The Original Theme Park Podcast


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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711 episodes #1810 - That's My Pie

Spring break has begun... or should we now call it "Scream Break?" We'll talk about how some major parks are bringing Halloween scares to springtime. We also talk about all of the major news stories from around the industry, including huge park openings and huge pies being eaten.

Mar 24 #1809 - The Top 17

What are the Top 17 Amusement Parks in the United States? One magazine claims to know. We'll see how correct they are. Plus, a ton of news from around the industry and a hot take in the Mailbag!

Mar 17 #1808 - Forbidden Conversation

Lots of park news heading your way... including Avatar at Disneyland, an opening date for Arie Force One, Six Flags New Orleans and changes at Disney Imagineering. Plus, Mike and EB talk about the closing of Cedar Point's "Forbidden Frontier at Adventure Island" and what that means for interactive entertainment at the parks.

Mar 10 #1807 - Lookin’ at Margaritaville

This week, the listeners step up to the mic to talk about the park attractions that give us the best off-ride views. Plus, we talk about Jimmy Buffet's "Margaritaville" empire is now expanding to amusement parks. Will his new park in Biloxi be a hit?

1h 13m
Mar 03 #1806 - Sad Six Flags and Swimsuit Issues

Rides mysteriously dissappearing from park maps, a new resort for Orlando and the return of a controversial character. All that, plus in-park reports on an all new episode of!

1h 5m
Feb 24 #1805 - Robots Will Not Replace Us

The guys take a look at the top stories of the week, including the closing of Silver Dollar City's 50-year-old dark ride "Fire in the Hole." They also answer last-second questions from the podcast audience.... with the help of an AI Robot.

1h 4m
Feb 17 #1804 - 2023 Attraction Preview with Arthur Levine - Part 2

There are so many awesome attractions debuting in 2023, we needed two shows to get to them all! This week, we're joined once again by long-time friend of the show, theme park expert Arthur Levine.

1h 18m
Feb 10 #1803 - 2023 Attraction Preview with Arthur Levine - Part 1

Theme Park expert Arthur Levine joins Mike and EB as they take a look at new attractions coming to parks in 2023!

Feb 03 #1802 - CoasterDamus 2023

It’s one of our favorite episodes of the year! CoasterDamus is here! We’ll start by going back in time and take a look at last year’s predictions.  Which ones came true?  After that, we’ll see what crazy things you guys think will happen in 2023. As always, many of our listeners show off their creative side with some amazing rhyming predictions.

1h 37m
Jan 27 #1801 - New Year, HUGE News

2023 is only a few days old, but already has given us one of the biggest news stories of the year. We'll talk about Universal's plans to build a 97 acre park in the state of Texas. We'll talk about a bunch of other news stories and hear Mike's review of Pantheon at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

1h 21m
Jan 13 #1711 - This episode is powered by a "Jet Pilot"

E.B. travels to Washington, DC to do the final show of 2022 from Mike's home tiki bar! The guys tell behind-the-scenes stories from their week in Orlando recording shows at Universal Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and IAAPA. They also tell stories from their visits to Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.

1h 29m
Dec 23, 2022 #1710 - Live from the IAAPA Expo has finally made it to IAAPA!   Mike and EB take their wireless microphones onto the IAAPA Expo show floor to see the latest and greatest innovations in the amusement industry. As they explore the vast expo, they come across a wide range of new attractions and rides, from the latest roller coasters to cutting-edge virtual reality experiences. They also see hundreds of companies who provide animatronnics, special effects, equipment and support for parks around the world.   It's a different type of where the guys get overwhelmed at times. But you'll get to hear in real-time what it's like to be a first timer at "The Global Attractions Industry’s Premier Event."

1h 4m
Dec 16, 2022 #1709 - Live from Busch Gardens Tampa

For Part II of our "Florida Trilogy," we come to you from the 2022 Listener Meetup at Busch Gardens Tampa! Mike and EB do the show in front of a live audience inside the Gwazi Pavilion. They'll talk to the crowd about the park, the attractions, its hidden gems and the incredible new coaster for 2022, Iron Gwazi. They'll also interview Erick Elliott, the Vice President of Engineering and General Services at Busch Gardens Tampa. He'll talk about what it takes to operate such a huge park and what we can look forward to in the future!

Dec 09, 2022 #1708 - Live from Universal Orlando

Dreams come true this week as Mike and E.B. podcast from the "Radio Broadcast Center" inside Universal Studios Florida. E.B. talks about his first ever visit to Universal Orlando. Then, the guys welcome Kari, David and their producer Michelle from the official "Discover Universal" podcast! There's talk about best attractions, hidden gems and things you can't miss when you visit the resort! Plus, you get to hear amazing stories from the careers of three long-time Universal Orlando team members.

Dec 02, 2022 #1707 - 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Mike and EB unveil their list of the best gifts for the theme park fan in your life. Check out the complete list at!

1h 1m
Nov 22, 2022 #1706 - Bring It On

With one week to go before the 2022 Listener Meetup in Central Florida, Mike and EB talk about what parks and attractions they are looking forward to experiencing.

1h 11m
Nov 11, 2022 #1705 - A "Wild" Off-Season

Lots of great news this week, including an announcement about what Hersheypark plans to do with it's "Wildcat" wooden coaster.

Nov 04, 2022 #1704 - The Scary Episode

Halloween is here! Our listeners step up to the mic to talk about the greatest scares they have received at an in-park haunt. 

1h 18m
Oct 28, 2022 #1703 - Surf Like A Bulldog

This episode has a strange title, but it will all make sense when you hear us talk about Sea World Orlando's new attraction for 2023. We'll also talk about how both Carowinds and Kings Dominion are about to start up year-round operations. Plus, a different look for the Themed Entertainment Association attendance numbers.

1h 11m
Oct 21, 2022 #1702 - Get Ready Central Florida!

In addition to talking through the latest news and ride announcements from the amusement industry, the guys unveil details about the 2022 Listener Meetup at Busch Gardens Tampa! In addition to the meetup, we'll have info about our visits to IAAPA, Universal Orlando and other Central Florida landmarks! Get your meetup tickets now at!

Oct 14, 2022 #1701 - Season Premiere and Listener Survey

Season 17 starts with us asking our listeners what their first order of business would be if they were hired as the President of their local Six Flags park. Then, we go through the results of our 2022 Listener Survey!

1h 37m
Oct 07, 2022 #1644 - I Bet You Like Hot Dogs

We discuss more new rides announced for 2023, a collection of amusement park history, a disturbing incident at a Halloween event and an amazing job opportunity at five different parks.

1h 10m
Sep 30, 2022 #1643 - Winners! Golden Tickets and Game Shows

Amusement Today recently presented the "2022 Golden Ticket Awards."  Think of it like the Oscars or Emmys for the Amusement Industry. On this week's show, we'll go through all the winners AND dissect the Top 50 Steel and Wooden Coasters. PLUS... EB has news about a new Game Show he appeared on as a contestant!

1h 4m
Sep 16, 2022 #1642 - Top Thrill DarKoaster

It was an amazing week in the amusement industry. Two major stories dropped on the same day. Cedar Point announced that their record-breaking roller coaster "Top Thrill Dragster" would be retired "as we know it."  At the same time, Busch Gardens Williamsburg unveiled their 2023 roller coaster that can best be described as a "spiritual successor" to "Curse of Darkastle." There's lots to talk about!

1h 10m
Sep 09, 2022 #1641 - Podcast and Parks Future Plans

Everyone's looking towards the future... the parks, their visitors, the ride designers and even your friends here at We'll take a look at rumored 2024 attractions and also look ahead to some changes here at the show!

1h 7m
Sep 02, 2022 #1640 - Mine Carts and Bicycles

This week, we have tons of news about new attractions coming to parks over the next few years...including details of the Donkey Kong ride coming to Universal's Epic Universe! Plus, find out how you might see EB riding a bicycle on the streets of Orlando this November.

1h 9m
Aug 26, 2022 #1639 - Everything Old is New Again

Amusement parks are places where memories are made. In 2023, several parks are going to tap into old memories to create new experiences. We'll talk about how Worlds of Fun and Cedar Point are creating new attractions based on their legacies. We'll also hear from our listeners as they visit parks around the country.

Aug 19, 2022 #1638 - New Rides, New Rules

This week, a lot of new rides were announced. We'll run them down for you. We also have news about how you can take a FREE behind-the-scenes tour of some of your favorite roller coasters. Plus, dark days for a major park chain and teenagers in Orlando.

Aug 12, 2022 #1637 - Glenwood Caverns’ Defiance

We're joined by Nancy Heard from Glenwood Caverns to talk about their newest coaster "Defiance." We also talk about changes at Carowinds, possible themes for Halloween Horror Nights, rumors out of Dollywood and a Harry Potter themed attraction near Mike.

Aug 05, 2022 #1636 - Podcasting from 10 Parks

Through the miracle of podcasting (and with the help of our listeners), we hear live reports from 10 different parks around the world!

Jul 29, 2022