201 episodes

A weekly fun filled theme park and roller coaster podcast. With your host James Barber, Timmy Jung, and Bob Mertz you'll never miss out on the latest news, construction updates, and speculation on new and up and coming attractions coming to the amusement park industry!

Coaster Talk Podcast Coaster Talk Podcast

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 10 Ratings

A weekly fun filled theme park and roller coaster podcast. With your host James Barber, Timmy Jung, and Bob Mertz you'll never miss out on the latest news, construction updates, and speculation on new and up and coming attractions coming to the amusement park industry!

    Episode #206: The Final Ride

    Episode #206: The Final Ride

    Thank you all for five wonderful years, we hope you all have enjoyed it as much as we did. It's unfortunately time we pack it up and head home, but not before we give you one last kick-ass episode. 
    SHOW NOTES:
    Galactic Starcruiser to end operation Disney cancels $1 billion dollar move to Florida NAACP warns about traveling to Florida for tourism Cedar Point debuts new "Funway Arcade" mirror maze Wildcat's Revenge receives opening date of June 2nd Zambezi Zinger delayed until further notice More ZZ explanation  Paul Nelson, owner of Waldameer, passes away at 89 Gerstlauer debuts inverted model  SFGAM adding Schwarzkopf badge back to Whizzer trains Leap the Dips celebrates it's 121st birthday this year!

    • 2 hr 36 min
    Episode #205: Big Bear Mountain We're Coming For You!

    Episode #205: Big Bear Mountain We're Coming For You!

    In this week's episode, James and Timmy hold down the fort while Bob deals with work. The two of them discuss the latest news in the industry, including a big retheme at Universal Orlando, another big fight breaking out at a major park, and another wooden coaster receiving titan track. In the second half of the show, James and Timmy discuss their sporadic trip to Dollywood, which includes a review of the all-new Big Bear Mountain! We hope that you all have fun with this episode with all the fun we had making it!
    Show Notes:
    Fire at Kennywood Primanti Bros future site Kentucky Rumbler receiving Titan Track Fight breaks out at Disney World's Magic Kingdom San Diego City Council approves lawsuit against SeaWorld for back rent Universal Studios announces Minion Land Mako reopening after repaint SeaWorld Orlando introduces "new" pass member rewards system

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Episode #204: Darkoaster...Exists!

    Episode #204: Darkoaster...Exists!

    In this week's jam-packed episode, the hosts cover the weekly news, including some updates about some new parks, Six Flags park updates, and a teaser about Top Thrill Dragster. The second half of the show is a review of the brand-new DarKoaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Strap in for this week's episode, it's filled with fun conversation!
    Show Notes:
    Tony Clark gives TTD update Universal's Epic Universe Wizarding World Update Silver Dollar City announcement was right on brand Disney World to start phasing out reservations in 2024 Six Flags Surge Pricing  Magic Mountain to offset 100% of electricity by solar carport Great Adventure "Just Walk Out" technology  Canada's Wonderland opens with fights  Zambezi Zinger POV released Zambezi Zinger given opening date Saudi Arabia to possibly receive worlds first S&S Axis Coaster Hershey doesn't give you points.... they challenge you

    • 1 hr 45 min
    Episode #203: FIAT and the Florida IDIOT

    Episode #203: FIAT and the Florida IDIOT

    In this week's episode, the hosts cover all of the political news out of Orlando and lots of industry announcements coming from all around the country. The second half topic this week is a discussion regarding year-round operation at regional parks. This week has some great arguments and feels just like a classic Coaster Talk Podcast episode so make sure to enjoy!
    Universal Parks first quarter results released Florida Tourism Board sues Disney Florida Lawmakers pass bill to void Reedy Creek district Disney monorail inspections bill headed for Gov. DeSantis  Two new amusement park bills passed through Florida legislature and head to DeSantaClaus desk Pipeline at SeaWorld Orlando to open for passholders on May 12th Indiana Beach announces name of coaster, opening summer 2023 Silver Dollar City announcement coming on May 5th BGW goes cashless and locals are not happy Cedar Fair first quarter results released CAGA to retheme area of park to "NorCal County Fair"  

    • 1 hr 59 min
    Episode #202: Disney Is On Fire!

    Episode #202: Disney Is On Fire!

    This week's news includes lots of coverage of the latest happenings in Florida, including news from both Disney World and Universal as well as some coverage of other parks such as Lagoon and Dollywood. The second half of the show includes some discussion of the latest (rumored) closure at Kentucky Kingdom. There's plenty of great conversation in this week's episode so make sure to enjoy!
    Show Notes:
    Automated turnstiles...hooray for automation! THE WHOLE THING IS ON FIRE...or is it? The Second Round of Disney layoffs ensues Desantis wants the monorail to point toward the prison To make up for the animatronic. Hopefully...this guy was the problem with Universal recently   HHN Speculation Primordial details from the ADA accessibility guide Playland Castaway Cove Vice President hints at a new coaster Dollywood announces an opening of Big Bear Mountain after BGW's Darkoaster announcement, though it'll open before it. Fun Spot confirms that MineBlower will be receiving Retrack 208 Press Release? Kentucky Kingdom rumor: T3 is out?

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Episode #201: Would You Like Some BBQ?

    Episode #201: Would You Like Some BBQ?

    We are back to our normally scheduled program with this week's show as we start our way into the two hundreds. This week has plenty of banter and arguments as we talk about some of life's most puzzling questions like the pronunciation of "BBQ." In the second half of the show the hosts discuss the latest RMC retrack and talk about last week's weekly poll. This week is a fun one so make sure to enjoy!
    Show Notes:
    Desantis' Reedy Creek Introduces Introduces “Superior Authority” Amendment Desantis attacks Disney World with targeted regulations Poseidon's Fury to close at Islands of Adventure Universal Orlando increases pass prices RMC and Larson to join forces Primanti Bros coming to Kennywood Kings Dominion to open new bbq restaurant Fun Spot America RMCing Mine Blower Old KidZone area construction expands at Universal Studios Florida The Bollywood joke can finally end DarKoaster given official opening date of May 11th https://www.wlwt.com/article/armed-suspect-apprehended-outside-of-kings-island/43609086  Cedar Fair parks implementing chaperone policy  

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Dababyreal ,

Great podcast!

I love coasters, and you guys do a great job at talking about them. Great podcast!

Bob226542875 ,

Too much nonsense

Podcast used to be better but lately it feels like the hosts gloss over the actual substance so they can get on to laughing at their own inside jokes.

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