The first coaster we ever rode together was the Vapor Trail as Sesame Place, a Sesame Street-themed park located just north of Philadelphia, PA. This steel coaster was a step up from the standard "kiddie coaster" and provided a nice bit of thrills. From there, we moved to Knoebel's, in Elysburg, PA, a neat old time amusement park, home to a pair of wooden roller coasters. The Twister was just as its name implies and contained numerous twists and turns. I was really surprised Melody wanted to ride it, but she loved it so much, we rode it three more time. The Phoenix ended up being a bit of a let down, and was nowhere near as thrilling as the Twister. But my girl was officially hooked!
Busch Gardens, our favorite park, contained the first "big" steel coasters Melody had ever been on, beginning with the Loch Ness Monster, a double-looping coaster that has become one of our all-time favorites. The Big Bad Wolf was another favorite, but it was gone within two years of her first ride on it, and was dismantled to make way for a new coaster.
Other parks with roller coasters we've ridden include Kings Dominion, Ashland, VA; Dutch Wonderland, in Lancaster, PA; Idlewild, in Ligonier, PA; Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, TN; Busch Gardens, Tampa, FL; Legoland, Winter Haven, FL; SeaWorld, Orlando, FL; and Coney Island's The Cyclone.
The next round of Coaster Summer will include stops at Cedar Point, in Sandusky, OH; Kennywood, in Pittsburgh, PA; and Hershey Park, Hershey, PA. Combined, the three parks contain 34 coasters! We hope to ride them all.
Good night, everybody!