After catching up on the latest theme park news from the last month Mr. Lord of the Rings returns to give us an update on the business before tackling a bunch of great listener feedback questions.
Topic: In the Loop Podcast
Legend is back with his review of Rise of the Resistance (no spoilers). What happens when Hyde and Legend play the role of Santa at your local park? We talk adding rides or changing policies at a bunch of parks across the country. Spoiler alert… sometimes we opted for more booze over more rides.
Don’t write this episode off just yet… some news is covered so regardless you’ll want to tune in for at least that. Otherwise, since there has been zero news Hyde invited his long-time friend Bryan (Twitter: @rockceratops) on the show to talk international coaster trips. No, don’t worry, this is not a trip report podcast, but rather they swap stories, highlights and mistakes from their trips to Europe, Japan, Mexico, and the Middle East.
Legend is back and well the plan was to review Rise of the Resistance but that didn’t happen so naturally we talk about the next biggest topic – what happens when a major theme park fails to pay their power bill and got shut down. Hype level for Iron Gwazi is sky-high after Legend visited BGT this week, we predict if the massive London park will actually get built, ferris wheel water slides, listener questions and more.
Hyde dials up Parkscope Joe to talk a little bit about everything but also a lot about IAAPA. Naturally when you get the two of them together a lot is said about drinks, which begs the question what would the the In The Loop signature drink?
With it being a slower news week – as in there was no real news – Kenny and Hyde turn the episode into one giant topic: ranking the Six Flags parks. While you might be able to guess how some of the list shakes out (spoiler alert: America is not #1) there are a few surprises along the way.
With the slow news week, Legend and Hyde tackle the topic of what park wins for having the best decade. Lots of good rides were added in the last 10 years, plenty of rides removed, and even parks that closed and reopened making the decision harder than you might think.
Kenny is back from his big California trip and we unpack everything from the trip including his first-ever visit to Disneyland. Then tackle the closure of La Feria in Mexico and the opening of American Dream.
Beard and Ranger are back with Hyde to talk about the second half of their big European trip. Does Expedition GeForce live up to the hype? What about Europa? Is it as good as people say? Listen to find out that and to hear Ranger pronounce all the strange German ride names. Who knew he knew German?
If you haven’t been living under a rock this past week you can probably guess what was the big news we talked about. That’s right the new Hersheypark restaurant concept art! Doesn’t it look sweet? (Pun originally not intended). That and we touch on that little story about Six Flags trying to buy Cedar Fair. What we think happened, what could’ve happened, and what parks Six Flags will try to buy in the future. Another great week of listener questions to round out the show. But seriously though, the Hersheypark restaurant does look good.