Theme Park Insider Podcast, Episode 7: What are the most over-rated and under-rated theme park attractions?
This week on the Theme Park Insider podcast, we're trying something different. Instead of a one-on-one interview, or a news round-up, as we've brought you in the past, we're hosting a round-table discussion with three Theme Park Insider front-page writers.
James Koehl and Jeff Elliott join me this week on the podcast, where we reveal our picks for the most over-rated and under-rated theme park attractions. You might know James for his coverage of Cedar Point, as well as his recent epic two-part overview of Colorado theme parks. Jeff is the author of the Blog Flume Filter, his twisted take on the week's theme park news.
Robert's pick for most over-rated theme park attraction is Epcot's IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. Listen to this week's podcast episode to find out why.
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My hearing loss makes it pointless to listen to the podcasts. I haven't tried, but I go from experience listening to other things on my computer. I am interested in reading transcripts/recaps. I didn't vote in the poll because this wasn't really an option.
My option isn't in there but I voted I listen to it every week but I download the file and not trough Apple.
In general, I've never listened to podcasts of any kind at all. I do read the transcripts, but it feels like listening to podcasts would be a waste of time (it takes less time to read than it takes to hear others speak). I may have to check this one out because it's a particularly interesting topic to me and you didn't give a transcript.
Over rated: Soarin
It is something of a miracle that any amount of Cedar Point's Frontier Trial has remained somewhat intact. While it isn't nearly as quiet as it used to be in its early years, namely due to Millennium Force, Mantis, and the pump and lift noise of Snake River Falls, it has survived a couple decades of intense concrete and steel additions at the park. I have always felt like Frontier Trail has been a way to step back in time, not necessarily to the "Old West" but to the Cedar Point of the 1970s and 80s.
Just finished listening to this week's podcast-- really interesting discussion, especially about encouraging theme park companies to spend the money to build good attractions (like at Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong and the Universal theme parks), which will help attendance and bring in more revenue.
I occasionally listen to the pod casts but not very often. However I do have some strong feelings about over and under rated attractions.
Over-rated: Toy Story Midway Mania. I know I'll get a lot of hate for this. Yes it's fun, but not enough for me to wait an hour or so to go on. It's an upgraded videogame to me as you can play the game at home minus the moving seats, air blasts, and water spray.
I don't listen to all the podcasts, but I do listen to any that sound interesting. This was a pretty good one, and although I haven't experienced all the attractions mentioned I agree with all of them EXCEPT Indiana Jones Adventure (which remains my favorite ride at Disneyland and my favorite dark ride anywhere). As for my picks for overrated and underrated attractions...
I work for the parks, so I often am catching up on the latest news while I'm at work. Which isn't a good environment for listening to Podcasts. I prefer to read only because I can't listen.
PS, is there a transcript for this Podcast?
No, no transcript this week. I've only been transcribing the one-on-one interviews. FWIW, transcribing is a PITA, so I wanted to make sure readers cared before I put any more work into it. But it sounds like you (collectively) value the transcripts more than the audio itself!
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