38 thoughts on “Laser Time – Bemusement Parks

  1. Weird that after I did a bunch of reading on the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride and it’s destruction that this topic comes around, excited to listen!

  2. I completely understood Henry when he was talking about being abandoned at an amusement park during a band trip.
    It’s not fun being placed in a group of sophomores and mostly juniors when you’re a freshmen. I’ll just leave it at that.

  3. That Sega live show…they should play that shit on loudspeakers to force hostage-takers out of buildings. Great episode.

  4. I worked at an amusement park in it’s final years. In the last 10 years of its over 120 year lifespan it: added a water park, became a Six Flags, bought up the adjacent Sea World and after a couple years sold off all the animals, un-Six Flagsified, sold off most of it’s rides and died out.

    In it’s last couple years it was operated by Cedar Fair, who has all the Peanuts branding. Since you brought it up, most of the employees that wear those freakish mascot outfits are really young boys and girls. Like 14 or 15 years old. Since their bodies are so small that giant head makes them to be about normal adult height.

    Working in behind-the-scenes logistic stuff was pretty fascinating because this place had so many eras of artifacts and ruins and you would come across the weirdest shit that had been walled off in old, unused buildings.

  5. Are you doing something different when you post these? I’m using BeyondPod. It normally gives me a button, but I’m having to go through a browser to download. I haven’t had a download link in a couple months. Cape Crisis works fine. Thanks for the free entertainment btw. I preach the gospel of LT wherever I go. Been listening since TDar 1.

  6. I’ve actually been to the American Adventure Park near Derby (In the UK), it was fucking shit. Not surprised at all to hear it closed down.

  7. Oh hey I went to American Adventure with school every year!
    It was-… fun enough for a 14 yr old and their friends. There’s roller coasters.

    The general consensus was “I don’t get what’s American about it… OH there are KFCs everywhere, hahaha!”

  8. Chris I am sure you already know about this but the nautilus at Disneyland Paris is amazing. It is just something you walkthough but is still really fun and is closely tied to the film. If you are ever in Paris it is worth the short train ride down to the park just to experience how things are different and also the same.

    A co-worker of mine died while on a family vacation at Disneyland in 1998. I do not remember if he died in the park or later at the hostipal. You can read some of the details of how cleat at the dock for the Columbia Ship broke loose from and hit him in the head on the wiki page for Disneyland injuries — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incidents_at_Disneyland_Resort. I have an AP and despite living in Seattle and going a few times a year but I have never ridden the Columbia or the steam boat since he passed away.

    1. Wow you knew him? I remember when that happened, what a terrible, totally crazy accident. I think about that every time I’m at the dock and see the cleats. So sorry for your loss.

  9. Ah I love to get snockererd at CA Adventure and then stagger over to Disneyland proper. Probably the best place to do that is either the Cove Bar or with them light up drinks they have at the Mad T dance party (formerly Electronica). Hell they even serve a vodka drink in Cars Land. Just gotta hold it together when you show them your pass at the gate…. whoopie!

  10. Hey I can’t believe you guys said not a word about Great America! That’s themed Peanuts right? And before that Smurfs, and before that Looney Tunes (when I was a kid). Some pretty good thrill rides there, not so much on shows I guess. I remember the 360 swing type ride was over a lagoon, and you could hear change and wallets rain down into the water when the thing stalled upside down too long. I remember the arcade had a lot of weird games you didn’t see anyplace else.

  11. HAHA i totally went to see mortal Kombat live in 5th grade I think. I remember i got a Lui Kang headband and proudly wore it to school the next day. I felt like the coolest kid around!!

  12. I was in the hospital getting an infusion today and I fucking lost it when Chris made the “Hiiiiiiissssssssssssssssssssssssss” sound.

  13. I gotta disagree with Mikel on the worst Disneyland stuff. For me, it’s the Carousel of Progress. It’s a great attraction from the Worlds’ Fair but it’s such a relic. 25 minutes of just pure bore-dom.

    And I love some of the Disney homages in rides. My favorite is in I think the Disneyland version of the Winnie the Pooh ride, which replaced Country Bear Jamboree. You literally have to turn around and look up when exiting one of the rooms (I think the Heffalumps and Woozles room) and the three mounted moose heads are up above the doorway. I LOVE easter eggs like that.

  14. Great episode! made me remember my sweet ass trip to disney on ice, and that i got my snow cone in an awesome cup shape liked the genie from Aladdin ( i still got it)

  15. I have pictures of me and my family with the Smurfs at Canada’s Wonderland, although I don’t remember them. I do remember visiting Hanna Barbara Land as a teenager, specifically the Scooby Doo-themed Ghoster Coaster and Haunted Mansion rides. I also got my picture taken with Dora the Explorer in the Nicktoons area.

    The rest of the park was just random movie-themed, since Paramount used to own it. They sold it a few years ago though and the new owners had to change a lot of the rides’ names because they were trademarked film names like “Top Gun”, “Tomb Raider”, “Cliffhanger”, and “The Italian Job”, although they didn’t have too much to do with the movies themselves.

  16. Man listening to this show reminded me of the time I went to the Rugrats Live! show as a kid. I remember it being pretty bad haha

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