Crystal Beach, 1927. I want to be the First Rider on the Cyclone! Then it's off to the 1939 New York Worlds Fair for a few good laughs at what "Life in the Future" is going to be like. Finally it's off to 1949. In addition to the opening of John Allen's First Coaster I want to visit a Movie Theatre so I can Swap a Copy of a Certain Movie that was showing then with an R-Rated Remake (which starred Brooke Shields) that was made 31 years later! (This is my idea of a Time Travelers Practical Joke!) :)
Oh yeah, I'll bring along a list of what Horses won what races so I can "Finance" my little Trip! (And possibly prevent several Coasters from meeting their fate with the Wrecking Ball! ;) *** Edited 7/21/2006 3:17:04 AM UTC by Borntocoast***
Obviously, Crystal Beach Cyclone. And then Coney Island Cyclone... and then, Playland in Seattle for their unnamed coaster... Heck as long as I'm at it, I'll hit Luna Park that used to be in West Seattle as well.
For some reason, the Kennywood Racer has always felt kind of bland to me, even as a kid. I think it's because I had the Racing Whippet to compare it to. I think it's because the first drop only goes halfway down the hill!
I think I read somewhere that was due to the original not having the undertrack wheels so it had to be somewhat mild so it wouldn't derail. (?)
Sorry I sound like a novice here.... I just become more and more interested in these old coasters since my son has become old enough to ride, and I am starting to "relive part of my childhood" so to speak... only problem is, almost all those childhood coasters are GONE... :(
Just a coaster that I have only ridden a couple of times (all this century) yet I have felt connected to it all my life (we both debuted 4/76) - Screamin' Eagle @ Six Flags over Mid-America. Sure, I'd love to ride the Bobs et al, but SE was such an intense coaster, especially on the "back" section that I wonder what it was like when the ride was introduced - not the squealing ungreased bastard it has become. I can only imagine the "back" section would be similar to Boulder Dash, being located in the ravine and all. lata, jeremy
This doesn't count as a coaster, but I wish I could go back in time and ride one of the first prototype Zippers... the ones whose RPMS were like 3 times faster than the production Zippers.
From what I read, most of the survivors were reduced to the RPMs of the production ride, after the originals were found to be way too intense for the normal rider. The most yakked-on ride in amusement park history, they say.... I would have ADORED the thing back then... I wonder if I could withstand it now? Heh heh.
I would love to travel back in time and credit whore the hell out of every park in the 1920's. My count would be up around 4,000 then. :)
I can only see this whole time travel scenario backfiring though. Let's say that today's frivilous lawsuit lawyers get wind of this idea, and decide to go back, and start all of their crap in the 1920's. That would be the end of the rollercoaster before we ever got the chance to now what they were.
1978, to Arlington, TX to ride Shock Wave. Then my machine could zip me on over to Atlanta the same year in order to hit Mindbender. Also go to whatever year the Bradys were at King's Island so I could ride the Racer w/ Marcia :) Think it was '73.