Coasting alone vs. with a buddy

Wednesday, January 17, 2001 9:26 AM
Just curious, do any of you consistenly make trips to parks by yourself or do you usually takes friends/family? which way do you prefer?

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Wednesday, January 17, 2001 9:42 AM
I usually take friends and family with me just so I don't have to roam the park alone. Some coasters require a partner so it is always good to have someone with you rather than waiting for another single rider to join you. This summer, I'll probably be going to Kennywood alone a few times because I plan on going almost as much as I can afford :)

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Joe Cernelli
Head Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
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http://kennywood.coasterbuzz.com/
Phantom's Revenge in 2001!
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Wednesday, January 17, 2001 9:57 AM
My husband and I usually go with friends. As the saying goes, "the more the merrier." This will be the first year we'll be taking our daughter and I can't wait.

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Thank you for riding America's Roller Coast
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Wednesday, January 17, 2001 9:58 AM
Well, lately I have gone with other enthusiasts, but when I started going around the country, I was by myself for a lot of the travel. I really enjoy the company of a few other people, but after going by myself for a while, it started to become relaxing. You can ride what you want when you want, and if you want to get photos, or video, there is no-one there nagging' you about it.

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Snow, SFNE, SROS, and the Martian hop - what could be better?
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Wednesday, January 17, 2001 10:21 AM
I couldn't go to a park without my girl. I've thought about doing it solo, but luckily it hasn't happened.
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Wednesday, January 17, 2001 10:33 AM
I go with family, but ride most of the coasters alone(because the rest of my family are wimps!)

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Talon is going to rock, roll, and take its toll!
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Wednesday, January 17, 2001 10:44 AM
Well before this year, I always went to park with family/friends. However, this year, I went to SFA, SFGAm, SFO and CP all by myself. I went to SFA most of the times alone and honestly, I dont like it. It just seems like something is missing. In fact the best things about my solo trips was that I met Wild One @ SFA, GregLeg @ CP, and Thrillerman @ SFO. Other than that, I dont want to make a habit out of rolling solo. Even if I was only to meet up with someone it would be a little better. But hey, that's me.
lata,
jeremy
--BTW: Has anyone see FloridaFlyer lately?
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Wednesday, January 17, 2001 10:47 AM
I like it both ways. When I'm buy myself, I can proceed at my own pace; if I want to spend six hours riding Demon Drop over and over (as I did one fine summer day at Cedar Point), I can. On the other hand, it's fun to have friends with you, to laugh with and to torment when necessary (like when the coaster neophyte in our group wouldn't put his hands up Magnum).
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Wednesday, January 17, 2001 11:06 AM
IMO I think the more the crappier. You're always going to wind up going home early, there's a coaster hater in every group, and you have to go the seats close to everybody else. My opinion is to go with one friend at the most, if you want to do something with your friends go to the movies are some other kind of entertainment.

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What is life without geniuses?
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Wednesday, January 17, 2001 11:34 AM
The fewer, the better.

Being an only child, I guess I am greedy, and honestly, I can't stand someone else suggestiing or telling me where to go, or for that matter, even where they would like to go at the park.

I like solo-coasting, because I do what I want.

I do have a good buddy who is the opposite, and loves having me tell him where to go, because I pick 'the best rides'.
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Wednesday, January 17, 2001 11:43 AM
As far as riding goes, sometimes if I'm in a group of three, we will take turns riding alone, but that is no big deal.

I've never gone to an amusement park alone. I almost always go to parks with friends, non-enthusiast friends who poke fun at me for being a coasterfreak - I take it well. Their comments are good-natured, and they all have weird little things about them that I make fun of, so it all evens out! Going to a park with friends is the best part of the whole riding experience. Since I am used to parks like Cedar Point, where lines are long, friends make the waiting process fun instead of boring.
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Wednesday, January 17, 2001 11:43 AM
Yea one friend is good, although all my friends like coasters as much as i do so it's not a problem. Mongoose, I'm an only child too! when i was younger my parents would let me bring a friend to amusement parks (i've been to pcw every year since i was 3 - except last year! Shock! Horror!) so I guess that's why i feel that way.
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Wednesday, January 17, 2001 11:57 AM

The sky is the limit if everyone loves coasters!!!
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I'm 2 for 2 so far!!!
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Wednesday, January 17, 2001 12:15 PM
I guess friends would be better to me. Not being able to talk to anyone you know would make it really boring. So I think the perfect group is 4. Small yet even so everyone has a partner and it doesnt take long to decide where to go. When I went to CP for band last year we had 8 people we where taking longer to decide what to do next rather then getting in line somewhere. IMO 2 people perfect group, 4 is the next perfect. Odd number groups are the worse.

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Don't mess with the X in 01
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Wednesday, January 17, 2001 1:06 PM
I always had bad luck at parks with more than two other people. There is always someone who only wants to go on once and there is always one person that doesn't like going on coasters. Going by yourself isn't bad when you don't have to drive far to go to the park. But I wouldn't want to drive six hours to a park and be alone.

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"One good thing about all this, with all this fresh air we're gonna sleep like babies"
Phoenix-A great town and a great coaster
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Wednesday, January 17, 2001 1:32 PM
I sometimes meet my group of coaster friends, or hitch a ride down to PKI with ol' Dave. I usally don't like being with more than four people. My roomate is also a coaster buff, and carnival ride buff, so we take turns driving. I miss those CP & PKI Sundays!
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Wednesday, January 17, 2001 1:40 PM
I usually go with the same group of guys. It sure makes food a lot cheaper.

I don't know if I'd like going solo. Never tried it.

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Randy Hutchinson
You build it, I'll ride it...eventually
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Wednesday, January 17, 2001 2:11 PM
once and a while I go alone.it is relaxing,plus you don't have to put up with things like"I have to go to the bathroom"every 10 min.also you get to choose what you want to ride when you want to ride it.
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Wednesday, January 17, 2001 3:31 PM
I have never gone to an amusement park alone. However, I go on most of the rides alone because the rest of my family won't go on them. I usually go to about 3 different parks 1 time each per year with my family. I go to SFGA about 10 times each year with friends. I like going with friends because I like to see their reactions, but it really gets annoying when they want to eat and I want to get in line for a roller coaster. Whenever I go with friends I only go with people that will go on any roller coaster. I can't imagine going to a park and only riding kiddie rides. I might go alone for my first time this summer. Don't know yet. When I went to Florida I almost went to Sea World alone just to go on Kraken all day but then my parents wouldn't let me.
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Jack, who can't wait for Opening Day 2001... *** This post was edited by sfga2001 on 1/17/2001. ***
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Wednesday, January 17, 2001 4:14 PM
I've yet to go to a park without friends or family, but that's because of my age. although, when there are just 3, I usually stay back so I can jumb to the front seat. I've done this on Mantis, Magnum, and Raptor.
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