Why Not Ride a Kiddy Coaster?

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Well, because this one hurts!  I remember riding this particular Allan Herschell designed roller coaster as a very young child, and it hurt even then!  This little steel monster/kiddy coaster resides at Midway State Park (formerly Midway Park) in Maple Springs, NY along the shore of Chautauqua Lake.  I wish they had the Mad Mouse model instead…

So What’s Your Take?

Do you ride little coasters for the credit?  Have you found yourself regretting your decision to tackle a seemingly benign little ride like the Little Dipper?

John is a proud Clevelander, and lifelong fan of roller coasters and amusement parks.


  1. Yes. If I came across a ride like this in my travels, I’d ride it for the credit. But I do agree that kiddie coaster can hurt sometimes.

    Can we get B&M to enter the kiddie coaster market?

    • The closest I’ve seen is their Family Inverted Coaster in China. I’d personally love to see more of a Schwarzkopf-style Wildcat variant. A kiddy model would be awesome though, and probably much more comfortable than most 🙂

  2. Do I ride kiddie coasters for the credit? You betcha! If it is a coaster, I am game to try it. So far, I have found very few kiddie coasters that I am willing to re-ride, though, the exceptions being ones with longer trains (like Beaver Land Mine Ride at now-closed Geauga Lake) because longer trains often give a smoother ride. Most kiddie coasters tend to have sudden jerky drops and turns that will toss you like a rag doll. They become even more painful with cramped, non-padded seating. Be forewarned … you may be breathing a sigh of relief at having survived the circuit, only to find yourself headed up the lift hill yet again for another lap or two!

  3. I’d be tempted to say that I rode a kiddie coaster in Harley Quinn Crazy Train back when it was known as Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure Train except that it’s classified as a “junior” coaster. In any case, it was OK when I rode with a friend but when I rode by myself it ripped the skin off my right arm and I ended up at the first aid station.


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