Welcome to the Airtime Misfits Podcast! We have a deep love and appreciation for defunct roller coasters and amusement parks of the past and this podcast is a great opportunity for us to keep the memories of these former attractions alive. Each episode will be will be dedicated to sharing the history, demise and our thoughts of one specific defunct park or coaster of the past.
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— Airtime Misfits was founded by roller coaster enthusiasts for roller coaster enthusiasts. Like most of you, we seek every opportunity to ride shiny, new, record-breaking coasters and get that next coveted “credit.” It would be a disservice to our namesake, however, if we did not acknowledge the “misfit” coasters of yesterday. The ones in the back of the park. The ones that have been chopped down, re-purposed, re-imagined or otherwise forgotten. Thanks for checking us out!
Episode 06 - Volcano: The Blast Coaster - King of the Mountain
Making it's debut in 1998, Volcano: The Blast Coaster opened at Kings Dominion located in Doswell, VA. To see this innovative coaster in person was something special. The most unique characteristic about Volcano was that it was built inside and around an existing man-made mountain. At it's debut, Volcano held the records for fastest invert at 70 mph and tallest inversion at 155 ft. Unfortunately, Volcano was plagued with mechanical issues and expensive repair costs. Unexpectedly and to the disappointment of many enthusiasts, Kings Dominion made the difficult decision to close the coaster for good in 2018. The ride structure and mountain were torn down soon after. What attraction will fill the empty space that once occupied Volcano? That's anybodies guess. One thing we know for sure, Volcano will be missed by many for years to come.
If you had the chance to ride this coaster we'd love to hear your thoughts and memories. Be sure to comment below and let us know your thoughts about Volcano: The Blast Coaster.
Episode 05 - Mantis at Cedar Point - How Much Can You Stand?
Fun Fact: The Airtime Misfits Podcast features the worlds biggest "Fantist of Mantist" in co-host Nick. So that makes this episode all that more exciting. Easily, Nick has to own the largest collection of Mantis memorabilia of any coaster enthusiast in the universe. It's pretty impressive to see. Listen in as Nick explains why he loves this stand-up coaster so much, despite is notorious uncomfortable ride reputation.
Mantis made its debut at Cedar Point in 1996 as the tallest, fastest and longest B&M stand-up coaster in the world. With endless headbanging and extreme discomfot on the legs and groin area, stand-up coasters are not known for being universally loved by enthusiasts or the GP. All of which makes sense as to why, in 2014, Cedar Point made the decision to do a major overhaul on Mantis. This overhaul consisted of a new paint scheme, new floorless trains in place of the stand-up trains, and a new name, Rougarou. Why did Cedar Point make this decision and was it the right decision for the park? Listen in and find out our thoughts.
Did you have the chance to ride Mantis before it was converted to Rougarou? Let us know your thoughts of this 90's B&M coaster in the comment section.
Episode 04 - Shockwave at Six Flags Great America - The Greyout Coaster
Really excited about this episode because we are joined by Josh from from Made to Thrill. With Six Flags Great America being Josh's home park, seemed like the perfect opportunity to have him on to share his thoughts and memories about Shockwave.
Making it's debut in 1988, Shockwave debuted at Six Flags Great America as the tallest looping coaster in the world. It also broke the record for most inversions on a coaster in the world with 7. Plagued with many mechanical issues and low ridership due to discomfort, it was inevitable that this coaster would meet it's demise sooner rather than later.
If you had the chance to ride this coaster we'd love to hear your thoughtsand memories. Be sure to comment below and let us know your thoughts about Shockwave.
Thanks to Josh for joining us on the episode. Be sure to check out madetothrill.com for some awesome amusement park and roller coaster inspired goods.
Episode 03 - Batman & Robin: The Chiller at Six Flags Great Adventure - What Put This Coaster On Ice?
In this episode we are joined by Marc from The Chain Lift. Being a Batman super fan, it was an easy sell to convince Marc to join in on this conversation. In this episode we will be discussing the dueling roller coaster, Batman & Robin: The Chiller located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, NJ. Making it's debut in 1997, this coaster had several issues from day one that never were able to be fully resolved before this coasters ultimate demise in 2007.
If you had the chance to ride this coaster we'd love to hear your thoughts about the ride experience. Be sure to comment below and let us know your thoughts about Batman & Robin: The Chiller.
Episode 02 - Six Flags New Orleans - The Park That Hurricane Katrina Destroyed.
In this episode we discuss the short history of Jazzland/Six Flags New Orleans which opened in 2000 and unexpectedly closed in 2005 due to severe damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. We also talk about the current state of the defunct park and what could have been had Hurricane Katrina spared the park. We hope you join along in the conversation by letting us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
Episode 01 - Geauga Lake - What Killed the Park?
In this episode we discuss the demise of Geauga Lake and our thoughts of what may have caused this to happen. We hope you join along in the conversation by letting us know your thoughts in the comment section below.