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What coasters opened around the time you were born

The title says it all What coasters opened up aroun your birthdate

From Bob Miller
Posted August 6, 2011 at 3:30 PM
The title says it all

Wildcat (HP)
Santa Monica West Coaster
Wild Thing

What else opened in this time period (Late May 1996)

From Mark Fairleigh
Posted August 6, 2011 at 4:07 PM
Wow, not sure if coasters even existed when I was born. Just kidding. Had to google this, what I found so far:

Cedar Creek Mine Ride (Cedar Point)
Mini Mine Ride (Six Flags Over Texas)
Serpent (Six Flags Astroworld) - both ride and park defunct

the greatest coaster of them all...Apollo 11 straight to the Moon!! "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" :D

From Amanda Jenkins
Posted August 6, 2011 at 7:10 PM
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opened in September of 1979. I came along the first week of December of that year :)

The Beast also opened earier in 1979.

Japan also built the first ever standing coaster in 1979.

'79 wasn't such a bad year :)

From Orrin Carstarphen
Posted August 6, 2011 at 7:46 PM
My info is the same as Mark's. Apparently 1969 was a slow year for coasters. But I will take the Moon landing over coasters any day. On a somewhat related note Disney's Animal Kingdom opened on my birthday which is pretty cool.

From Nick Markham
Posted August 6, 2011 at 8:18 PM
Let me see:

Batman: The Ride - SFSL
Dragon Khan - Port Aventura
Raven - Holiday World
Space Mountain: Mission 2 - DLP

Those looked like the top of the Class of 1995 on RCDB.

From Tim W
Posted August 7, 2011 at 9:20 AM
Big Thunder Mountain in DLP
Batman the Ride at Six Flags Great America
Ninja at Six Flags over Georgia
Pepsi Ripsaw in the Mall of America
Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Vortex at Carowinds

From AJ Hummel
Posted August 7, 2011 at 10:23 AM
I was born in January 1991, so some significant coasters that opened that year are...

Adventure Express at Kings Island
Anaconda at Kings Dominion
Mean Streak at Cedar Point
Pegasus at Efteling
Psyclone at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Sidewinder at Hersheypark
Vortex at Canada's Wonderland

There may be others, but these are the ones I am sure of without searching on RCDB.

From Formula 40
Posted August 7, 2011 at 2:15 PM
Arkansas Twister
Batman: The Escape
Batman: The Ride
Canyon Blaster (Adventuredome)
Flight Deck (California's Great America)
Flight Deck (Kings Island)
Gadget's Go Coaster
Wacky Worm

From Mike Gallagher
Posted August 8, 2011 at 9:12 AM
I'll just mention the ones I've actually been ON:

In 1964, the year the Beatles arrived on our shores...Cedar Point opened the Blue Streak and Mr. Twister made its debut at Elitch Gardens.

From Kelly Bean
Posted August 8, 2011 at 12:00 PM
I just went to rcdb and learned that Space Mountain (WDW) and I are the same age! How fun!

From Andy Milito
Posted August 8, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Montu (Busch Gardens Tampa)
The Barnstormer :P (Magic Kingdom)
Flight of Fear (King's Island and King's Dominion)
Mantis (Cedar Point)

From James Rao
Posted August 8, 2011 at 5:30 PM
Nothing good was built in 1968 which is probably why I like highly themed dark rides more than coasters! *Sigh*.

Incidentally, and not that you asked, but the first "coaster" I actually remember riding was the Calico Mine Train at Knotts Berry Farm.

From steve lee
Posted August 8, 2011 at 6:57 PM
Anyone else feeling unnecessarily old right now?


From Christy Hall
Posted August 9, 2011 at 6:19 AM
^ I was just thinking the same thing, Steve. In addition to GASM in 1973 was Carolina Goldrusher (Carowinds) and Zambezi Zinger (formerly at Worlds of Fun).

From Jorge Arnoldson
Posted August 9, 2011 at 7:50 AM
June 1996 was when I was born. I only know Montu and T2-3D (if that even counts) opened in 1996.

From Steph Ramos
Posted August 9, 2011 at 2:48 PM not a lot of coasters were opened the year I was born (Guess it was a bit of a slow year...^^;). Hmm....maybe its because the modern coaster boom didn't begin untill the FOLLOWING year....gah...all you 90's kids got all the good ones.... are the coasters that I've found that were opened the year I was born:

-Excalibur @ Valleyfair
-Flashback! @ Six Flags Over Texas
-Goudurix @ Parc Asterix
-Great American Scream Machine @ Six Flags Great Adventure (Dismantled as of last now home to the Green Lantern Ride)
-Hercules @ Dorney Park (Dismantled in 2003, has since been replaced by Hydra: The Revenge)
-Magnum XL-200 @ Cedar Point
-Ninja @ Six Flags St. Louis
-Timber Wolf @ Worlds of Fun

There might be more....but these are the ones that I found on a random search....

From KJ Simpson
Posted August 9, 2011 at 6:12 PM
I'm with Steve- suddenly feeling very old! ;)

From Russell Meyer
Posted August 9, 2011 at 6:35 PM
Rebel Yell at Kings Dominion and Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted August 9, 2011 at 9:08 PM
if i remeber corretly i was born the year maby date rock n roller coaster opened

From Anthony O'Neal
Posted August 9, 2011 at 9:32 PM
I had to look it up. There were some cool ones, and then something I think is kind of neat.

Both The Beast and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Disneyland) both opened in 1979. I've never ridden The Beast, and I've only ridden BTMR at Disney World. . . so, given that, the last one I will mention is a little special to me.

The Corkscrew at Michigan's Adventure (formerly Deer Park Funland) also opened in 1979. It was the first roller coaster I ever rode as a kid. It's still there, plugging away. . . and yes, I ride it every time I visit, if for no other reason than nostalgia.

From Justin Kermgard
Posted August 9, 2011 at 10:26 PM
The only significant roller coaster that opened the year I was born was Tokyo Disneyland's Space Mountain. Aside from coasters, I was born less than a year after Epcot Center opened.

From Ray Schroeder
Posted August 10, 2011 at 5:15 AM
I was born 3 days after Disneyland opened.
Talk about feeling old. And why won't that pain go away?

From Dan Barnes
Posted August 10, 2011 at 2:43 PM
Fire in the Hole (SDC)
Racer (KI)
Scooby Doo/Beastie/Fairly Odd Coaster/Woodstock Express (KI)

And several defunct coasters.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to go yell at some kids to get off my lawn :)

From rick stevens
Posted August 10, 2011 at 5:37 PM
Had to search, but the only coaster that opened the year I was born was the Sea Dragon. It was first called the Jet Flyer at Jungle Jack's Landing in Powell, Ohio.

From Derek Potter
Posted August 10, 2011 at 9:49 PM
It appears that 1980 was the year of the Arrow Looper. The only major coasters opening that year that weren't Arrow Loopers were Judge Roy Scream @ Six Flags Over Texas and Big Thunder Mountain @ Disney's Magic Kingdom. There were 12 coasters built in the US that year, and only 5 of them remain.

Can't say I'm that old yet, but compared to some of the whipper snappers around here I suppose I could be classified as such.

From Victoria Jurkowski
Posted August 11, 2011 at 6:29 AM
Batman- SFGA
Indiana Jones- DLP
Gadgets Go Coaster- DLR
Python- SFA
Had to look all those up, I had no idea what was built in 93. also, is this some clever way for the OP to figure out how old everyone is? =]

From TH Creative
Posted August 12, 2011 at 5:13 PM
Around the time I was born? Um ... maybe the Bedrock Bobsleds?

It was poorly built and dangerous, but the Yeti worked!

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