My first coaster was Big Thunder at Disneyland when I was 3 years old. The only thing I really remember was crying the whole way through, and the earthquake themed third lift hill.
But, it must've been the axle grease smell of the lift hill because after that ride, no matter where I was when I smelled that kind of smell, it made me think of the ride. I couldn't quite understand why that strange grease smell reminded me of BTMR.
When I finally got on a coaster again when I was 9, it was Big Thunder at Disney World's Magic Kingdom that finally made it clear to me why that type of smell always reminded me of that ride.
Now, whenever I smell that combination of axle grease and a metal chain whether on a coaster or something completely unrelated, it reminds me of going up the lift hill of both of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad coasters. Good smell, good memories! *** Edited 10/19/2004 7:20:01 AM UTC by go with gravity***
Space Mountain, and most of Disney's attraction have a similar smell, kind of like stale air, but not that it's bad. :)
And Splash Mountain has a certain distinct stale water smell... again, not that it's bad.
Another good smell is the tar on new or recently treated wood coasters. (I remember smelling the tar on Cedar Creek Mine Ride back in spring 2002.)
Monte, Viper (SFoG), Mindbender...those are the smells that memories are made of...
Mine rides also smell great (I too enjoy cresote heating up, LOL)...and woodies that, like Ghostie, use cedar for the station/queue areas...
...but NOTHING can touch the aroma of a warmed-up Schwarzkopf! :)
Any wood coaster, freshly greased, is good in my book. That and the sound of the trains could easily put me to sleep.
I know that sounds silly, but maybe someone out there in Coasterbuzz world will know what I mean.
Actually, the same smell seems to permeate the Carolina Goldrusher's station.
So, that's my smell. Black Tar & Mine Trains!
I've always been really sensitive to the smell/memories connection, and I had a strong physical reminder of it in the summer of 2002 when I visited Indiana Beach for the first time since I was a kid. All over the park, different scents hit me and evoked so many memories that I actually got "verklempt". The gasoline-ish smell of the boats on the lake, the bumper cars (best smell in the world...I don't know why I can't find it at Yankee Candle), and THOSE TACOS which take me back to the original Superstition Mountain...you used to get a whiff of them somewhere during the course of the ride. I love that the skeleton who chats with you during the lift references them. :)
Whenever my wife and I go on vacation, before we go, she buys a new scent of body products that she's never used before. Everything - new shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body spray, etc. She uses it constantly while we're on vacation.
The result is that now she can wear any one of numerous scents, and the smell immediately brings back memories of wherever we went. For example, "Cotton Blossom" smells like Gatlinburg to me, and "White Tea and Ginger" smells like a Caribbean cruise. And "Freesia" smells like our honeymoon... mmm.
Try it, you'll like it.
My vote for the best smelling roller coaster is Superdooperlooper (Hersheypark). It's is directly across the street from the factory and all you can smell is chocolate!
Speaking of chocolate and Hershey...standing in line for Storm Runner this season, I was getting very very hungry...I was convinced that the new mulch they had put in smelled just like chocolate...was tempted to eat it. Did anyone else smell that this year?
I don't notice the strongest memory smell for me much anymore. I think it was hydraulic fluid, I remember the smell hitting me when getting close to rides.
I think it was hydraulic fluid, I remember the smell hitting me when getting close to rides.
You sure it was the smell hitting you, and not pieces of the frayed launch cable?? :)
As long as we're talking smells, can anyone else not smell cotton candy? This has been an ongoing debate with my family since our last Kennywood day =) My Dad and I can't, my Mom and girlfriend insist cotton candy has a smell ... anyone?
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