PA parks offer variety of roller coaster experiences

Posted Monday, August 26, 2002 4:46 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Like 31 flavors of ice cream, roller coasters at Pennsylvania's amusement parks come in a variety of shapes, sizes and geometrical labyrinth of track, which target thrill seekers. They are steel, wooden, horizontal, vertical, inverted, and train-like toboggan cars. A reporter takes in some of what the state has to offer.

Read more from the Pottsville Republican and Evening Herald.

Monday, August 26, 2002 5:15 AM

Granted, it is from a local paper, but FINALLY eastern PA gets some recognition! (After watching Travel channel, I was starting to think that the west coast was the only place coasters could be found).

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Kind of hard to take a post as objective if a park or coaster name is part of the "user name"

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Monday, August 26, 2002 6:46 AM
That is a good point SLFAKE. Most of those shows on the travel channel last week were mostly about California, and Vegas. I guess it was just a ploy to get people to travel to the West. The East coast does have a lot of excellent coasters. PA has a bunch of great little parks. I thought he'd have covered Kennywood. Guess he didn't want to drive that far.
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Monday, August 26, 2002 6:49 AM
Yep... they don't call it the Travel Channel for nothing.

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Kind of hard to take a post as objective if a park or coaster name is part of the "user name"

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Monday, August 26, 2002 7:38 AM

I was bothered by that too. Personally, I think the majority of the best coasters are east of the Mississippi anyway.

-Matt in Iowa (back at Iowa State for one last year of Mechanical Engineering)

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Monday, August 26, 2002 7:59 AM

You should be happy with the amount that they show PA coasters now. I watched a top ten special and some of the other coaster shows over the weekend and coasters from Hershey, Kennywood, and Knoebels were all over the place. Did I see a single coaster from my home park, Great America? Not once. On one special, they were talking about Batman the Ride in Gurnee, IL and the whole time they are showing Magic Mountain's Batman, not Gurnee's. I think Great America is one kick a$$ park with some kick a$$ coasters and they never show them on ANY of the shows.

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Monday, August 26, 2002 9:08 AM
This guy was a a baby, he seemed scared to death of some of these. He also said the great bear was disorientating. That was the most forceless B&M ever.
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Monday, August 26, 2002 9:10 AM

Agreed... he did seem to be a bit of the "weak in the knees" type.

Disagreed about the Great Bear being forceless. As far as the disorientation... well, if you are not a coaster fan or have not ridden it before, I can see where it could be a little (very little) disorienting.

However, I just like the fact that eastern PA parks are getting some of the attention they deserve.

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Kind of hard to take a post as objective if a park or coaster name is part of the "user name"

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Monday, August 26, 2002 9:16 AM
Nice to see. What do they mean by horizontal and vertical? Are they talking about out and backs and twisters?
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Monday, August 26, 2002 9:34 AM

horizontal meaning lateral forces....

vertical meaning pos. and neg. forces.

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Monday, August 26, 2002 11:17 AM
What a wuss! Why would they send a non adventerous person to to ride roller coasters? That would be like sending a non gambler to Vegas.

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Visits to Knoebels in 2002: 8

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Tuesday, August 27, 2002 1:24 PM

I live in Southern CA and have traveled east to ride coasters. So far, Michigan's Adventure, Cedar Point (twice), Kennywood and Paramount king's Island.

The parks and people there are better than their CA counterparts. What they say about people being jerks on the west coast is largely true.

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