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DEFINITIONS
Airtime - The exhilarating feeling of floating out of your seat while riding a roller coaster.
Amusement Park - An entertainment facility featuring rides, games, food and sometimes shows.
ERT - Exclusive ride time. A benefit of some enthusiasts groups. When a park shuts down a roller coaster or other ride to the general public and lets enthusiasts ride it.
Family Entertainment Center - A new generation of amusement facility that includes arcade games, miniature golf, kiddie play areas and go carts. Smaller versions are little more than large game rooms, while larger versions could be considered amusement parks with rides, kiddie play areas, food facilities and miniature golf courses.
Flat Ride - A small spinning-type ride. Examples include Tilt-A-Whirls, Scramblers and Himalayas.
Hyper Coaster - A roller coaster with at least one drop in excess of 200 feet.
Inverted Coaster - A roller coaster in which the train travels beneath the track rather than above.
Inversion - Any track element on a roller coaster that turns riders upside down.
Kiddieland - An amusement park, or section of an amusement park that features rides and attractions geared to children under 12 years of age.
Lift Hill - Typically the tallest part of a roller coaster and often the first hill. The hill in which the train is hauled to the top and released.
Multi-looper - A roller coaster with several inversions.
NAPHA-style ride time - Exclusive ride time during a NAPHA Special Event. Well known for its uncrowded atmosphere allowing attendees to ride to their hearts content!
Out and Back - Configuration of a roller coaster that is basically an elongated oval in which the track travel out to a turnaround and returns to the station.
Spin 'n Barf - What enthusiasts typically call flat rides.
Steel Coaster - A roller coaster with steel track. The support structure can be steel or wood.
Suspended Coaster - A roller coaster in which the trains are suspended beneath the track and swing freely from side-to-side. Not to be confused with an inverted roller coaster.
Theme Park - An amusement park in which the rides, attractions, shows and buildings revolve a central theme or group of themes. Examples include the Disney parks, the Six Flags Parks and the Paramount parks.
Traditional Park - An amusement park that emphasizes rides and tends not to theme its attractions.
Trolley Park - An amusement park that typically opened in the late 1800's or early 1900's that was built by a streecar company as a way to generate business during the weekend.
Twister - A roller coaster track configuration that is varied and full of turns. Often features several layers of track and several crossovers.
Wooden Coaster - A roller coaster with track made out of wood. Can have a wooden or steel support structure.

    

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