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....
"Launching in 1,2,3..2..1"
-Wicked Twister Ride Op.
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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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.
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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.
Six Flags, the only chain of parks that can manage to have stacking with a one train operation.
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."
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!
Feel The Adrenaline....
I htink you are born with it in your blood,it may take time to realize it.
Feel The Adrenaline....
...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!"
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Again, like others it was peer pressure not to look like a wuss that "did me in" so to speak.
One equation people. Raging Bull=Airtime! Enough said....
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