How did you become an enthusiast .
my story started at age three when my mom would take me to disney land every year. then as I got older we started going to pga there I rode my first B&M. Then me and my mom moved to Hawaii land of no coaster and would see comercials for kumba and montu and have dreams of ridding them. we finally moved from hawaii back to socal And a was seing comercials for superman and thats when i was tall enouhg to ride everything at sfmm after riding superman i was hooked on coasters but not a true entusiast. years later I heard sfmm was building a new coaster called goliath and i searched the internet for info and found coasterbuzz. A couple weeks on coasterbuzz and I new so much about coasters. now I was an enthusiast
I just want to ride as many coasters as posible
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Welcome to Six Flags Great America, home of the fastlane and delay-ja vu! We have now officially been deemed the world-wide wait!
I was a coaster enthusiast before I even knew it. I had always enjoyed the computer game Theme Park (bullfrog original) and had VHS tapes full of coaster shows. It wasn't till I found sites like this one that I started to consider myself an enthusiast - partially because I realized what exactly being an enthusiast entailed.
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I had been going to parks and never rode anything but water rides. Finally in February I went on the Hulk and it was awesome. I've never felt so much adreneline in my life. I was still too scared to go on Dueling Dragons so when I went back in March I was pushed on and stapled into my seat. I yelled to the operator to stop but my friends shut me up.
Now I can't wait to get up North and out West.
Nitro,Millenium Force,Beast, Ghostrider, Xcelerator,Goliath,Roar
gahhh! So many parks!
Does this thing go faaaaaast!
Cedar Point in 27 days!
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I was drawing pictures of Roller Coasters by age 5. I visited my then home park Camden Park many times a year between the ages of 2 and 16 and frequently rode Big Dipper, Lil Dipper, and Thunderbolt Express. At 12 I finally got the nerve to ride my first big coaster, The Beast.
Long story short; I am now 27 and vist parks more than I visit my loving Grandmother. I have worked 2 seasons at CP and 1 full year at IOA. I may take a full time non-seasonal job at DelGrosos Park in the very near future.
Thank God for the Internet, because where would I get all of my amusement business news?
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I guess it all started back home in Chicago. During the summer after my 8th grade year I was invited to accompany a niece and nephew of a friend to Six Flags Great America. I had been there MANY times yet was too scared to ride anything. I had been on Whizzer and Rolling Thunder, but I had been too young to enjoy them fully. Anyway, the niece of our friend was a very cute girl the same age as I...I could NOT chicken out on anything that day. So, I forced myself on every ride in the park. After that day I never saw the girl again, but I lost my fear of coasters.
When sophomore year of high school rolled around...Raging Bull was being completed. I watched all nine months of its construction and testing. I was there for the opening day...waiting out in front before the park opened. One ride and I fell in love.
Summer 2001...I became a ride operator at SFGAm...ride unit...Raging Bull!
Finally, I knew my calling...I now attend UCF in Orlando as a freshman (almost sophomore) where I major in Hospitality specifically taking classes for Theme Park Management. Thanks to this choice I made for myself...I am the Area 3 ride/show intern at IoA. Unless I'm mistaken, I'm the youngest ride/show supervisor at Universal Orlando.
For the future...I want to design, build, and own amusement parks greater than our wildest imaginations as coaster enthusiasts...
This is how I became an enthusiast.
SOB crew in twenty 02
82 SOB laps, and not tired of it yet!
well, you oughta check oout the meeting calendar real regularly, I try to visit IoA, esp. Fire Dragon whenever work takes me down to O-Town, or whenever I get *sick* of work....I almost always wear a shirt from another park, a rule I violate only at Holiday World! In addition, I now have a new technique I need to try on Katanga....(I'll keep you posted).
But as far as my enthusiast "roots", two things come to mind. First, my father dragging me onto King Cobra at King's Dominion in the pre-Paramount days. Second, riding Montu over and over and over while watching the park build a woodie SOMEWHERE within driving distance. Gwazi, Montu, and King Cobra hold a special place in my heart for planting the seed, and nurturing it. Rode Montezooma's Revenge many times during the Con.....love those Scharzkopf shuttle loopers....and I miss Viper at SFoG.....
1989, 9 years old, Kneemeister dragged me bawling onto Maggie, the rest is as they say History.
The Beast and Night, They go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly
I'd been petrified of coasters all through middle school, and only Kennywoods - I'd never been anywhere else. Summer of 8th grade, our class went to CP and a cute girl told me that Magnum was only "a little higher" than Thunderbolt at Kennywood (which I had ridden before, so I knew that a drop of that size wouldn't kill me ;) ) so of course I believed her - later that summer I rode Steel Phantom and that was that ...
84 coasters in Track Record!! Hypersonic XLC # 100 in July. Waiting for the 305 foot drop tower in 2003. Thank you PKD.
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