Kiddie Coasters

Tuesday, October 2, 2001 1:19 PM
Who puts "kiddie coasters" or junior coasters in they're track record?

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Tuesday, October 2, 2001 1:21 PM
Why does it matter if you do or not?
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Tuesday, October 2, 2001 2:03 PM
Well, it doesn't really matter much except to kep track of what you've ridden...and after riding the Beastie at PKI, I'll even say there are "juniors" out there that WILL surprise you with how good they can be.  I love riding those smaller coasters just to see how "fired up" I can get the train...it's great fun to have a bunch of 7 and 8 year-olds screaming as the train rolls back into the station...
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Tuesday, October 2, 2001 2:05 PM
I do...Taxi Jam and Scooby Doo.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2001 2:07 PM
Speaking of kiddie coasters, why don't some of them allow adults to ride alone? I assume it is for safety, but why would it be unsafe?
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Don't look down-Oblivion

*** This post was edited by PT300 on 10/2/2001. ***

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Tuesday, October 2, 2001 2:20 PM
Why not add them? They are coasters too, you know! A coaster is a coaster, be it shuttle, on flat rails, on round track, 10 feet tall, 1000 feet tall, as long as it uses gravity at some point and rolls on a track (or trough) it's a coaster, and if you've been on it, why wouldn't you add it to your record?
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Tuesday, October 2, 2001 3:37 PM

Thanks! I wasn't really sure if it would be right if I added the Knoebel's High Speed Thrill Coaster because it goes around like 4 times. Thank you!
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Tuesday, October 2, 2001 4:39 PM
If it's a roller coaster I put it in my track record.  Happiness is an entire train load of ACERs on a kiddie coaster screaming and waving their hands in the air.

Parks limit maximum size of riders on their kiddie coasters for several reasons:
1) Adults just don't fit in well.
2) The coaster may only be designed for so much weight.
3) To keep rowdy older riders from intimidating kids.  This is why some parks allow adults on kiddie coasters only if accompanied by a child.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2001 4:51 PM
Of course, why not?  Personally Timber Line Twister at KBF is a decent coaster.  The little hils actually give you air!!  Other than that and a few other kiddie coasters I haven't been on many.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2001 5:59 PM
I do, a coaster is a coaster IMO.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2001 7:39 PM
I was pleasantly suprised my first trip on Woodstock Express at CP. They let you ride it even without a little kid, however, they do not let adults ride the Gemini Junior without a kid. When I have my kids with me, I ride the kiddie coasters. I am anxious to ride that little bear at stricker's grove this weekend. I have seen it on many track records here at Coaster Buzz

 

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Wednesday, October 3, 2001 8:07 AM
all i've ridden is taxi jam and beastie
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Wednesday, October 3, 2001 8:37 AM
Not sure how to approach this one...

First off is the deffinition... "Junior" coaster.
What coasters are exactly in that class?

Case in point... Dutch Wonderland (Lancaster PA) has two coasters, Joust and Sky Princess. There are some out there who insist on saying that Sky Princess is a "Jr" coaster. I agree, it could be called a "family" coaster (in the sense that it is smaller and is not a wild scream machine), but I hesitate to call it a "Jr" (for the record, the RCDB does not refer to it as either a "Family" or a "Jr"... and I agree with that assessment.) Their other coaster is Joust... a small "family" (according to RCDB) coaster... a Chance model I t think, and they send you around on two laps. I would not call this a "kiddie" coaster, but this size I would refer to as a "Jr" (even more so than family)... Adults can fit into the seats comfortably, but it is geared primiarly toward kids.

Now all that the above is out of the way, I look at it this way... if you ride it, count it. I have ridden Joust and Sky Princess... and have counted Joust as well as Sky Princess. However, my main reason why I wanted to go to Dutch Wonderland (aside from taking our 2 yr old neice there), was to ride Sky Princess... I would not have made the trip if Joust was all that they had.
The line for Joust was non existant (as was the line for Sky Princess) and we had plenty of time. On the other hand, on a visit to Dorney Park, we spent our time on the major coasters (Steel Force, Talon, Thunderhawk, Hercules, Wild Mouse, Laser) and let all of the smaller ones go. I suppose my point is this... if I would ride a "kiddie" (or a kids coaster, such as Joust), I would of course count it... however I would NOT go out of my way to ride one of these coasters (to the point of scheeming to borrow another visitor's kid just so they would let me on if they have a "no adult with out a kid" rule). To me, that just smells of just trying to pad out the coaster count.


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Wednesday, October 3, 2001 9:53 AM
Why would someone want to "pad out" thier coaster count?  Do people on this site who have ridden 100 coasters really think they are better than people who have ridden 50 coasters?  Are people really that boastful and superficial?

Personally, I add kiddie coasters to my track record, but it's so I'll remember riding them, not to add to the number I've ridden.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2001 10:03 AM
Den, you would be suprised! I met a cat this year who took a rainy Saturday and drove to like 8 different 'Jeepers!' centers just to ride each centers 'Python Pit' roller coaster. To some people it *IS* that serious. Sure it their right, but it's also my right to think they are FREAKS!

I ride some smaller coasters. The PTC juniors (beastie and the like) are actually good. The tivoli family coasters (RRE @ SFWoA) are intersting just because of the insanely long train. I rode Howler @ HW, just to do it. And the rides like Flying Unicorn and Woody's Nuthouse Coaster (IOA & USF respectively) are even somewhat fun.

All are on my count, but I wouldnt go out of my way to ride them. I pretty much only ride them only if they are walkons...I dont want to take time away from the kiddies (NOTABLE EXCEPTION: Reptar!)
lata,
jeremy
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Wednesday, October 3, 2001 10:20 AM
Yes, you would be surprised what some would do in the name of "the count".

Like I said, the only true "kiddie" coaster (or, like I said, "Kid's" coaster) that I have ridden is Joust. My neice (2 1/2 years old at the time... this past July) wanted to, but then at the last minute, she said "I don't want to ride", so I got out of line with her. My wife said "give her here... and go ride," so I handed her off and got back in line.

Like I said in my last post, I would not make a specific point to ride a kiddie coaster or "kids coaster" (I have passed up ones at Lakemont, Old Town, SFA, Dorney and Williamsgrove), but if I would ride one (such as Joust), I WOULD count it. Not listed in CoasterBuzz's list of coasters, I count two smaller coasters in my personal count... Williamsgrove's old wooden (now defunct) kiddie coaster, and a kiddie coaster at the York Fair (yes, I do count two travelling fairs), but both when I was in fact a "kiddie" myself. The only recent "kiddie / Kids" coasters I have ridden and included is Joust (though some do insist on calling Flying Unicorn at IOA a Kid's/Jr coaster... I call it "family").

Oh, as a followup, while my niece did not want to ride Joust, she (with her mother, grandfather and me) did get her first coaster ride a few weeks ago at Hersheypark on the "Trailblazer". Okay, so it is a very short mine train to us all, but to her it was her first ride on "the big rollie coaster."

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"I wasn't always this cynical, but then I started kindergarden..."

*** This post was edited by SLFAKE on 10/4/2001. ***

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Wednesday, October 3, 2001 10:32 AM
To follow up what Jeremy said, I've also seen a group of people share a kid to get rides on a kiddie coaster.  Not quite as freakish as the Jeepers dude, but a little extreme if you ask me.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2001 10:40 AM
I want the Pteranodon's at IOA something BAD, anybody got a kid I can rent?   LOL!  Seen them lots of times, even waited in line, but I am child-free.  Personally, the LOOOOOOONG train on some of the rollerskaters hurts the ride experience IMO...they trains get so many cars, there's never anyplace on the track to get any speed.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2001 2:23 PM
Pteranodon Flyers at IOA doesn't require a kid.

I love Zierer's long trains. Forty people!
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Wednesday, October 3, 2001 2:36 PM
Go ride Pegasus at Big Chief's it will definitely change your mind about Jr. Coasters, air and huge laterals, unreal in a 40 foot tall coaster. Ya gotta love CCI.
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