1st to ride a new coaster?

Sunday, December 9, 2001 12:37 PM
Have you ever been the first to ride a new coaster? What did you have to do to make it on the inagural ride? Write and essay? Call into a radio station? Know the right people?
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Sunday, December 9, 2001 12:41 PM
Well it wasn't a roller coaster, but my cousin and I were the first to ride on Knoebels Flume.  All we did was put our entries in the fall before to name the new ride, and we got four passes to be the first people to ride.  I entered Log Flume, she entered Flume...and guess what one they went with. :)
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Phly the Pheonix
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Sunday, December 9, 2001 12:52 PM
FLCC/ACE were *supposed* to open the DBH to the public on a Saturday morning, but Boomers went with a soft opening on Wed. or Thurs. instead...bummer!  Oh well, great to see the trend of coasters opening outside of *normal* park places... (e.g. Sea Worlds, Indy Zoo, Nascars, etc...). 

Got the LAST ride on SFoG's Viper....OK, really SFGAm's Tidal Wave - but it has already sssstruck twice (and is threatening to again)!  Attended grand opening day of Cheetah...

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Sunday, December 9, 2001 12:53 PM
Me and a few of my friends were the first one's to ride the Alpine Bobsled at Great Escape...but considering it was another reject we werent really the first to really ride it. Just the first since it moved to GE.
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Sunday, December 9, 2001 12:56 PM
I rode SOB opening night.  *shrug*
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Kicking screamin' Gucci little siggy.
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Sunday, December 9, 2001 1:37 PM
One of my many acomplishments in my life is that I was the first GP rider on Batman: Knight Flight. Some suits were in the front row of the first dispatch, but after that I was able to ride in the front row. And all it took was a little running when the gates opened!

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Jes
Webmaster, Jes's Roller Coasters
"Thank You Jeff Putz"

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Sunday, December 9, 2001 2:31 PM
I was the first to ride ThuNderaTion at Silver Dollar City on the opening day of  the park and ride. It was totally awesome. I ran like I was being chased by the cops to be the first person in line for that ride. It was my first Arrow coaster and by far one of the best I have EVER been on.
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So many coasters, so little time!
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Sunday, December 9, 2001 7:12 PM
I was on the first robin launch of the chiller to general public on their opening day in June of 97.  Little did I know it would only be open for that weekend and not open again till '98, and also little did I know that I'd be a ride op there 3 years later
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Sunday, December 9, 2001 8:07 PM
I was on the first media train for Batwing (at about 6:30am!) along with 2Hostyl and Sam A. Marks. We were also on the first public train for Batwing. The reason I was picked for both occasions was because I knew Sam Marks, head of Coaster Zombies.

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SFA 2002-What are they building?

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Sunday, December 9, 2001 8:39 PM
Had a friend who sat in the middle of the first train to go on MF... paid $200 for that seat in the auction they had and sat next to a guy from NYC who had never ridden a coaster in his life.

[edit: stupid typos...]

*** This post was edited by KenK on 12/10/2001. ***

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Sunday, December 9, 2001 9:07 PM
1st ride of the grand opening of Deja Vu at SFoG.  I'm really proud of that one.
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Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable?
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Sunday, December 9, 2001 9:39 PM
I was at knott's and they opened Jaguar! a day early. We got to be the first guests to ride it. "Whoopie."
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Sunday, December 9, 2001 10:25 PM
I wasn't the first...but was one of the firsts to ride Ghostrider.  We had to buy X dollars of groceries at Ralphs, and we got these special tickets.  I left my soccer game a bit early so that we could go to the park.  Knott's was closed to the general public.  Once in the gate my bro and I ran to GR.  We waited about 45 mins for the front seat (man oh man).  I still swear that this is the best coaster in the west.  We had seen the model in the glass case quite a few times before the ride opened..but ghostie was still soo exciting.

Anyhow, after the 2nd time on, we got a burger and ran back in line.  While eating in line, the gal behind me asked "you're not gonna throw that up on the ride are you?"  The thought of hurling on the ride never occured to me until then.

We went on GR a few more times (all of the seats seemed to give about the same airtime, but now I notice the difference between front, mid, and back).  The ride op's were not running too efficiently and the lights on the Christmas tree were shining directly in the eyes of the rear dispatch.

I have to say that that was one of my favorite times at Knott's

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walk through the sweater apocolypse and find your own warmth

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Monday, December 10, 2001 11:18 AM
I was the first on Robin with lapbars.  I had a fastpass, so when the ride opened around 12:30 (I don't remember exactly) I went on it.  Like the 5th row.  It was really cool.
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