I'm sure everyone has to have at least one cool, favorite coaster thing they got at a park. What is it?
Mine is an Alpengeist Figureine from BGW. It's just a cool looking abominable snowman holding an ice club. It stands about 8 inches tall.
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I don't buy figurines or anything like that, but I try to get every coaster on-ride-photo I can. I have 8 on-ride-photos of the coaster I have ridden. I do have a Montu t-shirt that says "I Survived Montu at Busch Gardens: Tampa Bay". It's my favorite coaster shirt I have bought.
I get the roller coaster magnets, whenever they exist. They are the least expensive collectible I can find and fun to display as a group. (But I think I've super-magnetized my refrigerator...it keeps moving closer to the stove!)
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My On-Ride-Photos from Hulk, Splash Mountain, Rock N' Roller Coaster, Montu, Magnum, Mean Streak, and the Big Shot in Vegas (the best thrill ride ever).
I was a little dissapointed that the Photos for Raptor were not working. I thought about getting a Mantis one, but all my photos came out terrible. They should move it somewhere besides right after the corkscrew.
I (well actually my parents) have an on-ride photo of my mom, dad, sister and me on the Raging Bull. It's very rare that we take pictures that all of us are in and to get ONE pic on a ride where we are all sitting together is....priceless (cue cheesy MasterCard promo =]). I also have an on-ride of me (and a complete stranger) in the front seat of the American Eagle at night.
Probably my most prized coaster sovenier is a pencil sharpener from SFMM with a miniature, very detailed metal replica of Revolution's loop on top. Even has a tiny little train upside down in the loop, very cool! Only stands about 2 inches tall, but the detail of the loop supports is amazing, looks exactly like the real thing!
Ever since I was a little kid I've collected buttons from parks. I have a Loch Ness Monster button from the '80s (from Busch Gardens: the Old Country), and a King Cobra button from Kings Island from the first or second year it was open. Somewhere I have patch from the Demon roller coaster that used to be at Kings Island. My favorite on-ride photo is my husband and I on Space Mountain at Disneyland Paris.
Just this year Stephanie and I decided to start collecting shot glasses. Not that cool, but easy to display and they don't take a lot of room. So far we've got one of the new frosted CP shots, an MF shot, a nice Kennywood with gold, Apollo's Chariot, BGW square one with pewter castle face on once side and a Volcano/PKD shot. We'd have a few Six Flags shots but none of them have the park name on them.
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I am not sure if this has ever been mentioned before, but if not... Knott's Berry farm sells pieces of the Ghostrider! Back in Feb. of this year, the helix was re-tracked, and for $10 you can get a piece of wood from the original helix! They vary in size, but none are bigger than a 10" square. They have a Ghostrider coin/token imbedded in the wood and are branded with the letters "GR" on the front. So now you can own a piece of one of the best woodies in the world. Pretty cool, huh?
shot glasses all the way...
so far, my favorite one is the one I bought last year with the Magnum-10 year reign logo on it. It looks really nice. The MF shotglass is cool, too...it looks really classy.
My on-ride photo of my 1st ride on MF (in the front seat!) is something I will always hold on to, also.
Yeah, I do the shot glass thing too. One for every state my wife and I drive through, one for every park we visit. Favorites are a glass/pewter Dueling Dragons from IOA, and a black glass Raven from HW. Sure they're kitcshy, but they're also practical - one of these days we're gonna have the gang over for a coaster drinking party.
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SwordFish, don't they eject you from the park for that? I hadn't really thought about it until I was standing in line for Face/Off at PKI and stopped to read the notice regarding the consequences of lewd poses during the on-ride photo. I would assume that nearly every park would have a similar policy...
I collect on-ride photos, not always my own... ...if there's ever somebody doing something funny (like puking, or flashing) I'll buy it.
Postcards and photos (other than the on-ride variety I mean). I say this because I see so many pictures on the net of the newest coasters. However it is rare when I come across a picture or a postcard of my favorite... the GBNF (Gone But Not Forgotten) Big Bend from Six Flags over Texas.