Imagine visiting Discovery Kingdom, Magic Mountain, California’s Great America, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Disneyland. That would make for a pretty fun summer. For one of these roller coaster tourists that was just one week. That kind of theme park blitzkrieg is what Karol Gajda and The Coaster Guy recently experienced.
Friend of the blog, Kurt – The Coaster Guy, was chosen to take a tour of 5 Six Flags parks as part of a Discover Card and Six Flags promotion. Last month, him, his wife and their two kids hopped into a cool Ford Flex and hit the road. He visited Magic Mountain, Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Over Georgia, Great Adventure, and Great America. It was a good year to make a Six Flags tour as four of the five parks boasted new coasters for 2011. I’ve enjoyed Kurt’s coverage of Magic Mountain including his great post about Green Lantern First Flight’s media day. It’s still one of the most ridden stories over at Theme Park Hype. Read about his journey: Coaster to Coaster Tour
With the (unlikely) goal of riding every roller coaster in the United States, Karol Gajda launched Roller Coaster Tour to chronicle his adventure. He admits that he’s not a roller coaster enthusiasts and that he hadn’t ridden a coaster in 4 or 5 years. He appears to be an adventurous guy and this was his next adventure. Sadly, his tour was called to an end about a month ago due to his expensive car troubles and his health. He had a pretty bad blacking out incident that affected his health even after he left the park.
Initially, I was envious of a guy who could take time off to literally conquer every park in the country. But after reading the beating he’s taken on some of these rides and remembering how I feel at the end of one of my little 2 day trips, I’m not quite as interested in a marathon coaster tour. That said, a week in Europe, Japan, or heck, Pennsylvania, would be welcomed. But anything more than that might be a real challenge. For example, it sounds like he took a horrible beating on Arrow hyper coaster, Desperado at Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino. See Karol’s roller coaster tour route with links to his trip reports.
If you’re interested in getting your coaster count up, Theme Park Review has tours to theme parks all over the World. For example, a “Road to Cedar Point” trip that just ended included Great Adventure plus Pennsylvania and Ohio’s parks. All together included 65 roller coasters. I could have benefited from the North East trip that included Canobie, La Ronde, Great Escape and return visit to Six Flags New England would have been nice. It’s been 6 years since I’ve ridden my top coaster!
I’ve never been on a TPR trip, but it might be the way to do a coaster tour as everything’s planned out for you and they usually include some ERT (exclusive right time), walk backs (tours of places most guests don’t get to see), and photo opportunities.
What’s Your Take?
Would you want to go on a roller coaster tour? Do you think your body would hold up? Leave a comment below.