For the most part, I don't really care for the height of a coaster unless it's like the tallest at the park. I couldn't tell you all the heights of the coasters at my park. The same goes for the fastest coaster. I can tell you that Kingda Ka is 128 mph, but who knows how fast Shockwave at SFOT goes.
I guess I care about the inversions (what types), the manufacturers, and types of coasters. For my homepark, it's a lot easier to remember the inversions though. I've been on Riddler's Revenge, and I forgot what those two inversions are near the camera. I think that was a camera. I can look at rcdb.com, but I will just forget it again because I don't go to that park often.
Aside from the basics (coasters that are the biggest, fastest, whatever) that we all know, I wouldn't put my trivial knowledge of coasters up against anyone...except a small child...maybe. :)
Casual enthusiast right here.
How's that for a new term? If we can have enthusiasts, GP, casual park goers and all the little terms we use to classify - then I want to be known as a casual enthusiast.
All the fun of a coaster enthusiast, but drawing the line before I start correcting people in line for saying incorrect things. (mostly because I don't know any better myself ;) )
That said, I do use Mitch's poll as a good benchmark and I do keep track of where I want to head each summer.
Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."
Gonchar you just touched on exactly what drives me nuts in lines at CP, etc...there is always some "enthusiast" spouting off stat after stat. The funny thing is, even though my trivial knowledge of various coaster stats is incorrect, I often here this same "enthusiast" making things up on the spot.
If there is one thing I am interested in, I guess it's the history of the parks; how they have changed over time, etc...i could not care less how many chain links there are in Magnums' chain.
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If I had more $$$$ to travel, I'd go ride more coasters.
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I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!
The only information I actually seek out is whether or not a park is a "good park" and what coasters are "good rides" so I can plan trips to them. Everything else is trivial.
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Take Mystery Mine for example. I had NO idea what to expect. I didn't have a clue that it had totally vertical lift hills. I was PLEASANTLY surprised!
With Voyage.......I just had NO clue and it totally kicked my butt, in a good way. ;)
I could care less about the technical stuff, but it's cool if someone is into that. I know plenty of friends who are into knowing that stuff.
If the ride or coaster totally rocks my world then it's cool in my book. That's all that matters, at least to me. :)
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I know what I can see with my own eyes and remember from, but I don't seek out facts on coasters. I know way too much and I try to not show it, but Coaster 20 Questions is a game I am quite good at. ;)
Long live the Big Bad Wolf
In school the best thing I can do is pay attention hard to the content in class and internalize what I can there and then. Going back and studying it later almost never helps.
Spinout said: I've been on Riddler's Revenge, and I forgot what those two inversions are near the camera. I think that was a camera. I can look at rcdb.com, but I will just forget it again because I don't go to that park often.
You're talking about the coaster's two diving loops, I presume? (or as Magic Mountain calls, "over-the-top dive loops."
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