Coaster Talk Podcast

Coaster Talk Podcast

A weekly fun filled theme park and roller coaster podcast. With your host James Barber 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!

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September 26, 2022 93 min

This week James and Timmy have a very special guest on the show: Bob! He's back as a co-host and here to discuss this week's news! Some topics this week include: Bob's best friend Todd Joesph, El Toro having another moment, and a SCarowinds incident. The second half of the show includes discussion about James and Timmy's favorite part of the fall season, Haunt! Sit upright, hold on tight, and enjoy this week's s...

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Well, another year, another Golden Ticket Awards. Yay!* While we aren't exactly the biggest proponents of the award system nonetheless we do discuss the results this week, however fluad they may be. Along with that there's a ton of news as per usual engulfing the theme park industry, so buckle up as we tackle the hot topics of the week.

*Said completely sarcastically

Show Notes:

  • New Intamin Launched Log Flume > Episode ...
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    September 13, 2022 114 min

    Aloha everyone! We know, it's been a minute; if you want to hear where we've been/what we've been up to - go ahead and find last week's episode. Because this week, instead of dwelling on the fact that we've been MIA for a couple months, we decided to just go ahead and jump on back into the groove. And jump we do - covering an array of news stories swelling around the industry, then diving into our top 15 favorit...

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    September 5, 2022 53 min

    This weeks show is something that has taken quite a bit of planning, James and Timmy finally make it out to Europe! Not only did the two guys make it out but they bring you, the listener, along for the ride as well! The format of the show is a little different this week as the guys recorded trip reports at every park to bring you all on this adventure along with them! So sit back, grab some of your favorite Spanish delicacies, alon...

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    June 23, 2022 6 min

    The guys are off to Europe! Here a quick update before they depart. 

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    On this week’s episode, James and Timmy briefly cover this week’s news that includes some exciting locker systems from Six Flags, the announcement of the SeaWorld Orlando B&M Surf Coaster, and OF COURSE, some Disney news that Timmy cannot avoid talking about.

    The reason for the haste during the first half of the show is because James and Timmy are recapping one of the consistently best weekends of the year: Holliwood Nights! An...

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    On this week’s episode James and Timmy discuss some great investments going into parks, as well as parks trying to get people to buy into virtual investments. Other fun news stories include a change of theme at the Universal Orlando Tribute Store, and coaster campouts making a comeback at King’s Dominion.

     The second half of the show involves coaster lineups, but not the ones that you probably think about too often. 

    Overall, this ...

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    Quite the buzz about the new Titan Track finally making it's first true appearance this week. James and Timmy cover this along with a load of other stories that fill this weeks rundown.

    In the second half it is all about train aesthetics! Which coaster has the best? 

    SHOW NOTES:

  • Indonesian Waterslide Collapses Injuring 16
  • Coney Island Cincinnati Attempts To Set Record For Most Water Slide Riders Within 24 Hour Period
  • Possible ...
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    While Doctor Strange may be fighting alternate universe demons this week, James and Timmy are fighting sleep deprevation. The news this week includes Bob getting his own bar at his favorite park chain, an investigation being launched into Cedar Point’s dorms, and Russia taking things a step even further. 

    The second half quickly devolves into madness as the guys get too tired and they attempt to discuss their favorite night rides o...

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    This week it’s just James, Timmy, and a boat load of news from Kings Island. The guys cover Kings Island news, Reedy Creek developments, a ride closure, and questionable maintenance procedures.

    There’s no real cheerful news this week, unless you were not a fan of Da Vinci’s Cradle, but the merriment picks up in the second half when the guys discuss their much-anticipated Europe trip.

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  • Lawsuit Results Against Kings Isl...
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    April 26, 2022 100 min
    The guys have quite the news load before them this week! Listen as they hit the biggest stories of the week one after another. 

    That's only the beggining of the fun this week, however. For it's the time of year again. The time of year where everyone cringes from each of the hosts' top 50 coaster list, each one receiving the strictest of scrutiny from the others. Oh what fun!

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  • Disney, DeSantis, and Bears......
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    The guys are back and have some more to share about the Florida trip!

    In a more tradtional format this week, however, the show does start off with a news segment. The industry is a busy place these days, a lot to talk about this week!

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  • Theme Park Ride Shut Down After Boy, 4, Is Left Unrestrained
  • Allegedly seats on the Icon Drop Tower had been adjusted prior to the accident to fit larger guests
  • Employee Injured, Four Gue...
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    Listen in as the guys give you an update of their Floridian vacation, from the state itself!

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    Bob, James, and Timmy have Zach from Parkfans back on again! This week Carowinds and their potential retheme is discussed along with an array of other stories and topics. 

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  • Icon Tragedy
  • Dollywood Closes Drop Line Out Of Abundance Of Caution
  • Olympia Looping Tragedy
  • Lost Island Site Up!
  • Daddy Pig Supremacy
  • Conneaut Lake Park Water Park Being Removed
  • Niagara Park Opening
  • COTA To Build Tilt Coaster
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    March 28, 2022 77 min

    One wouldn't suspect something as tradtional and conventional as the log flume to be the subject of Intamin's newest restyling, but here we are. Listen in to James, Bob and Zach as they discuss what this all entails and speculate further on the project. Other news and happenings are discussed amoungst James and Bob as per usual.

    Later in the show we also revist the Holliwood Nights subject and what could be done to better a...

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    March 22, 2022 83 min

    Everyone seems to be deadset on the removal of a certain (look in the title) B&M sitdown looping coaster. Is this accurate? Here what the guys and the park have to say about it! Other additions, news, and innovations discussed as well in the first half.

    In the second half, Holiwood Nights in the topic at hand. Did we get in? Did you? Did anyone? There's quite a buzz going aorund about that, aswell as if it is a viable selec...

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    March 14, 2022 145 min

    We are are treated to Zach of ParkFans.net as a guest-host with the dudes this week! Listen in as the the three run down a rather uneventful week of news before getting to spotlight the two newest Virginia attractions: Tumbili and Pantheon! 

    Also, what coasters would they (and of course you, the audience) like to ride one more time if the world was ending? Listen in to find out!

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  • Chapek creates a mess for Disney 
  • Kings ...
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    Ton of news starts of this weeks show: from Pennsylvania all the way to China! Rides are being built, concepts created, and announcements made – we have it all covered here on this episode.

    Not only that but we get a trip report from two special guests pertaining to the brand new attraction "Pantheon", which just opened for passholder previews this past weekend...

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    Well it's that time of the week again, and boy oh boy is there fun in store for this one. Join the guy(s)? As they talk through the week's biggest stories, controversies, etc. with a few mintues of fun and sidetracking ;).

    SHOW NOTES:

  •  BGW's neighbor is building a multi-level go-kart track 
  • Polercoaster *cough not cough* opening in 3 years
  • Build the Wall BGWFans Custom Concept Art  
  • Hershey unveils their upgraded boo...
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    February 21, 2022 103 min

    Three hosts, 3 times the fun! Join in this week to hear some truly compelling news in the first half. This includes updates from the Bull, SeaWorld, and an androgynous sea-creature/dinosaur?

    If you think the first half sounds like a good time, you haven't seen anything yet. The second half is where the guys talk social media, Spring Break, and yes: Tower of Terror (that is not an understatement, a Universal V. Disney debate tru...

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