Parkscope Podcasts

Synopsis

Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour: The best not really an hour podcast to hear babble about theme parks and amusement parks. Joe, Nick, Mike, Lane, Sean, and friends cover the news and happenings at Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World, and our local favorite parks.Immersive Irony Experience Theme Park Podcast: Alan searches his decades built rolodex for fans and industry insiders to deep dive into coasters, amusement parks, random dark rides, coaster culture, and more.EXPLICIT WARNING: Some adult language, situations, and beverages occur. It's all PG-13 fun.

Episodes

  • Immersive Irony Experience Theme Park Podcast: Last Sembalnce of Sanity Memorial Episode

    Immersive Irony Experience Theme Park Podcast: Last Sembalnce of Sanity Memorial Episode

    02/07/2020 Duration: 02h21min

    Alex has trip reports to discuss from Candymonium at Hersheypark, PIgeon Forge, Dollywood, Helen Georiga, and Six Flags over Georgia.

  • Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #198 - Flower and Garden and Food and Wine with Chris Wakefield

    Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #198 - Flower and Garden and Food and Wine with Chris Wakefield

    25/06/2020 Duration: 01h03min

    Joe and Nick are joined by theme park podcasting legend Chris Wakefield to discuss the massive amount of Walt Disney World news dropped this week plus Chris' small trip to Florida, including his stay at Endless Summer and ride on Hagrid.

  • Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #197 - Bracketology with Josh Spiegel

    Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #197 - Bracketology with Josh Spiegel

    18/06/2020 Duration: 01h04min

    In this week's sports themed podcast Joe and Lane are joined by writer and critic Josh Spiegel to discuss his Disney Parks Attractions bracket that swept the Twitter world. Plus the NBA and MLS playing at Walt Disney World, theme park additions to Disney+, the 10 year anniversary of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and The Bourne Stuntacular guest previews.

  • Bonus Episode: Helping Haunts

    Bonus Episode: Helping Haunts

    13/06/2020 Duration: 13min

    Bonus episode! Joe is joined by Kenny from In the Loop and Grin Grinning Hosts to talk about the charity event Helping Haunts! Money donated goes to the Minnesota Freedom Fund and you receive a special bonus HHN podcast AND a chance to win a huge prize pack!

  • Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #196 - Universal Orlando Reopens

    Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #196 - Universal Orlando Reopens

    05/06/2020 Duration: 01h01min

    Joe is joined by Brian from Inside Universal this week to discuss the NBA and MLS playing at Walt Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Universal Orlando reopening, new public health and safety protocols at Universal, USF retro merch, and more. #BlackLivesMatter Carrd.co for News, Resources, and How to HelpRiots are destructive, dangerous, and scary — but can lead to serious social reforms30 Black Americans Killed by Police Since George Floyd11 Things You Can Do to Help Black Lives Matter End Police ViolenceHow to Safely and Ethically Film Police MisconductHow to Be an Activist When You’re Unable to Attend ProtestsHow to Protest Safely in the Age of SurveillanceBooks About Race & RacismPodcasts that Talk About Racism

  • Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #195 - A Year of Star Wars Galaxys Edge

    Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #195 - A Year of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

    28/05/2020 Duration: 01h35min

    One year ago the much-hyped Star Wars Galaxy's Edge opened at Disneyland. Joe, Sean, and special guest David Daut discuss the land over the past year of operation, our disappointments, the triumphs, and final impressions. Included topics: Rise of the Resistance, Smuggler's Run, music vs atmosphere, lack of shows, food and beverage options, Data Pad, merchandise, and land design.

  • Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #194 - Friends of Gelitoni

    Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #194 - Friends of Gelitoni

    21/05/2020 Duration: 01h05min

    This week Joe, Lane, and Mike are joined by theme park and travel journalist Carlye Wisel! This podcast is jam-packed with news: Josh D'Amaro the new chairman of Disney Parks, Experience, and Products; Disney Springs and CityWalk reopening; SeaWorld aims to reopen in late June; Universal Orlando laying out plans; and Gatorland's Social Distancing Skunk Ape!Plus Mike's disdain for Disney Springs, Carlye's shock to Mike's revelation, a kinship over the love of Gelatoni, what we miss from theme parks, and more!You can find Carlye on her website, Twitter, Insta, and SyFy.

  • Immersive Irony Experience Theme Park Podcast: 2020 Coaster Season (?) Memorial Episode

    Immersive Irony Experience Theme Park Podcast: 2020 Coaster Season (?) Memorial Episode

    30/04/2020 Duration: 01h45min

    Alex and Alan talk mostly about the world of tomorrow, and we don't mean EPCOT. We literally mean the world...and tomorrow. Also some stuff about Indiana Beach and Alan's poor choices of YouTube viewing.

  • Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #193 - Concierge For All

    Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #193 - Concierge For All

    23/04/2020 Duration: 01h35min

    It's a full house with Joe, Lane, Mike, Nick, and Sean! This week we welcome back to the podcast Len Testa of The Unofficial Guide and Touring Plans to discuss all the craziest happening in the world of theme parks. Topics include The Bobs, the future of the Disney Cruise Line, how the parks could reopen with COVID-19, hotel deals, writing the Unofficial Guide, and the guest ratings for the latest additions to the parks. You can find Len at TouringPlans.com, The Unofficial Guide, and Disney Disney with Jim Hill.

  • Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #192 - Captain Geech Shrimp Shack Shooters

    Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #192 - Captain Geech Shrimp Shack Shooters

    17/04/2020 Duration: 59min

    Joe and Sean are cooped up in their homes, dodging cabin fever, and longing to visit the parks again. So we invited fellow theme park fan and comedy legend Justin McElroy of My Brother, My Brother & Me to the podcast! We talk about all our favorite things from the Disney parks, what a path towards reopening them would look like, our favorite restaurants at WDW, and more.Visit TheMcElroy.family to check out Justin and his family's universe of podcasts, videos, and books.

  • Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #191 - Remembering Astroworld

    Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #191 - Remembering Astroworld

    09/04/2020 Duration: 01h37min

    We are back baby! With nearly every park in the world currently closed, Joe, Alan, and Alex decide to discuss another park that closed in 2005: the odd duck Astroworld. Opened in 1968 and designed by the same man who brought us Six Flags over Texas, Kings Island, and Hersheypark; Astroworld offered an assortment of prototype and innovative attractions to the Houston area for nearly 40 years. We talk about its opening, our experiences at the park, the reasons for its closure, and cover some of the noteworthy rides inside the park.

  • Immersive Irony Experience Theme Park Podcast: NCAA Tournament Memorial Episode

    Immersive Irony Experience Theme Park Podcast: NCAA Tournament Memorial Episode

    23/03/2020 Duration: 02h35min

    Alex talks about his Disneyland Paris trip and the world falls apart. Recorded March 11, 2020, for context.

  • Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #190 - A Cathartic Disucssion on SARS-CoV-2

    Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #190 - A Cathartic Disucssion on SARS-CoV-2

    14/03/2020 Duration: 01h22min

    Time to self-quarantine folks. Joe is joined again by Brian from Inside Universal to discuss all the COVID-19 news. We discuss flattening the curve, preventative measures, the impact on the parks, and have a period of self-reflection on the last decade of theme park coverage. Also, don't be an asshole.House Passes Coronavirus Relief After Democrats Strike Deal With White HouseTrump’s False Claims About His Response to the CoronavirusTrump Disbanded NSC Pandemic Unit That Experts Had PraisedFlattening the CurveCDC Site on COVDI-19

  • Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #189 - Justice for Pluto and Donald

    Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #189 - Justice for Pluto and Donald

    12/03/2020 Duration: 57min

    The world is crumbling and we all we can do is talk about theme parks.  Joe is joined by Brian from Inside Universal and Banks Lee from Attractions the Show! They preview Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Dockside opening March 17. Then they close out the show covering Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disney's Hollywood Studios and their impressions on this new family ride.All of this while the world collapses around them.

  • Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #188 - The Double EP

    Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #188 - The Double EP

    05/03/2020 Duration: 01h19min

    There is so much news this week Joe has teamed up with Andrew Hyde from In The Loop to create a two-episode EP of a podcast! The first half, available here, covers Endless Summer Dockside's food and drinks, Coronavirus closures and concerns, Six Flag's woes, Kings Dominion, South Dakota's new coaster, and the rash of incidents at the Magic Kingdom this past week.On the second podcast available at In The Loop, Joe and Andrew cover Bob Chapek as Disney's CEO,  Disney's cost-cutting, Dollywood's expansion, the massive growth of the theme park fandom, and finally your questions!

  • Immersive Irony Experience Theme Park Podcast: Indiana Beach Memorial Episode

    Immersive Irony Experience Theme Park Podcast: Indiana Beach Memorial Episode

    21/02/2020 Duration: 01h44min

    Alan and Alex confront their own mortality in the demise of Apex's amusement park division and decide to dance around it for a long period of time trying to find joy, before embracing the void. Plus the folly of virtual queues, Rise's woes, and more!

  • Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #187 - Burger King of the Damned

    Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #187 - Burger King of the Damned

    13/02/2020 Duration: 02h20min

    Joe, Alan, and Alex join forces to survive the crazy random snowstorm to discuss the latest news! Disney's price increases, Super Nintendo World, Universal Studios Hollywood updates, Mission Ferrari ever opening?, and our yearly Owa Update. Finally Alan spills the beans on his long weekend trip to Orlando! He talks about FunSpot, the brutalist MCO airport, and his first time to Universal Orlando in four and a half years. Hot takes on Hagrid, Fast & Furious, Kong, and more!

  • Immersive Irony Experience Theme Park Podcast: Desperado Memorial Episode

    Immersive Irony Experience Theme Park Podcast: Desperado Memorial Episode

    07/02/2020 Duration: 01h34min

    Talking about coaster construction from sea to shining sea. And we've got some trip reports too! Alan rides his 1000th coaster, Alex skis, Japan theme park woes, China's shut downs, and more!

  • Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #186 - A Long Weekend Trip

    Parkscope Unprofessional Podcast Hour #186 - A Long Weekend Trip

    23/01/2020 Duration: 01h17min

    The dead speak!Joe is joined by guest Kyle to discuss their long weekend trips over Marathon Weekend. Kyle talks about his first visit to Universal in 23 years, including The Wizarding World and reuniting with ET. Then Joe talks a little about his experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios and riding Star Wars Rise of the Resistance.

  • Immersive Irony Experience Theme Park Podcast - 2010s Memorial Episode

    Immersive Irony Experience Theme Park Podcast - 2010s Memorial Episode

    26/12/2019 Duration: 02h39min

    In the last episode of the decade, Alan and Alex begin by discussing Alan's trip to Philadelphia as Alex obsesses over the cheesesteak details. Alan talks about his Thanksgiving weekend trip to the Netherlands and nerd out on the perfection of Efteling. Alex discusses his recent trip to Orlando with in-depth details about his first experience with Hollywood studios in nearly 20 years. The current state of operations on Hagrids Motorbike are also given. We wrap up the decade talking about all the different areas of the industry and predict what the upcoming decade will hold.

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