I have always *loved* coasters, and I have always been interested in them. I have a picture of myself back in 1989 when I was 4 years old. I was standing on a drive in Camper Village at Cedar Point, staring up at Magnum while a train was going down the hill.
But I have never really "enjoyed" them until this year. Pure peer pressure it was, I have always been terrified of roller coasters before I was *forced* on Magnum. Now, here I am!
I've been hooked on coasters since I was born. My first rollercoaster was probally Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disney World or The Whizzer at SFGAm when I was 3 years old. When I used to be to short to ride some rollercoasters like Batman:TR or Shockwave I would wait in line with my family that was gonna go on and when we got to the loading station I would sit in the seat and pull down the restraint just so I could get ready for when I reached the 54inch height requirement.
I was dropped as a kid. Tragic, but been hooked on coasters ever since. (Just Kidding!) Actually, I was a tall kid and was able to ride the Corkscrew at Knott's at the age of 8. My grandfather took me on that thing and it scared the hell out of me. Eventually I needed bigger and better things. Now I need a 400' coaster. Anything less is too easy.
------------- Oooooh, my freekin' head.... Too many G's Too many G's! No, no, Too much Beer before the G's! Home Park: Knott's Berry Farm
my first coaster was nightmare at boblo island. but then i didn't really like coasters and had to go on the ones in the dark so i couldn't see what was going on. and i am afraid of heights. in like 97 i went to cp with my cousins and they forced me to go on the raptor. ever since then i can't get enough of coasters and hope to become a coaster designer. but to this day i am still scared of heights. it doesn't bother me when i'm on a coaster for some strange reason.
------------- front car on mf. hope you have the chance to do it.
I always grew up going to Carowinds a few times a year, every year, but just a few years ago I started watching all of the roller coaster and amusement park shows on the discovery channel and sadly, t.v. is what got me interested in roller coasters. I finally got to go to Cedar Point and PKI and I got hooked. :-)
I went to Klondike Days in 1998, thought aout it for a few days, then gave it up. Didn't go until July 2002, and got me insanely interested in carnivals, so I went to Galaxyland for my bday after Kdays was over. Being interested in carnivals got me interested in coasters. For those of you who dont know, G-land is an indoor park, with a triple looping Schwarzkopf called Mindbender. So lately, I've been on Mindbender every Saturday since school started.
I've been obsessed with roller coasters since I can remember. My parents often took me and my sister on trips to other parks, and thats how I experienced other coasters outside of Herhseypark. I remember being to short to ride the Sooper Dopper Looper at Hersheypark, and just staring at the loop. It wasn't that it went upside, it was how fast it went through the loop, the sound it made going through, and just the way the track was made. I was hooked when I took my first rides on rollercoasters (to bad I can't remember my first coaster), my parents bought Americas Greast Roller Coaster Thrills for my birthday when I was 7, along with other books that helped me become the enthusiasts I am today, and taking me to amuesment parks around to country to give me a track record of about 45 coasters at the age of 14. RCT, the internet, and TV also helped out too. ;)
Well I started out little at Geauga Lake on the Corkscrew when I was 5. My dad told me that I was going to have to be a big boy because I was going into first grade. I was scared to death but he told me that if I wasn't brave enough I was going to have to go home. I rode the ride and liked it, only to ride the rest of the coasters in the park. The next few years when the Mind Eraser came out and Serial Thriller I was terrified of them just because they were different (backwards and underneath the track) I conquered them the year they came out so I would say I was an enthusiast since I was 5 and basically forced onto the Corkscrew!
....And then you realized that they got all the guys ;). LOL!
As for me, I've always liked coasters. I'd travel to acouple parks a year and WDW with the family. After getting the guts to ride the rides at WDW, it spured a major chain and soon I had ridden all the SFGAm, CP, MIA, PKD, and BGT coasters. I was hooked, but my obsession to travel to diffrent parts of the globe just to ride started when I learned of S:TE. That ride amazed me, and that is when I really started traveling.. and the rest is history!
Approx 200,000miles and 467 coasters later (did I update for the 2 at SFoG?? I dont remember!), I'm still going strong and I don't see this obsession slowing down anytime soon. Ahh good times!
----------------- Corey "I make it a rule never to get involved with possessed people. Well, it's more of a guideline than a rule." - Dr. Pete Venkman/Bill Murray
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For me it was when I got home from Busch gardens Williamsburg and I wanted to find a picture of Apollo's Chariot to show my friend as it was my first major coaster after Loch Ness monster. Looking for pictures on the net I ended up getting really interested in the cool coasters i've never seen before and wham! I'm a coaster enthusiast (or i just like coasters!)
I've been riding coasters since I was tall enough to ride. What made me cross the line over to enthusiast-land was the old Thrillride! website. I stumbled across it one day and was completely taken in.
----------------- I sing sometimes for the war that I fight, 'cause every tool is a weapon, if you hold it right. -Ani Difranco
For me it all started when I got thsi little game called RCT. I was scared of coasters ever since my ride on Mindbender on my first trip to an amusement park back in 96 (Six Flags Over Geofgia). I overcame my phobia of coasters in July 2000 when I rode Rampage for the first time (hurray that it is re-opening next year!). This year was when I really became introduced to coasters when i visted SFFT, SWSA, Lake Winnie, PKD, BGW, SFA for the first times and SFOG again.