Park/Coaster collection

Saturday, July 28, 2012 8:55 PM

I was just curious if everyone collects things from parks they go to. For example I make sure to get a shot glass from every park I visit. Anyone else do anything similar?

Last edited by NitroRider, Saturday, July 28, 2012 8:56 PM
Saturday, July 28, 2012 9:09 PM

Absolutely! I don't have a set souvenir that I pick, but I always get something, whether it be a park map, a shot glass, postcards, a shirt, etc. If I really really love a ride, I'll also usually buy a picture. You should see my loot from Universal. It is on the over the top side. Hehehehe...

"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

Saturday, July 28, 2012 9:10 PM

At first I used to collect Pennants, but those became scarce in the late 1990s. Today I collect Keychains (Which become Christmas Tree Ornaments during the Holiday Season).

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Saturday, July 28, 2012 9:46 PM

I have a shot glass from almost every park I've been to. Missing Lake Winnie and Alabama Adventure, but have everything else, including Geauga Lake (nothing from when it was SFO/SFWOA). If I ever move out of Orlando in the future, I'll make sure I have a shot glass from each resort/park here before doing so.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012 9:57 PM
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I collect refrigerator magnets (parks, museums, cities, states, etc.). They are inexpensive, don't take up a lot of space and easy to display.

Sunday, July 29, 2012 12:13 AM
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I buy a coffee mug from *most* parks I go to, because I know I'll actually use them and they won't just gather dust. I say "most" because I do have standards: I want one with the official park logo on it, not just the name in some random font. As such, I still don't have one from Kings Island or Dominion. In the case of The Aurora Property, I occasionally search eBay for Geauga Lake/Six Flags/SeaWorld items. The only drinkware I've found from SFO is a shot glass.

I also collect maps from the parks I go to, because maps in general interest me.

Sunday, July 29, 2012 12:37 AM

I collect post cards, maps, brochures, literature, magnets, pressed coins, card decks, tokens, tickets, passes, buttons, receipts, pennants and souvenir bags.

My wife hates me.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012 1:23 AM
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I collected those tacky plastic souvenir bottles, but there's no good place in my current house to display them so I kept them in a large trash bag in the basement until we move into a bigger house. Then I woke the hell up one day and got rid of them because there's no good place to display them in any house.

I do have a pretty large collection of maps and brochures, my favorite of which is a large souvenir map of Kings Dominion 1978 from my first visit.

Sunday, July 29, 2012 7:54 AM
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I collect t-shirts,shot glasses, and coffee mugs from my favorite rides and parks I've been to, and park maps of every park, every time I go.My wife broke my Six Flags Great Adventure coffee mug that had American Scream Machine and Batman and Robin the Chiller pictured on it.This was the first mug in my collection,so I'll have to get on E-bay to see if i can replace it.


Sunday, July 29, 2012 10:03 AM
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I usually get maps as my main souvenir, but my favorite piece of park memorabilia is a proximity sensor from GL's X-Flight.

13 Boomerang, 9 SLC, and 8 B-TR clones

Sunday, July 29, 2012 12:13 PM
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Mostly maps and brochures for me, placed into a nice plastic bin under my bed. I don't like a lot of junk sitting around to move around dust because the cleaning lady charges too much. It's a "The things you own own you" kind of thing for me.

Sunday, July 29, 2012 12:25 PM

I've got a pretty decent-sized collection of postcards...mostly of coasters, but a few random ones picturing non-coaster rides and parks in general. My usual rule of thumb is that I have to have been ON the ride to add it to the collection, although a few that have been mailed to me by friends/relatives do not fit that criteria. I do have a lot of duplicates. Some parks don't carry postcards in general, or ones featuring specific rides in particular. Among those are Great Adventure and Kings Dominion. That sucks, because some of my favorite rides are at those parks.

I wonder what I can get for my Son Of Beast cards? Or Geauga Lake?

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Sunday, July 29, 2012 12:36 PM

I hope the goons from Amercian Pickers visit me in 25 years.

Sunday, July 29, 2012 12:58 PM

I have the original nose piece to the original red PTC train for the Riverside (SFNE) Cyclone. My prized possession. In general I collect park maps and the on-ride photos. I get a least 1 photo from every park visit.

Sunday, July 29, 2012 1:43 PM

I collect shot glasses, pins and have started doing the pressed penny thing.

Sunday, July 29, 2012 3:26 PM

Jarrod, that really sucks, considering two of the three coasters are gone now. I hope you find a new one to replace it.

"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

Sunday, July 29, 2012 3:31 PM

LostKause said:
Mostly maps and brochures for me, placed into a nice plastic bin under my bed. I don't like a lot of junk sitting around to move around dust because the cleaning lady charges too much. It's a "The things you own own you" kind of thing for me.

I used to always get park memorabilia during nearly every visit to every park, but now if I do that, it is usually ride photos or park maps because I can put them in my notebooks/scrapbooks and then get rid of the extra paper, and then I don't have a bunch of crap sitting around that I don't use or look at. It IS helpful, though now I'm backed up with my notebooks. Lol

"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

Monday, July 30, 2012 12:42 AM

I like to collect maps too because it's always cool to look back over the years and see how parks have changed. Also neat to see how Halloween and Christmas events have expanded in various parks.

If I see something decent and eye-catching, I'll buy a t-shirt at a park I visit. Like a number of you have mentioned about your souvenirs, I won't buy something generic that happens to have the park name printed on it. The more offbeat the better. My souvenir from the Magic Kingdom was a "Disney Villains" t-shirt.

The most unique and probably shortest-lasting souvenir I ever purchased at a park was a jar of DelGrosso's vodka cream sauce.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 11:02 AM

Hey guys, I just posted the leftover Disaster Transport entrance sign pieces on the givekidstheworld eBay page. Each is a piece from this sign.

They are fun collector's pieces (I have mine proudly displayed on my desk at the Village!) and 100% of the purchase price benefits GKTW.

~Kara (car-uh)


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