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  1. Why are we called enthusiasts when we're anything but enthusiastic??? Stuff like "Tigris is lame someone should be fired" and "Behemoth sucks compared to Nitro they should just tear it down" has made me a lot more choosy on which enthusiast groups I spend my time in. And yes, I've seen both those takes in the last month.
    3 points
  2. I'd rather be around GP that knows nothing and is just there to have fun, than a bunch of complaining enthusiasts for whom nothing ever seems to be good enough...
    3 points
  3. Seeing the Sea World and Busch Gardens parks bouncing back makes me so happy. BGT is one of my most favorite parks!
    2 points
  4. This article honestly resonated pretty well with me. From people lashing out at others just because they like a ride they thought was horrible to talking about how "I have more credits than you, therefore I'm more of an enthusiast." Something I kinda wish the article talked about was how the hate for GP has risen drastically. I'll go into YouTube comments of a video and just see an abundance of enthusiasts chewing out someone just for being GP. Just because they didn't know everything there is to know about coasters and parks. I'll go into a "GP" YouTube video talking about Ohio c
    2 points
  5. I came across this article today posted on another site. I’m not sharing this as a promotion of another site, but as a promotion of the message it conveys. I recommend everyone on here should read it. https://www.coaster-net.com/blogs/have-enthusiast-taken-the-fun-out-of-roller-coasters Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    1 point
  6. You can kind of see some of International Street when you zoom in.
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  7. ^ Yikes, Shows how much enthusiasts truly are enthusiast if they're going to judge a ride before it's even completely built.
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  8. Watched Coaster Studio's video on RMC Gwazi, already enthusiasts making a big deal about how it's not dueling. One comment goes off on the ride complaining about how "RMC is stagnating" and that a Hyper RMC that goes beyond vertical is completely boring. Yikes.
    1 point
  9. ^Agreed, if it weren't for the GP we wouldn't have parks to go to because the enthusiasts are such a small percentage of the overall attendance.
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  11. "All we hear is radio giga, radio giga!"
    1 point
  12. Fully agree....I've even heard some folks say that as passholders they don't have the money to spend in the park because they only budgeted for the pass.
    1 point
  13. Yes, it's why 'per cap spending' is always brought up those corporate conference calls... They make a lot from passholders up front with passes for parking/admission/photos/drinks/dining but they're hoping you still get a funnel cake, shop for some merch and play a game or 5... But how profitable is a repeat visit from someone who's money they've already gotten compared to someone who shows up at the front gate to buy a ticket and also spends on parking/merch/food/drinks/games/fastpass??? My point is that it's not just about attendance...
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  14. Great news everyone. This will be the last month this year we won't be able to attend the park. We only have 7 more weeks to go.
    1 point
  15. Except they weren’t. The ride wasn’t fun, but the State investigation found that the accident was due to a design flaw.
    1 point
  16. Bodies through the front gate isn't the only metric that needs to be measured... If your attendance goes up from 50000 pass holders making an extra 2 trips from the year before how much does it add to the bottom line???
    1 point
  17. A giga would certainly be able to get the park to 3.5, I’d say 3.6 million wouldn’t be an unreasonable estimate considering giga coasters are huge draws. Kings Island is still growing and I don’t believe the market is saturated. A 13% increase over a decade is a healthy growth rate in my opinion. You can’t expect a park that already draws a large number of people to grow by 3-4%
    1 point
  18. Thanks for mentioning my articles! I'm Harry and I had the opportunity to operate Giant Wheel at Hersheypark when I worked in ride operations back in the day. Unfortunately, I never rode another double wheel (or a triple wheel) but having the chance to operate one definitely makes up for that. Operationally, it was very simple. There was just a switch that enabled which side to go up and down. It was not on a timer, so we could let it go as long as we wanted. In the last hour the park was open, there typically weren't any long lines for the ride, so we would let the ride cycle longer. I
    1 point
  19. The driver of revenue usually isn't the 16-22 year old kids/young adults roaming KI. Mystic Timbers was a darn near perfect coaster addition to the park IMHO.
    1 point
  20. Who exactly was disappointed about Mystic Timbers? The only people I think would be disappointed are the people who thought the shed would be some sort of out of this world element. The ride is consistently popular and many consider it to be the best ride in the park. Furthermore the park got MT 2 years ago, if they’re expecting a new rollercoaster every 2 years then they’re out of luck.
    1 point
  21. I'd like to see the statistics that you have for this.
    1 point
  22. Not only do I remember it, I rode it a number of times and watched The Bat operate next to it!
    1 point
  23. I love this article and what it covers. Being a coaster enthusiast all boils down to one simple thing: sharing a love for roller coasters. I shared the link to the article on Facebook when I first found it, complete with my detailed novel on this whole thing. I copied and pasted my thoughts that I shared so you all can see it too. ”This is a very insightful article about what the coaster enthusiast community has become and what its underlying purpose should always be. I consider myself a coaster enthusiast just because I love roller coasters and know a lot about them (and even work a
    1 point
  24. I think many of us can point the finger and say "I'm not like THOSE enthusiasts." But truth be told, I think many of us can be "those" enthusiasts. For example, over the last week, I have had 4 or 5 friends post on my Facebook wall a link about Yukon Striker. My response was "meh." When asked to clarify, I responded that dive coasters are fun but boring. I base that on one ride I have been on. These people look to me as an "expert" on coasters, which I am not. But I may have steered someone away from a park because of my opinion. I have seen YouTube "stars" praise a ride when they
    1 point
  25. There are some toxic elements in the enthusiast community but I think that is true of every enthusiast group not just fans of amusement parks. I am also a travel enthusiast, in that community we have an issue with people who somehow think they are better than others for one reason or another, frequently because they have some level of status with the organization and we refer to them using DYKWIA. It stands for Do You Know Who I Am, mostly because when they are arguing with an employee of a hotel or airline they tend to use that phrase. Some coaster enthusiasts have a similar issue, some ar
    1 point
  26. I thought it was a great article. Amusement parks are supposed to be fun and a lot of time we get caught up in our personal preferences but it is good to have varying opinions on rides and manufacturers and parks. My wife doesn't ride most of the coasters with me so a lot of times as a single rider I get put with other riders. Two of my more memorable experiences last year were with younger riders. One was on Racer and one was on FOF. It was great to see the sheer joy and excitement on their faces. Sometimes as enthusiasts we forget that feeling. Every ride is probably somebody's f
    1 point
  27. Definitely a nice article and read. I have literally spent more than half of my life (wow, that is crazy to think about), working at Coney Island, that doesn`t have the biggest or tallest coaster out there. We have one small coaster. Many people say that I am nuts for working here so long, but I love the little park and the thought that many locals may come out and experience their first coaster at Coney, and one day may have the same interest in amusement parks that has kept me working at Coney. Its hard to believe that I am entering my 18th season working at Coney (I am 34 years old
    1 point
  28. Somewhere in PS would be ideal IMO.
    1 point
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