With the forums being slow lately and the new year coming, I was wondering what everyone's favorite moment was this year. It could be anything from a crazy coaster ride to waiting in line for 4 hours to ride TTD in the blazing sun! So what was your most memorable moment for 2003?
Rolling back on Dragster, and seeing Larry break 200 rides this year. Those 2 stick out in my mind as far as coasters go. As far as parks/events, IAAPA was definitely memorabe. and I can't forget getting to Disneyland/DCA (and Knott's, too) and WDW, both for my first time this year.
*edit* Who can forget Robb and Elissa's EPCOT party?
-Josh *** Edited 12/30/2003 5:02:14 PM UTC by Raven-Phile***
Mine was definitely riding Top Thrill Dragster in under an 2 hours and experienceing a two for the price of one ride on it. Best ride I've been on this year ALong with getting one of the first rides for Superman: Ulitmate Flight before the General Public and getting the free season pass and Autographs of Celebrities thanks to Six Flags Great Adventure.
Mine was looking out into the endless ocean from the deck of a cruise ship, the only light coming from the full moon reflecting off the water, and kissing my wife in the wind. (heh, sappy)
Second place: Driving through the Florida Keys in a Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder convertible with the top down and the house music pumping.
Third place: Sitting in a circle with my wife and four of my best friends on the top deck of said cruise ship, talking for hours. One of those friends is now in Georgia, preparing to ship out to Baghdad in February, so it makes it all the more sweet.
Honorable mention: First (and only) ride on TTD. (not that I haven't tried to ride it again)
Having my 40th B'day party / family reunion at CP. Seeing my 9 year-old son put his hands up 1/2 way down our inaugural ride on MF (he will be officially Son-of-Steel when he reaches 54" next summer). And finishing our CP weekend with a twilight ride on TTD.
Going to CP 4 hours before the park closed, getting in line for TTD, which was down, and finally riding it a minute before closing (11:00) in one of the first fixed trains.
Going to CP in October and riding TTD in the front, first thing in the morning, and practically just walking on. It was only like a ten-minute wait. Then the next day I just rode Millennium Force repeatedly from opening till noon.
I have two, the first being going to Cedar Point in June for my birthday, it was worth the 12 hour trip even though TTD was down that week, the second was going to Valleyfair for the 1st time and actually getting my fiance to ride SV and WT (her first 200 ft coaster & LIM coaster).
Waiting over 6.5 hours through a zillion breakdowns for TTD and finally getting launched. It was a rush like no other that's for sure.
The other thing that would take honorable mention would be when my name was called out as one of the 6 people who won the CoasterMania "Front Of the Line Contest". Even though TTD was down for the entire day, we got a huge bag full of cool stuff and some comp. prizes as well.
In the "coaster world", I'd say the best moment this year was the running of the bulls to TTD/first ride on opening day. Right up there is the last Magnum train of the season, but it loses out becuase you can only get one first ride on a coaster but you can get the last of the season many times.
Seeing how i live about 9 hours away from Cedar Point, I got to go twice this year. The first time i went was for the ACE event Coastermania in which TTD was down. I was so pissed! But then I went again in August and ended up waiting about 3 and a half hours and ended up sitting 2nd row.
As far as COASTER's go, I would have to say finally hitting 100 on Disneyland's Matterhorn Bobsleds was a special moment. A close second would be riding the Belmont Park Giant Dipper. I'm a huge fan of anything historical no matter how painful it is. I had a great time on Mission Beach riding that coaster until sunset.