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Coaster101 has been a source for theme park news, reviews, interviews, engineering breakdowns and more for over 15 years. Now, finally, we've figured out how to record ourselves, and are coming at you in audio form! Follow us on all social media platforms @Coaster101, and visit www.coaster101.com for more. The Coaster101 podcast is property of Coaster101.com, LLC.

Coaster101 has been a source for theme park news, reviews, interviews, engineering breakdowns and more for over 15 years. Now, finally, we've figured out how to record ourselves, and are coming at you in audio form! Follow us on all social media platforms @Coaster101, and visit www.coaster101.com for more. The Coaster101 podcast is property of Coaster101.com, LLC.

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Coaster101 has been a source for theme park news, reviews, interviews, engineering breakdowns and more for over 15 years. Now, finally, we've figured out how to record ourselves, and are coming at you in audio form! Follow us on all social media platforms @Coaster101, and visit www.coaster101.com for more. The Coaster101 podcast is property of Coaster101.com, LLC.

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@coaster101

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English

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Episodes

A "Grand" Tour of Carnivale at Kings Dominion and Carowinds

7/26/2021
We talk about Carowinds a lot, but when one of our podcast co-hosts visits the park for the first time, you know we've gotta hit the highlights! Shane was vacationing in Charlotte with his family, and not only did he meet Andrew at Carowinds, he also managed to snag a few hours at Kings Dominion on his way home. He hit the highlights! Fury 325, Copperhead Strike, Intimidator 305, Twisted Timbers, and Carowinds' Woodstock Express! This week on the podcast, we're talking about the two park...

Duration:00:50:59

Coaster(101)Stock with Don Helbig

7/19/2021
Believe us when we say "Not All Coaster Enthusiast Events Are Created Equal." Half of the Coaster101 team got a taste of one of the best enthusiast events in the country at Kings Island's Coasterstock on July 9-10. The weekend was filled with ERT, amazing Food, and incredible behind the scenes opportunities. Andrew, Kyle and Nick are joined by Don Helbig, Digital Marketing Manager at Kings Island, who remains one of the driving forces behind the event, to talk the sixth edition of...

Duration:00:50:48

Thinking Like A Theme Park Creative with Patrick Kling

7/12/2021
We're all theme park fans, but there's a fine line between fan and theme park creative. Sometimes, as a fan, it's difficult to see why things are done the way they're done, but everything happens for a purpose. This week, we're joined by Theme Park Creative Leader Patrick Kling, who inspired us with a recent LinkedIn post about what it took to think like a theme park designer when experiencing an attraction. Patrick approaches theme parks from multiple perspectives, including design,...

Duration:00:53:02

Inside Cedar Point's Snake River Expedition with The Weber Group

7/5/2021
Cedar Point is celebrating their 150th Anniversary this season, and part of that major celebration is the addition of the Snake River Expedition, a spiritual successor to the park's former Paddleboat Excursion. This week on the podcast, we talk with two team members of The Weber Group, who helped bring the attraction to life. We talk inspiration, creative processes, production animatronic animals and exploding buildings, and everything in between. You can connect with the show by emailing...

Duration:00:29:04

Coaster101 Goes to Orlando - Velocicoaster, SeaWorld, and Epcot!

6/28/2021
This week on the podcast, Shane joins Andrew to discuss his recent trip to Orlando, celebrating his 21st birthday. During the trip, he visited Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, and arguably the best park in Orlando for someone turning 21, EPCOT. Listen for Shane's thoughts on Velocicoaster, his recounting of his 5-Hour wait for Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventures, Day at SeaWorld, and why he thinks Mission: Space is Walt Disney World's most underrated E-Ticket...

Duration:00:50:37

Follow The Yellow Brick Road to Holiwood Nights

6/14/2021
It was a big week for roller coasters last week. Velocicoaster and Jersey Devil opened to rave reviews, so obviously, we're talking about Holiwood Nights. This week on the podcast, join Andrew and John as they talk about John's recent trip to Holiwood Nights, one of the premier coaster enthusiast events in the United States. We talk Holiday World's coasters, and coaster enthusiast events in general! You can connect with the show by emailing us at podcast@coaster101.com or hitting us up on...

Duration:00:35:51

Georgia Parks On Our Minds

6/7/2021
Coaster101 went down to Georgia, they were looking for wood and steel. They were in a bind, credit counts way behind, and they were willin' to make a deal...or something like that. This week on the podcast, Andrew chats with fellow C101 team members John, Kyle and Nick about their recent trip to the Peach state, visiting Lake Winnie, Six Flags Over Georgia, and Fun Spot Atlanta (as well as the Georgia Aquarium and at least one Waffle House.) Why is Twisted Cyclone great? Why is the Great...

Duration:00:40:56

Knott's Bear-y Tales and Knott's Berry Farm's 100th Anniversary Celebration

5/31/2021
Recently, Eric had the opportunity to visit Knott's Berry Farm for a preview of their 100th anniversary celebration. With the food, fun, pomp and circumstance that comes with an anniversary, there's also a new ride opening at the park this season: Knott's Bearry Tales: Return to the Fair. We recount Eric's visit to the park, and go in-depth on Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair, and why we feel it could end up being far superior to its predecessor, Voyage to the Iron Reef. Read more...

Duration:00:39:33

"Hidden Gem" Theme Parks

5/24/2021
This week on the podcast, Shane recounts his recent trip to Lake Compounce, a park considered a hidden gem by many enthusiasts. Shane and Andrew then get into a discussion about several other "hidden gem" parks, including Conneaut Lake Park, Waldameer, The Great Escape, and Family Kingdom! If you like small parks, this week's episode is for you! We also talk Kentucky Kingdom's new chaperone rule, because it seemed newsworthy. Are the teens going to cancel Kentucky Kingdom again? Are they...

Duration:00:38:39

The TPEG Alumni Community Competition

5/17/2021
Last year, while everyone was at home, the TPEG Alumni Community, led by a group of recent Ohio State alumni, held their first ever competition. While the world is getting back closer to normal, the TPEG Alumni Community is once again hosting a theme park design competition for college students and recent graduates. This week on the podcast, we're joined by Tiffani DuScheid, Carissa Vance, and Kirsten Szydlowski of the TPEG Alumni Community to discuss their history with TPEG, this year's...

Duration:00:29:00

Virtual Park Mania Victory Parade and Season Preview with Carowinds

5/10/2021
Earlier this year, Carowinds was the Champion of our 5th Annual "Park Mania Bracket Contest." When someone wins a title, they get a virtual victory parade! (Now that we've got a podcast, anyway.) We're joined on this week's podcast by Carowinds' Digital Marketing Manager Patrick Wisniewski, who actually grew up as a fan of the park, to talk Park Mania, Carowinds 2021 Season, and his favorites at Carowinds! We also talk about the tweet that inspired the #GentleBreezeSquad hashtag! You can...

Duration:00:44:08

The Cedar Fair Reopening Roundtable with Valleyfair, Kings Dominion and Schlitterbahn!

5/3/2021
Stop us if you've heard this before. 2020 was a roller coaster of a year. The good news is, it's now 2021, and theme parks are getting ready to open again. All of Cedar Fair parks open later this month, and we're joined on the podcast this week by Valleyfair's Public Relations and Communications Manager, Kelsey Megard, Kings Dominion Public Relations Manager Maggie Sellers and Schlitterbahn's Director of Sales and Marketing, Aaron Martinez, to talk 2021! We go in depth on a variety of...

Duration:00:34:20

Theme Park & Roller Coaster "Hot Takes," Part 2

4/19/2021
Last week on social media, we asked our audience the question "What is your most unpopular controversial theme park hot take?" Spoiler alert: The responses didn't disappoint. While there were too many to cover in one episode (or even multiple episodes), we decided to discuss a few of these hot takes on the Coaster101 Podcast. The takes were so hot that we had to break it up into two episodes! This week on the podcast, join Andrew, Shane and John for Part 2 of our "Theme Park & Roller...

Duration:00:41:29

Theme Park & Roller Coaster "Hot Takes," Part 1

4/19/2021
Last week on social media, we asked our audience the question "What is your most unpopular controversial theme park hot take?" Spoiler alert: The responses didn't disappoint. While there were too many to cover in one episode (or even multiple episodes), we decided to discuss a few of these hot takes on the Coaster101 Podcast. The takes were so hot that we had to break it up into two episodes! This week on the podcast, join Andrew, Shane and John for Part 1 of our "Theme Park & Roller...

Duration:00:45:40

Coaster101 Goes to Dollywood - Lightning Rod, Mystery Mine & More!

4/12/2021
The 2021 Offseason was an interesting one at Dollywood. Not only did Lightning Rod become the first RMC coaster to get "RMC'd," but Mystery Mine received some track work as well. And what about that new Mountain Coaster Go-Kart contraption at Rowdy Bear Ridge? We cover it all on this week's episode of the Coaster101 Podcast. Andrew is joined by C101 team members John, Kyle and Nick, who all visited Dollywood and the surrounding area attractions at different times over the past month. We...

Duration:00:46:58

Kings Island - A Ride Through Time With Author Evan Ponstingle

4/5/2021
There are history books about many theme parks out there, but for some reason, there were none written about Kings Island. This was realized by Kings Island merchandise associate and high school student Evan Ponstingle when park guests asked if there were any books about the history of Kings Island. He decided to change that. This week on the podcast, we interview Evan about his new book; Kings Island: A Ride Through Time. In his book, Evan tells the story of Kings Island through the people...

Duration:00:40:00

Creating Theme Park Entertainment with Justin Mabry & Clay Bradshaw of JM Music Design

3/29/2021
This week on the podcast we're joined by Justin Mabry and Clay Bradshaw, the creative forces behind JM Music Design, a company who has helped produce shows like Mix It Up and Monster Stomp at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Brew Beatz and Busker Jam at Carowinds. We chat with the dynamic duo about the creation process of live theme park entertainment, how they got their start in the industry, the creation of the greatest roller coaster podcast theme song ever created, and we have an almost...

Duration:00:48:53

The Future of Technology in the Attractions Industry with Falcon's Creative Group Vice President David Schaefer

3/22/2021
Falcon's Creative Group is a company who is frequently on the cutting-edge of the attractions industry. Known for their media for ride films like Curse of DarKastle and Battle for Eire at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and other immersive themed experiences for National Geographic, Falcon's continues to innovate and push the limits of themed entertainment. This week on the Coaster101 podcast, we're joined by Falcon's Creative Group Vice President David Schaefer to talk about Falcon's past,...

Duration:00:32:52

Rolling The Dice With Zane Jensch of the D&D-Ticket Podcast

3/15/2021
Recently, we had the opportunity to connect with industry veteran and creative director in themed entertainment, Zane Jensch, about his new podcast, the D&D-Ticket. This "Dungeons and Dragons"-style boozy game night features theme park creatives coming up with a theme park attraction that will likely never get built. We recently interviewed Zane on Coaster101.com, but there were so many good sound bytes that we decided to make the full interview a podcast episode. Listen to learn more about...

Duration:00:37:52

The Roller Coasters of Zamperla with Adam Sandy

3/8/2021
When thinking about the "Power Players" in the roller coaster world, Zamperla isn't typically a name that most people think of first. It's Adam Sandy's goal to change that. This week on the Coaster101 podcast, Andrew and Nick are joined by Adam to talk about his career as a "Roller Coaster Sales Guy" and some of the projects that Zamperla has up their collective sleeves in the coming months. Spoiler alert: There are plans for disruption. This isn't the kiddie coasters and Volare roller...

Duration:01:07:43