I guess I really got into roller coasters about 2 years ago in the 6th grade. My school took a field trip to Paramount's Carowinds. Before then I was afraid of coasters, but I owe my love for them to peer pressure. If I hadn't been afraid to look like a wuss in front of my friends, I would have never rode a roller coaster and find out how great they are! Now I am a fanatic and go all over the US to ride!
Same w/ me peer pressure from my friends. I could back down from the guys but not the girls;). Now I don't even lose my stomach on them, not even MF. That was the main reason I didn't ride, I didn't like that feeling that much but now I love it.
It still could be in your genes, Apollos Chariot. It's called Hetrozygous, and if both parents have it, the offspring could be homozygous recesive (resesive genes. duh!) But i think that is what causes it is one grandparent. My grandma was riding rollercoasters before any of you (well, probably any of you) to a breath in this world. Also, for someone to relize that they like rollercoasters, not only does a grandparent have to like it, but you must be pushed into going on one.
------------- V2, Deja Vu... how can it be better? Add Viper! Oh, wait. It's already there!
I started riding when I was 12 years old. My first coaster was the SLC Mind Eraser at Elitch Gardens. I almost started crying when I was on the lift hill. But then we went down the first down and I loved every minute of it and was hooked from then on. THe only reason we even went to SFEG is because we put SFEG and Waterworld's names in a hat and pulled SFEG out. I was very lucky because everyone esle in my family wanted to go to Waterworld.
------------- Fear is just weakness leaving the body.
My older brother and sister would brag about riding rides when we first started goin to Kings Island. So I rode all the rides (when I was tall enough). I just started lovin em'. The very first time I rode The Beast I knew that my career had to have something to do with amusement parks.
-------------------- You can't run and ou can't hide...the beasts at PKI
My stroy is probabily by far the wierdest. Prior to this event I hadnt gone up to PKI in over 2 years. The last day that PKI was open in 2000, my friend invited me up. Rode SOB and I was hooked! Now I cant get enough of coasters. Im so obsessed I have a summer project: build a home made coaster! Neone want to help?
My story is pretty normal. Some of my friends who used to go to SFGAm every week invited me once. I decided to go, and see how some of the roller coasters were. It was the best day. I've never experienced anything like the rides there. I had a blast. From then to now, I am a proud to be a coaster enthusiast.
Way back in my earlier years, I went to Disney, and didn't even ride any of the coasters because I was too afraid of them. I was content to sit and watch my father and my little brother go on the 'big rides' while my mother and I sat out. A few years later, I was coerced into going on Whalom Park's Flyer Comet woodie and loved it. I must have ridden in ten times in a row. I liked it because it didn't go upside-down, my biggest fear. The big transition was visiting US Space Camp in Florida. I went on a 'multi-axis trainer' which spun me upside down several times, and rode a flight sim that did a total of three barrel rolls. I conquered my fear of inversions at Space Camp, and when my class trip to Canobie Lake came along, I was ready to ride the biggest coaster of my life: The Canobie Corkscrew. After that, I became obsessed and made an effort to ride coasters whenever possible. My track record now stands at 37, and climbing. I hope to break 50 this summer!
My dad. We were at Indiana Beach and he dragged me onto the Hoosier Hurricane and I was really scared and freaked out...I was saying I was going to hate it...as soon as the train made it's sudden stop on the brakes, my exact words were, "Let's go again!"
Also, RollerCoaster Tycoon had an impact on me too.
------------- -Glitchey Will be at Busch Gardens Williamsburg April 27th.
It was not until 1997, my mom asked "Do you want to ride this?" I said sure, and this coaster was Hercules @ Dorney Park. All I said afterwards was ouch! and then I rode again, and then when vacation was over I just did so much research that I couldn't get enough of coasters.
------------- Talon is going to rock, roll, and take its toll on the top 10!"