This topic was a classic here on coasterbuzz and now that alot of us have been on trips and to other parks it is just fitting to restart the topic! I couldn't belive some of this stuff was true but this year I finally relized people say this stuff! Here we go:
At DCA these people behind me in line for California Screamin started talking coasters. They were in their mid 30's I was suppose. The guy starts talking about how awesome SFMM is and he watched top 10 coasters on Discovery channel and couldn't belive he didn't see an SFMM coaster once! He said the number one coaster was from,"Some place in Ohio" :)! Also at DCA, this kid said he had been on a coaster with 17 loops before called "Deja Vu" This was in late July a month before the opening.
SFMW: Some dude asked me were Top Gun was! (PGA) and he then asked if they changed it to Medusa! In this situation I always put my GP hat on the not look like a wise gu, so I said, It's at PGA. He didn't here so I just said they have a ride Kong(SLC) just like it! He still didn't grasp the idea!
So lets here some more of yours!
------------- SFMM line cutters are the braviest in the world.
One time at Knott's Berry Farm, I was in line for Head Spin (at the time it was under Windjammer). From the Headspin queue, you can clearly see Supreme Scream as it is just a few hundred meters from Headspin. Anyway, in front of me was (assumingly) a father, his son and daughter. Now the kids did not look any older than 10, but it was funny what the boy told his sister and father. He said something like this - "Do you know why they bounce the Supreme Scream car back up the tower after the drop? Because it's going so fast that if they didn't bounce it back up, it would crash into the ground". I chuckled.
Maybe they SHOULD just let it crash....j/k! I like the instance of people riding 100mph woodies, etc. A guy I work with (bright computer guy but somehow not so bright about the world I guess), swears that there was a Wild Mouse installed "somewhere" that had the cars not just hang over the edge, but actually had cars repeatedly dropping off the side...Don't think I'll ever ride that one, LOL!
----------------- rollergator - intent on improving the "guest experience" - coming soon to a park near you
A guy that was on The Chiller line said he loves Nitro's 600ft foot drop? I just stood there staring at him like "he shouldn't speak."
the worst park was he was showing, im guessing his wife, his on ride picture which has the actual hieght! Then, after all that, someone asked him how tall it was, he awnsered "It's 600ft tall." ------------- NITRO EXPLODES!!!!!!!!!!
I heard some church group behind me in Nessie's line, talking about how Big Bad Wolf "goes about 75 mph and the cars 'hit' the track after the big drop and sometimes flip all the way over" -----------------
There have been so many that I've lost count. However, it's interesting to note that my 12-year old daughter (a new enthusiast with a track record over 50) knows more about coasters than most of the GP and certainly more than the kids she goes to school with. She knows that I won't butt in and correct the GP when we hear things like the above examples, but she'll often look at me and roll her eyes as if to say "Where do these people get this stuff?"
She's become kind of the class coaster expert in school, and now when kids hear some of these wild rumors, they've taken to checking them out with her.
I was just at SFDL last SUnday and we were at the exit of Superman waiting for our Fastlane ride and these two kids were waiting next to us. Well, there was a large man that they wouldn't let ride and had to exit the coaster. My friend and I were commenting on why they were making him get off as he was able to buckle his seat belt. Well, these kids said that they don't let any large people ride because a few weeks ago a large man fell out of the coaster!
Ryan316 said: I have got some- about SUE: "it hydrolics you in like 3 seconds didnt ya know" all the rest from sfdl: "i dont ride coasters that do circles" "mind eraser is 6 inches taller than SROS" "they should have two SROS's so the line moves faster"
So, what's so stupid about the last comment. Sounds like a good idea to me!
These are funny but I wouldn't be so quick to tear up gp. If it weren't for them we wouldn't be riding these multimillion dollar scream machines. Plus I don't think the parks look at us any different then they look at "non-enthusiasts". Not to mention I've heard some pretty stupid things out of the mouths of enthusiasts.
Last weekend at PKI, a father was telling his son on Flights of Fear that, last year, the train launched to the left, but this year they switched it; now it launches to the right. His son said, "No, I remember, it was the same last year." And the father said, "No it wasn't. It went left last year."
btw, this wasn't father-son joshing. He was serious.... sheesh.
I was at SFGAdv a while ago, and I saw these people as I was on line for Nitro...as they looked at the ride, they were muttering, "Oh there's nothing special about this...it's just big."
Now, later on, I saw these same people by the season pass processing center (by Dino Island and the Scream Machine) and as I was getting on line for TGASM, I saw these same people getting off the ride saying, "Now THAT was a ride!"
Ay ay ay...
----------------- The Luv Monkey has spoken... NITRO kicks it into high gear...only at Six Flags Great Adventure! Track Record: 28 and counting...
Davie, is that really so far from the truth? Nitro's claim to fame is that it is a hypercoaster. If Nitro was only about 125ft with a scaled down layout, you wouldnt see people in a rush to ride it. GASM-II at least does all the loops and stuff (even though it's rough as hell).
The most amazing thing I heard this year was at my last visit to SFA. I was in the very back of S:ROS and these 2 girls were in front of me. After the ride was over, the one on the left said to her friend "I'm disappointed. That first drop was nothing! I expected my heart to stop or something." lata, jeremy --who reiterates "Fact is stranger than fiction"
------------- "Nobody writes about the planes that land." Steve Salerno Washington Times 7-10-01
Man in line for Goliath, "This must be the first coaster ever with a giant loop turned sideways". ----------------- Work like you've just gotten paid, Love like you've never been hurt, and dance like no one's watching!
While at SFWoA the comment came up: "Over at that there park in Michigan, I think it's Cedar Point or sumthin, they got them a new coaster called Magnum Force. It's about 500 or 600 feet high and has like 10 loops."
I REALLY like the idea of Dueling S:RoS's. The sound barrier is a little faster than I'd want to go on a coaster, though. As far as GP is concerned, loops and other inversions make for more excitement (you COULD fall out - although it's really not as likely as some would seem to believe). And to s, parks really do listen to ACE, at least a little. Proof is in the rides, as they say (I'm thinking of Legend and, in the wake FoF's lapbars, the fixing of all Premeier launches). ----------------- rollergator - intent on improving the "guest experience" - coming soon to a park near you
Standing in line for SOB looking directly at the loop someone asks "does this ride go upside down?" And ugh the one T hate the most, it just kills me everytime I hear it, "Gemini is a wooden coaster" and some enthusiasts even say htis hell then I guess that makes Cornball Express, Hoosier Hurricane, Twisted Sisters, etc. steel coasters right? And finally in line for Flight of Fear some people talking and one says "This ride goes upside down but it doesnt have any shoulder harnesses" the other people all look at him like he is an idiot and say "You are nuts you have to have a shoulder harness when you go upside down" and proceeded to rake the guy over the coals, the look of disbelief in the peoples eyes when they got to the Station was priceless.
*** This post was edited by BeastieBrent on 8/29/2001. ***