Jr. Enthusiasts

Sunday, September 1, 2002 2:40 PM
Ride of Steel's avatar

Anyone have a son, daughter, brother, sister, nephew, niece, ect. thats a coaster addict? My brother is. He knows all the designers all the names of coasters. He likes to lecture me about how how height requirements are incorrect because "if you can drop 310 and pull 4.5 g's and be 48 inches, why can't I drop 208 feet and pull 3 and be 47 inches?"

Recently at MFI he sat crying out side the queue because he wasn't tall enough.

We saw a Boomerang and he goes "Vekoma makes too many of those, they are boring!"

Anyone have know anyone like this?

Its not attention deficit. I'm just ignoring you.

Sunday, September 1, 2002 2:56 PM

That's Me! Or well, used to be......

Sunday, September 1, 2002 3:08 PM
Thank God no...

Vekomember is from Holland, ishn't zaht veerd?

Sunday, September 1, 2002 3:28 PM
Its completly normal thast your son? is obsessed, I am too!!
Sunday, September 1, 2002 3:53 PM
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Sunday, September 1, 2002 5:43 PM
My nephew is 6 and has been on American Eagle, Whizzer, and Demon at SFGAm, I don't know if that counts him as an enthusiast, but he knows who designed what at SFGAm(of course he knew that fromhis uncle...me)

I am proud to say my homepark has 3 B&M's, soon to be 4, hopefully.;)

Sunday, September 1, 2002 5:54 PM
And some say Whizzer serves no purpose.......

My fellow Americans; Let's Roll!
The World of Thrills

Sunday, September 1, 2002 6:22 PM

I've got a 5 year old nephew who seems to love most of the rides that he can get on at SFA,we took him there last thursday (8/29/02) and he really enjoyed the rides in the kiddie area.

He's really looking forward to riding the big stuff, heck when we first got in the park he saw the flying carousel ride and had expressed a major desire to ride it,of course he's a few inches short of the ride's minimum height requirement :-( he's surely a whole lot more couragous when it comes to rides than I was at his age,I can't wait to take him on his first "big" coaster as soon as he's tall enough.

Sunday, September 1, 2002 9:38 PM

My 7 year old daugher will go on anything that she is tall enough to get on.

No second thoughts, no "daddy convincing her to ride" spiels.

She only has 2 more inches to go to hit the magic height (54"). When that growth spurt hits that magic height , she is ready and willing to take on the likes of Raging Bull, Batman:TR, V2, Iron Wolf, Shockwave(if it opens), Deja-Vu, and the possible B&M Flying coaster.

While she doesnt know manufacturers, G-Forces, laterals, etc., she likes to ride and that is what an enthusiast is all about.

Ric Flair was hitting on the female host, he told her - "Space Mountain may be the oldest ride in the park, but it has the longest line." WOOOOO!

Sunday, September 1, 2002 10:52 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

My Daughter is 4 and her track record is up to 32 coasters. She's really caught on to my enthusiasm for coasters. I'm sure someday it'll get old to her but for now she's gung-ho.

She's actually bad enough that she recognizes coasters and parks we've been to on coaster specials. I was rewinding one of my coaster videos just the other day and it seemed to be taking forever so I hit "play" to see where on the tape it was at and the first thing up was a clip of the Great Nor'Easter rolling just above the water slides at Morey's Piers. The first thing out of her mouth was "we were there - that's the ride mom got stuck on". She got it just from the visual - we were indeed at Morey's about a month ago and yes, my wife sat for about 10 minutes in the brake run on the Nor'Easter. An enthusiast kid is about as cool as it gets. :)

Dorney Park visits in 2002: 16

Monday, September 2, 2002 10:14 AM

My 10 year old little brother would fit this category well. He knows a few manufacturers (mainly B&M) and his track record is already up to 62. I had better watch out before he catches me!

Luckly for now, he's at the wonderful height between 54" (to ride big coasters) and 60" (to ride kiddie ones)

Needless to say I envy him.. lol

*** This post was edited by JamminJ on 9/2/2002. ***

Monday, September 2, 2002 12:12 PM
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Lord Gonchar said:

An enthusiast kid is about as cool as it gets.

What could I add to that...I got as much of a kick riding Spacely's with a bunch of kids as I ever did off the 4-5 spins on Raging Bull....of course, those brakes hit harder than Robert DeNiro...;)...

No, seriously, the real fun of junior wood, the rollerskaters, the Setpoint swingthings, the mine rides, Reptar @ PKI - and you've heard me hype them ALL.....is watching the kids have an absolute BLAST.....one of those times I get a little jealous of those of you who have kids.....

I never fail to try and *catch* the kids with a little "fish story" on JPRA and the like..."Oh no, we're going the wrong way" can sometimes even get the 4-5 year olds on TopCat...;)

Monday, September 2, 2002 2:44 PM

I ran Woodstock's Express for a season and a half. I realy enjoyed watching the kids on that ride. Some laugh, and some scream. Some frolick down the exit ramp, and some snail their way down the ramp crying. Most of the kids, even the ones who acted scared or upset, get right back into line for another ride. It was like a HUGE birthday party at McDonalds or something. Everyone was excited and happy. I often wondered if some of these kids are future enthusiasts.

My two nephues like parks, but so do most little kids. I hope to be an influance on them to become full fleged coaster enthusiasts by the time each one reaches 10 or 11 Years old.

My friends 8 year old daughter LOVES coasters. Her parents do not. She doesn't get to amusement parks as much as she would like to.

My parents friends 8 year old son gets to be taken to the little parks by his buddy, dexter (that's me). He LOVES the Toboggan at Lakemont and the Zyklon at DelGrosso's. I can tell that he will become a Jr. coaster enthusiast when he is older. I guess I'll be the one who takes him. I told him the other day that when he is 54" and willing to ride the big rides, I will take him with me to the big parks.

So most of the kids I know are a little to young to be Jr. coaster enthusiasts but are likely to within a few years...

...Except for Little Johnie, whom is 12 Years old. I just took him to his first big park and we had a blast. We went to HP and he braved all of the coasters without being too nervous. We are planning to go to KW early '03. I don't know if he will be an enthusiast but time will tell.

(Sorry my posts are so long)


*** This post was edited by dexter on 9/2/2002. ***


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