Thursday, June 28, 2012 #637 - The 2012 Sparktacular Exploosioloosa! (Video)

We have a lot of traditions here at 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 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!

Thursday, June 21, 2012 #636 - HOT or NOT 2012!

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
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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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Rich Detail of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure

Thanks to our friend Slammin' Sammy K, we have some excellent photos from inside Cars Land at Disney California Adventure.

These pictures really speak for themselves.  The detail of the themeing is incredible.

It reminds me of the "Golden Age" of Disney Imagineering.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Twitter Picture Challenge from Walt Disney World!

On Wednesday, Molly and I are heading down to Walt Disney World for some rest and relaxation.

One of the fun things I like doing is tweeting pictures, video and audio from all of the parks.

On our past few visits, we've even played a bit of a game with all of our Twitter followers.

We ask anyone following us at @CoasterRadio to challenge us to shoot a picture of something park-related that isn't totally easy to get.

For instance, when I was at Disneyland last March... @YoPaulieNJ tweeted and asked me to shoot a picture of a Monorail gliding over a Finding Nemo Sub.

It couldn't be just a picture of the monorail or just a picture of the sub... it has to be of BOTH!

It would be fun to do the same thing this time around.  So, follow us at @CoasterRadio or @MrsCoasterRadio and we'll do our best to capture the pictures you request!

Thursday, June 14, 2012 #635 - Cars Land Review and Insider Park Tips!

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 and more summertime news!


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Thursday, June 07, 2012 #634 - AJ from The Disney Food Blog

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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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Interactive Question - Insider Tips

When it comes to your home theme park, I be there aren't many people who know it better thank you.

You probably know every trick in the book when it comes to avoiding lines, eating the best food, finding the cleanest bathrooms and playing the most winnable games.

If someone knew all that you do about the park you call home, odds are they'd have a blast.

But why keep all of this valuable information to yourself?

On our next show, we're giving you the microphone so that you can tell us some of the "insider tips" you know about your home park.

No detail is too small or mundane!!!

June 12th at 8:00pm EST by e-mailing us at  You can also write on our Facebook Page or use our Contact Page!

The best option though is to call our voicemail line at 206-339-3360. Be a part of the show!

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