Residence: Willow, Alaska. A lovely wooded little hamlet that has the most spectacular views of Denali (Mt. McKinley)
ACE Region: Northwest
Track Record (Since 2015) Wood: 96 Steel: 228 Total: 324
Most difficult coaster to add to your track record: Lightning Rod at Dollywood
Most sought after coaster to get to: Space Mountain at Walt Disney World
What was the first coaster you rode: The Giant Dipper at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, California. I rode this coaster with my Dad when I was 7 years old, he had to hold me down because I was so small I didn’t fit securely in the lap restraints. I laughed the entire length of that ride!
Personal top five wood coasters:
The Giant Dipper – Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cyclone – Coney Island
Bolderdash – Lake Compounce
Roar O Saurus – Story Land
The Beast – Kings Island
Personal top five steel coasters:
Rip Ride Rockit-Universal Studios Orlando
Banshee – Kings Island
Verbolten – Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Cheetah Hunt-Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Aside from coasters, favorite things to do in the parks: I love people watching and watching the shows and the arts and crafts. I like the different themes, especially Hershey Park! I can’t wait to go to Universal Studios in Florida!
Parks Listed (since 2015): Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Coney Island, Kings Dominion, Six Flags St. Louis, Cedar Point, Hershey Park, Dorney Park, Lake Compounce, Six Flags Great America, Six Flags Great Adventure, Enchanted Forest, Camden Park, Kings Island, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Silverwood Theme Park, Eltich Gardens, Lakeside, Six Flags Over Georgia, Lagoon, Holiday World, Sea World Orlando, Fun Spot Orlando, Story Land, Six Flags Great Escape, Six Flags New England, Universal Studios Orlando, Islands of Adventure, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Kentucky Kingdom
Additional Comments: Growing up in California and visiting Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Great America (San Jose), and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk meant that I grew up a coaster junkie! I always wanted to travel to Ohio to ride the coveted “biggest, scariest, fastest, most twisted coasters!” When I met my husband I knew that we would accomplish my travel plans and take on the greatest coasters America has to offer! Now that the kids are grown and we aren’t old enough to retire, we are spending our summers touring amusement parks and catching rock concerts!
Michele and Robert also started a new podcast, The Coaster Geeks where they talk about their travels around the country and their rock n roller tours.
Check out our travels by searching on social media using the hashtag(s) #rocknroller16 #rocknroller17 #rocknroller18 #rocknroller19 and the category Coasters on this website.