coasterfreeek, big dipper at sfo doesnt have seatbelts, head 'rests', or seatdividers. only one lap bar that locks in only one place
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I may have ridden other coasters before the age of seven but I cannot remember them if I did. The first coaster I remember riding was Cedar Point's Blue Streak at the age of seven in 1964. Several years later when CP installed Cedar Creek Mine Ride, that became my favorite roller coaster.
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CP Genius, don't worry about offending anyone, just tell us how you feel. Honesty is the best policy...always!! You're right, a HUGE range. That's why coasters are a spice of life and actually are something that we can ALL relate to! I just hope when my doc says at age 55-60 to stop riding them, I can buy a new heart JUST to keep riding 'em! That's why I said "knowledgable", if we knew what you guys do today, we would be living on Mars and not blowing things up on it. Keep to the books, there's more than just coasters!! (But, keep on riding!)
I was about 5 when I rode the mine train at six flags over mid. america. That was almost 15 years ago. I've had a passion for them since. I now have a son who is almost 3 and he's been on every kiddy coaster I can get him on in the past year(SFGA, WDW). He loves them. He even goes crazy when he sees a rollercoaster on TV. We are going to PKI and CP soon, and I can't wait.
Hey woody, I saw a article sometime in the last year (I wish I could remember where) and in that report, a physisict documented that riding rollercoasters is good for your heart because of the endorphin releases, and the stress relief. Keep on riding!!
My first coaster was probably the CC mine Ride in 1983...I was 5. I also rode Demon Drop that year, but for some reason I was too scared to go on Gemini or Corkscrew. In retrospect, I was an idiot...who rides Demon Drop but not Gemini? Hell, DD still scares me..at least the second before the release. Two years later I rode Gemini, and I've been hooked since. Strange to think that when I first went to CP, Gemini was only 5 years old, and now Magnum is 11 years old...I remember the opening of Magnum as if it were yesterday. :) Must be really strange for those of you who were around when Blue Streak and CCMR were new. :)
My first coaster was the King Cobra at PKI (then just KI). I was about 12 or 13, I think. Anyways, I was always scared of coasters, but my dad and a friend forced me to ride. Been hooked ever since. Funny story, though. The next year I went to CP, and I told my friend he would have to drag me onto Magnum (I'm scared to death of heights, go figure). I said I would ride it, but when we got there I knew I would chicken out. He gets me on, we get about half way up the hill, my friend turns to me and says, "Jeff, we shouldn't have done this." At this point, I was freaking out completely. At the end of the ride, we were all about getting right back in line. Now, the only time heights don't bother me is when I'm strapped into a roller coaster train. I wonder, though, how I'm going to react on MF!
My first coaster was the Sidewinder at Elitch Gardens (now Six Flags Elitch Gardens). The Sidewinder is a shuttle loop coaster which was painted pure white. Now it is painted two shades of green which looks better but will probably get a stupid Six Flags name (Joker's, Riddlers, etc.)
Oh My God, I'm a [NAUGHTY WORD!]ing antique compared to everyone. I was put on The Cyclone in Coney Island in the summer of 1960 when I was 5 years old. Back in those days, CI had 4 coasters, The Cyclone, The ThunderBolt, The Bobsled and the Tornado. Only the Cyclone remains running and it still kicks serious ass.
I've also been on coasters in a few demolished parks, Palisades Park (torn down in the 70's) and Rockaway Playland (torn down in 1987)
Now I'm content making a least on trip a year and taking one of my nephews with me to some Coaster park in the US and party my butt off.
Oh Yeah, I guess that means I've been riding coasters for 40 years now and plan to ride for the next 40. My 88 year old uncle still rides 'em. Go get 'em Uncle W.
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My first coaster was the Sky Streak at Boblo Island. I believe this was when I was 8 years old. I recall getting off of the Boblo Boat and seeing that big white corkscrew coaster -- I believe it was called the Screamer -- and I stared at it in awe and said, "I wanna ride THAT!!" My dad was all for it, but my mom talked me out of it, saying, "Oh, no, that's too scary for you, you won't like it, why don't you go on the kiddie rides instead?"
I regret listening to her SOOO much, as that park is now closed, and I never did get on the Screamer. :-( But I did ride the Sky Streak, and their indoor coaster, Nightmare.
My coasterphobe mom also had something to do with my being the last kid on the block to go to Cedar Point...I didn't make it there until I was 12! Now I'm 17, and I've made up for getting such a late start by going so many times in the past five yeras, that I've probably been more times than people who have gone yearly (but not multiple times yearly) since they were babies. ^_^ I just love that place! And ever since I went there, I've gotten over my mom's early warnings that "those are way too scary for you!" They're just too scary for iher/i. ;-) My poor mother...she has to put up with me, my sister, and my dad, who are absolute coaster nuts.
Well, It's Memorial Day weekend and I just went on the Coney Island Cyclone 4 times (just for old times sake) They now have a sign saying that you must be 54" tall to go on. That sign wasn't there in 1959 when I was 4 and rode it for the first time. All you needed was an adult to ride with you.