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Re: Going to parks alone?

Postby bert425 » Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:32 pm

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Re: Going to parks alone?

Postby Philrad71 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:53 am

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Philrad71 wrote:I'm trying to convince myself to do a solo trip to CP once schools go back in session near month end. Still apprehensive, but I feel like I need to try and do something fun before fall and winter is upon us here in the Northeast. I know Michael would want me to, but this grieving process has been really hard on me in terms of wanting to try and do any type of fun stuff alone. :-(


I was riding Raptor in the evening, and heading up the lift I looked to my left at a gorgeous red sunset, the coaster skyline, and all the lights coming on throughout the park. In that single instant I thought, "WOW, look at how beautiful this is...this is the big hug from life that I need, I love these rides, I love this park, and I deserve to have fun!" And I did! It sounds corny, but I had my first smile in days during that Raptor ride, and I had an awesome time the rest of the trip.


Chiming in here with my story to both Phil and Samuel since I can kind of relate:

After having such a great time hanging out with Bill and Bert last year when they were at Cedar Point for 2017's CoasterMania at the same time my mom and I were visiting CP for fun, mom and I decided we were going to participate in CoasterMania this year. We got tickets immediately, which was a bit chaotic at first since I was in the backwoods of WV on a ski trip with no reception when the tickets went on sale, and then suddenly a week before CoasterMania this year my beloved father passed away unexpectedly.

There was no way we could go to Cedar Point since the dates overlapped with his celebration of life and I was so devastated from the whole thing that I worried even when I did get back to CP that it would be all doom and gloom. The last year has been a particularly difficult one and prior to Dad's passing I was focused on counting down the days to Cedar Point, a place where I could forget my worries, and now that was all shattered. (I want to note that Bert was a true friend and checked in on me frequently during this time which I am unbelievably grateful for.) Mom and I talked about it and rescheduled the CP trip for 5 weeks later... and had an outstanding time!

Were there dozens of times where I went to text Dad a picture of us doing something or send a video clip of his favorite coaster, Millennium Force? Yes. Those were some hard moments. I will mention that the area back near Dinosaurs Alive as well as the area by the petting zoo has some quiet spots where you can have an emotional moment without attracting a lot of attention. Did we shed some tears because the whole thing felt "off" knowing Dad wasn't at home? Yes. Did we have an awesome time, see some spectacular sunsets, and meet some really wonderful people while standing in line? YES! And you know what - it was really good for us.

There was one specific moment on Millennium Force that just for a minute I totally forgot everything that was going on. I was so in the moment that I felt free and a huge weight lift off my shoulders. Dad would want us to be enjoying ourselves at a place we all loved and I am so glad we pushed on with the trip. I strongly encourage anyone going through any sort of slump or difficulty in life to get out to a park you love. Make it happen because life is short and we only get so many opportunities to enjoy ourselves. If riding some coasters might help lift your spirits for even for 10 seconds then get out there and do it!


That was very touching, Liz...and I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. It gives me great solace to know that several others have made a trip to a theme park a go and still managed to have fun after their lives had been devastated.

I think that I am going to keep a close eye on the weather over the course of the next couple of weeks and may make a mid-week run out there for a quick overnight. I think that I might even splurge and stay at the Breakers again and I am sure that that alone is going to be a challenge because that was the last hotel that Michael and I stayed at before he got sick and passed. :(
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Re: Going to parks alone?

Postby Twistedtatsu805 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:03 am

I live about 45 minutes from Magic Mountain and I go alone all the time. It's kind of nice to be around people but not feel pressured to actually interact with anyone. (I know, sounds weird)

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Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:37 am

Twistedtatsu805 wrote:I live about 45 minutes from Magic Mountain and I go alone all the time. It's kind of nice to be around people but not feel pressured to actually interact with anyone. (I know, sounds weird)

Nah, I get it man. Introverts unite and be all alone together!
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Re: Going to parks alone?

Postby RCT3Bross » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:43 am

RCT3Bross wrote:Most of the time I'm going alone to parks and the freedom surely grew on me so I don't mind it as much. But sometimes I wish I could go with somebody that appreciate parks like I do, too bad I don't have that someone in my surroundings.

I really wanted to revisit this post from over a year ago from myself. So recently I made a friend that really enjoys riding roller coasters, he isn't en enthusiast like me he just likes to ride coaster, the more inversions the better for him. I have to say the guy kinda annoys me. Usually after riding all the roller coasters he gets boarded and wants to go home while for me the park holds more gems. This caused me to fall back in my own ways of going alone again, and certain times I just want to be an enthusiast (like the reopening of the Python in the Efteling) then I really can't take him because he will ruin my day. I even was glad that he couldn't come to the opening of Fenix Toverland, I ended up waiting for hours in a queue of a broken down ride talking to complete strangers and having fun and spend the rest of the day hanging out with an enthusiast like me who did the same thing (we met in the queue). My friend would have been bored after half an hour nagging if we could please ride a ride that wasn't broken. Next year I plan to take an annual pass on Walibi to see the construction of the RMC Robin Hood, when he heard that he said he also wants a annual pass next season, he doesn't understand that I take it just to look at the construction of a new ride. I like to have the guy around form time to time but usually I prefer to go alone noways.

That said I did meet two coaster enthusiast like me on my trips. One at the Fenix opening as stated above and one in Movie park Germany in the queue for Star Trek (this was last year). Both times just having someone to talk about coasters on an even plain field really was enjoying. Hanging around other enthusiast really brought the best out in me like riding gems that would have been hidden for years under my nose, these rides I would have never done if I where alone or with my friend.

What I'm trying to say is: I found a new appreciation for going alone. I still bring my friend to parks form time to time it just doesn't compare to have a enthusiast that pushes me to do the weird things.
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Re: Going to parks alone?

Postby RCT3Bross » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:44 am

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Re: Going to parks alone?

Postby Philrad71 » Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:46 pm

Welp, I just booked three nights at Lighthouse Point at CP from Wednesday until Saturday! Talking with Dad and Step-Mom tonight and they are all in for going out in the motor home even though Step-Mom is absolutely terrified of coasters (she bawled on Iron Dragon 5 years ago). ;)

Not only is this amazing and awesome news, the weather is supposed to be fantastic (I booked water park/park 2 day combo), to boot! And given that Step-Mom doesn't like coasters, I said that I would splurge for FL+ (if needed) for me and my Dad so she wouldn't have to wait for us while we waited in lines for coasters. More time for shows, beer and the tamer flat rides that she enjoys. :)

And to also throw in the fact that Friday would have been my 15 year anniversary with Michael, this has the makings to be one very special trip. I am so glad that I don't have to spend this day at work and then home that night alone.

I can't even believe how happy I am right now! :b
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Re: Going to parks alone?

Postby JordyC » Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:15 am

^That is fantastic to hear, Phil. I am sure you will have a great time. You deserve it.
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