I recently ran across a blog post called Have enthusiast taken the fun out of Roller Coasters? where the author wonders if enthusiasts have forgotten the reason they became enthusiasts: because they love roller coasters. Everything has become debates and nitpicking and overanalyzing of coasters to the point where it doesn’t seem fun anymore. The point of it was going to a park and riding a roller coaster you enjoy or riding a coaster you haven’t had the chance to enjoy yet.
I kind of feel the same way. I’ve been running a website for 15 years centered around the only amusement park here in Utah: Lagoon. For the most part, I enjoy it and have enjoyed it, or I wouldn’t have been running it that long. The problem is there are those that are so invested in wanting to know everything and being right about everything that the enjoyment of the park that brought us together as a group kind of goes out the window. Instead it becomes this debate. The past few months on my site have been very tedious and annoying because of all the fighting that goes on. I’ve never understood it myself because we are there to discuss something we love. It really does make it hard to want to continue.
I’m actually considering phasing out of the enthusiast side of my life and just going back to enjoying myself again. No worries about getting the latest pictures or wondering what is going to happen next. Just show up, enjoy some rides and the park atmosphere, and go home. I had a similar experience of that back in October. I went to Disney World for the first time in my life, and it was the first time I had ever been to a Disney park. I went with my wife and we went and just had fun running around experiencing things. I took pictures because I wanted to not because I needed to get them to share with others on my website. I rode rides and made comments about them on social media when I felt like. It was so refreshing and it allowed me to experience things in a way that I hadn’t in a long time: as a normal fan.
This year is going to be an interesting one for me. I haven’t decided if I’m going to get a pass to my local park this year or not. I’m leaning towards not getting one this year and doing others things instead and getting some new experiences for myself.