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Introducing the 125 Roller Coaster Challenge - Trimmed & Stapled Podcast

We know what you are thinking, “Great another podcast about roller coaster top ten lists and ride debates”. Well yes, sort of…

While Trimmed & Stapled will include our thoughts and opinions on the best hyper coasters we have ridden, which Disney parks has the best theming, and which wooden coaster needs to become the next RMC hybrid, we would also like to take a different approach.

Each week we will spend about a half hour discussing our journey while we try to ride 125 new credits a season. So along with our lists we want to share our experiences, tell you why we choose to visit a particular park, why we did the coasters in a particular order and our journey from being GP to actually proudly calling ourselves enthusiasts.

125 Roller Coaster Challenge started out as a family adventure and each week we want to share that with you because when it is all said and done, the best memories come from the people who shared the ride.

Trimmed & Stapled debuts on December 1st, 2020 and will have a new adventure every Tuesday. Come share the ride with us

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Today is Janine's birthday so why not share our "Lost Q" which features her trip to Disney Land?

Okay, so this episode wasn't lost, however, it was recorded in September but thanks to our busy schedules, it was never released.  So this LONG episode features :

Janine's trip to CA to visit Disney Land and California Adventure

Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags Great Adventure

Morey's Pier & Hersheypark updates

the Buffalo Heritage Carousel and Six Flags Darien Lake

and Paul's random trip to the Kingdom for Kids (i.e. Dutch Wonderland)

So while we head out to the Chocolatier to celebrate Janine surviving another year on this planet, enjoy our updates on how our summer 2021 season came to a conclusion.

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So, did you miss us?  Yes, we know there is no excuse for our podcast to disappear for almost two months but in our defense, we do have to work sometimes.  Never fear, our busy wedding season is behind us and we are ready to go with new episodes every week, along with our second season kicking off on November 1st taking us into the second part of our 125 Roller Coaster Journey.

This episode we recorded in early August right after our Carowinds trip and it talks about one of our favorite coaster styles, the inverted coaster.  We have been lucky enough to ride 11 of these B&M beauties and we will discuss each one and in the end, we rank them.

Is Montu the best inverted coaster?

Does the theming of Banshee (it does scream when you drop) put it over the top?

Where do our two home park inverts (Talon - Grip of Fear and Great Bear) fall into these rankings.

We are back and if you love coaster rankings, this episode is for you.

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August 1, 2021

Episode 39 - OCHO!

It's the beginning of the month and you know what that means!  It's time for our queue episode and wow did we ever have a busy July.

Parks that we visited were Seabreeze, Six Flags Darien Lake, Knoebels, Dorney Park, Hersheypark, Kennywood, and Carowinds!

What is our new favorite ride at Carowinds?

Is Seabreeze worth the visit?

How are parks dealing with being short staffed?

and why is Janine yelling Disneyland so much?

We had a simply fantastic July and we can't wait to share it with you, and don't look now but August is going to be just as amazing with Kentucky Kingdom, Great Escape, Dutch Wonderland, and maybe even Six Flags Great America in our sights.

Our August winner is BaldGuyToday so reach on out to us to claim your giveaway!

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Kennywood fans rejoice!!  This is the episode for you.

Paul and Janine not only discuss the park via a walk through of every section focusing on the flats, food, and fun.  They also just visited the park two days before so they have so much up to date information to share.

How was Steel Curtain?

What was their favorite place to grab some food?

Why didn't Phantom's Revenge get any rides this visit?

and of course, how heart-broken are they that the best flat ride of all time is gone?  Yes we are talking about Kangaroo!!

If you love Kennywood, this episode will let you know that even though this park didn't fair too well in 2017, it has rebounded big time and has a little piece of our heart.

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We are going to be visiting a ton of parks the rest of this summer and we can not wait to see you in the queue.

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Our journey continues and this time we visit beautiful Kennywood in western Pennsylvania.  So what did we think of this park in 2017?  Not too much but there was a reason for that.  Expectations.

In this episode we discuss what our expectations were, why we had them, and how our thought might have changed a bit after our 2020 visit.

We also discuss the Kennywood roller coasters, except for Steel Curtain which we are hoping to ride tomorrow, and answer these questions.

Is Phantom's Revenge safe?

Which of the three classic wooden coasters is the best?

How many coaster credits is Racer and why?

and if Sky Rocket is such a great coaster, why are there so many Sky Rocket II?

Kennywood has so much love in the coaster community and it broke our hearts that it was ranked our worst park in 2017 & 2018.  See if you agree.

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Who else has missed our ERT episodes?  Come on, admit it.

You love going through our roller coaster adventures, enjoy listening about the parks we have visited and about the journey which is the 125 Roller Coaster Challenge, however, sometimes you just want some random episodes about coasters, Christmas events, and rankings.

You ask and you shall receive.

In this ERT episode, we are discussing floorless coasters.  We have ridden 7 of them and Paul will discuss each coaster in details along with ranking them all at the end.

Did we miss any you love?  How bad are his rankings?  Let us know in the comments below.

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In this episode we are back discussing our adopted Cedar Fair home park - Kings Dominion.  While we have already discussed the coasters in the last episode, this time we are giving some love out to the flat rides, the water park, and of course the food.

Where can you grab a quick bite in the Old Virginia section of the park?

Are there any water rides?

and the question that kept us busy on numerous trips to Kings Dominion, How do you get into this water park (Seriously, it's as challenging as Grizzly).

So listen to our favorites and please share yours in the comment section (we would love to know your thoughts)

Remember to enter into our monthly giveaways by visiting our podcast page and following us!!  eagleatuz was our latest winner.

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July 1, 2021

Episode 34 - Lucky #7

It's the beginning of the month so of course we are dropping our latest "queue" episode.

The 125 Roller Coaster Challenge crew has been all over the place this spring and they have a lot of plans going into the heat of summer.  Join us as we discuss

Paul's thoughts on the Jersey Devil Coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure

Paul & Janine's thoughts on the last PA park they had to visit - Idlewild & Soak Zone.

The seven coaster "orphans" that need to be added this year

and the five small parks that are a must visit for 2021.

Don't forget to check out our newest channel - 125 RC Live which launches today.

https://rc125live.podbean.com/ - Less Polished and More Opinions

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Our winner for July is eagleatuz.  Contact us ASAP to claim your amusement park swag.

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This week's episode has Paul & Janine talking about their adoptive home Cedar Fair park, Kings Dominion.

Yes we live closer to Dorney but Kings Dominion has so many better flat rides, a better selection of food, and of course TWO of the 125 Roller Coaster Challenges top ten roller coasters in 2020.

If you love coasters, this episode is for you.  Paul & Janine discuss all 14 coasters in great detail including three defunct coasters, Hurler, Volcano - The Blast Coaster & Shockwave (they never got to ride Hypersonic).

So which is better, I-305 or Twisted Timbers?

Is Grizzly as good as it's counterpart at Kings Island, The Beast?

Why is Anaconda still standing? and How the Heck do you get into that Waterpark?

These questions and more will be answered in part one of our two part look at Kings Dominion.

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June 23, 2021

Episode 32 - The June Q

The 125 Roller Coaster Challenge - Trimmed & Stapled podcast is fully back with Janine joining Paul to discuss all the adventures they have had since the last time they were together.  In this Q they will be discussing.

Disney's Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios - Janine's favorite and least favorite Disney Parks

Busch Gardens Williamsburg and their amazing Food & Wine Festival - and why Kylee isn't a typical 21 year old.

Kings Dominion - Is it always hot there?

Hersheypark - Storm Runner is back and better than ever

Lakemont / Delgrosso - Two reasons to visit central PA.

There is so many topics this episode so tune in to just laugh and have a great time.

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Can't get enough of amusement park and coaster news?  Kicking off July 1st, 2021 is our newest channel : 125rcLive.

Our link for the new channel is https://www.rc125live.podbean.com

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125 Roller Coaster Challenge is back doing what we love, sharing our amusement park adventures and this episode is the conclusion to our Carowinds trip in 2017 (a time before Copperhead Strike and our love of FURY).

We are focusing on Food, Flats, and the Waterpark as we discuss where to get the best Carolina BBQ, Why Boo Blasters on Boo Hill is a must ride, and what not to do at a waterpark (seriously, we couldn't believe someone did this to us).

We want to congratulate missy0120 for winning our June Giveaway and check out our new channel starting July 1st called "125rcLive".  More information coming soon.

Make sure you follow us on https://www.trimmedandstapledpodcast.com to get your chance to win some amusement park merch (we have stuff from Six Flags Great Adventure, Hersheypark, Disney, Delgrosso, and even Fun Spots).

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The 125 Roller Coaster Challenge - Trimmed & Stapled Podcast is BACK!!!

We are so sorry for disappearing for about two months but we are back and we are excited for this episode.  Since we last had a podcast we visited 10 parks with four being completely new.

This extended episode will talk about our experiences at Fun Spot - Orlando (Not very good), Magic Kingdom (You can't blame Covid for everything), Epcot (More gift shop than educational), Fun Spot - Kissimmee (Redemption) and Sea World - Orlando (A milestone park).

We also visited two of our local favorites : Hersheypark and Six Flags Great Adventure.

We are going to go in depth with what might be Paul's new #1 Park - Busch Garden Tampa.  We are talking coasters, flats, food, animals, and their membership program.

Finally, we are going to discuss some changes to this podcast.  We now have MONTHLY Giveaways (starting in June), more solo podcasts, and even some changes to our schedule.

Thank you once again for all the support and we can't wait to see you in the queue.

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The 2nd amusement park on our first road trip takes us to where North and South Carolina meet............ Carowinds!!

After hearing so much about FURY 325, Paul & Devin were beyond excited.  Did FURY live up to the hype?  What about the other coasters in this park?  Did they get some Bar-be-que?

These questions and more will be answered in this episode and more. 

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Today we are continuing our discussion of Busch Gardens Williamsburg with a park walk through.

Join Paul as he goes through every section of the park and discusses the rides, the food, and the beauty. Paul will also discuss Water Country USA (yes, actually a waterpark) along with why Busch Gardens Williamsburg is his second favorite amusement park so far.

Remember to Follow Us on our podcast website https://www.trimmedandstapledpodcast.com for a chance to win gifts from Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Sea World Orlando, Hersheypark, Six Flags Great Adventure and Knoebels.

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This week the journey continues to ride 125 roller coasters in 2017 with our first road trip.

Paul & Devin mapped out a three park / week long trip with the first stop being Busch Gardens - Williamsburg (formerly known as The Old Country).  Paul & Janine discuss the prep for the trip and then each roller coaster at the park.

Which is their favorite between Griffon and Verbolten?  Where does Apollo's Chariot rank in their hyper list?

Busch Gardens Williamsburg was their first venture away from home and it is really where the 125 Roller Coaster Challenge was born.

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Spring is here and we can't wait to see you in the queue

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Here is the episode you have all been waiting for.  Sharpen your pitchforks, Summon your inner Philadelphia sports fan, and get ready to be shocked and stunned as Paul reveals his Top 25 roller coaster.

Yep, there will be some very unpopular opinions in this episode but we warned you last week when rides like Rougarou, The Bat, and even a ride from La Roude made the top 50.

Will Steel Vengeance be the top coaster?  Will it even be the top RMC?  Which park will have the most in the top 25?  Sit back and enjoy this episode because even if you don't agree, at least you will be entertained.

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As the 2021 season kicks off, why not discuss our favorite coasters so far?

Paul is flying solo today and will be discussing his Top 50 Roller Coaster so far.  While many people rank coasters by their height, speed, and hype, every one of these coasters has one thing in common, an amazing ride experience. 

The ride location in the park, a particular signature element that is unique to that coaster, or even a personal moment that makes this ride stand out from the crowd.  There are so many factors as to why a coaster makes this list and Paul goes into great detail discussing not just the coaster, but all the factors as to why it makes the our Top 50.

This episode discusses coasters 50 to 26 with the list concluding next week.

Let us know your thoughts so far and remember to follow us on social media at 125rollercoaster on Facebook and Instagram

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March 1, 2021

Episode 24 - Quad Q

As the first of the month begins, it's time for our newest Queue episode and one of us is already hitting the parks as this airs.

While February was another disappointing month for trips, March starts with DISNEY and ends with well, DISNEY (and a hint of Fun Spots and a touch of Sea World).

Paul and Janine discuss their upcoming trips, some news in the amusement park world, and of course, some dates for when some of our favorite amusement parks are opening up in 2021.

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February 22, 2021

Episode 23 - OUCH!! 2020

As the new amusement park season starts to happen, why not reflect on the rides of the past?

Here are our 25 least favorite coaster so far with our 125 Roller Coaster Challenge and they all tend to have one thing in common........... they HURT!!

Whether it's Le Monstre at LaRonde, Mind Eraser at Six Flags America and Six Flags Darien Lake, or Runaway Mine Train at Great Adventure, all these rides are judged on their ride experience.  See if you agree with their picks and stay tuned for next week's episode where they discuss their 50 favorite coaster so far.

To see the complete ranking of all 290 coasters so far, check out our website at https://www.125rollercoaster.com and don't forget to follow us on our podcast website, https://www.trimmedandstapledpodcast.com

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The Trimmed and Stapled Podcast finish up Knoebels week (let's be honest, it was Knoebels FEST) with an discussion of their two amazing carousels.  But why stop there??

This episode is a Janine Rides Carousels take over with her not only discussing those two amazing rides, but also the carousels at Dorney Park, Hersheypark, and even the Magic Kingdom.

Janine knows her carousels as she talks about their history, their places in the parks, and even some fun facts.

If you ever was curious about these beautiful rides, this is the episode for you.

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We are about to hit the road for our fifth season of trying to ride 125 new roller coasters and you can follow all the action on Facebook and Instagram at 125rollercoaster

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February 10, 2021

Episode 21- ERT - Stick It

Knoebels = Amazing Food

Today's episode, Paul & Janine discuss their favorite places to eat while visiting this fantastic park.  Whether you are looking for a sit down meal, a place to grab a slice, or something to take on the ride home, we let you know not just what is available but where you can find it.

This is episode three of Knoebels Week and we have to say it is one of our favorite.  If you have visited Knoebels before, let us know what your favorite food item is and does it come on a stick?

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Knoebels Week is in full swing with Paul & Janine discussing a walk through of this amazing park with a focus on their collection of flat rides.

Discussions include their bumper cars which have been voted the best by the Golden Tickets, classic rides like Satellite, Galleon, Haunted Mansion, and the Crystal Pool along with some newer rides like Power Surge, Tumbling Timbers, and Stratos FEAR.

This is episode two of our four part Knoebels week marathon so if you are a fan or just want to learn more about this fantastic park, you will enjoy this discussion.

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It's Knoebels Week (and it's so nice we are going to do it twice).

Our first of FOUR Knoebels focused episodes goes through our history with the unique park and discusses their roller coasters (past and present).

Is the Phoenix really the top wooden roller coaster in the world?

Is Black Diamond really a roller coaster?

And which coaster was the best across from the Christmas Gift shop (Flying Turns, Whirlwind or Jet Star?)

Let us know your thoughts on this unique park.

Check out our website at https://www.125rollercoaster.com which follows this podcast with individual roller coaster pages for each coaster we have discussed, photos of each coaster, and our rankings on all 290 coaster we have ridden so far.

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January 31, 2021

Episode 18 - Q 3

It's the first of the month so it's time for THE QUEUE!!!

If you are new to the 125 Roller Coaster Challenge - Trimmed and Stapled Podcast, the queue is where Paul & Janine discuss what they did coaster wise the last month and what is on tap for the next.

Thanks to winter, not much new is happening so this month's queue is discussing amusement park news.

Featuring Hersheypark, Six Flags Great Adventure, Delgrosso, Disney, and even the Valentine's event at Field of Screams (yes, we are serious).

A shout out to our friends at In The Loop with their breakdown on what is going on a Conneaut Lake Park (sorry, the NEW Conneaut Lake Park) and check out Coaster-Net. com for a fun coaster related game.

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Our Six Flags Great Adventure Week continues with Paul & Janine discussing everything about this park.  Some of the highlights include :

Is it possible to get trapped in the safari?

Is Panda Express better than Chop Six?

Which flat ride is our favorite?

and where are the best places to use your meal plan?

Yes, this episode will tell you all the in's and out's of this flagship Six Flags park.

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Paul & Janine are back and this week our quest takes us to Six Flags Great Adventure.

This is one of Six Flag's flagships and you can see why.  Even though this park has some of the best coasters in the U.S., on this particular day it was raining so our team focused on some of the lesser hyped attractions.

Find out why every visit has to include a ride on the O's (Nitro, El Toro, and Bizzaro), why is Runaway Mine Train our least favorite mine train, and of course, where will we be putting up an memorial bench someday.

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We are back with another amusement park / roller coaster lesson and this time Paul is flying solo.  Why is that?  Well, the topics on this ERT is completely for the coaster nerd at heart and we didn't want to put Janine or Kylee through it.

Paul will discuss the different types of amusement parks (there are five of them) and how the 125 Roller Coaster Challenge compares similar coasters and how we decide where each coaster fits best.  We have 36 different categories depending on how riders are seated, the height of the coasters, and even who created it.

This episode is made for discussions so please comment if you agree or disagree with our categories, let us know how you decide if a racing coaster is one or two credits, and  ask us any coasters questions you might have.

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This ERT is something a little different with Paul & Janine sharing their top five amusement parks.  Nothing shows the contrast between them better than this list.

Will Janine pick all Disney Parks?  Will Paul even care about theming?  Does the meal plans factor into their top five lists?

Let us know your top five amusement / theme parks.

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This week we say goodbye to our home park and discuss the remaining coasters along the way.  Hersheypark is simply an amazing park and the 125 Roller Coaster Challenge is proud to call it home.

Paul & Janine discuss Laff Trakk, Storm Runner, Sooper Dooper Looper, Comet, and even Roller Soaker in this episode and give some final love to the park that chocolate built.

We also got our 20th follower and would love to congratulate jsparacino59 on being our first amusement park swag giveaway winner.

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Dorney Park week continues with Paul & Janine discussing the Wildwater Kingdom experience and where to get a decent bite to eat while visiting the park.

They also answer the question, "What's an AlFUNdo and why would we float with it?".

Thanks for all the support as we past the 400 download milestone along with finally getting our 20th follower.  Stay tuned to find out who wins their choice of amusement park swag and when we are doing our next giveaway.

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