear some park-related New Year's Resolutions from our listeners!


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Vingr says:

One of my favorites!: I've listened to a lot of podcasts over the past few months, but is the one I enjoy most.

The Coaster Radio guys talk about the good and bad things that happen when you visit a theme park.... and they talk about it from a non-enthusiast perspective.

On one of their most recent episodes, they interviewed one of the top guys at Walt Disney Imagineering. I know the Disney company well and it is very hard to get an interview with an imagineer. So the fact that a podcast could land such a big interview is really saying something.