That got me thinking -- usually a dangerous thing, I realize ;)
So, I'll put this question out to my fellow Buzzers: when you experience a new coaster, ride, or park do you like to know as much about it as possible, or do you prefer to go in "blind" and enjoy the process of discovery as experiences happen? And why?
For the record I'm not trying to make a judgement call either way. I prefer to discover as I go, but I know others like to know as much as possible. I'm just curious how people feel and why.
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I usually try to discover as a go along, but that's getting harder and harder. Tech sheets and blue prints are piling up all over the house, and it's really hard not to look at them.
Especially concerning dark rides I prefer to know as little about them as possible. I'm proud to report I know absolutely nothing about Transdémonium, a 2003 darkride. :) I think the best part of a ride is discovering its many aspect. I don't like sitting in a ride for the first time and constantly thinking "I already knew that" or "oh, it looked better in the concept art". That kind of spoils the experience for me.
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When it comes to parks I want to know as much as possible...a cool little ride hidden somewhere, good places to eat, unique little niches to explore, etc. etc.
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I do some research on parks, but primarily so I don't get totally surprised by something. An example would be the metal detectors and purse/bag searches at SFGAm. I've never had to deal with that at CP, and knowing in advance this would happen allowed me to plan accordingly. (still didn't make much of a difference tho...people in FRONT of me didn't plan well and held up the line).
I also like to get opinions on places to eat, shows that are must sees, and recommendations for lodging.
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On the other hand, I can't imagine riding X without knowing anything about it. I seriously think that had I not known the layout I would have shat myself while riding.
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I am a web junkie. :) I cant help myself when it comes to any information regarding new rides.
I don't care what anyone says, Magnum is better then Millenium Force.
I definitely pay attention to the opinions of others...and even more important than the grain/shaker of salt, I *weight* those opinions. Those whom I have learned to trust, their statements have greater impact...I think most of us know where certain buzzers stand in relation to others in terms of reliability...;). However, once I step foot IN the park, it's all about me....and I'll call it the way *I* see it....
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Ideally, I'd love to go in blind...can't imagine seeing MF and TTD as I drive up not knowing either was there, not to mention the rush of thoughts and excitement in the short time before a first ride vs. the months/years I've been anticipating them now.....
I really don't want to know the whole layout ect of a ride. I may look at some pictures and stuff but I try to ride everything with a open mind as to what to expect.
Even though I heard about Riverside Cyclone long before I rode it, I didn't know much about it. WOW!
Chuck, who thought Boss was far smoother and funner than those who bashed it. And thought BD was a letdown from they hype it recieved but it was still a good coaster.
It is my personal belief that Lesourdsville Lake is closed for 2003. I'll let you know if anything is announced.
Probably my biggest reason why I like to know a lot is because being in high school, I have all my non~enthusiast friends come and ask me about new rides that they heard about on the news or from somewhere else. When they ask me, I try to give them as much information as I can. The only problem with this is that when a ride is announced like TRTR last year, all my friends expected me to know all about it. I really couldn't tell them anything except for what I thought it was. Another problem was with them being a non~enthusiast, they didn't understand why a coaster wasn't being built. Explaining to some one that a coaster isn't always the best mood, can be hard.
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X & Deja Vu are the perfect examples of that. I had the layouts memorized, but was still shocked at just how cool the actual rides were.
Then there are rides like Legend, The Beast and any completely enclosed coaster. No matter how hard you try, you'll never be able to get a good look at the whole thing before riding.
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I'm with Bass...I am really *really* looking forward to the "good" RoS, and to BD, and SFNE Cyclone, etc....but I'll learn about them ON the ride...all the cool info about the park is nice and all, but as far as the RIDES, I'll stay in the dark until the time comes...
You'll love S:RoS. :)
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I'm proud to say that I've yet to see ANY pics of S:UF, either the one down in GA or the new one at my kinda home park, SFGAm. I can't wait to drive into the parking lot for the first time this season (May 4 for me) and catch my first glimpse of this ride that I've been hearing about for months. Two of my best coaster memories are 1)arriving at CP at midnight, driving on the causeway and seeing the lights on MF in the distance, and 2) turning into the parking lot at MiA and seeing ST, in all it's spectacular magnificence, for the first time.
BUT, I do read everything I can about a park and it's rides before I visit for the first time.
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