Thursday, April 28, 2016

CoasterRadio.com #1029 - Indiana Beach: A Diamond in the Rough


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

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

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

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

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

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

All this and much, much more!

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

CoasterRadio.com #1028 - "He's HUGE! He's HUGE!"


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

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

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

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

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

CoasterRadio.com #1027 - Hagrid Goes Hollywood


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

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

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

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

All this and much, much more!

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Thursday, April 07, 2016

CoasterRadio.com #1026 - Get Your Ass to Mars!


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

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

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

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

Plus, CoasterRadio.com Theater returns!

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

CoasterRadio.com #1025 - 2016 "Reel" Design Contest Finals


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

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

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

Our judging panel includes:

Legendary Attraction Creator Gary Goddard
Ernest Yale, CEO of TrioTech
Korey Kiepert from The Gravity Group
Dom McChesney from Sudden Impact Entertainment
Arthur Levine, Theme Parks Guide from About.com
2012 Reel Design Winner, Travis LaRiviere

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

Kevin Wilson - Dick Tracy: Calling All Cars
Tim Wilson - Creature from the Black Lagoon
Tom from Louisville - Crimson Peak: Descent into Madness

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

CoasterRadio.com #1024 - LIVE at Dollywood!


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THIS WEEK:
The show comes to you from the first CoasterRadio.com Listener Meet-Up of 2016 at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN!

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

Plus, there are a few surprise guests!

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

CoasterRadio.com #1023 - Dollywood Meet-Up Preview


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THIS WEEK:
Mike and EB preview the first CoasterRadio.com Listener Meet-up of 2016 at Dollywood!

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Vote for the Finalists in the 2016 "Reel" Design Contest!



We received dozens and dozens of entries for this year's "Reel" Design Contest - where we give listeners of CoasterRadio.com a chance to design a theme park attraction based on any movie ever made.

We narrowed the entries into 10 Semi-Finalists and then down to the three finalists you see before you.

Check out their ride designs and then VOTE!

Soon, you'll find out if you vote matched our industry experts!

Tim Wilson - Creature from the Black Lagoon
Tom from Louisville - Crimson Peak: Descent into Madness
Kevin Wilson - Dick Tracy: Calling All Cars




CoasterRadio.com #1022 - "Reel" Design Contest Semifinals


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

Check out each of the Semi-FInalists!

Steve Mosley - Bilbo’s Barrel Rush
Tim Wilson - Creature from the Black Lagoon
Chris Ayala - A Goofy Movie
Sean Catherall - James Bond: Life or Death Casino
Benjamin Van Bowl - Dr. Who: Blink
FD Kirkman - Rita Skeeter Presents - Behind the Scenes of the TriWizard Cup
Tom from Louisville - Crimson Peak: Descent into Madness
Matt Summers - Wall-E and Eve Rollercoaster at EPCOT
Kevin Wilson - Dick Tracy: Calling All Cars
Richard from Oregon - Jurassic Park Gyrospheres

Don't forget to vote for one of the finalists!
(But don't click this link until you've listened to the whole episode!)

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Thursday, March 03, 2016

CoasterRadio.com #1021 - The Park's Urge to Surge?


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

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

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

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

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

CoasterRadio.com #1020 - The Legacy of Arrow


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

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

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

Plus, we'll interview the production team who created a fantastic documentary called "The Legacy of Arrow." We'll talk about the history and tradition of "Arrow Dynamics" and the unique story of their company. You can watch the full documentary below. (31:52)



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Thursday, February 18, 2016

CoasterRadio.com #1019 - Off Season High Rollers


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

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

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

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

CoasterRadio.com #1018 - Listener Questions: Part II


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THIS WEEK:
It's an off-season favorite! Part II of our 2016 Listener Question Show is here!

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

Some highlights:
2:35 - What "holidays" would we add to Holiday World
5:32 - What countries would we add toWorld Showcase
8:30 - Our celebrity "Free Passes"
11:27 - Reactions to "CoasterBoy Christmas Carol"
12:58 - CoasterBoy Puppet Videos
14:45 - What sports did we play growing up?
18:43 - What if we received $100,000 per month on Patreon
22:21 - A Theme Park Conundrum
25:02 - Theme Park Change Haters
27:30 - A CoasterRadio.com Restaurant?
36:13 - Listeners who looks like their voices
38:52 - Preventing CR Burnout
41:20 - CoasterRadio.com without Mike and EB?
45:18 - CoasterRadio.com and LHM Lawyers
46:43 - Judge EB rules on a Summer Trip
49:39 - A Disney Listener Meet-Up
50:37 - A Show or character we regret
51:56 - Our views on Fastpass - Queue Jumping Systems
54:27 - EB’s favorite coaster
55:38 - Thoughts on Canada’s Wonderland New Attraction
56:53 - Which Non-American parks would we like to visit?
58:35 - Geocaching
1:01:05 - EB's Nintendo Games
1:01:57 - Kentucky Kingdom Renaissance
1:03:15 - What music do we like and dislike?
1:05:41 - Our Top Five Parks

All this and much, much more!

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