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The Park Fanatic Podcast - The Theme Park Podcast for Fanatics

We are The Park Fanatics! Creators and Hosts of The Park Fanatic Podcast. We love to blab about theme parks, roller coasters, haunts, mazes, attractions, conventions, and more! Your hosts, Gabe and Garett, take you on a magical journey across the amusement park world every other week.
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We are The Park Fanatics! Creators and Hosts of The Park Fanatic Podcast. We love to blab about theme parks, roller coasters, haunts, mazes, attractions, conventions, and more! Your hosts, Gabe and Garett, take you on a magical journey across the amusement park world every other week. Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Tunein Radio, Blubrry, and Youtube. Visit our full site at www.ParkFanatic.com

Dec 23, 2016

On the Season 2 Finale of The Park Fanatic Podcast, we welcome Disney Legend, Bob Gurr to the show! Bob Gurr is known for his work as a Disney Imagineer, Ride Designer, and as the Father of King Kong Encounter at Universal Studios, Hollywood. The enormous 30 foot tall animatronic was a technological marvel at the time of its debut. Bob tells us all about how he designed the show, including the exploding helicopter and the legendary King Kong himself. Join us on this journey through theme park history.

Stay tuned to the end of this episode for a special surprise announcement.

Share or RT our episode promo on any social media for your chance to win a King Kong print autographed by Bob Gurr!

www.BobGurr.com <---- All Things Bob Gurr

www.TheStudioTour.com <--- Great resource on The Studio Tour at Universal Studios.

 

 

Dec 12, 2016

On Episode 225 of The Park Fanatic Podcast, our good friend Rick West of Theme Park Adventure joins us once again to discuss his adventures in Orlando during this years IAAPA Convention. In this XL sized episode, we talk about: Walt Disney World, Funspot, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Universal Orlando, Islands of Adventure, and much much more. We also talk about what the coolest things on the floor of IAAPA were this year! If you are a fan of theme parks (which I would hope you are if you made it this far) then this massive plethora of rides, theme parks, bars, food and entertainment is just for you! Sit back, relax and enjoy the flight to Orlando, for some insane theme park fun!

 

 

Nov 28, 2016

On Episode 224 of The Park Fanatic Podcast, the boys sit down with Rick West of Theme Park Adventure and Midsummer Scream to talk about the classic Disneyland attraction, The Haunted Mansion. Since it's opening, the Mansion has consistently wowed guests with it's spooky fun atmosphere, it's incredible illusions, classic characters (The Hatbox Ghost, The Hitchhiking Ghosts, The Bride, The Ghost Host) and music. This is an episode not to be missed if you are a Haunted Mansion fan! We have behind the scenes stories about what it's like to work the cobweb filled halls of the Mansion! Now hop in your doom buggie and come on a delightfully spooky journey through The Haunted Mansion!

Nov 21, 2016

On Episode 223 of the Park Fanatic Podcast, because of their unfortunate mishap with the last recording and how the guys did not want to leave everyone hanging; they recorded a mini episode! The guys cover a myriad of topics including Garett's Coaster Corner, Sinister Pointe Holiday Maze, Knott's Berry Farm new rides for 2017, the new drone show at Disney Springs in Orlando and a GREAT review by listener Jordan Driver all about Scareowinds! 

Oct 31, 2016

On episode 222 of The Park Fanatic Podcast, we bring you our Indy Haunt Halloween Spectacular! Special guests Bishoy Ghobrial and Nikki Montoya join us to discuss all 12 independent haunts that we visited over the 2016 haunt season. Some of them are Pro-Haunts, some of them are Home Haunts, one of them is even an Escape Room. Check out the list of links below for all of the haunts included in this episode. We hope you have a happy and haunted Halloween, Fanatics! 

Oct 18, 2016

On episode 221 of the Park Fanatic Podcast, we bring you our full review of Knott's Scary Farm 2016! Knott's Berry Farm was the first theme park to scare their guests with a spooky, haunted event. 43 years later, the haunt is still running strong. This year, Knott's Scary Farm included 9 mazes, 4 independent Skeleton Key Rooms, 4 scare zones, and 2 shows. We bring you our review on absolutely everything at the event including the three new mazes Shadowlands, Special Ops: Infected, and The Red Barn! Haunt Fanatics wont want to miss this episode!

Oct 10, 2016

On Episode 220 of The Park Fanatic Podcast, Gabriel and his Wife Nikki recount their trip to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood. This terrifying event carries the heavy hitters when it comes to intellectual properties. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Walking Dead, Halloween, The Exorcist, American Horror Story, Freddy Vs. Jason, and Krampus all invade the famous movie studio to bring terror to life for the many visitors of the theme park. There was also the Jabbawockeez in their second year at HHN as well as Terror Tram Presented by Eli Roth, the acclaimed horror/thriller Director. With such a variety of things to cover, there is no wonder this is an XL sized episode! Mazes, monsters, horror and fun are all the things you will find at HHN in Hollywood. 

Oct 3, 2016

On episode 219 of The Park Fanatic Podcast, the boys bring you their 2016 review of The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor! This legendary haunt, located in Long Beach CA, has been scaring its attendees for over 20 years. Will you survive the 6 mazes that cover the haunted grounds? Garett and Gabe barely made it out alive to bring you their honest opinions on Circus, Intrepid, and Lullaby, as well as all the other haunted attractions Dark Harbor has to offer. We also talk about the recent removal of Fear VR: 5150 from Knott's Scary Farm. This is a scary good episode that you wont want to miss! Happy Haunting Haunt Fanatics! 

Sep 26, 2016

On Episode 218 of The Park Fanatic Podcast, Gabe and Garett delve into their experiences at Fright Fest over at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. Join us as we discuss and review everything Fright Fest had to offer this year. From the terrifying scare zones to the hair raising mazes and the NEW Suicide Squad Experience in the DC Universe, there was plenty to talk about when it comes to the large event Six Flags has pulled together for the 2016 year! They also talk about the recent news of Cedar Fair changing the name of their Fear VR 5150 experience due to some complaints. Do you think it should have been changed? Join in on the discussion by leaving us a message on our Facebook, Twitter, or at www.ParkFanatic.com. You can also drop us an email us at Parkfanatic@gmail.com.

Sep 19, 2016

On episode 217 of The Park Fanatic Podcast, we bring you the top 10 most underrated roller coasters in California! Special Guest Sean Verheijen from California Coaster Kings, joins us to discuss every roller coaster you may have overlooked in the past. From Six Flags Magic Mountain to California's Great America, we cover all of the major theme parks throughout the state! We also talk about our upcoming plans for the 2016 Haunt Season. This is an amazing episode that the coaster fanatics wont want to miss!

Sep 5, 2016

On Episode 216 of The Park Fanatic Podcast, we battle our friends from Extended Queue on our new segment, Attraction Wars! The closing of The Twilight Zone, Tower Of Terror at Disney's California Adventure has upset some die-hard fans. The all new Guardians Of The Galaxy, Mission Breakout, is set to replace the classic ride in early 2017. We invited Steven and Tiffany to battle it out over which Attraction is better suited for the Southern California theme park. Who wins? You decide! Vote for the winner on Twitter! We also cover the recent Six Flags announcement including Justice League, Battle For Metropolis and the multiple Joker Coasters for 2017. Not enough? How about a Knott's Scary Farm Update? We've got the latest news from the Knott's Scary Farm Announcement for 2016! Join us on this crazy ride around the amusement park world!

Aug 22, 2016

On this episode, we get caught up on the recent announcements in the roller coaster world. We visit Garett's Coaster Corner for some updates on InvadR, Mystic Timbers, Lech Coaster, Mean Streak, and Vortex. We also go over all of the recent Cedar Fair theme park announcements at Cedar Point, Worlds of Fun, Knott's Soak City, King's Island, Dorney Park, Carowinds, and Valley Fair. Not enough for you? Haunt fans rejoice! Gabe's Haunt Hut makes a return for some Halloween Horror Nights news. We then take you to our main topic, The History Of The Roller Coaster. We take you from the ice covered Russian Mountains of the 1800s all the way to the most modern achievements in the roller coaster world. Sit back and enjoy the history lesson fanatics. Its sure to be a wild ride!

*DISCLAIMER* There was some misinformation in this episode. After recent review, we would like to point out our mistakes. Kingda Ka is 456 feet tall and the first wing rider roller coaster was the Intamin built Furious Baco. We apologize for the brain fart. Shout out to @MrJHeckles on Twitter for setting us straight.  

Aug 8, 2016

On Episode 214 of The Park Fanatic Podcast, the guys talk everything Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival! From July 30th-31st, The Long Beach Convention Center was the epicenter for all things Halloween. From the Hall of Shadows to the overwhelming amount of vendors, there was so much to talk about this event. Gabe and Garett talk about the major announcements made at the festival by: Six Flags Fright Fest, Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood, Knott’s Scary Farm and Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor. They were also able to get some great interviews with: John Murdy, Chris Williams, Jon Cooke, Larry Bones of Boneyard Effects, Scott Ramp, The Captain of Dark Harbor, The Iron Master (New Character for 2016) from Dark Harbor and The Decayed Brigade Sliders! Last but not least, they talk in depth about the scare zone Toxicity in the Hall of Shadows and the many mini haunts that brought their scary best for everyone. So much Halloween goodness in an XL sized episode of The Park Fanatic Podcast! It is sure to make your head spin and puke split pea soup!

Jul 25, 2016

On Episode 213 of The Park Fanatic Podcast, the boys have gathered tales from people who have worked in the Haunt Industry! From the monster to the maze designer, guests join the Fanatics to share their personal stories from working in haunted houses. Some funny and some interesting, this episode is packed with Haunt goodness! The boys also talk about the recent BREAKING NEWS that the Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure Park is being re-themed to Guardians of the Galaxy. Find out what they think about this drastic change. They also bring you information about the biggest and baddest Halloween festival to hit California, The Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival. Its a jam packed and spooky episode of The Park Fanatic Podcast!

Jul 11, 2016
On Episode 212 of The Park Fanatic Podcast, the boys sit down with Jeff Tucker! This man of many talents is the Host of 91 Reasons, Author of The Sixth Key book Series and Show writer/ Spokesperson for Knott’s Berry Farm. This action packed episode covers everything from Knott’s Scary Farm, Trapped, The Sixth Key Book Series, to his podcast series 91 Reasons. Learn about the behind the scenes stories of some of your favorite Jeff Tucker creations! Who knows, we might even have a guest appearance by another popular character! Are you a Park Fanatic?
Jun 27, 2016

On Episode 211 of the Park Fanatic Podcast, we sit down with Jim Terry from Wild Gravity Travels to get caught up on all things Florida. We cover all of the roller coaster debuts from Mako at Seaworld to Cobras Curse at Busch Gardens. Jim fills us in on the state of the Orlando theme parks after terrible tragedy that happened at the Pulse Night Club. We even visit the recent happenings at Legoland, Universal Studios, and Walt Disney World. We couldnt leave the haunt fans hanging. We sneak in some Haunt news with another installment of Gabe's Haunt Hut. It's another jam packed episode. Are you a Park Fanatic?!

Visit www.WildGravityTravels.com to check out Jim and Brent's excellent theme park blog!

Jun 13, 2016

On Episode 210 of the Park Fanatic Podcast, we take a trip down to central Florida to talk about Gabriel and Nikki's trip to The Walt Disney World Resort for their honeymoon. These two Disney dorks were able to hit some of the biggest attractions while they were at the Happiest Place on Earth. Find out what their favorites were, what they thought of the Magic Band system and their amazing dinner at the exclusive Chef's Table at Victoria and Albert's Restaurant located in the Grand Floridian. Also, Garett (the resident coaster fanatic) is here to bring us the most up to date news and details about roller coasters. Ghostrider is now open after it's long refurbishment at Knott's Berry Farm as well as updates on Lightening Rod and much more. It's a jam packed and LONG episode but it promises to be magical! 

May 30, 2016

On Episode 209 of The Park Fanatic Podcast, hop in the Single Rider line with us as we explore the Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knott’s Berry Farm! This iconic attraction located in Buena Park, CA has been thrilling families since 1969. Over those years, millions of people have passed through its flumes. We start our journey by taking you through the ride itself, walking you through each scene. After that, we tell you all about the history of the log ride and its creator, Bud Hurlbut. Did someone say Haunt?? Hop on Satan’s Sawmill as we explore the rich haunt history of this classic ride at the Halloween Haunt event. But wait, there’s more! We also explore the 2013 restoration project, headed by Garner Holt, that brought the Timber Mountain Log Ride back to its former glory. Take a ride through Calico Mountain with us Fanatics! Its sure to be a blast! FIRE IN THE HOLE!

May 16, 2016

Gabe was on vacation so Garett had some fun in this weeks mini episode. Garett takes you to on another coaster filled adventure as he catches you up on the recently opened roller coasters around the world. He also touches on a restoration of an older coaster as well as the first POV of a new one. Jump on board for a quick dose of theme park on this weeks action packed episode!

May 2, 2016

On Episode 207 of The Park Fanatic Podcast, we welcome YouTube sensation sWooZie to the show to talk about his Confessions of a Disney Employee videos. After a year of working for the Mouse, he has many stories to share on his well crafted animated videos. sWooZie talks about the behind the scenes, the making of his famous video and the rest of his experiences at Walt Disney World. Truly an amazing experience and hilarious interview. Garett also brings us another Coaster Corner where we talk about the most recent roller coaster news and events. Also, Gabriel finally got his own segment! He brings you his Halloween Countdown where he talks about the most recent Haunt news and rumors. Halloween Horror Nights Orlando and Hollywood have recently announced their Exorcist maze for HHN 2016! Its a jam packed episode this week and we hope you all enjoy it!

Apr 18, 2016

On Episode 206 of the Park Fanatic Podcast, take a trip with us as we hop on our Nimbus 2000’s to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood with our Guests Nikki Phillips (Honorary Park Fanatic) and Host of Dizney Coast to Coast, Jeff DePaoli. Muggles are now gallivanting through the streets of Hogsmeade here at Universal Studios Hollywood. With a lengthy soft opening before its Grand Opening, the Park Fanatics have been able to visit the Wizarding World to experience the magic first hand. We talk about the groundbreaking attraction Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey as well as all the detailed themeing which brings the books of JK Rowling to life. Do you have what it takes to win the House Cup? Or the TriWizard Cup? Or come face to face with Dementors? If you think you do, gather up your wands and invisibility cloaks and prepare for a magical episode of the Park Fanatic Podcast. 

Apr 4, 2016

On Episode 205, of The Park Fanatic Podcast, the guys talk about the weirdest theme parks in the world! Out here in Southern California, we are spoiled with some of the best theme parks. With Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios and Six Flags Magic Mountain in our backyard, it doesn't take much to weird us out. But, this list is going above and beyond the strange and unusual. With theme parks ranging from Disneyland ripoffs, sexual education tours, to a tour of the many layers of Buddhist Hell, this episode is diverse and nothing short of entertaining. Listen in to this crazy episode to find out what made the Fanatics TOP 7 list of the Weirdest Theme Parks in the world!

Mar 21, 2016

On Episode 204 of The Park Fanatic Podcast, we are joined by 4 creators of The Legacy Of Arrow Development. This documentary from A.C.E showcases the amazing accomplishments of Arrow Development, a ride manufacturer based out of Mountain View, CA. They have paved the way by designing the first tubular steel track on a roller coaster with Walt Disney (The Matterhorn at Disneyland), the world’s first log flume, the world’s first modern inverting coaster, as well as many other innovative ride designs. We’ve gotten an exclusive interview with the creative team of The Legacy Of Arrow Development. Please welcome to the show, Kris Rowberry (Writer and Producer), Nicholas Laschkewitsch (Director and Editor), Kim Mix (Co-Editor and Co-Producer), and Robert Ingle ( Assosiate Producer)! Watch the Documentary for FREE at www.LegacyofArrow.com

Mar 7, 2016

On Ep. 203 of The Park Fanatic Podcast, Rick West of Theme Park Adventure stops by to give us an exclusive behind the scenes look into the making of his book all about Pirates of the Caribbean. This publication is the most comprehensive look into the making and creation of the classic Walt Disney attraction at Disneyland. The book includes exclusive interviews with Marty Sklar, Tony Baxter, Bob Baranick, Alice Davis and Marc Davis. Take a ride with the Park Fanatics as we grab our bottles of rum and sing Yo Ho as we discuss this quintessential theme park attraction. We've also got another Garett's Coaster Corner for you! We bring you up to date on the 9 new Virtual Reality Coasters that are being added to the Six Flags theme parks. Need an update on Mako at Seaworld? How about Valravn at Cedar Point? We got you covered on this episode of The Park Fanatic Podcast!

Feb 29, 2016

This is Part 2 of a two-part episode! Check out last week's episode to listen to Part 1. Director Braedon Freeland stops by to talk about his new documentary, Sliders Of Ghosttown: Origins. He is joined by resident Ghosttown Streets Monster Eric Saunders, AKA Double D. This Documentary covers the rich history of sliding, which started at Halloween Haunt at Knott’s Berry Farm. About 40 years ago, the first sliders began wreaking havoc on the guests of Ghosttown. Since then, the art of sliding has spread to haunts all over the world. Sliders Of Ghosttown: Origins shows you what really went into the evolution of the sport and the scare. This episode will give you a glimpse into the making of the documentary, as well as some of the history, injuries, and techniques of the sliders themselves. Visit www.b-free-media.com to view the trailer now. 

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