Disappointed: Vacations with Non-Enthusiasts

Friday, June 22, 2001 9:01 AM
Well I'm bummed out because it looks like my trip to Michigan's Adventure has been cancelled. A group of three friends and I were supposed to hit it on the way back from our trip to Chicago next week until one of them had the bright idea that it would maximize our time more if we stayed an extra day in the city, and of course, the other two (non-enthusiasts) agreed. Now this isn't totally a bad thing because Chicago is full of things to do, and we ARE spending a day at SFGAm, but still, the Timbers was shaping up to be the highlight of the trip for me. I really didn't argue too much with them because if I wasn't an enthusiast, I wouldn't see the point of driving 2 and a half hours out of my way for a single roller coaster either. So it's a day at SFGAm, 2 and a half days in the city, and Shivering Timbers will have to wait. :(

Has anybody else had problems with vacations and non-enthusiasts? The perfect vacation for me would be to hit 3 or 4 parks in 5 days with a few non-coaster related stops. Other people, though, don't mind stopping at 1 big park but don't see the point to travel to these little out of the way places (MA, Knoebels, Holiday World - all places I want to go to more than big name parks). I guess that's what makes me an enthusiast.

I just needed to vent and I also wonder if similar things have happened to others who post here. I'm sure I'll have the greatest time all next week even when I'm not at an amusement park.

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*** This post was edited by MooreOn on 6/22/2001. ***
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Friday, June 22, 2001 9:10 AM
We are going to Kings Island in mid July and I want to stop by Holiday World (out of the way by probably 2 hours but still better than just taking a trip there) so I know how you feel, still though Kings Island will be great since I haven't been there since the hayday of Days of Thunder.
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Friday, June 22, 2001 9:15 AM
Hey I know what your going through, Mooreon. I had a friend who I havent seen in years, who lives in Texas and invited me to come down. Turns out, that she lives not that far from SixFlagsoTexas. So, I was hyped cause I wanted to ride Titan and the Texas Giant. Turns out, my friend wanted *more* from me than I was expected to give and I wasnt havent that. SO, that trip was cancelled. But I know I will eventually make it down there.


MooreOn said:
I really didn't argue too much with them because if I wasn't an enthusiast, I wouldn't see the point of driving 2 and a half hours out of my way for a single roller coaster either.


My friends and I said the same thing about Shivering Timbers. But to answer the question is one coaster worth driving that long distance and in Shivering Timbers case........ABSOULTELY:)


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Dayuum, Your HOT! *** This post was edited by Coasterr on 6/22/2001. ***
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Friday, June 22, 2001 8:46 PM
This was not a whole vacation, but...

I have been to SFMM with non-enthusiasts a few times. Often there were short lines or walk-ons and I was automatically heading for the entrance again, with the intent to grab MORE rides. "We just did that one, lets go do something else." was the average response. Usually the "something else" was on the other side of the park, or a flatride. (I am NOT a fan of ANY of SFMM's flatrides, except Buccaneer)

The worst one was my first time on Goliath. All afternoon it was a 5 minute wait (3-6 train wait, running 3 trains) but we only rode it twice. What a waste!

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"X" marks the spot in 2001!
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Friday, June 22, 2001 8:59 PM
What are you complaining about more coasters and more rides????????????????
I'd take a visit to SFGAm over MA on any given day.:)
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Friday, June 22, 2001 8:59 PM
Never skipped a park, but every time we goto SFGAm, either:
A. My dad is tired. Lets go.
B. My mom is tired. Lets go.
C. We are staying overnight and have a twicket. My mom gets tired, lets go so we can't ride RB at night.
D. It only cost us 5 dollars to get in the second day. Lets go, it's noon, we can be home by 3. We got our money's worth.

The next time I go should be different. More than one vehicle means two times to leave the park for people. Of course, I'll be with the group who stays until we are kicked out.

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Everybodys got something to hide except for me and my monkey!
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Friday, June 22, 2001 9:38 PM
Friends are more important than coasters.
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Friday, June 22, 2001 10:17 PM
With SFGAm and the endless things to do in Chicago, even a coaster enthusiast will be totally satisfied.

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""Coaster riding is a disease and SFGAm is the cure!!!!!!!""
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Saturday, June 23, 2001 5:18 AM
Two solutions that I've found: Either go alone or else make friends with enthusiasts and go with them. The former can give you a lot more rides while the latter makes for a more interesting experience.
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