In the wake of the announcement of Drachen Fire's closure, I was struck by the fact that alot of people are very sad to see it go, despite the fact that all reports indicate that it was rough to the point of being almost unridable. I guess my question is, do you form emotional connections to your favorite coasters to point that if they were to become rough over the years, you'd rather it remain with the park for nostalgic reasons? Or would you say, "tear it down, I'll get over it". ----------------- Have you ever considered that maybe it's not the park that's the problem, but YOU?
I think I'm safe in saying that if you're reading this, you too have a fond memory of your first coaster, or the one you first rode with that certain someone, or the one you got re-rides on until you puked, etc......
By our very nature, we humans form emotional bonds with the things we love, and since we're all 'Buzzers, WE LOVE COASTERS!!! :-)
Later, EV ----- "Just remember, wherever you go, there you are." - Buckaroo Banzai
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I can't even imagine going to PKI one day and The Beast not being there. I have a very strong emotional attachment to it. The Beast has been back there in the woods since I started riding coasters, and in fact was the one that got me hooked! My world would never be the same without it.
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I never really did until Millennium Force, and to a lesser degree Wicked Twister, were built, because I got to be their during their "birth." You look at the ride differently when it wasn't there before, and you get to touch it and be around it while it's going up. Not sure how to describe it exactly.
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Jeff, I feel similarly towards Cheetah...shame my article never got published!
Other coasters I am exceptionally fond of, for different reasons, are Gwazi (saw it going up), and the relocated Wild One and Phoenix. S:RoS at SFA is the only steel coaster I've become attached to...just wish it wasn't so far away...
For me it was Tidal Wave @ SFGAm. I had ridden that coaster so many times as a kid and young adult that when it went I was deeply saddened(even though Batman rocks!). When I found out that it was being pulled from SFOG too, I knew I might never get to ride it again. Very big disappointment for me. ----------------- Bob Hansen
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I became addicted to Top Gun and it was my favorite ride at Paramount Great America. For some reason though, I have become attached with the Demon, even if the ride is not the same anymore or sometimes downright boring, I still could never see it go. One by one, over the years, as they removed/ruined different parts of the ride I became heartbroken. I moved from California, and the next time I went back to PGA(California), Demon had nasty trims that brought the ride to almost a complete hault around before going into the turns, and the rocky Demon face was gone. I truely depised that day, but was glad to at least see the Demon again.
For me, it's gotta be AC. My first and still favorite hyper. I was at PKD the day before, and I thought I was starting to lose my love for coasters (not a big fan of launches). AC was closed in the morning and so I rode on Alpie. A good coaster, but I still didn't feel like I wanted to spend the rest of my summer hunting coasters down if there were all gonna be like Alpie. AC opened around noon, and after my first lap, I didn't know whether or not I liked it. I took another and I couldn't get off. By the end of the day, the rideops asked me how many more times I was gonna ride it (seriously). Now I can't get enough airtime. BGW is such an awesome park. I haven't ridden AC with the new trim, but it only affects the third and fourth drops, so hopefully it won't take too much air out of the ride.
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i am emotionally attached to the coney island cyclone. because it's a flashback to the golden era of roller coasters. other than that maybe sros at sfne just because it's the best coaster i've ever ridden.
I'd say I'm emotionally attached to three coasters that makes them feel as if they're a part of my family. Wild Thing and Excalibur at Valleyfair both seem to get knocked without deserving it (IMHO) and both are coasters that I truly love, Excalibur gives an intense with a capital 'I' ride and I don't feel as if its rough. Plus there is hardly ever anyone in line so this puppy (due to the fact that its in the back) and is usually a walk on.
Wild Thing is a ride where I love the design of the Morgan trains and find them "cool" the second floater hill is sheer bliss and the coaster is a MONSTER without the trims on. I have never experienced camelbacks like WTs when that was thing was running with the trims turned off.
Outlaw at Adventureland was a coaster where I've been there when it opened and have thought of it as a fantastic ride ever since. The Outlaw sits behind Viper at SFGAM as my second favorite wooden coaster. This thing almost never has a line and I'm compelled to marathon ride it as I get the feeling that it needs the company. Pure GCI and CCI goodness. (The designer of the coaster is the fella that started GCI and it was built by CCI.)
bigkirby said: I am sort of attached to Raging Wolf Bobs. Really, every coaster that most people dislike is a fav for me, I sort of take them under my wing.
I also have a little attachment to Raging Wolf Bobs for two reasons, first it was my first adult coaster, and secondly and has the same intials as me. But it's not my fav. coaster. I have a srong attachment to Le Villain, 100+ rides in one season should say enough Big Dipper(SFWoA) is anther one I have a attachment to. Mainly because it's the 'grandfather' of the park and it's a awesome air time coaster.
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