How many of you ride the kiddie coasters.....without kids? I've always wanted to check them out but never have because I dont have kids or know anyone with them. Let me know if any of you out there ride them sans-kids and if people give you looks or what the ride ops say. Thanks!
Most I've seen won't allow an adult over a certain height ride UNLESS they are riding with a child. I was only allowed one ride on Jr. Gemini (when my son was 5). After he rode the "big:" coasters, he refused to ride anything "small" again.
Family coasters are a completely different deal.
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I think the only kiddie coaster I rode was Sprocket Rockets at SFGA. and that was only because my friends dragged me along. I didn't get any bad looks, but it was fun to scream my head off and yell, "WE'RE GONNA DIE!"
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I usually ride them at smaller parks. I have the time to do it, the park doesn't have as many rules about them and it feels less embarrassing. Sometimes the Ride-ops look at me funny (usually the younger ones). Other ops are into it and try to encourage other adult riders into riding them.
I tend to skip them at bigger parks. There is enough to do there already, they often won't allow adults, and you have more of the crowd "looking at you funny."
It's also fun to ride the types of things you thought were cool when you were little. I was able to get on an Allen Herschell Helicopter Ride last summer. That was one of my favorite rides as a youngster.
My first and only ride on Cedar Point's Jr. Gemini occured two summers ago. It was probably the longest wait all day!
I have no qualms about riding "junior" type coasters, they can be just as fun as the larger ones.
I ride them all when they let me with or without kids and you'd be suprized how many you can ride. Its an obsession, if its a coaster then I want to ride no matter how small. I have kids also, so they are my pass on rides like Gemini Jr. and Top Cat's Taxi Jam; however I've ridden many without them too.
I didn't used to but now I'm usually willing to. I typically draw the line at the roller skaters and other tiny designs but am almost always willing to try out the mini CCI's or unique rides...it's funny, one of the rides I'm looking forward to just seeing (let alone riding!) is Parc Asterix's Le Vol d'Icare (Flight of Icarus) because of it's beautiful trains and lush scenery. The Calamity Mine Train @ Six Flags Belgium also looks like it has really snazz theming.
So what if people think you're nuts? I'm riding for fun and if other patrons can't see the fun in riding in a cramped train with a bunch of kids who think you're crazy then they've clearly spent too much time being serious "adults", what's wrong with unwinding and having some fun sometimes? :-) ------------- * The Legend @ HW * Superman: Ride of Steel @ SFNE * Mondial Top Scan
Why would anyone care what people think if they saw you riding a kiddie coaster? Its not like you gonna see those park guests again, and your friends will understand why you're riding in the first place [cha-ching!]. If I can ride w/o a kid or if I'm able to borrow a friend's or relative's child to ride, I will. Frankly I couldn't care less if people laughed at me...heck, they probably would anyway ;-)
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Yes! I wish my little brother would stop growing so that I can ride as many as possible when our family goes to parks. He's still lucky enough to be in that zone where you can ride the big rides as well as the little ones, I envy him. You'd be surprised at the explosive airtime on Taxi Jam. :) I enjoy any odd looks I get, I don't know them, they can think what they want.
My kiddie coaster count-
Taxi Jam - PC, Taxi Jam - PKD, Great Chase - SFA, I hope to get some more this summer.
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I ride them if I have time and the line isn't too long. I would never wait more than 5 minutes for a little coaster like Top Cat's Taxi Jam. Since it was sitting right there with no line, I might as well have took a spin on it. On the other hand, I waited like 20 minutes to ride Scooby Doo's Ghoster Coaster @ PKI because it has a vertical lift and I have never ridden a single rail suspended coaster. It wasn't that thrilling, but it was a unique experience. Beastie is a really good kiddie coaster. You might laugh, but I enjoyed it more than Mean Streak. Whizzer is more of a family coaster than a kiddie coaster. It is a fun ride also.
I ride them with my niece when we have whole family outings at a park. It get my sister-in-law out of doing it, and, shhh, I secretly get a kick out of it. I get to act like a little kid right along wth her, and she thinks it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. There's a lot of parks I wish I could take her to with us just for that reason!!!
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I ride Poison Ivy at SFNE, but that always has no line, but what a nice queve. I get the back because it is a very long train, and you get sucked down the drops. I call it a "warm up" to Superman. I tried to get on Great Chase, but they wouldn't let my friends and i go on. We said that we were "scared" of the big coasters, but still couldnt convince him. I like the looks, i'm in it for the fun. I like myself to stand out, like screaming hideously on something small like a kiddie coaster or thunderbolt. I also like to freak out other guests in the long Superman line. When they get on, they are wicked scared that one group almost turned back. What a waste of time that would've been for them!
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This is just my views, but I personally think kiddie or 'junior' coasters are every bit of a coaster as some of the giant ones out there. Having said that, I will say that if I find a smaller coaster that I am allowed to ride, I have no problem giving it a ride or two. Heck, some of them can be a total blast when riding with a large group.
I usually could care less what others think of me when riding a small coaster. I am not riding for them after all.
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Junior coasters like Poison Ivy, Cobra, and Iron Dragon() are fine by me. With kiddie coasters though, we're usually to big to fit in then or they won't let us ride. Superman:Kid of Steel, don't waste your time talking with Great Chase's ride operator. The one that usually runs it is so picky about who can ride it. Most of the time it's not even running because she be talkin' with ha boya frienn on ha cellllllll phone. Shoot, a girl who can't push a button in an operating booth shouldn't even have a job. I've seen her let the train run the circuit three or four times while she's busy flirtin'. She'd probably could have a real boyfriend if she wasn't busy running her mouth with every guys in the park. If any of you guys are over 16, then stay away from the South End of Six Flags New England and if your that desperate to ride Cyclone and Flashback then sneak around the Taco bar are something so she doesn't see you. Last season she tried to hit on my cousin.
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I ride as many as I am allowed to. Sure people may look at me funny, but they ALWAYS look at me funny anyways. I LOVE Vecoma Rollerskaters. I think they are the best steel junior coasters out there and are very exciting. The Beastie is great as well.
The butt-backwards thing was when I went to SFGAm at the beginning of last season. I fit on Spacely Sprocket Rockets without a problem but couldnt fit on V2(I can now though so please, no weight jokes)!:)
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