How did you get interested in roller coasters?

Monday, December 23, 2002 9:45 AM

For me it all started as a young kid on vacation to Opryland Tenn. We went to an amusement park there by the same name I believe?(what was or is the name of that park??) Well I contemplated all day if I should risk my life and ride the roller coasters.... Towards the end of the day my dad went back to the hotel and told me don't leave the park untill you ride the coasters and if you ride them all I will give you 20$ .. big money to a little kid! So, I sucked it up got on the coaster and have been hooked every since....

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Monday, December 23, 2002 9:50 AM
Yeah I started when I got RCT also. I saw some of stuff I made and so I went online and looked up some of the real ones, besides ones i'd ridden like SFNE rides, and I went back to SFNE and realized just how cool these rides are, and I was hooked from then on. That summer I took my first trip to Cedar Point and it was a blast!

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Monday, December 23, 2002 9:59 AM
Theman, try here: http://www.rcdb.com/quicksearch.htm?quicksearch=Opryland
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Monday, December 23, 2002 10:23 AM

Raptor started me up just a little but I wasn't really into looking at all of these websites. But then, at the turn of the Millennium.....there were signs. Thats right, ever since I heard about Millennium Force I was completely addicted.

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Monday, December 23, 2002 10:24 AM
It all started the year the car bomb went off at the World Trade center in New York. Our school always took a fifth grade trip to the Statue of Liberty but in light of the bombing parents were uneasy so the school descided on going to Hershey Park instead. It was the best field trip I had ever been on with the eighth grade trip to SF Great Adventure coming in close second. Ever since then I have loved coasters and been taking my own field trips across country.

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Wood Rules!

*** This post was edited by BeastFreak on 12/23/2002. ***

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Monday, December 23, 2002 10:40 AM
Thanks rollergator, I should of known RCDB would have the info..... Ohhh the memories, hold on here the park is now a shopping mall and all the coasters have been dismantled.. THE HORROR...
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Monday, December 23, 2002 10:52 AM

I remember I was with my family and my dad took me to ride "Corkscrew". I can't remember which one it was, but that was my first coaster. All I remember was the ride had an incredibly funny name, but it was a lot of fun! I rode them ever since. And just recently, my cousin's friend told me about this site, and I've become addicted to it ever since! So now, I think I'm more of a fanatic than I ever was.

Edit: Some where in between there, I was introduced to RCT, and then I really started getting into coasters. Also, when my school started going to Carowinds field trips every year.. ahh, good times.

*** This post was edited by RollerJunkie on 12/23/2002. ***

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Monday, December 23, 2002 11:03 AM

I started going to parks with my friends who were already coaster enthusiasts and when they took me to CoasterCon XXIV ever since it's been like an addiction.

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Six Flags, the only chain of parks that can manage to have stacking with a one train operation.

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Monday, December 23, 2002 2:38 PM
mt parents preasured me into going to the roller coaster in marineland, i forget when it was, im guessing when i was(age 9 i think) in 3th grade or something like that because i went to CP for the first time in 2000(6th grade) and i remember going to parks for something like 2 years before that, it may have been 4th grade though
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Monday, December 23, 2002 2:54 PM
I was at Kennywood in 1997 and my Dad convinced me to ride Jack Rabbit. I gave in and rode it expecting something terrifying. It turns out that I loved it and couldn't get enough of it. When I got home I was looking at various park websites, I saw ACE mentioned with a link on I believe it was Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk's site and I joined and have been hooked ever since. I heard about CB at an ACE event and joined during their first summer and now I am an full-fledged coaster enthusiast!

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Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, "I think I'll squeeze these dangly things here and drink whatever comes out."

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Tuesday, December 24, 2002 6:17 AM

I have always loved them, but didn't REALLY start getting into them on an enthusiast/fantatical lever until about three years ago when I kicked around the idea of starting my own site to post my photos. Watching the MF being built over CP's webcam is probably what did me in. lol.

My first coaster was probably the Swamp Fox at Myrtle Beach or the Little Dipper at Camden Park when I was 8 or so. It's been all downhill (and uphill) every since!!! lol.

Merry Christmas everyone!

-Tina

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Feel The Adrenaline....
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Tuesday, December 24, 2002 6:18 AM

coaster-fan said:
I htink you are born with it in your blood,it may take time to realize it.


Amen!!!!

-Tina

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Feel The Adrenaline....
www.intenserides.com

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Tuesday, December 24, 2002 7:00 AM

...getting into this thread late....

I got into coasters via my Dad, who has always loved coasters. He grew up in LA and as a teenager rode all the long-gone classic woodies out here including the Cyclone Racer.

In 1967, at the age of 2, I went on my very first roller coaster: a Herschell kiddie coaster at Wagon Wheel Park in Oxnard, CA [defunct]. One year later my Dad held on to me tightly as I rode my first adult coaster, Disneyland's Matterhorn. That was back in the days of single bobs, not the 2-car trains they do now, and before they added the Abominable Snowman monster theming and the height and age limits.

I don't think I was really hooked until 1971, when we visited a brand new park just north of Los Angeles called Magic Mountain. The park had one coaster: Gold Rusher. At night, just before the park was about to close, Gold Rusher would be a walk-on. My entire family would ride, race around to the entrance, and ride again until they kicked us off. From then on, I was hooked.

In 1992 I became a member of ACE and give my Dad a membership for Xmas a few years later. He still rides and attended his first SRM this year. As for the rest of my family most of them still ride and the grandkids are now joining their crazy uncle and grandpa in the hobby.

Enjoying thrill rides seems to be something that runs in my family's blood, so all I can say is, 'Thanks Mom & Dad!"

Moosh

*** This post was edited by Mamoosh on 12/24/2002. ***

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Tuesday, December 24, 2002 7:57 AM

Again, like others it was peer pressure not to look like a wuss that "did me in" so to speak.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2002 10:44 AM

One equation people. Raging Bull=Airtime! Enough said....

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