So what is it? Do you thrive from airtime,or maybe you thrive from speed, or perhaps you thrive from G forces, or maybe, just maybe, you crave all of the elements. What gives you that all mighty satisfaction in a coaster?
------------- "SAVING THE WORLD BEFORE BEDTIME" Powerpuff girls
Now I call myself an 'airtime-whore', but if I really think about it, that's not what I like most about coasters. I really like sudden or unexpected transitions, like you find on Iron Wolf, or Villian. Even though Shivering Timbers looks absolutely fantastic from an air point of view, I am rather intruiged by the mostly hidden nature of Ghostrider and Raven. I guess that unexpected, out of control feeling is why I love wooden twisters so much..you can never really tell where you're going next! jeremy
Of course I love riding all coasters, can't get enough, but what I am really infatuated with is the engineering and mechanical aspect. I would love to personally watch a coaster being built from start to finish, including the design stages.
When I am not riding them, I like to just stare and watch them. (Do I need to go to Coasters Anonymous?)
For me, a ride has to have all the right things for it to really blow me away. I like all G forces, really. I really get a kick out of positive G's, but who doesn't love some killer airtime? One thing that really turns me off on a coaster is an excess amount of lateral forces. If I want to get squished into the side of the car for extended periods of time, I'll hop on a spinning flat ride. (And actually, I don't want to get squished, so I don't ride those nothing-but-spin flat rides too often.)
I love high speeds on coasters. That's probably the reason the omission of the inverted camelback on Phantom's Revenge doesn't bother me one bit; I love that long, flat section between the first two drops. Also, steep hills are fantastic. Millennium Force really tears up in that category.
There are a few major factors that come into play on coasters that a lot of us don't even notice. Location, order of elements, layout, surprises, etc. All of those really give coasters their own personality, and I think that's the best quality on any coaster.
I love all aspects of coasters, the engineering, the design, the mechanics, and of course, the g-forces. I'd have to say I love positive g's the most. The feeling of gravity pushing me into my seat and the pressure is what I like in a coaster. Case in point, Goliath's centrifuge BEFORE they trimmed the coaster and made it more tame. When I rode that coaster in July of last year, I couldn't move my arms or head during that spiral. Now, it's so tame by comparison. Anyways, I crave the positive g's most. I love negative g's, but I prefer the positive. ;) Peace. :)
------------- Medusa at Marine World: the best coaster in the west!
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Although I enjoy all aspects of a coaster, I enjoy airtime the most, which is why I love MF and Apollo's Chariot so much. I like fast turns as well, especially at the bottom of 228 foot drops. Lateral G's don't bother me much since I am always the smaller rider and can crush the hell out of the other rider, right Lynch?
------------- Joe Cernelli Head Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard firstname.lastname@example.org http://kennywood.coasterbuzz.com/ Phantom's Revenge in 2001!
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I love the feeling in your stomach when you are flying down a crazy steep drop! I also can get enough air. I think the sensations that coasters give you are so crazt and awesome thats what makes coasters so popular.
You guy's need to get out and do the #1 sport for freefalling, speed and drops skydiving, you cant beat standing at a planes open door ready to make that plunge GERONIMO see you on land. But if you are scared to skydive, rollercoasters does give you a small feeling like your diving and that's why I ride them just for that feeling again.
------------- Army rangers lead the way
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