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05 November 2007 @ 11:48 am
1. What is your favorite roller coaster? Gemini from Cedar Point. It was my first roller coaster. I was about 4 or 5 when I rode it for the first time.

2. Your favorite flat ride?

3. How long have you been a fan of roller coasters?

4. What amusement park do you consider to be your "home park?"
Cedar Point.

5. What is the longest amount of time you've waited in line for a coaster?
Over an hour and a half for Top Thrill Dragster.

6. What amusement parks have you visited?
Cedar Point, Disney World, Universal Studios, Epcot, MGM, Islands of Adventure, Six Flags Georgia or Florida, Sea World Ohio, Bush Gardens, Soak City, Typhoon Lagoon, Michigan Adventure... probably more.

7. Are you 42" or taller? yes
19 October 2007 @ 09:47 pm
I am trying to overcome a fear of roller coasters that I've had for as long as I can remember. In the past, I've had friends try to drag me onto rides, with only limited success. I tend to have panic attacks, and get harmful towards people I ride with (gripping their arm to hold on for dear life, for example, sometimes deep enough to draw blood). Consequently, I either avoid amusement parks altogether, or, merely wander around the park grounds while other people ride. To me, that's not only a waste of my admission ticket money, but it also prevents the people I'm with from having fun, since they're constantly worried about me (or so they have reported).

It is possible to live a full life without ever going to an amusement park, though I know some people in this community might not believe that. ;) It was an annoyance to me that I got irrationally terrified, and I was sick of friends who wanted to go out and ride coasters while I sat around like a lump and bought cotton candy or something. I wanted to do something about my fear, but I wasn't sure what or how. All I knew is that my fears were completely irrational, and I don't like it when I am irrational.

I really didn't do anything about it, until around six or seven months ago. At that time, I became LJ-friends with a coaster lover. She can spout off ride stats like nobody's business, uses a lot of official-sounding terminology (like "lift hill" and so on), and often posts ride photos of herself online. Over the past few months, we discussed and developed a plan to confront my fear gradually. This last weekend was the big test -- I rounded up my girlfriend and we drove out to Cedar Point (which, for me, is a 12 hour drive) to meet her.

I have to say, I am VERY proud of myself. I did A LOT better than I expected (heck, I neither drew blood nor crushed anyone's hand bones this time), though I didn't do as well as I would have liked. I ended up in a full-blown panic attack coming off of Gemini, hence that is where I stopped, while my new LJ friend and my girlfriend went off to enjoy some of the scarier rides together. I think the prime reason I did so well is because we started gradually and we had developed a somewhat detailed plan as to the order of rides I'd try. Previously, people just picked random rides to try and drag me on.

I do still want to work on this, and I'm energized by my successes last weekend. Unfortunately, the season is almost over, so it's going to have to wait until next year. I have, however, started an LJ community (coasterphobia) to see if I can find other people like me. So far, there aren't too many people there, but it's only been two days since I created the community.

Finally, after that small novel, I reach the whole point of this long entry. I was wondering if you fine folks over here have any advice that I could both use for myself and pass along to other people who join my community. Have you gotten terrified friends to ride and enjoy coasters? What has worked? What hasn't?

Thanks in advance.
Current Mood: calm
08 October 2007 @ 04:24 pm
I'm a coaster zealot and a member of the American Coaster Enthusiasts, though I have never been able to go to any conventions. I'm currently living in Japan and just went to Nagashima Spaland yesterday (my second trip, but my first during which Steel Dragon 2000 was operating!) so after I posted about this trip in my personal LJ, it occured to me that there were no doubt coaster communities on LJ and that I should be a part of one. So, nice to meet all of you!

1. What is your favorite roller coaster? Magnum XL-200 at Cedar Point. I love that machine so! Close runners-up are Nagashima Spaland's Steel Dragon 2000, Cedar Point's Millennium Force, and Michigan Adventure's Shivering Timbers.
2. Your favorite flat ride? That thing that's like a carousel but has you sit in flying swing-style chairs. What's that called, anyway?
3. How long have you been a fan of roller coasters? Since I was eight years old and went to Boblo Island, a Canadian park in the Detroit River, and rode the Sky Streak with my dad.
4. What amusement park do you consider to be your "home park?" Cedar Point! I'm so lucky. But while I'm in Japan I guess my temporary home park is Nagashima Spaland.
5. What is the longest amount of time you've waited in line for a coaster? In a constantly moving line, about 2.5-3 hours. In a line that stopped because of rain, 5 hours, 2.5 of which were after the rain started, during the first week Millennium Force was running.
6. What amusement parks have you visited? Cedar Point, Boblo Island, Michigan's Adventure, Kennywood, Knoebel's, Knott's Camp Snoopy (in the Mall of America), Six Flags Worlds of Adventure (now Geauga Lake again, in Ohio), Valleyfair, Busch Gardens Tampa, Disneyworld, Osaka Expoland, Nagashima Spaland, Yokohama CosmoWorld, Kobe Harborland, Universal Studios Japan, and I worked at the Aichi 2005 World's Expo, which wasn't exactly an amusement park, but something pretty close. They had one tiny roller coaster, anyway.
7. Are you 42" or taller? Yes, I am. Sufficiently tall to ride anything I want to ride, and that's as tall as I need to be.

Also, I have taken this awesome Magnum icon from the community, and credited the user who made it. I hope that's okay, but if not, please do tell me and I'll remove it. I'd like to make my own sometime, actually, but until I do so, I wanted to spread the Magnum love. :)
09 July 2007 @ 08:24 pm
Well I just read an article from the New York Post that was published late last month that has confirmed that this season, 2007, will NOT be the last season of Astroland amusement park at the world famous Coney Island. Although the park was sold in late 2006 to Thor Equities by the Albert family for $30 million the process of planning the rebuilding effort of Coney Island has taken some unexpected turns and the Brooklyn borough president has negotiated a deal to keep the rides running through the 2008 season. More details to come as they become available.
31 March 2007 @ 07:19 pm

12 March 2007 @ 11:27 pm
Hello. My name is Rob and I'm from Minnesota. I am going back to work at Valleyfair! Amusement Park for my 4th season. It's not the largest park in the world but I've enjoyed my time working there. It has been since 2001 since I last worked there so it will be interesting to see what has changed.

1. What is your favorite roller coaster? - Probably Raptor at CP and Wild Thing at VF, I just haven't been to as many parks as I have wanted to.
2. Your favorite flat ride? - Power Tower at CP
3. How long have you been a fan of roller coasters? - For as long as I can remember
4. What amusement park do you consider to be your "home park?" - Valleyfair! Amusement Park in Shakopee Minnesota
5. What is the longest amount of time you've waited in line for a coaster? - 2 Hours
6. What amusement parks have you visited? Valleyfair, Cedar Point, Disneyland and World, Universal FL and CA
7. Are you 42" or taller? - does 67" count?
Current Mood: bored
Current Music: Paul Oakenfold - Dread Rock
25 January 2007 @ 12:23 am
Hey hey... just joined here. I have worked at Kennywood for 5 years... managed the Exterminator and the whip for 3 years and managed at fright nights. So yeah I love amusement parks.

Have any of you worked at a park? You get a great perspective from working at one as well. You get to see all the behind the scenes and see the guts of the park as well as it all put together and what the guest see. Its really magical!

Kennywood is getting another new ride... finally got ride of the magic carpet. But yeah....I can't wait to go through here and see whats been happening on here.

~Justin~ jstnrossetti kennywood_park
Current Mood: cheerful
23 January 2007 @ 08:11 am

Whats the update on 'Son Of Beast'? It is going to be working this year?

04 August 2006 @ 09:21 pm
Well summer is more than half over. I hope everyone is enjoying their amusement park trips and fun all across the country. I have visited my home park many times this year so far and I have a trip in the works to visit Coney Island, which is not too far from where I am, which is Westchester County. My home park is Playland in Rye, NY. I took some great pictures this summer so far that I wanted to share.

01 August 2006 @ 09:26 pm
Today my husband and I went to Six Flags over Georgia as a part of our honeymoon celebration. It was my first time to the park and I managed to drag him onto a lot of coasters - which is impressive considering he's terrified of coasters. Unfortunately, it started storming at about 6 pm and I didn't get to ride a lot of the coasters I'd been 'saving for last' - however, Six Flags issued 'raincheck' tickets for $10, good for a full day's admission anytime until September 30th. So we'll be going back tomorrow morning and seeing how fast we can get the rest of the coasters in before we head to Jacksonville tomorrow afternoon.

Today we got to ride: Superman Ultimate Flight (my new favorite coaster), Great American Scream Machine, Ninja, Georgia Cyclone, and Dahlonega Mine Train.

Tomorrow we'll hit: Georgia Scorcher, Goliath (if it's open), Deja Vu and possibly the Batman: The Ride, Mindbender and Viper, depending on how fast we get through the first three.

Pictures are on my Flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/violakat03