Don't get to ride very often?

Saturday, July 26, 2003 9:11 PM
I was wondering if any of you don't get to ride coasters very often.(like me!:() I love riding coasters,but only get to ride 4-5 times a year due to the fact I live in Oregon and and all the worthwhile parks are a 6-8 hour drive from my home.(PNE/Playland,Silverwood,ect.) I cherish the experience when I do get to ride.

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Meet me at the PNE in 2003. Happy 45th birthday,Coaster!

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Saturday, July 26, 2003 9:28 PM
I don't get to ride nearly often enough either due to the expense of traveling.

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I hope they kill that iron yuppie. Thinks he's so big. The great homer simspon

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Saturday, July 26, 2003 9:57 PM
This summer has been a killer for me. Last year I had a crazy year, logging 100 different roller coasters. This year, I've ridden 8. :(

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Whenever you can ride a roller coaster and experience 15 spots of intense airtime, you know you're on a good coaster. (see: Phoenix)

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Saturday, July 26, 2003 11:32 PM
This year, the killer for me, is lack of yen. I'm on holiday for a month and a half, so I've got to be careful with my spending.

But this fall, I'll be touring the parks in and around Osaka. Osaka Expoland looks the best one around here (moved to Osaka about a month ago), with 2-3 coasters that look pretty fun.

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Sunday, July 27, 2003 12:39 AM
I dont get to ride too much either even though Knoebel's, Hershey, and Dorney are all within an hour and a half of me. so far ive only been on 12 coasters, 8 at Dorney Park and all 4 at Knoebel's, but SFGAdv and CP are coming up very shortly...
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Sunday, July 27, 2003 5:25 AM

MarimbaGuy87 said:



Whenever you can ride a roller coaster and experience 15 spots of intense airtime, you know you're on a good coaster. (see: Phoenix)


Also see: Vancouver PNE Coaster:)

This year I have ridden 8 coasters. my list this year is:

1.Looping Thunder,Oaks Park,Portland,OR

2. Manhattan Express,New York New York,Las Vegas

3.Speed the ride,NASCAR cafe

4.High Roller,Stratosphere

5.Vancouver PNE Coaster

6.Timberhawk,Wild Waves/Enchanted Village

7.Wild Thing,WW/EV

8.Klondike Golder Rusher,WW/EV
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Meet me at the PNE in 2003. Happy 45th birthday,Coaster!

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Sunday, July 27, 2003 6:06 AM
The only time I get to go anywhere worthwhile is if I get lucky and we're near a good park on a vacation(with the exeption of my recent CP trip:))
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Sunday, July 27, 2003 6:34 AM
Yep, know where you're coming from. But I'm not one to go to the amusement park every weekend even if I did have the time. Three, maybe four trips to the amusement park is about all I manage anymore. Just enjoy the times you are there and it's still all good.....

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Sunday, July 27, 2003 7:21 AM
Actually, its more like:

The only time I got to ANY park outside of PKI is when I go on vacation and theres one nearby(with the exeption of my Sweet 16 to CP this June)

PS: I probablly could have just editted, but I felt the need to add another post.

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Friday, August 1, 2003 9:33 PM
Sadness has me in his grip this year. Unemployment and high expenses pairing with my old Chevy S-10 acting up has forced me to stay away from parks.

I was on my way to Dorney in June when my truck decided to die. According to the overpriced auto repairman, an electrical wire magically moved aginst something hot causeing it to catch fire. How much did it cost to replace this tini wire??? All of my Dorney money-close to $200. It was a huge blow to my attitude. I still haven't been able to save money for a park trip.

Wait a second...I DID get to go to Lakmont Park in Altoona-woohoo-, but Leap-the-Dips just happened to be down for the weekend. Lakemont's no big deal, especially if you've lived in Altoona for decades.

I wish the money fairy would sprinkle some money on me so I could visit at least one park this year:>(
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Skyliner is underated.

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Friday, August 1, 2003 10:05 PM
I work 50-60 hours a week at a park, thus hardly any time for riding. Watch out come Sept. and October, though.

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Friday, August 1, 2003 10:39 PM

Bob Tremblay said:
But this fall, I'll be touring the parks in and around Osaka. Osaka Expoland looks the best one around here (moved to Osaka about a month ago), with 2-3 coasters that look pretty fun.


Bob, you will love Orochi. Great ride... granted Raptor clone, but who cares, and the lines are typically quite short there at Expoland. The other coasters are a big letdown, although I suggest you ride them to get them logged as credits before they don't exist anymore. The economy in Japan is slowing so bad that many parks (Takarazuka familyland, Portopialand, and smaller others) have closed, and even some big parks are being threatened, the least of which is Expoland. Just hang on to your brain cells for Fujin Raijin II, and cover your ears for Daidarasaurus. ;) My suggestion is to get over to Nara Dreamland, and Parque Espana. Great stuff there. Nara is just gorgeous too. When you get a chance to run down to Namba district in the southeastern part of Osaka, make sure and ride Delphis. Great short steelie, with a killer view. Enjoy Japan. I sure miss it.

Ron, see you in a few weeks. It's gonna be sweet. :)
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Death on two legs

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Saturday, August 2, 2003 3:48 AM
I've been unemployed for nearly a year so I've really had to cut back on park spending this summer. It's been pretty frustrating to have a ton of time to visit parks but no money to do it with. It's always one or the other. I did get to visit Geuaga Lake because I picked up a couple tickets dirt cheap at a silent auction.

I also have a ton of other interests that compete for time as well as a wife with many interests. We stay really busy - just not at an amusement park all the time.
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Flying Scooter coming soon!

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Sunday, August 3, 2003 2:45 AM
I get to ride often but riding the same coasters weekley can get boring especially since I favor woodies over steel which CP lacks wood, I've only been able to get out to Conneaut Lake a few times so far this year to ride a real woodie, I would like to venture out to different parks but due to buisness I can't plan to far in advance to get hotel reservations and what not.

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Ride the Conneaut Lake Blue Streak!

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Sunday, August 3, 2003 7:15 AM
Nasai,

thanks for the info. I didn't know there was a steelie down in Namba. Did my fair share of drinking in that part of town, but didn't know there was a coaster.

Same thing for Espana. I saw the add on teevee and didnt even imagine there'd be a coaster.

As for Orochi being a Raptor clone, haven't rode the original so i'm sure it'll do :)))

If you do come out here, drop me a line, we can go hunting together, I mean coaster hunting, of course ;) (vieuxsage@hotmail.com)

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Sunday, August 3, 2003 8:19 AM
Might as well chime in with my sob story. I was supposed to be at IB today, PKI Monday, HW Tuesday, SFStL Wednesday, WoF Thursday and IA on Friday. Instead my ex-wife is taking me back to court on Thursday for an increase in child support. Luckily I have VF just down the road but still, whatta bummer! :(
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Sunday, August 3, 2003 10:13 AM
Well, I had planned on at least one theme park every month from may to sept/oct., but that didn't happen. May was PCar(but that was good, got my top gun fix, and 3 new coasters), June was not what I expected, wanted to hit PKD and BGW, but that didn't happen. July I tried to hit SFA, made the plans, but the breaks going out in my car shot that down.

Thankfully now, though, its Aug. My friends just got married yesterday, and are going on a cross country trip(darn them for going to Cali parks!), but we plan to meet in CP in a few weeks on their return trip(my first trip to CP!). In a week or so, I'm moving, and will be about an hour and a half to Kennywood, and I'm going to hit that on my first day off after pay day(never been there either).

Hopefully, if I can swing it, I'm gonna go to SFWoA on my way back from CP for a few hours. I may try to make it to PPP in oct, as well as PKI and BGW for fright fest, maybe try and hit SFA in Sept., Myrtle Beach in Oct.(may not get the family kingdom, but atleast the pavalion). Next summer I'll be in a far better location to go park hopping, hopefully I'll have a financially feasable job to do that with.

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Sunday, August 3, 2003 4:08 PM
This year's been an exceptional year for me having gone to Las Vegas, CP, PKI, SFFT and, just today, SFOT. Sea World San Antonio, SFOG and SFGAm are on deck for September and October. But this year has definitely been the exception... thanks mostly to being unemployed, and having a Six Flags season pass. It also doesn't hurt living in Austin now - I live within three hours of four parks.

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Come on fhqwhgads!

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Sunday, August 3, 2003 4:08 PM
Hmm, talking about Japanese parks, and this is totally off subject, but I am going to Bangkok in January for a couple of weeks and I have a layover at Norita airport in Tokyo. Would anyone recommend a day or so excursion to Nagashima? I don't know anything about Osaka or if that's closer than Nagashima. I really don't have time for it but if it's really worth it I may look into it.

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Sunday, August 3, 2003 9:30 PM
Ophthodoc,

both Osaka and Nagoya (for Nagashima) are pretty far from Tokyo, 5 and 2 1/2 hours by shinkansen respectively.

Nagashima looks like a great park, mind you, and you probably be able to do it. They are especially known for their giant woodie.

As an alternative, I would recommend Fujikyu Highland, situated in Fujiyoshida, at the base of mount Fuji. They have 2 excellent coasters in my opinion, Dodonpa, an air launched coaster that propels you to 107 mph in 1.8 seconds, and Fujiyama, once the tallest coaster in the world. I recommend the back personally. The park is right off Kawaguchiko highway exit, so I'm pretty sure there are buses daily. The bus ride should take about 2 hours. Another reason to visit this park is you get an great view of mount Fuji, and usually in winter, the sky is pretty clear.

I don't know any of the parks in and around Tokyo, save for Tokyo Disney and Disney Sea, but they do not have any major coaster. On the other hand, there are a few city coasters in Tokyo, but I do not have any inof about them as I've never been there yet. Also, in your travel time planning, remember that Narita airport is about an hour out of Tokyo.

Have fun in the land of the rising sushi

John
*** This post was edited by Bob Tremblay 8/4/2003 1:32:49 AM ***

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