Florida Flyer is my new hero.

Saturday, September 2, 2000 10:32 PM
My god, this guy has 203 coasters in his track record. I guess if you ever wanted to find out how a certain type of coaster is this is the man to ask. I have to ask you Florida Flyer, how have you been able to scale so many parks? Do you work for an airline to get airfare tickets for free (excluding tax of course)? Is their another member on this site that can claim to have ridden more?

Sunday, September 3, 2000 6:29 AM
Hey Chitown...
Growing up in Florida I've always done the Disney/Busch/Universal thing but hadn't done too many other parks.
My lifelong dream was to travel and see rollercoasters (but I kept saying..."someday"), so last July I took my first big coaster trip (driving from FL to Atlanta to Cincinnati to Sandusky to Pittsburgh to Hershey to Richmond, etc.) It was an amazing experience, the only problem was we nearly killed my friends car in the process!(Florida is flat, it was not a MOUNTAIN ready car!) Since that time I decided to fly to more central locations and then rent a car rather than drive from Florida to such far flung locations.
I work for a theme design company that flies me out to places like Hawaii quite a bit but lets me claim all my frequent flier miles. This gave me a lot of miles this year to play with. So I have used the miles to keep traveling... and last Spring I prepared and bought Season Passes to Cedar Fair, Six Flags, Paramount, plus my usual Disney , Busch and Universal passes.

This year I wanted to hit the number 200 in the year 2000 so (despite my friends admonishing looks) I've gone out several times and had a terrific time.

The travel has shown me the good (great, great rides can exist anywhere), the bad (too many clones out there, alas) and the ugly (sad vandalism, bad behavior).

As the season closes I still have a few mini trips to do ... Going to Morey's Piers 9/22, SFNE & Lake Compounce again on 9/23... I'm trying to still do a Texas trip and would love to make it to your park this year too (SFGAm) but we'll see... (I get to help design BGT's Halloween events again this year.)

Anyway, I'm no hero. Not even a great coaster technical expert. But I sure love to ride them and can't wait for the next ride! (BTW, I did Mega Zeph yesterday and it was truly outstanding!)

"You have to scale a lot of lift hills to coast easily..."

Sunday, September 3, 2000 11:54 AM
Very impresive list!!! But you gotta get Shivering Timbers in there! It is way worth the 20 buck admission and you can ride all day.... There is seriously barely a wait if any

Sunday, September 3, 2000 3:01 PM
Scott (ShiveringTim) has a fairly impressive collection as well, due in part to his West Coaster trip this summer.

Jason is right... you can talk about it or just do it. Look at Jim Raimar from Michigan ( http://www.coasterbuzz.com/news/news.asp?NewsID=235 ), the guy isn't rolling in dough but he just makes his trips happen.

I doubled my count this year, pretty much flying everywhere I went (then renting a car). I think people have a mind set that flying is an expensive proposition, and sometimes it is. However, if you live in a major city, there are always places you can fly cheap. A good example is our trip to BGW/PKD/SFA this summer. We flew to Baltimore ($95 round-trip each from Cleveland) and rented a car. The whole trip cost less than $700 for two people including all food an souveniers, less than $350/person.

I have subsequently found that I can hit all kinds of parks north of Baltimore as well, but perhaps that's a trip for next year.

The point is, if you really want to do coaster tours, you can. The longer you wait the better the chance that you'll be dead before you do it.

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Sunday, September 3, 2000 5:36 PM

When are planning on coming to Texas?

If you are coming late in Oct. I might be able to meet you at SFoT.

I am going for Fright Fest.

I hope you get to come to the LONE STAR STATE.

Sunday, September 3, 2000 6:50 PM
I was joking about the hero part, just a figure of speach. Although I am impressed with that list of FloridaFlyers as well as Scotts(ShiveringTim).
Jeff, you are right about getting out there and just doing it but I am a weekend father(daughter doesnt live with me) so my weekends are pretty much booked and I cant stand going to parks by myself. Most of my friends arent coaster nuts so SFGAm once a year is pretty much good enough for them. Hopefully I can increase it next year.

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