Friday, November 28, 2008

Question of the Day #23

My dad and I LOVE rollercoasters. We want to bolt like lightning and scream down a track so steep that we can’t see it beneath us.

It all started when I was 11 years old. Dad took me and my brother to Six Flags outside Chicago. An old white wooden coaster stood center stage at that park and I remember pointing to it many times that day, asking, “Hey Dad, do you think it’s scary?”

After we buckled in and the cars began to crank up, up and up, I clutched the bar, braced my feet and waited for the first free fall. The train soared, my feet rose off the floor and my stomach felt like I'd left it on the platform.

I was in love.

So today, we’re determined to find the ultimate coaster in central Florida. (No loops please. They make Dad loopy.) We’re open to suggestions.

How do you feel about roller coasters?



  1. Roller Coasters? Um, yeah, not so much. I was always partial to the cup and saucer rides where I could make myself fall over spinning the thing even before the ride started. You know - something under my control. Hah!

  2. I'm more of a kiddie-coaster kinda girl.

  3. Love roller coasters! Not the wooden ones, though. I like the nice smooth kind, with loops and corkscrews. Haven't been on any in awhile.

  4. I used to like them when I was younger. I don't know if I'm just getting old. Maybe I've seen too many news stories about people who have aneurysms burst after riding roller coasters.

  5. If you like wooden rollercoasters (and frankly I have trouble believing that you do!) the Gwazi at Busch Gardens is pretty cool. But I prefer the loops, and I remember liking the Scorpion there quite a lot. It does a corkscrew thing, which seems to make the fact that you are upside-down a bit more acceptable.

  6. They make my fresh air buzz top ten list.

  7. I LOVE roller coasters. I admit that as I get older they make me more nervous, but sometimes you just have to swallow your fear and go for a ride!

    Probably the scariest one without loops I've been on is at Knott's Berry Farm. Xcelerator goes 0 to 82 in 2.3 seconds, climbs 200 feet and then drops you at a 90 degree angle. It's terrifying and wonderful and FAST!! In Florida, I have no clue. But have fun finding one!


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