Do you remember your first coaster experience?

I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where the closest coaster was hours away. Every few years our family would take a trip to either Marriots Great America or Cedar Point. It was during one of these trips that I rode my very first coaster. The Great American Eagle. I was 7 years old at the time (I think it was 1981 or 82)and my brother who was 4 years older than me, literally pulled me onto it kicking and screaming. I'm suprised they even let us on to be honest with you. Anyway, if I remember right, they had one seatbelt per car and it went across both riders. Well, my brother was quite heavier than I was and because of this, I had quite a bit of room to move. I remember going ove rthe first hill and feeling as if I was going to fly right out of the seat. I had never been so scared in my life. To this day, there is not one coaster memory that is more vivid in my mind. I didn't ride another roller coaster for years afterward because of it. Now, there isn't a ride out there that scares me.

Was just wondering if anyone else had a vivd or memorable first ride experience. Good or bad.


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It was on the local fair that I stared at this Rollercoaster (A Schwarzkopf "Wildcat" called "Himalayabahn"). Since I couldn't take my shiny eyes of it, my Uncle decided to take me on it, despite the fact that I was hardly 6 years old at the time.
I remember that it did feel pretty high up, but I didn't really understand what was happening - the feeling of the first drop took me completely by surprise - nothing had prepared me for this.
I remember being completely shocked so my Uncle had to tell me "Don't stop breathing" -
and indeed - I had a hard time breathing from the speed pushing the air into my face.
I wasn't really totally excited about the experience, but it sure felt like I had done something extremely courageous and lived through it :)

It was a very intense experience, probably the most intense one I ever had on a coaster.
At some point I would like to find a Wildcat again and see what it feels like today.


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My first steel coaster was Disneyland's Matterhorn, at age three in 1968. My first wood was Belmont Park Giant Dipper at age 6, in 1972. I remember them both.
My first roller coaster was the Yankee Cannonball, a few weeks before my third birthday (thats right I was two.) I don't remember it, but I do remember a year later being very upset at the fact that I could not ride it that year because I was too short, thankfully the next summer I had gotten tall enough.

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My first coaster was the Arnolds Park kiddie coaster in 1982, at the age of four. I don't remember the first ride, but I do remember riding it several times and absolutely loving it.

I enjoyed several small steel coasters in the coming years, but my first wood coaster was SFOT's Judge Roy Scream. That was in 1984 I believe. I remember when we got to the park, I was mesmerized by the giant white structure (but had no idea it was made of wood and was shocked when I found that out) and decided I had to ride it. At some point in the day, I rode it with my mother and had my eyes closed the whole time. I'm not sure what I thought of it. I didn't ride another woodie until 1987 when I conquered Adventureland's Tornado with two night rides. I loved it. Then I rode it later that summer in the daytime and it scared the crap outta me.


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Yeah! The kiddie coaster at 'Sauzer's Kiddieland' in Indiana, around '78 or '79, I was probably 5 or 6. Me and my mom got on, and down the first drop and slammed into the curve. It was really rough, and kinda painful - I dunno if I hit my head or what. But I started crying! My mom kinda sorta laughed while trying to counsel me.

Years later, I told her it scarred me... She said the thing was so small she couldn't figure out why I cried. O well. For a couple years before and after that, I was so infatuated with coasters. I would draw them and talk about em. I remember driving past Great America on the way to and from Milwaukee and seeing the white Turn of the Century. I was like "wow!"

My first 'real' coaster was the Whizzer in 1981. I kept my eyes closed but I was hooked. The next year, I did the Demon and loved it. 1983 I finally did Tidal Wave. Took me until 1985 to do the Eagle, it had such a reputation....

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Mine was The Beastie, oh sorry, the "Fairly Odd Coaster" at Kings Island. I had just turned 3. I rode with my sister and she kept putting her hands up. Then when I tried to put my hands up, she put them down. lol. It annoyed me so much. I remember thinking that the coaster was HUGE! My have I gotten taller... Ha.
My first roller coaster that I remember was the Zephyr Jr. at Ponchartrain Beach in New Orleans. I was 5 or 6 years old.
My first coaster was The Great American Scream Machine at SFOG in 1974. I was seven years old. I rode with my older sister's best friend. I remember holding onto the lap bar with one hand and gripping my co rider's arm with the other. I also braced my feet against the front of the car. I remember going over the first drop and thinking that it felt like I had jumped off a mountain. It seemed so steep and tall. I was hooked from that point on. *** Edited 12/15/2007 3:34:21 AM UTC by Steve Perry***
My first real coaster was the Mindbender at SFOG. How many remember this 1st loop having the "siren" sound? I kept hearing that while I was waiting in line and was very intimidated....To this day, it is still one of my favorites..

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My first coaster was The Comet at Waldameer, however, my first real coaster was Blue Streak at Coneaut Lake Park.

It was for my dad's company picnic and I remember being really excited to ride it for the first time. I believe it was a back seat ride and all I remember is flying out of my seat and thinking I was going to fall right out. That was one wild ride back then.

I think the coaster that got me completely hooked on coasters however was Magnum. After riding that in its first year I couldn't wait for the summer so I could go back to Cedar Point. I would drool over the Getaway guide when it got to my house...


My first coaster was when I was 9 or 10, I rode the Wildcat at Williams Grove. I really didn't like it and did not ride coasters for a long time after that. That was the only time I ever rode it, and I've always lived within 10 minutes or so of the place. *** Edited 12/3/2007 1:03:13 AM UTC by Robert Barr***
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My first coaster was either the Big or Little Dipper at Camden Park, OR the Swamp Fox at Myrtle Beach's Family Kingdom. I don't quite remember, this was around 1978 or so, maybe sooner. My parents took me to Opryland, Disney World, and Silver Dollar City before that but according to them I was too little to ride any coasters. :)

I DO vividly remember my first "big" woody which was the Beast in 1982 (and I got to ride the Bat once...first suspended!)

I also remember my first "steel" was the old Corkscrew at Myrtle Beach's Paviolion, around 1978 as well. :)

I think Great Adventure's Batman was my first inverted, and Flight of Fear at King's Island was my first "launched" coaster.

Man how time flies. :)

-Tina

Just like DanTheCoasterman, my first coaster was the Beastie...only it was still the Scooby Doo. I was eight. I loved it, but was still too intimidated to go on to bigger fish. My parents had to use reverse psychology to convince me to get on Racer ("Yeah, you're *way* too little to ride that one"). I remember that lift hill stretching to infinity, those clean black lines of track on white-washed uprights. It was like watching a shark undulate out of the water. Once we crested that lift and the chain fell away...oh my. The moment we cleared those last bunnies into the station, I knew I would never be the same.

I never was.

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I remember my first real coaster was Mean Streak at Cedar Point. I was 8 (yeah, pretty old) and I cried until we started moving. My mom FORCED me to get the front with her. It was AMAZING and I still have my on-ride photo =)

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My first real coaster was the Batman side of Chiller at SFGadv...i was about 16, I believe...my friends didn't tell me to take my glasses off at all until as I was leaving the station...oh my god...my glasses fell off and I was so incredibly scared. I thought my glasses were gone...I was too scared to even enjoy the ride. When we got off, I looked, and my glasses were somehow on the floor of the car, not broken, no scratches, or anything. I learned my lesson and haven't worn them again at all on a looping coaster.

I only was able to ride the Batman side one more time, a night ride two years ago. I enjoyed it that time ;)


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My first coaster was a Zamperla Dragon either at Boardwalk and Baseball or Playland's Castaway Cove so around 1989 or so. First non powered coaster was I think the Sky Princess at Dutch Wonderland around 1993.
My first coaster was Zack's zoomer at Michigan's Adventure.

I sat with my brother and remember being smashed cause the cars were small...then i don't remember much except laughing so much...it was a blast. Then everytime we went over a hill, my mom who was in a car behind me, would go WOO!

Then i went to Kings Island...went on the beast, witch was my first big coaster...that was the most incredible feeling ever, i rememeber every tunnel i would duck my head, afriad that my head would be knocked off...Fun!

My first Coaster was a steel Kiddie Coaster at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk in the summer of 1966 (I was six years old at the time.) I couldn't get enough of that ride! A Year later I rode my first Wood Coaster, the Blue Streak at Cedar Point. My love for these rides has not waned, I have ridden 418 other Roller Coasters since then.

Hopefully I'll add at least 20 more in 2008!:)

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Big Dipper - Geauga Lake - sometime in the early 70s. I was older - maybe 10, but haven't missed a step since.

I remember every scary detail, from the absolute fear of the slow list hill to seeing my friends playing mini-golf below the turnaround.


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