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Philip Hernandez

Nov. 29, 2022

The Return of Bob Iger

We discuss the return of Bob Iger as CEO of the Walt Disney Company.

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Nov. 15, 2022

Preparing for IAAPA Expo 2022

Scott and Philip outline their plan for the annual IAAPA expo in Orlando.

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Nov. 12, 2022

Cedar Fair Earnings and Halloween Enthusiasm

Cedar Fair Earnings are great; Supply chains will be strained more for Chinese New Year; Seoul's Halloween Stampede is a cautionary tale.

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Oct. 30, 2022

BONUS: Halloween Special from Green Tagged

Scott and Philip discuss the 2022 Halloween Season

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Oct. 27, 2022

BONUS: Marketing your Halloween Event

Scott and Philip take a break from the news to discuss marketing a Halloween event at your attraction.

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Oct. 19, 2022

BONUS: Genie+ Price Increases, TikTok, and Secret Bars

The price of Genie+ will increase at both Disneyland and the Walt Disney World resort. Plus, we review a listener message about TikTok and takeaways from the new secret bars at Hush haunted attraction.

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Oct. 11, 2022

BONUS: The WTO & Takeaways from Eastern State Penitentiary

The WTO's outlook for 2023 isn't great. Scott and discuss what that means for the attraction industry, plus takeaways from Eastern State Penitentiary.

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Oct. 4, 2022

BONUS: Hurricanes, Chaperones, and Shootings

While parks have reopened after Hurricane Ian, Knott’s tweaked their chaperone policy, and Kennywood reels from shooting during Phantom Fall Fest. Follow along to our Hauntathon:

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Oct. 2, 2022

BONUS: Iger's take, Dark Nights at Hersheypark, and DARK

We break down Bob Iger's interview for Code, Dark Nights at Hersheypark, and DARK at Fort Edmonton park.

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Oct. 2, 2022

BONUS: Disney Parks Announcements from D23

We recap the Disney Parks announcements from D23, including Pacific Wharf in Disney California Adventure Park to Be Reimagined into San Fransokyo from “Big Hero 6;” Disney100 Celebration at Disneyland Resort Kicks Off in Late January 2023, and EPCOT's...

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Sept. 14, 2022


Scott and Philip celebrate their 2 year anniversary by reflecting on Lost island's early closure and the opening of Halloween Horror Nights

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Aug. 29, 2022

Disney is Learning, Seaworld Orlando’s Halloween

Disney is listening to guest reactions and is adjusting several policies, including Magic Keys and reservations. Plus, Year 2 of Seaworld Orlando’s Howl-o-Scream demonstrates an impressive amount of story cohesion. Subscribe to all our offerings:...

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Aug. 22, 2022

The Demise of Cable, Shutdowns, and Chaperone Policies

For the first time, streaming outperformed cable & broadcast TV; Shanghai factories are shut down again due to record heat waves; Both Knott’s and Universal Orlando test chaperone policies to curb violence at their parks in preparation for Halloween....

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Aug. 15, 2022

Earnings: Six Flags Lags while Disney Exceeds Predictions

More earnings reports are out, and we'll compare and contrast Six Flags with Disney. Despite record attendance at its competitors, Six Flags is losing crowds. The chain will attempt to copy the Disney playbook, despite having assets that don't align...

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Aug. 8, 2022

Earnings from Universal and Cedar Fair, Plus Tokyo Disney Ticketing C…

Coming up, we’re discuss the earnings reports from Universal and Cedar Fair – plus changing ticketing policies at Tokyo Disney. Subscribe to all our offerings:

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Aug. 1, 2022

Should we be talking about a recession?

Today we discuss the CDC lifting restrictions for Cruise Ships; Hong Kong Disneyland Resort enhancing cast benefits; GDP data fanning concerns about a U.S. recession; and why Meta’s Profit is down 36%. Subscribe to all our offerings:...

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July 26, 2022

Knott’s Chaperone Policy, ICON Theme Recall, and Universal Japan Hall…

Scott and Philip go on an extended discussion about chaperone policies at your attraction and preparing for violence in the Fall Season. Then, we discuss the ICON park theme recall and the new Halloween announcements from Universal Studios Japan....

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July 18, 2022

Dark Nights at Hersheypark, Lego Monster Party, & Nope

This week: Hersheypark announces Dark Nights Halloween event with haunted houses and Scare Zones; Legoland's Lego Monster Party returns; Nope Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood. Subscribe to all our offerings:...

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July 11, 2022

Flying Cellphones, Oogie Boogie Sells Out, and Nope Arrives

This week we’re sticking to I-5 for a few stories including girl injured by flying cellphone, Oogie Boogie Bash has sold out, Universal Studios Hollywood adds ‘Nope’ Jupiter’s Claim set to Studio Tour, and United has expanded their pilot program. …

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July 4, 2022

Chapek’s Extension, California’s Great America To Close, Pride Day

Coming up, we’ll discuss Bob Chapek’s extension, the closing of California’s Great America, and Pride Day celebrates inclusion at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Subscribe to all our offerings:

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June 28, 2022

The Politics of Staffing

Today we discuss Disney’s new Abortion Travel Credit, 13th Floor Entertainment Group’s new event Shaqtoberfest, and the opening of Volkanu from Sally Dark Rides. Subscribe to all our offerings:

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June 21, 2022

How Much Would You Pay To Go On A DISNEY DREAM VACATION For 24 Days?

Disney unveils a new luxury experience, Universal Orlando unveils escape rooms, Ghost Town Alive! and Forbidden Frontier are returning for the 2022 season, and Electric Ocean comes to SeaWorld Orlando.

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June 13, 2022

IRL: Indianapolis Zoo & BMorrow Productions

In our first "IRL" episode, Scott takes us on-location to the Indianapolis Zoo for a construction update. Then, Philip speaks with Brian Morrow at BMorrow Productions HQ about the recession, staffing, upcoming projects, and working with IP.

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June 6, 2022

2022 Summer Travel Industry Trends published “Must-Know Travel Industry Trends For the 2022 High Season” and we dig into the report and discuss some key takeaways. We also discuss the Shanghai reopening, Castaway Cove’s staffing, the live production of “The Greatest Show On...

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May 31, 2022

New Product in the Current Uncertain Time

This week we recap Licensing Expo 2022, discuss Ocean Park Hong Kong’s new water park, Hersheypark’s 2 new rides, Rocky Mountain Construction’s apprentice program, the Milwaukee County Zoo requiring masks, and the Drive-thru zoo experience returns to...

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May 27, 2022

Big Moves in the Right Direction

Coming up, Big Moves in the Right Direction. We’ll talk about Disney’s pride collection, Pirates of Speelunker Cave, the Summer Celebration at Busch Gardens Tampa, and how attractions are using TikTok. All that and more on this episode of GT …

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May 17, 2022

Make Your Position Known

This week Scott and Philip argue quite a bit over the Six Flags Q1 Earnings and Meow Wolf’s 2 new locations. Plus, are teens convinced about the Metaverse? Show notes:

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May 10, 2022

Mitigating the Rush

Attractions are doing everything they can to mitigate the upcoming rush. This week: The new queueless experience from Disney, SeaWorld and Cedar Fair are seeing financial recovery (despite still losing millions), Universal staffs up, and performer safety.

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