No. I usually even avoid wearing anything related to amusement parks. When I was younger I was totally into people noticing me when I was wearing a coaster shirt from somewhere really far away but now I try to just blend in as much as possible.
I've only wanted one article of clothing related to coasters: a Drachen Fire T-shirt that I found out two years ago my older brother had, after he had just given it away. He immediately felt like kicking himself for not thinking of giving to me (especially after seeing the pained look on my face! ;) ). I would never have worn it (except maybe around the house), but it would have been nice to have a rare souvenir of one of my favorite coasters. *** Edited 6/13/2005 5:14:26 PM UTC by Vater***
Just wear the pins, patches, t-shirts, and don't forget the bulging fanny pack, and you are all set =)
I do have t-shirts, but I usually wear them to work (software company). I typically do not wear them to the parks, so I too can blend in. I don't want some 12 year old spotting my shirt and then rambling on about their trip last summer with their parents to BGW (no offense to the young'ens on the site).
Dont' have any pins or patches. I do have a pretty extensive shirt/sweatshirt/jacket collection. I guess I consider them souvenirs from the parks I visit and yes I do wear them at the parks. I refuse to wear anything tie-dye or overly gaudy though. I sometimes get approached by people that might ask me about a coaster or park but nobody has really gotten annoying though. People usually get the point when I stop talking to them.
No pins or patches. A few T-shirts-- but when I go to a park, I don't wear a T from that park. It's like you're either saying "Yeah, I've been here before" (who cares?) or "Hey I just bought this 10 minutes ago" (did ya dump ketchup on the shirt you were wearing when you got here?). Just my opinion.
I guess the only advice I'd offer regarding wearing pins is not to wear them on the back. If you're lucky, you might know a girl scout who could lend or give you her sash. That would work too and you'd really get noticed at the parks.
I personally collect a T-shirt from all the places I have been (missed WOF but will get next year), does that make me an emgee then?
The reason I buy them is due to the fact that I know I will probably never get to go to that park again so I want something to remember the park by besides taking my own pictures, plus some of the shirts have pretty cool designs.
As far as wearing them to other parks, I may have done so once or twice but that is about it.
My designated theme park bookbag that I take with me to all parks, is COVERED in coaster pins, political pins, and gay rights/pride pins. I get a lot of comments on all three types, and they generally make for good conversation with strangers when I'm at a park alone.
I'll always cover up the pins and hold it against my stomach when I'm in line for a kiddy ride or something though, as I've had more than one parent give me a nasty look. God forbid their children become tolerant people!
We do collect the pins. We have a large square of green felt, framed in dark brown wood, which we attach them to. We hang it on the wall of our classroom, right next to our 10 x 5 bulletin board of photos. We never thought about wearing the pins back to a park because with all the jolting on rides we might lose one.