Coaster enthusiasm a family thing.

Wednesday, July 2, 2003 4:59 PM
My husband loves coasters and our kids are starting to catch the coaster fever from dad. Now that they are getting big enough to get on some coasters and he's ready to ride just about anything after a couple trips on TTD I'm thinking that coaster enthusiasm might make for a great family hobby.

What I'd like to know from any willing to respond is if any folks here experience this wonderful affection for coasters as a family. I think that it might be a way to spend time together over the years and share something even as the kids get older and outgrow hanging with the parents.

Do you go with your parents... or parents do you share a love of coasters with your children? Are there families at coaster events?

thanks for the info


Wednesday, July 2, 2003 5:15 PM
We've been taking our kids to the parks since they were tall enough to ride.

Now they're 19 and 21and have moved out of the house. We've taken one trip this year with the oldest, and have planned another with both.

I find it a great family function that I believe will continue for years.

While not quite as passionate as I am, they can both tell an Arrow from a B&M at a glance.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2003 5:19 PM
My dad got me hooked with a ride on Rolling Thunder (now Alpine Bobsleds @ The Great Escape) when I was 4. However, that and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad are the only two coasters he enjoys, my mom hates anything that drops any distance my sister likes coasters, but would rather go shopping, and my brother likes them a bit more than my sister, but would rather play sports. I wish we were more familiar with Amusement Parks and maybe planned some vacations around them, but that is not the case.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2003 5:20 PM
Well, my parents and I have been going to parks almost yearly since about 1983. We traveled over the country and even to Canada as a family just to visit parks. Funny thing is, I was the "scaredy cat" of the fam, yet now I am the one who is most into it.

I have many great memories of our trips around. It is something that I am planning on sharing with my future family if/when I have a wife & kids.

I *have* seen some families @ coaster events. One of my favorite family's is a certain clan from north of the border who post here infrequently. I dont know how much *I* would take my kids to events, but if that is something they want to get into, then we could work it out.

But bottom line, this is a good thing for families. :)
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Wednesday, July 2, 2003 5:23 PM
Well I take full credit for creating the Monster know as MagnumForce, what was I thinking dragging him kicking and screaming onto Maggie.


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Wednesday, July 2, 2003 5:29 PM
My parents are former ACE members who are fully responsible for my addiction. My brothers and sisters are all into it to varying degrees -- the youngest brother and sister have gone to events with me.

Yes, it runs in the family :-)

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Wednesday, July 2, 2003 5:42 PM
Visiting a park as a family is most common way that we frequent amusement parks.

My son will be four this year, and my Daughters are seven and eight. My son is 41” tall – so he can only ride kiddie coasters. He is sometimes scared of the Whizzer, and I don’t quite know how that can be…. but anyways, by the end of the summer he’ll be tall enough to ride the Demon and Greased Lightnin, but I don’t know that he’ll be willing to ride either of those! My daughters are 51” & 52” tall and have ridden tons of 48” height coasters – they love Viper and even the Boss.

I just couldn’t imagine coasters without my family. I couldn’t even imagine life without my wife and kids! So here's to family and coasters - the only way to ride!
*** This post was edited by HardRider 7/2/2003 9:42:43 PM ***

Wednesday, July 2, 2003 7:26 PM
It's definitely in the blood in my family. It started with my Dad and now the grand kids are wanting to ride.


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Wednesday, July 2, 2003 7:55 PM
No one else in my familiy LOVES coasters.
My mom will ride them,but my dad wont even touch one... Though they both fell in love with The Ozark Wildcat

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Wednesday, July 2, 2003 7:57 PM
Can you believe that was 15 years ago Dave? Good grief.


Wednesday, July 2, 2003 7:59 PM
Mom is the one who started it in our family. In fact it was her idea to go to SFMM when we (she and I) were on a business trip to LA last year. I have since passed it on to my fiancee who (because of me) has four season passes in her wallet and is forcing me to take a trip to CP in August. Also my brother is addicted as well. Both my fiancee and my brother write for my website MidwestInfoGuide.COM, so I'd say it's a family thing.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2003 8:08 PM
Living 2 miles from SFGAm when I was growing up (thanks mom and dad :) ), got me hooked on the whole amusement park concept in general.

My parents wont even look at a park and havent in about 20 years, but they ask me all the time about whats new in the coaster world.

Now, since I am a first generation coaster nut, I have passed it on to my daughter. This girl isnt afraid of any ride. No hesitations, nothing. She will ride anything that is in front of her.

How many 8 year olds can say they marathoned SUF with that intense pretzel loop 15 times in an hour and still ask for seconds?

She makes daddy proud. :)

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Wednesday, July 2, 2003 9:02 PM
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*** This post was edited by ApolloAndy 7/3/2003 1:02:22 AM ***

Thursday, July 3, 2003 5:22 AM
Thanks for the many helpful and polite comments.

Its all very encouraging !

Perhaps we will have the pleasure of meeting some of you one day.

Thanks again


Off to buy some FIBER :oP~~~~

Thursday, July 3, 2003 7:08 AM
Well time to chime in hear and admit I am an addict:)

My wife and I met while working at CP so our LOVE for Roller Coasters has been part of our life together. (yes we are coaster geeks).

Ever since our first child (we have two a daughter and a son) was born we measured them not by how tall they were but how manny inches until they were 48" tall (tall enough for the MAGNUM, and now MF.)

Take a look at this trip report for a look at how this season has gone for us.

My wife and I had decided heck with any DNA tests, if the little ones did not like roller coasters...THEY WEREN'T OURS:)

Fortunately they both love coasters, wwatch for a "special" Christmas card going this year;)

Thursday, July 3, 2003 7:27 AM

PamalaX said:

Off to buy some FIBER :oP~~~~

Sounds like a 'buzzer to me.....;)

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