The Coaster101 Podcast: Defiance (& Much, Much More!) with Glenwood Caverns General Manager Nancy Heard

Last week, we found out where Gerstlauer’s “Mystery Coaster” for 2022 was going to be built — Glenwood Caverns in Colorado, going by the name “Defiance.” This week on the podcast, we’re joined by Glenwood Caverns’ General Manager Nancy Heard to learn, not only about Defiance, but a little more about America’s only Mountaintop Amusement Park.

Did you know that Glenwood Caverns dates all the way back to 1895, or that they opened the first-ever Alpine Coaster in North America in 2005? Or that when you order at their new “Smokehouse” restaurant, they will quite literally pull the meat off the grill and put it on your plate? Curious about how the new roller coaster got its name? We’ve got you covered! If you listen close enough, you might even hear what’s coming next for Glenwood Caverns after Defiance opens next spring!

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Be sure to read Arthur Levine’s article from last week announcing the coaster!

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