Roller coaster - a new form of recreation. Analysis

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 10:51 AM

Hello,
I am studying Tourism and Recreation at the Academy of Physical Education in Cracow and I am writing an MA thesis about roller coasters. As you are enthusiasts of roller coasters, I would like you to have a look at a survey connected with the topic. The aim of the following survey is to study the motivation of people riding roller coasters and their views on the risks involved in this form of recreation. The survey is anonymous and for scientific purposes only.If you want to be part of my analysis, please fill out this survey under the following link. Thank you.

Survey (English)

Update: Survey is finished already. Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey. Thank you for help.

Last edited by Sliwa, Friday, April 1, 2011 12:29 PM
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011 6:54 PM

I sure hope that you realize that roller coasters are safe! I heard somewhere that you're more likely to die from debris falling out of an airplane than you are from riding a roller coaster. I don't know if it's true or not but it shows just how safe they are!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011 9:10 PM

This is conclusion made by statistics... it can be true:)I heard that it is more possible to die because of the champagne cork that was launched from the bottle than to die because of the tarantulas bite:P It is safe... like driving a car is safe... however there are accidents every year, even fatal accidents... so there is a risk. Besides, it is not said that something is risky only because you can die. If riding roller coasters has bad influence for your body and health... it means this is risky. And this is aim of writing my MA thesis... to say If this is risky or not in any way. Besides, some safe things are thought to be risky in people opinion. So this is the next aim of my analysis, to know what people think about roller coasters and why they ride roller coasters. I don't want to make any conclusion about risk. First I have to finish my writing and analysis:)

Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey so far:) And to everyone who will make it:)

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011 10:08 PM

Driving in a car is in no way safe. I'll try to fill out your survey, though.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011 10:19 PM
LostKause's avatar

Will you score higher on your thesis if you use a smiley face instead of a period?

Riding coasters is a very safe hobby, as many of us can attest to from personal experience.

I must be civil and refrain from saying more.


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Wednesday, March 16, 2011 10:41 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar

Just finished the survey. I'd be interested in seeing the results. I must agree with the people here touting the safety of coasters. I probably have a better chance at winning the lottery than dieing on a coaster.

I doubt you'll find many, if any, people around here who've ridden fewer than 15 coasters. I would say, the average person would only need to go to 2 major amusement parks to surpass that number. Some would only need to visit one park. As you can see from my signature, I've ridden a few more than 15 :-)


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Wednesday, March 16, 2011 10:46 PM

I also just finished the survey. Overall, I thought it was pretty good at establishing why I go to parks and ride coasters. I think the risk part could be improved by ranking the perceived risk of activities, including some everyday activities, instead of simply checking the box. Just my two cents, and good luck writing your thesis.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011 12:40 PM
Valleyfair Enthusiast's avatar

I feel like coming here to have us take the survey is going to DRASTICALLY skew your results. What percentage of CBers haven't been on 15 or more coasters? Or what percentage experience "tension, agitation, fear, anxiety" while on a roller coaster? I'd venture a guess and say that, well, we don't.


Chance W Mitchell
2009: 43 parks; 73 days; 251 coasters; 2462 coaster laps; 1 epic summer

ALL HAIL THE TRIPLE DOWN!

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Thursday, March 17, 2011 2:27 PM

Yep. No offense to Sliwa, but his survey seems tone deaf to pretty much everything about roller coaster enthusiasts. I can't see how he'll get any kind of meaningful or useful results from this.


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Friday, March 18, 2011 10:29 AM

This is not survey for roller coasters enthusiasts only. Survey is also for people who rode roller coasters few times or rode roller coaster once, it is for people who made it and they will not make it again... for everybody who rode or ride roller coasters. Thanks to You I will be able to show the differences between people who accidently rode roller coaster and people who love to ride roller coasters. This is the point, that's why I came here to ask you for filling the survey. Also, this is the reason why there is number 15 in question number 1. Marking last answers in question number 1 and question number 2 is enough for me to understand that it is roller coasters enthusiast's answer. Both questions are connected.
About the risk... like I said... it is my job to make survey, collect opinions and informations... and during writing my thesis I will make conclusion... I dont want to make any conclusion now.
Of course thank you for your opinions and suggestions.

And once again thank you to everyone who filled out the survey so far And to everyone who will make it.


LostKause said:
Will you score higher on your thesis if you use a smiley face instead of a period?.

Unfortunately... no. But maybe there are some extra points for sarcasm.

LostKause said:
Riding coasters is a very safe hobby, as many of us can attest to from personal experience.

That's why there is such a question in the survey. To ask about your personal experience and opinion.

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Friday, March 18, 2011 10:39 AM

What does "Ciekawa ankieta? Podziel się nią ze znajomymi" mean?

Is that Polish? I couldn't even begin to guess how to pronounce those words. Reminds me of the volcano Eyjafjallajökull.

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Friday, March 18, 2011 11:11 AM

people who accidently rode roller coaster

I filled out the survey on another site...but, pray tell, Sliwa:

How does one "accidentally" ride a roller coaster?


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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Friday, March 18, 2011 11:12 AM

Mike Gallagher said:


people who accidently rode roller coaster

I filled out the survey on another site...but, pray tell, Sliwa:

How does one "accidentally" ride a roller coaster?

*Edit* Yeah, I messed up the quote. What else is new?

And now I replied instead of editing. I realllllly need a ride on Toro right now...

Last edited by Mike Gallagher, Friday, March 18, 2011 11:16 AM

The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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Friday, March 18, 2011 12:12 PM
LostKause's avatar

I'm in my 30s. Over the years, posts like this make me realize my biggest mistake in life. I just filled out my FAFSA, partly because of this topic. Seriously.

I accidentally rode a rollie coaster once. I thought that I was in line to get a corn dog. Next thing I know, I am trapped in a seat by an over-the-shoulder restraint, and before I could tell the ride operator to let me off, I was going through some loop-de-loops. Oh yeah! I sued. :)

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Friday, March 18, 2011 12:19 PM
LostKause's avatar

Dreaded double post...

I'm still trying to figure out what the title to this topic means? Riding "roller coaser" is not a new form of recreation at all. People have been doing it for decades and decades. If it had a question mark instead of a period, I would have answered "No".

Now I am starting to feel like a jerk. I just realized that English is probably not your first language.


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Friday, March 18, 2011 12:23 PM
Vater's avatar

Yet you posted anyway...?

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Friday, March 18, 2011 12:42 PM
LostKause's avatar

Yep. Because if English IS his first language, this will be hilarious. If it isn't, I will apologize. I'll take the chance. :)

Last edited by LostKause, Friday, March 18, 2011 12:42 PM
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Friday, March 18, 2011 6:30 PM

TerraCoaster said:
What does "Ciekawa ankieta? Podziel się nią ze znajomymi" mean?

Is that Polish? I couldn't even begin to guess how to pronounce those words. Reminds me of the volcano Eyjafjallajökull.

Yes, it is polish. It means sth like... "Interesting survey? Share it with friends"

Mike Gallagher:How does one "accidentally" ride a roller coaster?

I meant people who rode roller coaster using the opportunity, because they were in theme park with friends... but they will never do it again, because they don't like it. I couldn't find better word.

LostKause said:I'm still trying to figure out what the title to this topic means? Riding "roller coaser" is not a new form of recreation at all. People have been doing it for decades and decades. If it had a question mark instead of a period, I would have answered "No".

Different countries, different forms of recreation. For example skiing: people in Ethiopia and people in Austria. You think Ethiopian citizens make this as often as Austrian citizens? As I said, I am studying in Cracow and I am writing my thesis in Cracow.. and Cracow is city in Poland. So there is no question mark, there is period.

Of course English is not my first language, I thought it is obvious. And I hope there are no mistakes in the survey.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011 11:02 PM
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Eric Hossfield said:
I don't know if it's true or not but it shows just how safe they are!

I'm sorry, this just made me laugh.

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Monday, March 21, 2011 1:14 AM
LostKause's avatar

Then I am sorry, Sliwa. I should offer help instead of whatever it was that I was doing. I think I was a little upset at how you seem to be assuming that amusement rides are somehow dangerous. With very little exception, they are very safe.

There is a misconception among people who don't ride coasters frequently that they are dangerous. When ride designers work on designing rides, safety is more important than anything else. When a safety issue is found with a certain kind of ride, ride manufacturers work fast to figure out what went wrong, and then offer any solutions to all of the parks who own that kind of ride so that they can be fixed. Sometimes, when necessary, many parks across the world will close similar rides until they know that they are safe. Safety first.

The dangers of riding amusement rides is an illusion. If a ride is perceived as dangerous, it becomes more exciting. They are designed to only appear dangerous, in some cases.

I'm sure a lot of people here would help to answer any questions about ride safety. There are a lot of people on CoasterBuzz with more knowledge on the subject than me.

Good luck on your essay.

Last edited by LostKause, Monday, March 21, 2011 11:50 AM
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