Coaster enthusiasts look for new experiences
Monday, May 27, 2013
Even though Missouri doesn’t have a large number of roller coasters like some states, roller coaster enthusiast Jennifer Lovesee-Mast said the state has a roller coaster for everyone.
“I do like that even though we don’t have sheer numbers, we have quality,” said Lovesee-Mast of Kansas City.
She said Missouri has launch coasters, steel coasters, wooden ones, and even terrain coasters. She has ridden every roller coaster in the state, except for Mr. Freeze at Six Flags St. Louis.
Lovesee-Mast is the assistant regional representative for the American Coaster Enthusiasts’ (ACE) Heart of America Region. The region includes Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Southern Illinois.
“ACE is a gathering of people who really like roller coasters,” she said. “We’re like a big family and we have a really great time going to events.”
When it comes to Missouri roller coasters, Lovesee-Mast said her favorite wooden coaster is Prowler at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City.
“I like Prowler because I’m not a big fan of inversions,” she said. “Also, if you ride it at night, you have no idea where you’re going.”
She said Silver Dollar City’s new Outlaw Run coaster is second on her favorite wooden coaster list.
The $10 million coaster, which opened to the public March 15, has been dubbed “the world’s most daring wood coaster” with the world’s steepest drop for a wood coaster. It is also the world’s fastest wood coaster on steel wheels and the only wood coaster to twist upside down.
“It feels like a very smooth wooden coaster,” Lovesee-Mast said. “I hope more coasters will develop like it in the future.”
Ben Yarnell, a roller coaster enthusiast from Jefferson City, said he had a chance to ride the new coaster and he said “it gets you from the very beginning.”
“You maybe spend a quarter of the time in your seat,” he said. “The lack of gravity is almost jarring.”
Lovesee-Mast’s favorite Missouri steel coaster is Powderkeg at Silver Dollar City.
The coaster launches from zero to 53 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds and soars riders through trees and wilderness spanning across six acres of land.
“These types of coasters can be rough, but they always have intensity to them,” Lovesee-Mast said. “It’s smooth and has a great launch.”
She said she would love it if Missouri had a top thrill dragster coaster or coasters resembling Cedar Point’s Millennium Force in Sandusky, Ohio.
She would also like to see a wing coaster in Missouri.
“Instead of cars on top of a track or beneath it, the cars are connected to the side of the track,” Lovesee-Mast said. “Cedar Point is getting one called the Gatekeeper.”
Gatekeeper opened at the Ohio amusement park May 11.
Yarnell said he would enjoy a coaster like Superman Escape from Krypton at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California.
“There’s a wall that hangs and you’re strapped against the wall, parallel to the ground,” he said. “It’s like you’re flying.”
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