It's too early to tell for me. Two years ago, I had a blast. Last year, I left early because of all the Enthusiasses. My only plans for events this year are BeastBuzz and CoasterBuzzCon (if one is announced) because the people are a lot cooler.
If my daughter crests 48" by then, we might go for the evening Magnum ERT---the morning ERTs are all rides north of 52", and I've been informed by my wife that, until further notice, my daughter will not be riding Millennium.
Even if I don't go, I'll get plenty of ERT in May. :)
A nice patchy-rainy Sunday is much more ERT than Coastermania was (at least the ERT sessions that day - the rain at the end of the day yielded more rides than the morning and night combined!) ... unless they predict that Dragster will be down so we can get more Freeway passes, I doubt I'll be participating.
...and I've been informed by my wife that, until further notice, my daughter will not be riding Millennium.
Aww. I'm all for using personal judgement on whether a child can handle a ride or not - even if they meet the height requirement.
But with that said, my daughter got her first lap on MF this past summer at the age of 5. She LOVED it. At first she was just kind of quiet, but by the time we hit the "magnum hill" she looked at me and yelled "This is FUN!".
If your daughter is tall enough and she wants to ride and you think she's "ready" for it, there's no reason she shouldn't. It's a rush for adults - imagine how bad-ass that ride is for a kid.
I will be there with Jason, and we already have our room in Breakers reserved. We were first in line for the meal last year, and probably will be this year! Their food is great, especially those baked beans and taffy! I can't wait for it and I hope they offer the Disaster Transport lights on thing again, or something similar. I love being able to do unique things like that. Missed out on it last time because we were at Magnum and were not told about it, but hoping for it this year!
Well....now we know who wears the pants in that family!!;)
Seriously though Brian. I'm curious to know why your wife is really against your daughter riding the coaster if she wants to. Does she think it's too dangerous for a young child. Your daughter is going to be upset if she wants to ride the coaster and you tell her she can't even if she is tall enough. Especially when she knows and sees you enjoy them so much....she'll wonder why she can't ride.
I don't believe in forcing children into riding coasters if they are terrified of them. But when you go to an amusement park, especially with children, it is generally viewed/thought of as a special day. It is a good time to form bonds with children and generally thought of as a milestone in their lives when they finally conquer a ride.
I remember the times I went to a park with the family as a child. My mother would react the same way about coasters and say, "Oh no...Your not going on that!" My father would take me anyways. I cherish those times today. The memories are still vivid as if it happened yesterday.
Wood - anything else is an imitation *** Edited 1/22/2004 7:56:28 PM UTC by Thrillerman***
I'm guessing you guys aren't married. Since all is fair in love and war, it's worth quoting Sun Tzu: He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.
My wife is not entirely un-fearful of MF. She is somewhat fond of our daughter. She has combined these two into a proclamation. Since the park doesn't even open for more than three months, there's no need for me to get all bent out of shape over it.
Time is on my side. It took my wife nearly a year to screw up enough courage to get on Magnum, and then she immediately ran around to re-ride it. Really, there are two scenarios that play out well. The first is that my wife screws up the courage to ride MF, loves it, and gets over it. The second is that the day my daughter hits 48", she'll be riding Magnum, and begging to ride MF. The kid is truly fearless. As soon as it's two against one, it's all over but the screaming (for joy).
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I'll be there. It's going to be my first trip with enthusiasts and stuff. So i'm really looking forward to it. But I have to go by myself because none of my friends or family want to go and they aren't members of a club. Oh well, i'll still have a blast. See ya in September!
It's not marriage so much as kids that requires significant compromise. The biggest disagreement we had before our kids came along was over china patterns. There just isn't that much at stake about choosing which restaraunt, what vacation destination, etc. Maybe which house or which car but we found those to be pretty easy, as we were looking for the same things, roughly.
Throw kids in, and you'd be amazed at how many strong but not universally shared opinions you have!