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

Feb 22, 2016

This is a two-part episode! Tune in next week for Part 2. 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 to view the trailer now. Tune in next week for Part 2 of the interview!

Feb 7, 2016

On the Season 2 Premiere of the Park Fanatic Podcast, Gabe and Garett talk about all the exciting new things they have in store for the show. They visit Garett’s Coaster Corner to talk about some major roller coaster updates on Mako, Lightening Rod and Cobra’s Curse. For the main topic of the show, your hosts talk about Jurassic Park The Ride on their brand new "Single Rider" segment! Since its opening, Jurassic Park The Ride has been a staple attraction for Universal Studios on its lower lot. Even now in 2016, the astonishing dinosaurs contained within the walls of this deceptively tranquil ride continue to wow riders. Are you brave enough to face the mighty T-Rex and plunge 84 feet? If you are, prepare yourself for a fun and wild adventure with the Park Fanatics!

Dec 21, 2015

 (*Season 1 Finale*) We go holiday crazy in this episode of the Park Fanatic Podcast! The Fanatics have spent the last month checking out all of the holiday festivities in Southern California. We start our sleigh ride in Long Beach, CA at Queen Mary’s Chill. We then prance over to Disneyland to see what holiday offerings they have during their 60th Diamond Celebration. Anyone need their Christmas light fix? Holiday in the Park at Six Flags, Magic Mountain has some of the best in the state! We couldn’t forget about Knott’s Merry Farm and all of their wonderful winter shows. Last but not least, we discuss all of the whoville holiday happenings in Hollywood. Grinchmas at Universal Studios, of course! We want to thank you for all of the amazing support we have received through season 1. We hope you have a wonderfully Happy Holidays and crazy New Year. Stay tuned Fanatics! We will be returning in early 2016!

Dec 7, 2015

On Episode 16 of The Park Fanatic Podcast, Garett and Gabe talk about The Season of the Force celebration in Disneyland Anaheim. Along with all the normal tangents you have come to know and love. The new Star Wars celebration in Tomorrowland has so many offerings that it can make your head spin from excitement. But is it all that its cracked up to be? Gabe was able to face the crowds and get a first hand experience on Seasons of the Force. Learn about Path of the Jedi, Star Wars Launch Bay and Hyperspace Mountain. Also find out what kind of food space aliens eat! This is a fun filled episode that will sure to be out of this world. 

Nov 23, 2015

In Episode 15 of the Park Fanatic Podcast, we are joined by Greg Condon from Park Journey to give us the scoop on all the cool news coming out of IAPPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) 2015! If you are a theme park junkie like we are, then you will love to hear news about MACK, RMC, Triotec, Salley and many other companies displaying their shiny new toys. Will someone purchase The Walking Dead: A VERY Dark Ride to put in a park near you? Or will someone buy the new RMC singular track roller coaster? Get excited and pumped for all these things in this exciting episode. 

Nov 9, 2015

In this episode, we take you back in time to revisit your favorite rides and attractions from the past. We have compiled a great top 10 list of former attractions that we think were the best of their time. Our discussion of defunct rides travels all over the globe covering roller coasters, dark rides, and 4D theaters. You wont want to miss this blast from the past Fanatics! Join us as we talk about previous rides from Disney, Six Flags, and Cedar Fair theme parks. Not enough? We also update you on all of the new 2016 roller coasters currently under construction. Stay tuned Fanatics! This is going to be one heck of a ride!

Oct 26, 2015

In Episode 13 of The Park Fanatic Podcast, we cover the independent haunts and events of 2015 we attended. In this Halloween Spectacular, we showcase The 17th Door, LA’s Haunted Hayride, Long Beach Zombie Walk, The Bunker Experience, Wicked Lit, and Drunken Devil. Not enough? We also tell you about the best and worst of the 2015 Haunt Season. From Knott’s Scary Farm to Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, we tell you everything that stood out during this year’s Horrific Halloween Haunt. Happy Halloween everyone! We hope you had as much fun as we did!

Oct 19, 2015

In episode 12 of The Park Fanatic Podcast, Garett and Gabe sit down with Rick West of Theme Park Adventure to review and talk about Knott's Scary Farm 2015. The biggest, baddest and Granddaddy of all haunted events boasts 11 mazes, 3 scare zones, 2 shows and thousands of monsters lurking in the fog. From the classic and original scare zone Ghost Town Streets to the new and dance crazed Fiesta De Los Muertos, there is nowhere to hide in the farm. GOOD CITIZENS OF CALICO, ARE YOU READY FOR A HAUNT REVIEW!? This year there is A LOT of hype behind Paranormal Inc: Case 13 of Hayden Hill. Does it live up to the hype? Also, there have been lots of changes made to existing mazes from last year, do they bring the mazes new life or do they fall to the end of their ropes? Find it all out here on The Park Fanatic Podcast!

Oct 13, 2015

In Episode 11 of The Park Fanatic Podcast, Gabe and Garett sit down with Laura from SoCal Horror to talk everything Halloween Horror Nights. We rave about Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness and we rant about This is the End 3D. Find out what maze made Gabe shriek and curl up in fear! Laura gives us her favorites and the scoop from this years Halloween Horror Nights 25 in Orlando. Ever curious about the differences between the two events? Which is better? Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights or Orlando Halloween Horror Nights? Wait no longer because we also delve into the difference between the coastal events that share the same name. Its nothing short of scary, terrifying, electrifying and HORRORfying in this episode of The Park Fanatic Podcast!

Oct 5, 2015

In Episode 10 of the Park Fanatic Podcast, we talk about and review The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor Haunted event in Long Beach California. This chilling event takes you into mazes built around the ghostly legends that supposedly haunt the Queen Mary. This event continues to impress as well as scare us during every Halloween season. Are you brave enough to face Scary Mary in the BRAND NEW maze Lullaby? Are you brave enough to enter the Ring Masters Circus filled with demented clowns and mimes? Are you brave enough to encounter dead sailors in DeadRise? Or do you just want to go and see some freaks? Its all here at Queen Mary's Dark Harbor, where evil lurks within!

Sep 28, 2015

In this episode of The Park Fanatic Podcast, we cover Six Flags Fright Fest. This terrifying event is located at Six Flags Magic Mountain, the largest theme park in Southern California. Fright Fest continues to terrify the locals of So Cal as well as amaze the industry with some of the best make up and costumes on the planet.  We were lucky enough to hit every maze and scare zone in the park and have brought it straight to you! From Sinister Circuit to Exile Hill, We have got to scoop on all of the major attractions. Find out what Gabe and Garett really think about this haunted event! 

Sep 13, 2015

We have a special guest on this episode of The Park Fanatic Podcast! Jeff DePaoli from Dizney Coast To Coast stops by to talk about Star Wars Land. We chat about the rides, shops, and all of the immersive elements of the new area. We have the info on the Star Wars expansions planned for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios. Six flags announced all of the new additions for 2016. We have the run down on The Joker at Discovery Kingdom, The New Revolution at Magic Mountain, and the 12 new rides at Over Georgia. What an action packed episode! 

Aug 30, 2015

In this episode of The Park Fanatic Podcast, we dive into our recent trips to Knotts Soak City and Knotts Berry Farm. We also have all of the info from the recent Knotts Scary Farm preview event as well as our speculations on the haunt season. Get ready for a blast from the past. Our main topic in this episode is the history of Geauga Lake. Join us as we take you on a journey through the rich past of this theme park. We start the story at a quaint picnic park and take you all the way to the largest amusement park that ever existed. The Fanatics cover all of the roller coasters, water parks, Sea World history, Six Flags expansions, and of course, the tragic downfall of the park in the hands of Cedar Fair. Join us as we take a trip back in time! 

Aug 17, 2015

In Episode 06 of the Park Fanatic Podcast, we talk about 3 major roller coaster updates and Tips on how to SURVIVE a Haunt. Do you love roller coasters? RMC? Or Leaked ride plans? Garett has some updates just for you! Specifically we talk about the reveal of Lightening Rod at Dollywood, the leaked plans for Valraven at Cedar Point and the preview video for Storm Chaser at Kentucky Kingdom. 3 great new rides for any theme park/roller coaster enthuisiest. Gabe also gets into his Haunt mode and talks about his hints/tips/tricks to have the best time at any Haunted attraction. Although Gabe loses count of his tips, these are all important to any level Haunt (Halloween Lover) goer to know in order to fully enjoy the events. These tips works very well for Halloween Haunt at Knotts Scary Farm, Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood and Fright Fest Six Flags Magic Mountain. 


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Aug 11, 2015

In this episode, we cover ScareLA, Californias Largest Halloween Convention! Weve got all the treats and goodies on the 2015 Halloween season. Knotts Scary Farm, Halloween Horror Nights, and Dark Harbor all have new mazes and experiences! Have you seen the Hatbox Ghost? We've got the scoop! We cover all of the theme park releases in this terrifying episode. Dont forget to hit the convention floor! We'll tell you everything we found out in the vendors and booths. We also cover the mini mazes, panels, monsters, and make up in this trick or treat special. Happy Haunting Scare LA Fanatics! 

Aug 2, 2015

In Episode 04 of the Park Fanatic Podcast, We talk about what we are excited for with ScareLA lurking around the corner. ScareLA is Los Angele's Largest and only Halloween Convention. With onsite scares and reveals, its an event NOT to be missed.  We also talk about some roller coaster construction updates with Phobia, Cobra's Curse and Mako. As well as cover up to date information about Shanghai Disneyland plans. With Haunt right around the corner, you know the Park Fanatics are going to be extra excited on this episode. 

Jul 15, 2015

In episode 3 of The Park Fanatic Podcast, we go deep into the Haunt World. Knotts Scary Farm, Halloween Horror Nights, and Scare LA are just some of the Haunt topics we touch. Then, we share The Park Fanatic's answer to what we think is The 10 Most Underrated Attractions in America. We dive right into America's most underrated rides, roller coasters, and experiences! This show is going to be a blast!

Jul 4, 2015

In this episode of The Park Fanatic Podcast, we get caught up on Mako at SeaWorld. We also take a look at the upgrades Disney Land put into their classic ride, Peter Pan's Flight. Have you heard the rumors? We have the latest info on your favorite wooden coasters, and what RMC has got planned for them! Stay tuned Fanatics. This is going to be a crazy ride you won't want to miss!

Jul 4, 2015

In this episode, we go in depth about our experience with Voyage to the Iron Reef at Knott's Berry Farm. We also give our review of Twisted Colossus, and The Fast and the Furious: Supercharged. It may be June, but were ready for Halloween! We discuss the most recent news going on in the Haunt world. This is a show that you don't want to miss!

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