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Join Marcus Leshock as he talks theme parks, roller coasters and all around family fun! Every episode, Marcus talks about the latest news happening in the theme park world. We'll have reports on all of our trips to parks and attractions across the country, including reviews of the latest roller coasters and thrill rides. And we'll have interviews with the big names in the theme park world and experts who can help make your next family trip one to remember.

Join Marcus Leshock as he talks theme parks, roller coasters and all around family fun! Every episode, Marcus talks about the latest news happening in the theme park world. We'll have reports on all of our trips to parks and attractions across the country, including reviews of the latest roller coasters and thrill rides. And we'll have interviews with the big names in the theme park world and experts who can help make your next family trip one to remember.
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Join Marcus Leshock as he talks theme parks, roller coasters and all around family fun! Every episode, Marcus talks about the latest news happening in the theme park world. We'll have reports on all of our trips to parks and attractions across the country, including reviews of the latest roller coasters and thrill rides. And we'll have interviews with the big names in the theme park world and experts who can help make your next family trip one to remember.

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English

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773-883-3203


Episodes

Ep. 12: Kings Island announces ORION giga coaster!

8/16/2019
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We talk to Don Helbig of Kings Island in Mason, Ohio about their newly announced GIGA COASTER - ORION! Don answers all of Marcus's questions about the backstory of the ride, how it was created, how the construction process should play out and everything else Kings Island.

Duration:00:20:17

Ep. 11: Silver Dollar City announces giant raft ride Mystic River Falls

8/14/2019
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We talk to Silver Dollar City President and General Manager Brad Thomas about Mystic River Falls, their new raft ride featuring an 80-foot tower lift and a 45-foot final drop - the largest in the Western Hemisphere. We talked about the history of Silver Dollar City, the significance of the real Mystic River in the Marvel Cave, and just how this ride and new $30 million Rivertown section fit into the rest of the park.

Duration:00:32:48

Ep. 10: How wave pools work, Maxx Force opens

7/11/2019
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We head to the Raging Waves water park in Yorkville, Illinois to get a behind the scenes look at how wave pools work. The new launch roller coaster Maxx Force opens at Six Flags Great America and Marcus describes what his first ride was like. And we talk about that disturbing video featuring a fight at Disneyland.

Duration:00:29:15

Ep. 9: Gatlinburg SkyBridge at Skylift Park in Tennessee

6/27/2019
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Marcus visits the longest suspension bridge in North America, the Skybridge at Skylift Park in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. A chair lift system takes guests up to the top of the Smoky Mountains and now you can walk across a suspension bridge 140 feet in the air, with glass panels in the center than let you look straight down. We talked with them about why the created the attraction and we give you some tips if you plan to visit.

Duration:00:16:10

Ep. 8: Maxx Force Full Circuit Test Six Flags Great America, Hagrid coaster reactions at Universal

6/13/2019
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We break down the first FULL CIRCUIT TEST for Maxx Force at Six Flags Great America. Just a day after we saw the train slowly leave the station, crews have launched Maxx Force all the way through. Will it get faster as it runs? We discusss. And we take a look at all of the glowing reaction coming out of the opening of the Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure roller coaster at Universal Orlando.

Duration:00:18:04

Ep. 7: Maxx Force Construction Update Six Flags Great America

6/7/2019
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We check out the construction site for the new launch roller coaster Maxx Force at Six Flags Great America and sit in the new coaster trains! We also spoke to park president Hank Salemi about when they hope to open the ride, when testing might begin and more.

Duration:00:17:37

Ep. 6: Kings Island 2020 plans leak, Iron Wolf flashback

5/24/2019
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This week, Marcus runs down the latest news in the theme park world, including the plans for Kings Island's new giga coaster that ended up on the internet. Also, we look at Six Flags America's Firebird, which was once Iron Wolf at Six Flags Great America. We have a WGN News report from the day Iron Wolf opened!

Duration:00:26:11

Ep. 5: Dolly Parton talks Wildwood Grove at Dollywood

5/16/2019
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We sit down with the one and only DOLLY PARTON to talk about the new Wildwood Grove expansion at Dollywood! Wildwood Grove is biggest expansion in the park's history - six acres and 11 new attractions. We talked with Dolly about why she got into the theme park business in the first place, how big of a role she has in the operations and planning of the park, if she still gets amazed when she sees new additions in person, and if she would take a ride on Lightning Rod with me! We also spoke...

Duration:00:34:11

Ep. 4: What's new at Cedar Point in 2019

5/9/2019
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Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio opens for the 2019 season! We talked with Director of Communications Tony Clark about their new Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island attraction, some of the new food additions for this season, and he gave us a nugget about what fans can expect for the big 150th anniversary season coming in 2020.

Duration:00:20:55

Ep. 2: Star Wars Galaxy's Edge at Disney Parks panel from Celebration!

4/19/2019
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Marcus went to Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, the convention about EVERYTHING Star Wars, and checked out the Star Wars Galaxy's Edge at Disney Parks panel. The Disney imagineers who have been working on the new Star Wars land for years were on hand to discuss new details about what the new land will be like. Marcus shares some of the highlights from the event and breaks it all down - what will the attractions be like? Will your favorite Star Wars characters be involved? When is...

Duration:00:24:49

Ep. 1: Introduction & What's New at Six Flags Great America 2019

4/11/2019
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Welcome to the first episode of Coastin' The Country! Every week we will rundown the latest news in the theme park world, and do plenty of traveling along the way. We'll have trip reports from the biggest roller coasters opening and have expert tips for traveling with your family to amusement parks across the country. This week we welcome a special guest, the new Communications Manager at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL Caitlin Kepple. We talked about their new launch coaster Maxx...

Duration:00:28:45