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I am doing a paper in one of my classes on roller coaster enthusiasts and I was hoping Theme Park Review could pull through and help me with this project by filling out this questionnaire. I will use the responses at quotes in my paper to help fulfill the research needed.

 

So if you could copy and paste the below questions and respond to them that would be great!

 

I would really appreciate you time. Please answer the questions as complete as possible. Once again thank you very much for your help!

 

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Name:

 

Age:

 

What is your roller coaster count?

 

What is your home park?

 

What is the nearest big city?

 

What is your occupation?

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)?

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park?

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites?

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park?

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…)

 

Do you have any other major hobbies?

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason?

 

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?)

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself?

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them?

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts?

 

How do you get your coaster news?

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on?

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel?

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3?

 

Have you ever “stole a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster?

 

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…)

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go?

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community?

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts?

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Name: Adam Roth

 

Age: 18

 

What is your roller coaster count? 226

 

What is your home park? Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, Seaworld Orlando, Aquatica, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach

 

What is the nearest big city? Orlando, FL

 

What is your occupation? Student, Co-founder of WDWCelebrations, Co-star of The Bryan and Adam Show

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)? Too many times to possibly count.

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park? 3-5

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites? I like to visit both kinds of tourist attractions

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park? Tokyo, Japan

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…) No. Theme park time enables additional family/friend time

 

Do you have any other major hobbies? WDWCelebrations, Computer games, movies, spending time with friends

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason? We don't an offseason here in Orlando.

 

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?) Not really, except for a few select friends (shout out to you Colin)

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself? No.

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them? Yes to the first question, and unfortunately yes. I learned my lesson (it was a fanboy stage in my life) and it will never happen again.

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts? For the most part, yes.

 

How do you get your coaster news? Theme Park Review, Screamscape, friends within the industry, visual observation

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on? Two.

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel? Wood: T-Express, Boulder Dash, El Toro Steel: Bizarro (SFNE), Expedition GeForce, Millenium Force

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3? Tokyo DisneySea, Holiday World, Epcot

 

Have you ever “stole a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster? Proudly, no.

 

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…) No.

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go? Depending on the park, sometimes.

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community? Warm and accepting... With people like Robb, Elissa, Matt, Colin and all of the other great people on this site, I have not felt unwelcome for quite some time. But that Bryan kid--he's definitely trouble.

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts? Sometimes, but I don't push the topic if they aren't interested.

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Name: Frank Decot

 

Age: 22

 

What is your roller coaster count? 171

 

What is your home park? Six Flags America

 

What is the nearest big city? Washington DC

 

What is your occupation? Web Designer

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)? 20 or so

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park? 5 or so

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites? depends on the nature of the vacation. I'll go on trips that are exclusively roller coaster/theme park trips, and other times I'll go on longer trips that will have a park or two tossed in but are more about other activities or site-seeing.

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park? Hong Kong

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…)

No, I'll plan trips around other big events and only go to my local parks when I have free time.

 

Do you have any other major hobbies? Sports and web design.

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason? Definitely. Although I will occasionally travel t the south for rides in the winter.

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?) I still keep up with a couple people from working at a park, but we aren't close friends and I'm not close friends with any other enthusiasts.

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself? Not at all, I go to parks alone sometimes. I prefer to go with others, but I can easily spend time at my local parks alone if I decide to swing by afterwork or something.

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? I normally go to Six Flags America alone, due to its close proximity if I have nothing else to do I can drive up there and spend a couple hours on the rides. In the past when I was younger I would hang out with other enthusiasts occasionally if I saw any.

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts? I never really made an effort to become close friends with another enthusiast outside of conversation at parks.

 

How do you get your coaster news?

Screamscape, TPR mostly

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on? Four total, two about coasters.

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel? Wood - El Toro, Voyage, Phoenix. Steel - Bizarro (SFNE), X, Millennium Force

 

(MF in particular isn't that popular on this site at the moment, but a lot of enthusiast seem to still love it elsewhere.)

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3?

Cedar Point, Knoebels, Kennywood

 

(Same thing for CP as MF above)

 

Have you ever “stole a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster?

I tried, I waited by the entrance of Pteranodon Flyers at IOA for a while, but I got tired of waiting for someone who would agree.

 

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? I'll buy cheaper items (beer, food, etc.) sometimes to make ends meet easier.

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go? Yes, I always look at maps beforehand and will occasionally ask the park's locals what is the best order to navigate the park to get the most out of a day.

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community? Mostly friendly. Any time I see someone with a coaster shirt at a park (from a different park) on I'll ask them about it and strike up a nice little conversation.

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts? Not really.

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Name: Kevin Bujold

 

Age: 17

 

What is your roller coaster count? 163

 

What is your home park? Six Flags Magic Mountain, Disneyland Resort, Knotts Berry Farm

 

What is the nearest big city? Los Angeles

 

What is your occupation? High School Student

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)? 20-30 times

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park? 2-5 times

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites? I also try and hit other sites

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park? Montreal, Canada

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…)

No

Do you have any other major hobbies? Writing Screenplays

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason? We don't have an offseason in Southern California.

 

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?) No

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself? No

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them? No

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts? Yes

 

How do you get your coaster news? TPR

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on? Just TPR

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel? Wood: 1. T Express, 2. Balder, 3. El Toro. Steel: 1. Bizarro (SFNE), 2. Expedition Ge Force, 3. Millennium Force

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3? 1. Tokyo Disneyland Resort, 2. Walt Disney World Resort, 3. Universal Orlando Resort.

 

Have you ever “stole a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster? No

 

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…) Yes

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go? Yes

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community? Warm and Accepting

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts? No

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Name: Jay

 

Age: 21

 

What is your roller coaster count? 225

 

What is your home park? six flags over georgia

 

What is the nearest big city? Atlanta

 

What is your occupation? Plumbing Sales Specialist

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)? 20+ times

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park? 5

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites? yes

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park? 1000 miles

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…) no

 

Do you have any other major hobbies? yes

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason? yes,yes,yes

 

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?) yes

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself? no

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them? yes

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts?yes

 

How do you get your coaster news? TPR

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on? 1

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel? wood: Boulder Dash, El Toro, Pheonix... Steel: BizzaroSFNE Maverick Top Thrill Dragster

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3? SF Great Adventure, Lake Compounce, Knoebels

 

Have you ever “stole a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster? Yes

 

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…) YES

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go? yes

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community? warm and accepting

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts? yes

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Name: Andrew Iorio

 

Age: 14

 

What is your roller coaster count? 81

 

What is your home park? Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knotts Berry Farm, Disneyland

 

What is the nearest big city? Los Angeles or San Bernadino,CA

 

What is your occupation? Student in High School

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)? 10

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park? 4

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites? Also go to hit other sites depending on where I am.

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park? New York

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…) Not at all

 

Do you have any other major hobbies? Sports and building models

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason? Don't even have an offseason

 

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?) Yes

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself? No

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them? No

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts? Yes

 

How do you get your coaster news? TPR

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on? 2 forms

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel? For Wood: El Toro, Voyage, and Boulder Dash. For Steel: X2 (SFMM), Bizzaro (SFNE), Maverick (CP)

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3?

Disneyland, DisneyWorld, Knoebels

Have you ever “stole a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster?

Nope I have my little brother.

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…)

I'll occasionally save money for food and souvenirs if I'm on a trip.

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go? I come on the TPR form and ask for advice.

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community? It's a warm accepting community that is like one big family.

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts? If I could I would but it is hard to.

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Name:

Charles Laureano

 

Age:

22

 

What is your roller coaster count?

231

 

What is your home park?

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Magic Mountain, Disneyland, Knotts

 

What is the nearest big city?

San Francisco

 

What is your occupation?

Full-Time Ride Operations Supervisor at Discovery Kingdom

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)?

Maybe 2 or 3 times a year. Disney once a month or so. Discovery Kingdom I visit maybe 300 days plus.

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park?

Maybe 15 - 20 separate visits.

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites?

Primarily for amusement parks

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park?

On deployment in 2007 I was in several sites in Japan, Hong Kong and a few various other places.

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…)

No it does not.

 

Do you have any other major hobbies?

Working at the Kingdom

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason?

Many parks are open year around near my location. I only get the "offseason blues" when we (Discovery Kingdom) close in the winter for a few short months.

 

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?)

Sure.

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself?

It depends. In my travels abroad I visited many sites with nothing but my iPod which was fine. But here at home I’d rather take a buddy, the experience is better that way.

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them?

No.

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts?

I don’t have to much experience in this department. I've gotten into conversations with people I may see wearing Coaster Enthusiast apparel, but that’s about it.

 

How do you get your coaster news?

I get several publications delivered to the office, and sometimes we found out what you find out at places like screamscape or newsplusnotes.

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on?

TPR!

 

Have you ever “stole a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster?

No, it’s called a test ride haha.

 

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…)

At times.

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go?

I may find the best deals, but once I’m in park I like to just take an adventure. Sometimes I ask people what the "don't miss it" type attraction, other than that I like to wing it.

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community?

Accepting.

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts?

Yes.

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Name: Mike Moody

 

Age: 18

 

What is your roller coaster count? 77

 

What is your home park? Drayton Manor Park - and that's about an hour away.

 

What is the nearest big city? Birmingham (Coventry is a small city..)

 

What is your occupation? Unemployed (Student on gap year)

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)? On average, 4-5; this year, many more than that.

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park? 3-4 (again, on average)

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites? Theme parks and (live) theatres/concerts are my two major types of destinations.

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park? All the way to California.

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…) No.

 

Do you have any other major hobbies? Theatre, music, other creative pursuits (writing, etc).

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason? Yep, but if I'm lucky (as I was last year, and will be this year), I will travel internationally for a park that doesn't have an off-season; and the major parks here (Alton Towers, for example) have specisl open weeks in February/March.

 

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?) Not really.

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself? 99% of the time I go by myself. It helps when getting in Single Rider lines, being able to do what I want when I want - and I don't have many friends who'd go with me.

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them? A: see above. B: Nope, but that may hopefully change.

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts? Generally, particularly on TPR trips, when the overriding general interest is the same.

 

How do you get your coaster news? Theme Park Review, Disney podcasts.

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on? Only TPR.

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel? I'm honestly not sure.

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3? As above.

 

Have you ever “stole a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster? Nope.

 

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…) Somewhat; I'm less inclined to eat, put it that way, if I'm in a park - depending on crowd sizes; and I don't smoke or drink.

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go? Yes.

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community? Definitely warm and accepting in the majority, although I definitely think it's based on age/'maturity' and experience.

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts? I do, but they don't ;]

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Name: Mark Driehuis

 

Age: 18

 

What is your roller coaster count? 40

 

What is your home park? walibi world

 

What is the nearest big city? Arnhem

 

What is your occupation? Student

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)? 14

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park? 4

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites? also other

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park? 226KM

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…) no

 

Do you have any other major hobbies? yes Gaming

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason? no sadness

 

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?) Yes

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself? no

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them? no

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts? yes

 

How do you get your coaster news? www.parkcentrum.nl

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on? 3

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel? I dont' know i like troy end Black Mamba

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3? cedarpoint??

 

Have you ever “stole a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster? no why?

 

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…) no

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go? somtimes

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community? warm and accepting

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts? yes

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Name:

Maarten Swijsen

 

Age:

21

 

What is your roller coaster count?

83

 

What is your home park?

Walibi Belgium

 

What is the nearest big city?

Brussels

 

What is your occupation?

Student business communication and journalism

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)?

6

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park?

6

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites?

both

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park?

5 hour drive 500 km

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…)

Rollercoasters are more important than most family time and it's often harder to replace a trip than to celebrate a birthday on another day.

 

Do you have any other major hobbies?

Tennis

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason?

No. There's a bigger desire to ride coasters though.

 

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?)

No

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself?

No

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them?

No

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts?

No

 

How do you get your coaster news?

Themeparkreview.com themeparkvision.net

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on?

See above

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel?

El Toro

Terminator

Tonnere De Zeus

 

X2

Kingda ka

Millennium Force

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3?

Disney Orlando

Universal Orlando

Cedar Point

 

Have you ever “stole a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster?

Not yet

 

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…)

Yes

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go?

Yes, definitely. I try to get the most out of it.

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community?

Not more or less than any other community

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts?

Definitely. It's always nice to talk about a passion if someone doesn't share it, but is interested in it.

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Name: Bas Houben

 

Age: 20

 

What is your roller coaster count?

200

 

What is your home park?

Toverland

 

What is the nearest big city?

Eindhoven, Netherlands

 

What is your occupation?

Mechanical Engineering student, parttime ride operater at Toverland

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)?

10

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park?

8

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites?

Very little.

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park?

5600 miles

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…)

No

 

Do you have any other major hobbies?

No

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason?

Not really, my home park is open 365 days a year.

 

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?)

Yes

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself?

No, except from my home park.

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them?

Yes and yes

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts?

Yes

 

How do you get your coaster news?

Online boards

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on?

3, Themeparkreview, Coastercrazy and Themepark (dutch)

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel?

Bizarro, Exp. Geforce, Nemesis

El Toro, Voyage, Boulder Dash

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3?

Magic Kingdom, Magic Mountain, Cedar Point

 

Have you ever “stole a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster?

No

 

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…)

Yes

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go?

Yes

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community?

Not sure, while some are very accepting, others are completey alienating.

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts?

Yes, although they might get annoying if I go into overdrive

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Name: Thomas Vervoort

 

Age: 19

 

What is your roller coaster count? 108

 

What is your home park? Hmm, Closest is Plopsaland De Panne, a bit further: Disneyland Paris

 

What is the nearest big city? Erm...Brussels I guess

 

What is your occupation? Student

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)? Since I work at Plopsaland during the summer I won't count the times I get over there to work

Should be about 10-12

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park? 5-10

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites? primarily amusement parks

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park? Walt Disney World in Orlando, takes about 10 to 12 hours.

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…)

No, I'm lucky enough to have a girlfriend who is now also a coaster-enthousiast

 

Do you have any other major hobbies? Music (playing the guitar), a bit of gaming.

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason? Most parks here open during school holidays, so I never really have to miss them.

 

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?)

Yes, in both ways.

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself?

If it's a new park I've never been to, I like having company. When I visit Plopsaland, I sometimes do it alone and take some pictures.

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them?

Yes, in Plopsaland.

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts?

Yes, very easy when you have common interests.

 

How do you get your coaster news?

Not one particular site, just browsing the web. I also listen to 3 Podcasts (Inside the Magic, Season Pass and Ochtend in Pretparkland)

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on?

I mainly post on Themeparkvision.

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel?

Well, if you'd ask in Europe it would probably be something like this

Wood:

1. Tonnere de Zeus

2. Troy

3. Colossos

 

Steel:

1. Nemesis

2. Exp. GeForce

3. Black Mamba

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3?

Again for Europe:

1. Disneyland Paris

2. Alton Towers

3. Europa park

 

Have you ever “stole a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster?

I haven't, but a couple of my friends have.

 

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…)

Not really, just making sure I don't buy to many games.

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go?

Depends, if I go with Rollercoaster Friends, I don't check those things. If I'm planning a trip on my own, I make sure to have everything checked

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community?

Warm and accepting.

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts?

Sometimes.

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Name: Alan Roberts

 

Age: 23

 

What is your roller coaster count? 133

 

What is your home park? Six Flags Fiesta Texas

 

What is the nearest big city? Austin, TX

 

What is your occupation? Masters Student

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)? 4-5

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park? 3-4

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites? Lately yes, but I like taking in more of where I'm visiting than just the amusement parks.

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park? 540 miles. I've been to Europe and gone to parks there, but going to theme parks was not my primary objective in going.

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…) Never.

 

Do you have any other major hobbies? Biking, playing trumpet, soccer, video games, music, movies...

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason? No. Unfortunately yes. Yes.

 

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?) No.

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself? No, but I go to concerts, movies etc. by myself somewhat frequently as well.

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them? Yes. No, but I have made acquaintances with people waiting in line.

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts? Yes.

 

How do you get your coaster news? Theme Park Review, Screamscape, Westcoaster.

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on? 1.

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel? Wood: Balder, El Toro, The Voyage. Steel: S:ROS at SFNE (now Bizarro), Expedition GeForce, Maverick.

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3? Tokyo Disnea Sea, Knoebels, Holiday World.

 

Have you ever “stole a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster? No, but I have thought about it.

 

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…) No, but I live a very spartan lifestyle so I would be hard pressed to find something to cut. My traveling to parks is not frequent or far enough to need planning.

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go? To some extent yes, but I just generally look at the park map and guess which rides are most popular to make sure I hit those first.

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community? Generally warm and acceping, but as with any community there are always those few people who want to stir the pot.

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts? Not extensively, but if anyone has any coaster related questions, I'm their go to guy.

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Name:

Chris Damm

 

Age:

22

 

What is your roller coaster count?

114

 

What is your home park?

Cedar Point

 

What is the nearest big city?

Cleveland

 

What is your occupation?

Mining Engineer

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)?

15-20

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park?

3-5

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites?

I will often go to area casinos or museums.

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park?

As a day trip 600 miles round trip

As a vacation the distance from NY to Orlando

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…)

No

 

Do you have any other major hobbies?

Volleyball, Video Games, Roller Blading

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason?

I don't because of season is taken up by HOCKEY!!

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?)

Yes, and Yes as I have done both

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself?

I actually go by myself all the time!

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them?

See above, and no to the second part

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts?

Yes

 

How do you get your coaster news?

TPR!!

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on?

Just TPR

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel?

El Toro, Pheonix, Thunderhead

MF, Maverick, SM: ROS

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3?

Knoebels, SFMM, CP

 

Have you ever “stole a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster?

No, proud non-credit whore here!

 

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…)

No

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go?

Yes

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community?

They can be discouraging to GP by over analyzing coasters and foretting to just have fun, turning people away from rides that aren't as terrible as they make them out to be.

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts?

Yes, often to their great dismay!

 

P.S. This is an awesome research paper and I hope you get an A

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Name: Joe Halley

 

Age: 29

 

What is your roller coaster count? 167

 

What is your home park? Six Flags America though I go to King's Dominion more often even though it's not as close as SFA. I live 5 miles from SFA.

 

What is the nearest big city?

 

Washington, D.C.

 

What is your occupation?

 

Professional Baseball Umpire. Out of season as a consultant with multiple hotel management companies.

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)? 20

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park? 17

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites? Primarily amusement parks but will make side trips such as to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when hitting Cedar Point (flying in and out of Cleveland's airport).

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park?

 

Vegas. Living on the east coast, I haven't made it to Cali yet.

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…)

 

No. I have a partner that shares the hobby and we don't have kids or anything. My immediate family often tags along on my roller coaster journeys.

 

Do you have any other major hobbies?

 

Baseball, of course! Die hard Baltimore Ravens fan too!

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason?

 

Not usually. If I've had a great season of traveling, I can make it through the off season without coaster depression. This season will be rough as I didn't nearly travel as much as I have in the past. Not as many games this year due to the rain and with the economy scare in the media...

 

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?)

 

Yes. I have many friends and acquiantences who work at parks or engineering firms.

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself?

 

No. Do it all the time. Usually travel distances alone too. Did King's Island/Holiday World/SFKK/Stricker's Grove alone last fall.

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them?

 

Of course!

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts?

 

Usually yes. The community is so diverse and sometimes I choose not to befriend someone for reasons such as politics, personal beliefs, bad reputations, etc.

 

I'd rather watch the drama from a distance and not be in the middle of it!

 

How do you get your coaster news?

 

Screamscape, NewsPlusNotee, URC, TPR...in no particular order.

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on?

 

Three coaster related. All different screen names too!

 

Two for baseball; one for baseball fans, the other for umpires.

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel?

 

Everybody has an opinion and I just worry about my own.

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3?

 

Based off of the fanboys on the various amusement parks sites, I'd have to say Cedar Point, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and .... drawing a blank.

 

My personal three would be Great Adventure, Islands of Adventure, King's Dominion (yes, over Cedar Point).

 

Have you ever “stole a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster?

 

No. The who idea of "borrowing" a stranger's kid for the sole purpose is border line pedo for me. It's just creepy when you think about it. If you borrow a friend's kid, that's ok, but a complete stranger? Weird.

 

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…)

 

With my hotel connections, I travel cheaply. I often get discounted hotel rooms for around $25 a night for the Choice Brands, $39 for Marriott. If I fly to a park, I'll fly Southwest on a web only discount and book an $8.95 rental from Hotwire weeks out. I don't mind taking the chance that I'll have to cancel a trip and lose out on the $10 rental. It's worth the risk to me.

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go?

 

Yes.

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community?

 

Meh. Skipping this question.

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts?

 

Yes! Friends and family....anyone who asks what my bnmlover email address means...they usually think it means something dirrrrrty

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Name: Mike Miller

 

Age: 33

 

What is your roller coaster count?

557

 

What is your home park?

Defunct Blue Diamond

 

What is the nearest big city?

Philadelphia

 

What is your occupation?

Shipbuilder

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)?

15-20

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park?

15-20

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites?

amusement parks and other sites

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park?

Sweden

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…)

Yes, but most of my trips center around my birthday.

 

Do you have any other major hobbies?

Table Top Shuffleboard, skiing

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason?

I do travel in the offseason, usually to ski resorts, but do go to indoor

amusement parks

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?)

I do have a few friends in the Maintenance industry who work in or used to

work in amusement parks

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself?

No

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them?

Yes, Yes

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts?

Yes

 

How do you get your coaster news?

TPR, screamscape, rcdb

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on?

2, TPR and coasterfanatics

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel?

Wood- El Toro, Balder, Boulder Dash

Steel- Expedition GeForce, Bizzaro(SFNE), Montu(BGA)

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3?

Cedar Point, SFMM, Europa

 

Have you ever “stole a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster?

Not yet and won't need to now that I have my own, just need to wait

for her to grow up a little bit

 

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…)

Yes

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go? Yes

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community?

Depends on the group, but overall warm and accepting

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts?

Yes, they do seem interested about the hobby.

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Name:

Antti Vaisanen

 

Age:

18

 

What is your roller coaster count?

52

 

What is your home park?

Linnanmäki, Helsinki

 

What is the nearest big city?

Helsinki

 

What is your occupation?

Upper-secondary school student

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)?

10-20

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park?

3

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites?

My trips so far have all included at least one amusement park, as will my future trips. But I visit other places too.

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park?

2 600 km, or 1 600 miles. All the way through Europe from Finland to Spain.

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…)

I never miss special occasions, but I do use a lot of my free-time everyday for coasters.

 

Do you have any other major hobbies?

Acting at a local youth theatre.

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason?

Sometimes, because here in the North the offseason is particularly long (up to 7 months!). I don't travel during offseason.

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?)

No.

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself?

If it were a whole day, it would bother. But I don't mind just a few hours.

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them?

Sometimes I have stayed in the park after my working hours for a few rides. But I have never met other enthusiasts.

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts?

Yes. I think a common hobby is a good conversation starter.

 

How do you get your coaster news?

Via forums in Internet.

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on?

3

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel?

Wood: El Toro, Balder, T-Express

Steel: Insane, Piraten (or another Mega-Lite), Blue Fire

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3?

SFOG, Cedar Point, some Universal park

 

Have you ever “stole a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster?

No.

 

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…)

I don't have to do that.

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go?

I research the rides, the location and the best way to get there.

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community?

I find the community very accepting and positively crazy.

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts?

Yes I do. And when I do that I always get weird looks

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Name: Eric

 

Age: 50

 

What is your roller coaster count? A pathetic 70-ish.

 

What is your home park? Six Flags Magic Mountain, Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm.

 

What is the nearest big city? Los Angeles, CA.

 

What is your occupation? Job seeker (but when I work, Technical Writer or Design Drafter).

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)? About 20.

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park? Less than one.

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites? Some of both.

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park? 2500 miles.

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…) Never.

 

Do you have any other major hobbies? Coin collecting, some photography.

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason? No off-season here in Southern California!

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?) I know a few park employees.

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself? That's usually how I go, so, not one bit!

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them? I go alone all the time, and I do occasionally tag along with someone I meet---as long as they don't mind being seen with me!

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts? I can make friends with almost anyone.

 

How do you get your coaster news? From the Internet, mostly.

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on? Two major ones.

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel? Wood: El Toro, Phoenix, Voyage. Steel: Almost anything from Intamin.

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3? Cedar Point, Tokyo Disney Sea, Walt Disney World.

 

Have you ever “stolen a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster? No.

 

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…) No.

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go? I like to get the "lay of the land" so I have a bit of an edge.

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community? It tends to be "clique-ish" from where I sit.

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts? I mention it, but don't say much.

 

I hope my answers were helpful.

 

Eric

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Name: Natalie Visage

 

Age: 23

 

What is your roller coaster count? 297

 

What is your home park? Kings Dominion, Carowinds, and Busch Gardens Europe are all about equal distance from me. However, I’ve only lived in NC for a couple of years, and since I spent most of my life in TN, I still consider Dollywood to be my home park.

 

What is the nearest big city? Raleigh, NC

 

What is your occupation? Student

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)? A couple

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park? 1-2

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites? Mostly parks, but I often try to stay with family if they live nearby to save on money and also just to visit.

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park? By myself, I took a 3-day trip up to PA and OH for a few parks. I think it was something like 21 hours driving time total. With a group, I’ve traveled to California.

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…) I have no children presently, but I would certainly at least bring them with me if I had them. I have missed birthdays of older cousins, and I once spent Thanksgiving at Disney World when everyone else in my family was splitting up to do separate things for the holiday anyway, but for the most part, I don’t miss anything major.

 

Do you have any other major hobbies? Photography and the clarinet

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason? I do, but the off-season is also a good time to make a trip to do the Florida parks, which I’ve done the past two years.

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?)

I worked at WDW for a season, and met many friends there with whom I stay in touch. While I was working there, however, I did not meet an enthusiast (guest) who I stayed in contact with, mainly because my position did not allow me more than 10 second interactions with people, which didn’t exactly bode well for making life-long friendships.

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself? It never does. I always enjoy going with friends, but it is nice to go by myself sometimes so that I can do the coasters and rides that I prefer in the order in which I prefer to do them.

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them? Yes, on both accounts.

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts? I do, however there was this one time when I met an enthusiast who was also by himself, so we decided to hang out the rest of the day. The problem was that I had already done many of the coasters he had yet to do, so I felt obligated to do them again, though in the end it prevented me from finishing the park (it was Cedar Point). I'm just so darn nice, you see.

 

How do you get your coaster news? Screamscape.com and themeparkreview.com

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on? Just TPR.

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel? It greatly depends on which group of enthusiasts you ask. But I’ll hazard a guess and say

1. El Toro 2. Boulderdash 3. Voyage

1. Bizzaro 2. Expedition GeForce 3. Nitro (TOTAL guesses)

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3?

1. Walt Disney World Resort 2. Cedar Point 3. Holiday World

(allow me to reiterate the fact that this is not MY personal ranking)

 

Have you ever “stolen a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster? ALL. THE. TIME. YES.

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…) Yes. I really don’t spend money on anything. Ever. Just trips (that’s mainly because I’m lucky to make $100 a week lately, though. I'm supa poor.)

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go? Usually, yes.

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community? Depends on which group.

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts? I do, though I’m not sure how much they like to listen.

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Name: Nathan Ryerson

 

Age: 27

 

What is your roller coaster count? 78

 

What is your home park? World's of Fun

 

What is the nearest big city? Kansas City, MO

 

What is your occupation? Financial Advisor

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)? 10-15

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park? 1-3

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites? Depends, parks are usually my first priority and if I can fit more in, I do.

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park? Sandusky, OH

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…) No

 

Do you have any other major hobbies? Big PC gamer. Is my wife a hobby?

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason? I get really anxious to ride coasters during the offseason.

 

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?) Nope

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself? No

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them? I've never done by myself.

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts? Never tried actually, which may be why I joined TPR.

 

How do you get your coaster news? TPR, screamscape.

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on? Coaster sites just TPR, thepointol and a king's island site.

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel? Wood: Voyage, Thunderhead and ElToro maybe? Steel: SMRoS/Bizarro, MF annnnnnd Behemoth?

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3? CP, SFMM annnd maybe a BG park? Not sure, I haven't been to as many as others on here.

 

Have you ever “stole a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster? I'm not a whore.

 

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…) Nope.

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go? Of course.

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community? I have found it positive so far. I am new to the scene, as I didn't really know it existed. I've always been addicted to coasters, but this community has just kicked that up a notch or two.

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts? Yeah, people are always amazed when I talk to them about it.

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Name: Allen

 

Age: 24

 

What is your roller coaster count? Somewhere in the ballpark of 75, but I don't really keep a good count.

 

What is your home park? Don't have one at the moment.

 

What is the nearest big city? Dallas, TX

 

What is your occupation? Law Student

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)? 1-2

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park? 0-1

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites? I always hit other sites on the trip.

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park? For a park alone, only about 60 miles. For a trip including a park, a few hundred miles.

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…) No

 

Do you have any other major hobbies?

Yes

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason?

Nope.

 

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?)

Yeah

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself?

Now it might a little more, but I did it all the time when I was younger.

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them?

Yeah actually

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts?

As easy as anybody else I know with a similar hobby.

 

How do you get your coaster news?

TPR

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on?

4-6 (depends how we define regularly)

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel?

I have no clue, not much up on current rankings.

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3?

Cedar Point

Six Flags Great Adventure

Six Flags Magic Mountain

 

Have you ever “stole a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster?

Nope

 

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…)

Nope

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go?

Generally I look for deals and check RCDB.

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community?

This is a great community, very warm and accepting.

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts?

Only if I'm at the park and have a cool tidbit.

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Name: Andrew Singleton

 

Age:18

 

What is your roller coaster count?

84/ 88 counting traveling credits

 

What is your home park?

Carowinds

 

What is the nearest big city?

Charlotte, NC

 

What is your occupation?

Ride Operator

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)?

25-50

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park?

5-10

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites?

I'm a traveler, I like going anywhere new and doing anything I can there.

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park?

10 hour drive to Florida or to Ohio.

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…)

No.

 

Do you have any other major hobbies?

I'm also a writer and a gamer.

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason?

I get bored during the offseason, but feelings of sadness, no. I do travel during the offseason for Thanksgiving and for New Years.

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?)

I work at a park and yes i have made friends during my time working there.

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself?

No, I do it all the time.

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them?

Yes, and yes.

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts?

Yes.

 

How do you get your coaster news?

TPR, Screamscape, and from parks' PR people.

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on?

1.

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel?

Wood:

1.El Toro

2.The Voyage

3.Phoenix

Steel:

1.Bizarro

2.Millenium Force

3.Expedition GeForce

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3?

1.Cedar Point

2.One of the Disney Parks

3.IOA

 

Have you ever “stole a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster?

No.

 

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…)

No.

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go?

Yes.

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community?

For the most part, very encouraging. There are some people in the community though, I have met some, mostly ACErs, that are straight up jerks.

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts?

Yes, it's more a feeling of sharing my knowledge, but only to people who seem actually interested in hearing about coasters. Mostly it's just to guests who visit while I'm working.

 

I hope my answers helped.

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Name: Laura B.

 

Age: 19

 

What is your roller coaster count? 55

 

What is your home park? Oaks Amusement Park

 

What is the nearest big city? Portland, OR

 

What is your occupation? none

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)? I went to at least one park on about 13 separate days this year. The total number of visits to separate parks (including repeat visits) was 21.

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park? 20 (including repeat visits), since I only visited my home park once. And the number of separate days would apparently be 12.

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try to hit other sites? I travel for the purpose of visiting amusement parks.

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park? In a day, 7 or 8 hours from home to Silverwood (400+ miles). Total distance, SeaWorld San Diego (929 miles).

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…) No.

 

Do you have any other major hobbies? No.

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason?

1. Yes, very much so.

2. Yes.

3. I have, to parks open year-round.

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked at an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?)

No.

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself? Not at all.

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them?

1. Yes.

2. No, but I’m not opposed to it.

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts? Up to this point, I haven’t done so, but I’m definitely not the “I’m only interested in talking to established friends” type.

 

How do you get your coaster news? Theme Park Review and Google searches.

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on? One.

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel?

Wood: 1) Balder 2) El Toro 3) Voyage

Steel: 1) Expediton GeForce 2) Bizarro 3) Millennium Force

I’m probably showing my lack of knowledge here!

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3?

2-3 Disney parks and maybe Cedar Point for the third.

 

Have you ever “stolen a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster? No, but I am a credit whore.

 

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…) Yes.

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go?

1. If I feel I’ll need to visit certain rides first (or quickly) in order to have an efficient experience, or if I have another concern about ride locations.

2. Yes, always.

3. If I have the ability to be flexible about dates.

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community? It strikes me as relatively warm and accepting, or at least not cold and unfriendly. However, I have been dismayed to hear about extremely immature, venomous drama that apparently is not overly uncommon. That really bothers me, and I hope I won’t ever experience it. Why should I have to?

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts? I wouldn’t mind doing so, but I would not want to be the stereotypical “annoying” type.

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