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Most ridden coasters & most visited parks?

Hutch

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Alton - Nemesis - Over 200 times - Done 15 in one day when the SR line was at the exit.
Nothing else comes close.
Did the same thing when I went. Do they still have that SRQ? That was great. Was able to bypass 20-30 min queues middle of the day. Was one of my first marathon sessions on a coaster, and managed 11 rides throughout the day.
 

Matt N

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Did the same thing when I went. Do they still have that SRQ? That was great. Was able to bypass 20-30 min queues middle of the day. Was one of my first marathon sessions on a coaster, and managed 11 rides throughout the day.
They removed Nemesis’ SRQ in around 2015, I think. The only SRQ left on park is Smiler, and Wicker Man wasn’t even built with one. I think they’re something Merlin are generally phasing out.
 

Heth

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Oof, a tough one to remember as I've not actually written any of this down. I'm going on gut feeling alone.

I've probably visited Efteling or Disneyland Paris the most times.

I've done 7 trips to Efteling, most of which were for at least 2 days. I estimate 19 visits.

I've done 8 trips to Disneyland Paris, but as most were as a kid I do not know how many days were actually spend at the park.

Most ridden coaster is likely Joris en de Draak.
 

Hixee

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Partly I don't really know where to post this, and also partly because this thread started the long thought process in my head, so figure this is as good a place as any to post this.

I've been keeping a world map of all my visited parks for several years. I tend to only bother updating it at the end of the year, so from the end of 2020 it looked like this:
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But I started wondering what this map would look like animated over time. It wasn't a hugely stressful week at work for once, so I decided I'd try to learn some Python and get it done. After several iterations, I arrived at something I'm halfway pleased with and willing to share.

The animation plots the location of every coaster one at a time as a red dot (of arbitrary size), and the corresponding blue circle behind represents the total number of coasters ridden at each park (the area of the circle is proportional to the number of coasters ridden at that park). As a bonus, although not all that visible and one I'm still thinking of other ways to show it, each 100th coaster plots as a yellow dot instead of red.

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Yeah... that was time well spent. I think. :D
 
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JoshC.

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Now that is bloody awesome.

It's also making me want to track precise locations of my creds so I can do something like that in the future...Why oh why didn't I decide to learn Python earlier... 😭😂
 

Hixee

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It's also making me want to track precise locations of my creds so I can do something like that in the future
So I'm only really tracking the locations of the parks, but I have the complete sequence of creds (as I've alluded to before I got into the counting at a very early point in my enthusiasm, so this was easy) so I'm only 'dotting' the parks for each cred, if that makes sense?

Why oh why didn't I decide to learn Python earlier... 😭😂
To be fair, I'd never used Python before Tuesday. It's probably a horrendously inelegant code, but it gets the job done. :p
 

Matt N

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Hi guys. Many of us keep tabs of our count of unique coasters ridden and unique parks visited (myself included), but after a post @Hixee made in the top 10 thread showing off his huge spreadsheet logging his total lifetime ride count and his total lifetime park visit count, I was inspired to calculate something similar regarding my own theme park enthusiasm journey. As such, I went through the surprisingly difficult task of trying to work out the coasters I have ridden most and the parks I have visited most since I became an enthusiast. So my question to you today is; what are your most ridden coasters and most visited parks, if you keep such stats?

I’ll get the ball rolling with my own findings.

To get things started, I should preface this by saying that my unique coaster count is 74 and my unique park count is 18. Also, instead of doing this over my whole lifetime, I started from 28th September 2013, which is where I started my coaster & park counts from. This may seem like a somewhat arbitrary date, but it’s significant to me because it was the date of my first Alton Towers visit where I was able to ride all of the big rides, and it’s also the first theme park visit I’d had since I’d say I was properly “into” theme parks. I know my “enthusiasm start date” is something that many have mocked me for in the past, and it probably seems strange that I don’t count what I’ve done over my entire lifespan, but data from before I got into theme parks is somewhat spotty (I’m not entirely sure what I rode pre-enthusiast, and when I visited certain places), and the potential number of creds I’d gain from using such a strategy is extremely small, if any.

Anyway, I’ll get to my stats without rambling too much more!

Overall, since September 2013, I have had 222 roller coaster rides, and I have had 60 theme park days in total.

In terms of my most ridden roller coasters of all time; the top 10 is as follows (there are 3 rides joint in 2nd, so the actual top 10 only takes up 8 places):
  1. Nemesis at Alton Towers (21 rides, first ridden 28th September 2013)
  2. Thirteen, RMT and Oblivion at Alton Towers (joint 2nd) (15 rides, first ridden 28th September 2013)
  3. Galactica at Alton Towers (5th) (13 rides, first ridden 28th September 2013)
  4. The Swarm at Thorpe Park (6th) (12 rides, first ridden 27th July 2014)
  5. The Smiler at Alton Towers (7th) (11 rides, first ridden 29th September 2013)
  6. Rita at Alton Towers (8th) (10 rides, first ridden 28th September 2013)
  7. Wicker Man at Alton Towers (9th) (9 rides, first ridden 25th March 2018)
  8. Spinball Whizzer at Alton Towers (10th) (8 rides, first ridden 28th September 2013)
In terms of my most visited theme parks (in terms of days spent at them), the top 5 is as follows (two are joint 3rd and two are joint 5th, so the top 5 only takes up 4 places). It’s worth remembering that my total number of theme park days is 60:
  1. Alton Towers (22 days, first visited 28th September 2013)
  2. Thorpe Park (7 days, first visited 27th July 2014)
  3. Universal’s Islands of Adventure & Universal Studios Florida (joint 3rd) (4 days, first visited 17th August 2014 (IOA) & 19th August 2014 (USF))
  4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom & SeaWorld Orlando (joint 5th) (3 days, first visited 23rd August 2014 (DAK) & 23rd August 2016 (SWO))
In terms of other interesting data; I also have the top 5 parks where I’ve had the most coaster rides since September 2013. It’s worth remembering that my total tally of coaster rides is currently 222:
  1. Alton Towers (103 rides, 22 days, first visited 28th September 2013)
  2. Thorpe Park (32 rides, 7 days, first visited 27th July 2014)
  3. Blackpool Pleasure Beach (18 rides, 2 days, first visited 14th August 2018)
  4. Oakwood Theme Park (11 rides, 2 days, first visited 18th July 2016)
  5. Universal’s Islands of Adventure (9 rides, 4 days, first visited 17th August 2014)

Here’s my full spreadsheet, if you’re interested to examine my data:

So, what can I infer from my data?

Well for starters, I think I can infer that my theme park visiting habits are very Alton Towers-centric; the park is where approximately 37% of my theme park days have been since September 2013, and it’s where approximately 46% of my coaster rides have taken place! In terms of the 2nd place park; it was a fair way behind Alton Towers, and it was Thorpe Park, where I’ve had approximately 12% of my theme park days and 14% of my coaster rides. Between them, the two most thrilling UK Merlin parks (arguably) are where approximately 49% of my theme park days and 61% of my coaster rides have been!

I can also infer that my coaster rides are limited to a very select few rides and my park days are limited to a very select few parks (building on the above), for the most part; on average, I have ridden a coaster in my count of 74 3 times, and I have spent approximately 3.3 days on average at a park in my count of 18.

Quite shockingly, I have ridden 40 coasters, or about 54% of my coaster count, only once, and the amount of coasters I have ridden 3 times or more (so basically, average or above) is 22, or just under 30% of my count. If you extend that to “coasters I’ve ridden an above average number of times”, or 4 times or more, it decreases even further to 15, or about 20% of my count.

In terms of parks; of the 18 I’ve visited, I have visited 8 of them, or approximately 44% of my park count, only once. In terms of parks I’ve spent an above average number of days at (so, 4 or above; I couldn’t extend to 3, as that was technically below average); that number sits at 4, or approximately 22% of my park count.

So, those are some of my nerdy stats!

But what are some of your most ridden coasters and most visited parks?
Right; sorry to bump, but it's been nearly a year since I last did this, and some stuff has changed!

My unique theme park count is now 20 and my unique coaster count is now 91.

My coaster ride tally now sits at 318, and my theme park day tally now sits at 69 (68 if you discount travelling fairs, as my 2020 visit to HPWW is also counted in there).

My most ridden roller coasters, and the number of rides I've had on them, are now as follows:
(New in italics, updates underlined)
  1. Nemesis at Alton Towers (24 rides, first ridden 28th September 2013)
  2. The Swarm at Thorpe Park (19 rides, first ridden 27th July 2014)
  3. Oblivion at Alton Towers (17 rides, first ridden 28th September 2013)
  4. Runaway Mine Train and Thirteen at Alton Towers (joint 4th) (16 rides, first ridden 28th September 2013)
  5. Galactica and Wicker Man at Alton Towers (joint 6th) (14 rides, first ridden 28th September 2013 (Galactica) and 25th March 2018 (Wicker Man))
  6. The Smiler and Rita at Alton Towers (joint 8th) (12 rides, first ridden 28th September 2013 (Rita) and 29th September 2013 (The Smiler))
  7. Stealth at Thorpe Park and Silver Star at Europa Park (joint 10th) (10 rides, first ridden 27th July 2014 (Stealth) and 27th April 2022 (Silver Star))
My most visited theme parks are now as follows:
(new entries in italics, updates underlined)
  1. Alton Towers (24 days, first visited 28th September 2013)
  2. Thorpe Park (9 days, first visited 27th July 2014)
  3. Universal’s Islands of Adventure & Universal Studios Florida (joint 3rd) (4 days, first visited 17th August 2014 (IOA) & 19th August 2014 (USF))
  4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom, SeaWorld Orlando and Europa Park (joint 5th) (3 days, first visited 23rd August 2014 (DAK), 23rd August 2016 (SWO) and 27th April 2022 (EP))
My top 5 parks for number of coaster rides are now as follows:
(new entries in italics, updates underlined)
  1. Alton Towers (135 rides, 24 days, first visited 28th September 2013)
  2. Thorpe Park (51 rides, 9 days, first visited 27th July 2014)
  3. Europa Park (34 rides, 3 days, first visited 27th April 2022)
  4. Blackpool Pleasure Beach (18 rides, first visited 14th August 2018)
  5. Oakwood Theme Park (11 rides, first visited 18th July 2016)
 

RobCoasters

Mega Poster
Most ridden coaster - Stealth @ Thorpe Park, with around 50ish rides with the first ride being in early 2016

Most ridden drop tower - Apocalypse @ Drayton Manor, with 15 rides over two visits in late 2020

Most ridden dark ride - Derren Brown's Ghost Train @ Thorpe Park, with 4 (!) rides with the first being in early 2019

Most ridden flat ride - Time Machine @ Adventure Island, with 10 rides with the first being the year it opened (2013?)

Most visited park - Thorpe Park, with 14 visits with the first visit being in 2015
 

MartyNZ

Roller Poster
Maybe slightly off topic and yet slightly related. Still need to do my first trip report (oh the effort!), however I did add my coaster notes a couple of nights ago to my spreadsheet for some potential interesting stats. I did 118 coasters and 22 parks in my recent USA coaster road trip. Total of 254 coaster rides.

Individual tally:
22 Twisted Timbers (had an amazing 10 rides in the last hour)
17 Pantheon (managed 9 rides in an hour, vs. waiting over 2 hours for 1 ride the previous day)
12 Texas Stingray
9 El Toro
8 Iron Rattler
6 Velocicoaster
5 Fury 325, Iron Gwazi, Mako, Steel Eel, Jersey Devil, Nitro, Lightning Rod, Wonder Woman
 
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