The parents. What is their take on coasters?

Friday, March 16, 2001 8:29 PM
My parents were all for the grand opening year of Great America in Gurnee, Ill back in 1976. I was 5 and I couldnt sleep the night before because of the anticipation. This is when I had my first coaster experience on the Whizzer. Throughout my pre-teen years my parents would take me there once a year and would go on coasters that I was tall enough to ride. To me they are modern time parents with no old fashioned views and coaster riding has been something that they enjoyed when I was growing up. Today they wont touch an amusement park but only because they have lost interest. It isnt because they cant hang with the scream machines but like alot of others, as they grow older certain things become less interesting to them. If my parents were to visit an amusement park today they would definitely get on all of them.
They support me in my love for coasters and even ask what the new happenings are at SFGAm and all the new coasters. So, tell me what your parents think and what their view is on the coaster and amusement park world.

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Friday, March 16, 2001 9:24 PM
My parents understand my obsession, and are mostly responsible for it. When I was younger they took me on trips to Hersheypark, King's Dominion, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Wildwood, and Walt Disney World. My grandfather also understood my passion because he sent me construction pictures of Steel Force at Dorneypark and nicknamed me "Scary Rider" as a kid. It's sad he's not around anymore to send me pictures of Talon:(
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Friday, March 16, 2001 9:31 PM
My dad is worse than me! At 60 he can almost outrun me when we get to a park. We are fighting for who has ridden the most coasters. I have like 210 and he has like 206. He is 100% responsible for my coaster addiction and is responsible for fueling it!
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Friday, March 16, 2001 10:01 PM
My mom got scared on Iron Dragon, nuff said

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Best Coaster: Millennium Force
Worst Coaster: Project Stealth
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Saturday, March 17, 2001 2:02 AM
My dad could probably care less. He hasn't been to a park in I don't know how long.
My mom, on the other hand, is scared to death of them, although fascinated by their designs.
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Saturday, March 17, 2001 3:05 AM
My dad loves coasters almost as much as I do. He tends to get sick on them pretty easily, though. He got sick on Raptor the last time we were at CP.

My mom is a big chicken :). If we can convince her to get on a rollercoaster, then she usually has a great time. We haven't been able to get her on the "Great Bear" at Hersheypark yet, but I think I can do it for this season.
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Saturday, March 17, 2001 3:21 AM
My parents love em' But my mom, she likes woodens better because steel coasters such as Arrow bangs her head. But basically she likes anything with a lap bar better. (So that would include Magnum, Millennium Force, etc.) My dad likes woodens better but also loves steel. We go on tons of trips too.

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Saturday, March 17, 2001 5:55 AM
My parents are actually thinking about going to PKI with us this year. Not because they want to ride coasters (they are respectfully 69 & 65) but just because they haven't been there in about 15 years. Once I think about it, I bet my dad would go on a few of the coasters, not so sure about my mom though. They are going to go with us to Conneaut this year and I know both of them will ride the Blue Streak.

They did go to Kennywood with us 5 years ago and both did ride the Steel Phantom. My dad said he would never go on it again (he didn't like getting his ears boxed) but they enjoyed the rest of the rides and coasters.

They are solely responsible for my passion of parks and coasters. Every year we would take a 2 or 3 week vacation in the summer and every year, they would make sure an amusement park was a stop or two along the way. They like when we go away to parks because they get to babysit our daughter. I thank my lucky stars every day for my parents and everything they have introduced to me, especially amusement parks.

Being a parent now, I can't wait till my daughter is old enough to join us and enjoy the fun and excitement of amusement parks.

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Thank you for riding America's Roller Coast
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Saturday, March 17, 2001 6:58 AM
Honestly, my parents like my obsession for a couple of reasons: 1) They know im not in front of a computer (next obsession) and 2) They dont have to listen to me!!!!!!
Just my take on it

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Saturday, March 17, 2001 7:10 AM
My parents like coasters, just not as much as me.

My dad will ride anything out there,
and my mom has ridden Batman and Iron Wolf and Demon. trying to get her to ride v2 :D

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May 5th, Gurnee, Illinois, "I'm sprinting for V2"
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Saturday, March 17, 2001 7:24 AM
My parents like them, but they dont ride unless they have to. Their favorite is Millennium Force. My mom also likes Raptor (better than Alpenbeast she said). My dad also really likes Gemini. Mom also has a love for Blue Streak, because 'Grandpa used to take her on it'. My mom was really amazed by Lightning Racer and Dad really liked Wildcat.

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Saturday, March 17, 2001 9:35 AM
My dad would ride the Disneyland coasters, but that was about it. He enjoyed them, but was never excited about them. I think he just enjoyed the time spent with me when I was young. I wish he was around today to see DCA's Cal Screamin, I wonder if he would have ridden it?

My mom, on the other hand, cannot even handle the ferris wheel. No joke. She was a teacher, 4th grade when Big Thunder opened at Disneyland. There was a school field trip to DL and all of her students eventually convinced her to ride it. They, of course, said that "it was nothing" and "it is really tame" which it is... to a kid. She was petrified with sheer terror the entire time. I actually felt pretty sorry for her as we were getting off, needless to say, she HATES roller coasters. She also believes ALL of the Dateline stories and newspaper articles about brain injuries and safety issues. She is 100% convinced that I will die on a coaster one of these days!

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Saturday, March 17, 2001 9:47 AM
Wow I wish my parents were like some of yours lol. My parents don't care about coasters at all. It seemed like my dad loved coasters until I started riding them lol. At Cedar Point I managed to get my dad on Millennium Force and Raptor but after that he slept on a bench for the rest of the trip while I rode rides LOL. Yes, I am serious.

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Saturday, March 17, 2001 11:31 AM
My mom doesn't like coasters. She only goes on the tamer ones. Probably the most intense one that she went on the last 5 years was the Demon @ SFGAm. I almost got her on the Incredible Hulk, but ended up going by myself like I did the whole day. My dad loves coasters, but he doesn't like ones that spin alot. He hated Hulk, said it made him feel sick. His favorite type is the out and back, and his favorite coaster is American Eagle. He really likes RB and Batman though.
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May 5th, Gurnee, Illinois, "I'm sprinting for Deja Vu!"
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Saturday, March 17, 2001 3:16 PM

I'm the old guy that grabs his kids and heads to the park then dares them to try to keep up with him on the coasters. We leave Mom at home. She's a kill joy, and probably enjoys the chance to have a quiet day.

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Saturday, March 17, 2001 4:44 PM
My father likes the coasters, but the smaller ones, not the big ones. My mother used language on the Mine Ride (the only coaster we've ever gotten her on) that I've been grounded for, and I thought they were going to get a divorce when she got off! :) But really, they enjoyed going to CP every other year not for the coasters, but the whole park. I was the one that wanted the coasters! Also, since my obsession didn't really start until just this past year or two, they really aren't a part of it.

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Saturday, March 17, 2001 7:00 PM
My mom loves them, but my dad doesn't. He always criticizes my coaster obsession, but I think that's only because he closes his eyes during the rides. :)
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Saturday, March 17, 2001 7:26 PM
My mom loves them. But she's not obsessed like me. And my dad hates them.
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Sunday, March 18, 2001 8:32 PM
My parents both enjoy coasters. My mom went on Ghostrider with me, as well as California Screamin and any other of the Disneyland coasters. My dad will go on just about anything as well. i wonder if they ever get tired of me talking about coasters...(never)
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Sunday, March 18, 2001 9:22 PM
My mum would never ride 'em, but appreciates the beauty of the design. For example, on 'Beyond 2000' - Australian current/future science/innovations TV Show in 1994, there was a segment on Raptor and Dr Richard Brown, otherwise known as Dr Rollercoaster. It was the first time we had seen an Inverted in action and she wouldn't stop shouting out 'Wooh! Wow! Ahh!' etc. My dad was just as impressed, only he was stunned into silence. :)

My dad loves coasters, however I now don't buy my own junkfood anymore as he pigs out on it and as a result is too big to ride 'em anymore. I'm not happy with him about that! Oh well, he tried the test seats for the Hulk. Nup, not even the 'Big Boy' seats which only allow beer bellies, not huge rear ends! (I apologise for being slack) He asked an op & they said it's to stop little kids from slipping out & also designed around small Europeans. Bugger it! I say build a XXXL train.

He has ridden the Luna Park Big Dipper, Seaworld Arrow Loop Corkscrew, Dreamworld's Thunderbolt twice only - hurt him, read below why, and the Eureka Mine Ride plus Looping Star, an old Schwarzkopf model of the same name when I was too young to remember that. Same model as BGT's Scorpion. That is all he's been on. He has a bad back & is worried about riding the Demon or Lethal Weapon SLC.

My only sibling - a younger sister, is a complete chicken when it comes to coasters. She gets carsick when I'm driving cos like to drive as if the road is one long coaster!

My dad's eyes sometimes drift into space as I babble on about HSXLC etc & chase after him doing so.

Man, I wish were twins so that we could travel all over the world riding coasters etc. Would one of you like to be my 'twin?' Just kidding.

How about your siblings? Are they coaster nuts or chickens?

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2) The Bush Beast - 1985 KEC Woodie (Clone of PKD's Grizzly)
3) Beastie - 1985 KEC Junior Woodie
4) More steel coasters please!!! Preferably a B&M Masterpiece!
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