Monday, December 30, 2013

A Merry CoasterBoy Christmas

by Dave Voskuhl

On a recent episode of Coaster Radio, Mike and EB went over some good (and some not-so-good) ideas for Christmas gifts for your fellow coaster fans.

Sorry guys, I’m not a billionaire, so don’t expect the Disneyland coffee table from me.

However, if you’re like me, your family knows how much of a geek you are when it comes to amusement parks and roller coasters.  So going into the holiday season, I’m always looking forward to what people will be getting me.

Although any more, my family just asks me what I want for Christmas.  So much for creativity…

In any case, I asked for a season pass to a local water park, so I’m looking forward to a full summer of water slides!

But I’m not just on the receiving end of the coaster gifts.  My uncle is a theme park fan as much as I am, so I’ve been giving theme park-related gifts to him for years.

Some of the things I’ve passed along are Cedar Point hoodies, a single-day admission to Dollywood, a K’Nex roller coaster set, and Disney gift cards.  Let the record state: you can never go wrong with Disney gift cards, especially if it’s someone who goes to the Disney parks somewhat regularly.

This year my uncle finally caved in and rode Top Thrill Dragster for the first time, so I’m giving him a Coaster Dynamix Statix model of a Dragster Train.  And while I was doing that shopping, I also got a Millennium Force model for myself.  Merry Christmas to me!

I’m not sure if my co-workers haven’t noticed the coaster model in my cube yet, or if they’re just quietly laughing at me…  I’ll assume the former.  But overall, the Statix models are very nice and pretty realistic, so I’m happy with the purchase.  And of course I’m also throwing in a Disney gift card.  Seriously—can’t go wrong.

I’m sure that whatever your gifts may include, coaster-related or not, will bring joy to the holiday season.  And that’s really what it’s all about.  But for the theme park fans in your family, there are some very good options out there to bring the thrills home.

Merry Christmas from a fellow coaster boy!

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