The TSPP TEAM:
DOUG BARNES - OWNER & PRODUCER OF THE SEASON PASS PODCAST
Doug began the Season Pass in 2007. He is a Life Long Fan of Theme Parks and Roller Coasters as well as a fan of Podcasting. Doug has spent his entire life living and meandering under the California sky; regularly attending many parks including Disneyland, DCA, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott's Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (AKA-Marine World), California's Great America (AKA-PGA), and more. Doug began his interest of News and Rumors in the Amusement Industry in 1998 when he began posting reports and reviews at Thrillride.com under the name NorCalDoug. Since then Doug has toured all over the country in search of Great Themed Recreational Fun including Florida, Ohio, Texas, Nevada, Indiana, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Missouri & more. Currently, Doug is also writing articles for the Blooloop.com Blog.
Theme Park - Disneyland in Anaheim, CA
Steel Coaster - Nitro at Six Flags Great Adventure
Wood Coaster - The Voyage in Holiday World
Water Ride - Splash Mountain in Disneyland & Disney World
Dark Ride - The Amazing Adventures Spiderman in Universal’s Islands of Adventure
BRENT YOUNG - SUPER 78 & INDUSTRY SPECIALIST
BRENT YOUNG Principal / Director / Visual Effects Supervisor/ Co-Founder of Super 78
Brent Young is an award wining director, a Emmy nominated visual effects supervisor, and entrupeneaur. He is a member of the Visual Effects Society, Producers Guild of America, Academy of Interactive arts and Science, and the TEA (Themed Entertainment Association).
“In every form of media, I respond to experiences that combine storytelling and technology. It’s in everything I do, from being creating theme park attractions, to creating and directing new media programs."
For over ten years, Mr. Young has directed and/or created commercials, video game cinematics, multi-screen films, live action programs, award shows and immersive experiences. Universal Creative, ESPN, Electronic Arts, SeaWorld, Cartoon Network, Busch Gardens, Disney, American Greetings, Nickelodeon, and Discovery Networks are some companies he has collaborated with as creative director and project visionary.
The films are not always straightforward films or broadcast media. Mr. Young directed a 270º animated film, for the Western Center museum in California. He served as media director for SeaWorld’s all new Shamu show, Believe, ultimately earning the highest THEA award for Best Live Show. The previous year he served as visual effects supervisor for Busch Gardens’ newest 3D/4D dark ride attraction Curse of Darkastle, earning a nomination from the Visual Effects Society and another THEA for The Best Attraction of the Year.
As animation and visual effects and animation supervisor for Cartoon Network’s Ben 10: Race Against Time, Brent is nominated for two VES awards and networks highest rating in it’s history. In 2009 Brent completed the character design effort for Alien Force the follow up to Ben 10.
Mr. Young developed and directed a 14-minute High Definition animated attraction for the Audubon Nature Institute starring the voices of Jay Leno, Joan Rivers, and Brad Garrett. Winner of a THEA in 2008.
Mr Young made a substantial leap to live action film two movies concurrently. One film in China and one film in the US.. Flight of the Dragon and Flying over the United States is longest and most extensive helicopter aerial shoot in film history.
Mr. Young’s is currently Creative Director the Universal Studios Singapore Mega-Attraction Madagascar: The Crate Adventure . And overseeing the animation and technology for Universal Singapore’s / Dreamworks Donkey Live!
Highlight List of Credits
Dora and Diego 4D Catch that Robot Butterfly- 2010
Dreamworks Madagascar The Crate Adventure 2010 (in production)
Creative Director and Animation Director
Dreamworks Donkey Live! 2010 Visual Effects Supervisor
Ben 10 Alien Force – Cartoon Network 2009
Visual Effects and Character Supervisor -Super 78
Flight Of The Dragon 2009
Flying Over the United States 2009
Blue Beetle Warner Bros. 2009– Short
Visual Effects and Character Design
Awards Night- 2009 THEA WINNER
Ben 10 Race Against Time 2008 Nominated for 2 VES Awards, Won Telly Award
Visual Effects Supervisor
Shamu Believe – Film Production 2007 THEA WINNER
Media Concept and Creative Director
Twisted Whiskers – 6 Shorts 2007
Animation and Visual Effects Supervisor
Curse of Darkastle – 2005 THEA WINNER
Visual Effects Supervisor
AICHI WORLD EXPO US PAVILION- 2005
Pokemon Trading Cards- 2005-2006 12 commercials
ROBERT COKER - THRILLRIDE.COM & INDUSTRY/MEDIA SPECIALIST
Robert Coker has been a lifelong theme park enthusiast who began writing about his love for roller coasters in 1995, crafting a small web site called “Rollercoaster!,” which was listed in the “World Wide Web Top 1000” book, published in 1996. That same year, he launched ThrillRide! (www.thrillride.com), which has been online (if not updated) continuously since then. The popularity of ThrillRide led to the publication of his book “Roller Coasters – A Thrill Seeker’s Guide to the Ultimate Scream Machines” in 2002. It received a "Five Star" customer rating at both Amazon.com and BN.com, and for a short time, held the number one spot on Amazon's "Travel Books Best Sellers" list. There have been three subsequent reprints, the latest in 2006 with updated content from Barnes & Noble Publishing. He has also written roller coaster and amusement park-related articles for AOL.com, SMOKE magazine and amusement industry trade publications, and advertising and promotional copy for D.H. Morgan Manufacturing. By day, he makes a living as an art director and is working on a couple of screenplays.
Theme Park: Disneyland
Steel Coaster: Disneyland’s Space Mountain
Wood Coaster: Holiday World’s The Voyage
Water Ride: Islands of Adventure’s Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges
Dark Ride: IOA’s Spider-Man
Nick Hutson- UK Representative & Guest Presenter (Nick’s ERT Series)
Nick Hutson created MusicalTalk with his friend and co-presenter Andy Edwards in September 2006. He has had the pleasure of meeting with and interviewing such luminaries as Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Stephanie J Block, Gerard Alessandrini, William David Brohn, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. A pianist and composer, Nick holds a degree in composition from the University of Hertfordshire and has recently completed a masters in Musical Theatre writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Writing credits include: CoasterBoy: The Musical(book, music and lyrics) and, with Dominic Lindesay-Bethune, he has written music (and co-written lyrics) for: The House on Penbrook Way, Far Away Academyand Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids and his own musical adaptation of Just William (Book, Music and Lyrics). As an orchestrator, he orchestrated Rubbish: The Musical and as a sound designer, he created soundscapes for Final Play, which played at the Tabard Theatre in London. Film scoring includes The Helpless Survivor (written and produced by Dominic Lindesay-Bethune). Nick plays piano in various restaurants and at private functions. He also enjoys travelling, theme parks and films.
Chad Emerson- Disney Park Specialist & Guest Presenter (Emerson’s Disney Files)
Chad Emerson currently serves as the Director of Development for the City of Montgomery, Alabama and a Professor of Law at Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law.
In addition to his full-time work, Mr. Emerson is the author of “Project Future: An Inside Look at the Creation of Disney World”. He is the founder of Ayefour Publishing which focuses on Disney-related books such as “The Vault of Walt” by Jim Korkis and “Four Decades of Magic”, a compilation of essays exploring the first forty years of the Walt Disney World Resort.
He is also the columnist for the Large Park Report in Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine as well as a featured columnist and interviewer for BlooLoop.com—the amusement industry’s leading web-zine.
Mr. Emerson has presented over 50 Disney-related book and history talks across the country including at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Arthur Levine- Media Specialist & Guest Presenter (Seasoned Pros List Show)
One ride on a carousel, and Arthur Levine was hooked for life. Now an avowed park-aholic, he’s been able to turn his passion into his profession. A travel writer who specializes in the amusement industry, Levine has been the online Theme Parks “Guide” at About.com (www.themeparks.about.com) since 2002. He writes features, park profiles, ride reviews, and other content to help users plan their vacations and day trips to destination theme park resorts, amusement parks, water parks, and other out-of-home entertainment experiences. He also tracks parks-related news, trends, and info in his ongoing About.com blog posts. Levine also writes travel features for magazines and newspapers and has been published in Consumers Digest, the Denver Post, the Boston Herald, the Columbus Dispatch, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and other publications. Reporters and producers frequently seek Levine’s expertise and opinions about the amusement industry, and he has been cited in many national publications as well as been a guest on numerous radio shows.
Joel Bullock- Roller Coaster/Amusement Park Specialist & Guest Presenter (Seasoned Pros List Show)
Joel is a roller coaster fanatic. He's spent the last 7 years riding and reviewing roller coasters on CoasterCritic.com. He's based in North Carolina, but travels every year to theme parks across the country. His top roller coasters are El Toro and Bizarro and his favorite theme parks are the Busch Gardens parks.
Ryan Harmon- Industry Specialist
Ryan Harmon Producer, Creative Director & Writer Ryan Harmon is one of the world’s foremost creators of innovative and engaging experiential entertainment for recognized brands and intellectual properties. For over two decades, he has aided dozens of the world’s leading entertainment companies, retail and hospitality developers, major corporations, museums and casinos with the strategic development, design and execution of compelling and cost-effective consumer experiences, including themed attractions, live productions, special venue media, environments, events, exhibits, interactives and print. A former Disney Imagineer, who has also played creative management roles for Universal Studios, Warner Bros., BRC Imagination Arts and Caruso Affiliated, among others, Harmon’s award-winning work has been seen on screen, on stage, online, in print and at successful theme parks, retail/entertainment centers, museums, corporate visitor centers and other entertainment destinations around the globe.
Rick West- Media & Experience Specialist
Rick West is the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Theme Park Adventure (TPA). A native of Southern California, Rick enjoyed growing up around such parks as Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Lion Country Safari, Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain. During the late ‘80s, Rick worked at Disneyland as an Attractions Host on Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, Country Bear Playhouse and more. From Disneyland, he was promoted to the The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, where he worked on The Disney Afternoon for Disney TV Animation. In addition to working as a Cast Member at Disney, Rick also has worked in Operations at Knott’s Berry Farm, both as a ride operator in Fiesta Village as well as one year for their Halloween Haunt event in the early ‘90s. Recently, after working as a supervisor at Excalibur Hotel and Casino’s Players Club in Las Vegas for several years, Rick returned to Southern California and has focused on taking Theme Park Adventure to new heights, offering his readers the most rich and detailed content ever in the company’s 15-year history. Rick’s love of the themed attraction industry led to the creation of Theme Park Adventure in 1994, which was first circulated as a theme park fan newsletter publication. Under the TPA banner, Rick published two large-scale books – the first focusing on Walt Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and the second taking a look at the creation of Tarzan’s Treehouse at Disneyland Park. Both were heralded internationally by fans, designers and executives alike. TPA merged onto the Information Superhighway and became the Internet’s first theme park fan site, first as part of a BBS and then a full-blown website, as it remains today at ThemeParkAdventure.com. While TPA is known internationally for its coverage of all things themed (and some not-so-themed such as roller coasters), Rick and his team are very well-known for the coverage they give to the dark industry – haunted attractions and events, from Knott’s Halloween Haunt to pro and even home haunts during the October season. Over the past 15 years as an industry insider/journalist, Rick has worked with numerous companies, executives and legends, which is evident in his writing and industry commentary in general. Theme Park Adventure is read by enthusiasts around the world and now celebrating its 15th Anniversary, is stronger than ever and very excited about working with The Season Pass on a regular basis.
Urso Chappel- Worlds Fair/Expo Specialist
Urso Chappell is a San Francisco-based graphic designer and branding specialist. As a world’s fair historian and advocate, he founded ExpoMuseum.com in 1998. He was the winner of Expo 2005’s Linimo design contest and has visited seven world’s fairs so far. Currently Urso produces his own podcast based on the World’s Fair known as The World’s Fair Podcast.
Martin Palicki- Media Specialist
Martin Palicki is a freelance writer and editor for InPark Magazine, an online and print publication serving the amusement park, waterpark and themed entertainment markets for over five years.
Theme Park: Tokyo DisneySea
Steel Coaster: The Big Bad Wolf :-(
Wood Coaster: Hades at Mt. Olympus
Water Ride: Splash Mountain
Dark Ride: Tower of Terror, Hollywood Studios (though the one at Tokyo DisneySea is also pretty darn awesome too)