Funny Coaster Stories

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 2:28 PM
janfrederick's avatar

Bare bears? But if they were truly hairly bare bears, how would you even know they were bare?

"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 2:38 PM

Four years ago, when my son was 7, I convinced him to ride Mean Streak with me. After we got off he was clutching his chest and said "DAD, I could have died up there!". He hasn't ridden it since.

Last edited by Zakkster, Wednesday, October 7, 2009 2:39 PM
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 3:23 PM

RatherGoodBear said:

It could be a pennant from Wottsamotta U.

Bear, is that where you went to school? All this time I was wonder "Wottsamotta You?"

Now I know. ;)

Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 11:27 PM

No, but it's where Bullwinkle was a football star.

Thursday, October 8, 2009 7:47 AM

If you're ever in Blackpool and need a quick pick-me-up, pop to the Pleasure Beach and watch the wild mouse - be sure to ask the entire queue if there's any first time riders so you can pay particular attention to them as they go round, screaming their heads off....... and come off looking as sick as a pig, either vowing to NEVER ride it again, or jump straight back on...

the amount of time i've passed just laughing my backside off at peeps on it......

The ride-ops know it as well, they have fun playing with the newbies, including jokes about teh seatbelts not working properly and having heads cut off at the top of the first hill.....

good times.

Thursday, October 8, 2009 11:56 AM
Mamoosh's avatar

Barry - If all goes as planned, next summer I hope to not only watch the newbies ride BPB Mouse but be one to be watched too!

Last edited by Mamoosh, Thursday, October 8, 2009 11:56 AM
Thursday, October 8, 2009 12:00 PM

Excellent... let me know your dates once they're booked i'll try to be up there with a camera......

Be sure to go on Valhalla as well, I highly recommend a Poncho!

Thursday, October 8, 2009 4:42 PM
rollergator's avatar

Blackpool's Wild Mouse makes Phoenix seem like it's "bigger than necessary for the airtime delivered". It doesn't rank up with Voyage, but it *did* beat out a couple other GG rides (and on my list, that's nigh-impossible to do).

Valhalla - flat out amazing...but maybe a little too wet.

Thursday, October 8, 2009 10:46 PM

Not sure how funny you all will think this was, but my sister and I were riding Wildcat at Hersheypark (years ago) and for some reason decided to be silly and scream while going up the lift hill. The guy in front of us turned around and gave us a funny look, just as the train started DOWNhill... :D He got a rather rude surprise! :)

It was also funny riding Scooby Doo (the coaster) at Carowinds with my mom and sis, with mom screaming, "I'm gonna get you guys!!" (She's scared silly of coasters, even little ones.)

Oh, and my sister screaming her head off on Phantom's Revenge... :)

Not coaster-related, but one of the funniest things that ever happened to me at a park was at SFOG during the Fright Nights. (Probably told this one before...) We were riding the train, and the "conductor" was doing a spiel about all the monsters and ghouls in the woods. Being a smart-aleck teen at the time, I was going, "Yeah, yeah. Sure. Uh-huh." Suddenly the conductor grabbed my shoulder, and I SCREAMED. And immediately cracked up at myself... :D


Cats, books, and roller coasters-- three of the best G-rated, calorie-free pleasures in life!

Friday, October 9, 2009 7:14 AM


I remeber when my family came out to visit me at CP, and we went on Magnum. About halfway up the lift hill, she start saying "Get me off of this thing!"

My dad, sisyer and myself are just sitting there laughing our butts off.

It's a shame the on-ride photo was down because I've paid to dollar for it!

Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

Friday, October 9, 2009 7:24 PM

LOL... Sounds like my mom! Unfortunately she can't ride anymore because of recent neck and back surgeries. Back when mom rode Scooby, they didn't have on-ride photos on it... :(

Some of my happiest memories are at amusement parks! I also remember riding one of the coasters at MB's Pavilion, and sis and I warned the guy in front of us that we were going to scream. He told us that we couldn't be any louder than his Harley-- I think he ended up regretting those words! :D


Cats, books, and roller coasters-- three of the best G-rated, calorie-free pleasures in life!

Saturday, October 10, 2009 7:43 AM

^ That's a good one Cat.

My mom can handle the Yankee Cannonball and Blue Streak with no problem, but I guess anything taller than 100 ft and she freaks.

Mangum is just a steel version of a woodie anyway.

Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

Monday, October 12, 2009 11:03 AM

rollergator said:
Valhalla - flat out amazing...but maybe a little too wet.

No such as thing as too wet..... unless it's a cold, rainy day where you just freeze your backside off the moment you get off the ride......

And on those sorts of days, the Big One is a real hoot - especially when it's been raining for a while and the rails are saturated - serious speed!!!

Monday, October 12, 2009 11:43 AM

I throughly enjoy watching people's faces at the end and beginning of Top Thrill Dragster before and after the ride has completed. I'll never forget the first time I rode TTD and someone on the brakerun screaming, "I can't feel my hands, I can't feel my hands." It was pretty funny.

Collin Aynes

Monday, October 12, 2009 2:42 PM

I do this on Shivering Timbers several times a year. I turn to the person sitting next to me as we are going up the lift and ask them if they have ridden this before. If their first time I leave them alone. If they have I will say "I just want to ride this thing at least once without puking". Some of the looks of absolute horror are priceless.

My name is Mike, and I'm a coasterholic.

Friday, October 16, 2009 1:19 AM

Sort of like the Invertigo prank. Ride so you go forward up Lift #1 with a worried stranger across from you. You will make the first pass backwards. As you near the top of Lift #2, just before the release, make like you're about to hurl just to see the reaction of the poor guy across from you.

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I was at the Franklin (OH) County Fair, and got stuck in the penultimate row of a Mulligan Sea Ray (pendulum boat ride). Behind me, a loud-mouthed late-teen jock type was hollering and carrying on, telling his friends to put their hands up and such. I quietly suggested that he try lifting his feet off the floor.

The unreal scream that came out of him on the next pass told me he tried it. I guess he didn't really know what airtime feels like. :)

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It was early in the day at Six Flags Great America, and the area around Raging Bull was largely deserted. At the entrance, an unaccompanied kid climbs into the test seat and pulls back on the lap bar. I let him sit there for a few minutes with that, "I meant to do that..." look on his face before I came over and let him out. His legs were too short to reach the release pedal.

Another kid had a similar problem on the Superman test seat...with the shoulder bar down, his arms were too short to reach the release handle.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

    /X\        _      *** Respect rides. They do not respect you. ***
/XXX\ /X\ /X\_ _ /X\__ _ _ _____

Friday, October 16, 2009 3:22 PM
CoasterDemon's avatar

At the ACE coaster con 1991 - opening of Steel Phantom at Kennywood.

The ride was brutal. Brakes before the first loop were turned off at night as to not disturb the neighbors. This is one of those 'you had to be there' moments - or would be funny re-created in a movie or cartoon.

The Phantom went so fast through the loop and following flips it was hilarious. You didn't have time to bump your head, seriously. It was like cartoon fast. It was like "OMG that is crazy!" fast.

Saturday, October 17, 2009 11:27 AM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar

I still laugh at the time I was in line for Face/Off and the two guys in front me wondered why they didn't add another train to help the lines move faster. ;)


Saturday, October 17, 2009 4:54 PM

Onsite radio announcer, at Dragster on Opening Day 2003: "Top Thrill Dragster is the world's tallest coaster at 420 ft., the world's fastest at 120 mph, and has the world's longest line for a roller coaster, now estimated at 6 1/4 hours!"

Me (recognizing someone who'd know): Six and a quarter hours? Is that correct?"

Robin Innes: Yup.

Saturday, October 17, 2009 6:01 PM

That's priceless Roz!

Then again, isn't 6.25 hours the longest time Kinga Ka has run without breaking down? ;)

Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!


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