I can't tell you enough how comfortable I felt leaving her in your hands. I knew in my heart (and I was right) that you would take care of her as if she was your own child!
What they are saying...
I cannot say enough good things about Ira Gordon and ThrillCoaster Tours. I have very high standards about programs for my kids (even though they are teenagers) and ThrillCoaster Tours has exceeded anything I could ever dream of. What an experience for my son. His three summers with ThrillCoaster Tours have been amazing. Ira is the perfect mix of a person that both parents and teenagers love!!! Thank you. I am planning on sending my daughter next year. ---Parent 2005, 2006, 2007
The first day of each tour is a great opportunity. For some, it's a chance to look forward to upcoming coasters but for everyone it's an opportunity to meet new friends and reunite with old ones. My first day of my first trip in 2006 was different though. We were driving down to Florida. I knew some people already because my brother, cousin, and my brother's friend were all on the trip, but they were all older than me. In fact, I was the youngest camper on tour and there was only one camper that was entering the same grade as me. I had met some people at orientation and my brother and cousin knew people from 2005to introduce me to. Still, I wanted to make friends of my own, meet new people. I will never forget the first time I made my first real friend at TCT. I was sitting by myself making sure that I was close to those I already knew, it's funny how insecure you can feel around so many new people. All of a sudden a girl whom I had never met before who had ! gone on the first week sat in the seat next to me. "Are you new here," she asked with a soft smile that made me forget how lonely I felt. "Yes," I was surprised I could make out that much. "Don't worry, you're going to make amazing friends, ThrillCoaster is an amazing experience." She didn't lie, that first friend I made gave me confidence to go and make new friends. I met so many people that would change my life forever. ThrillCoaster Tours is a wonderful way to make new friends. While bonding about your love for coasters, you meet tons of people and Ira makes sure that no one is left out. I have made countless friends at this camp that I hope will last for a lifetime. I will never forget my first TCT friend. -- Camper 2006, 2007
I was very nervous sending Jennifer so far from home for her first time away. I was (and still am) shocked at how patient you were with my "mom nerves" during our many phone calls prior to the week.
As an aside, my son has participated in 2 ultra expensive summer programs, one a residence program at an Ivy League university, and frankly, only Ira's tour required an 18 page info packet to be filled out before the camp, and only Ira's tour had unprecedented, excellent supervision and security. This is a super-safe environment for young roller-coaster enthusiasts. Get packing!
"What was your favorite part of ThrillCoaster Tours??? As a parent, it was a tie. It was when they left at the beginning of a session and when they returned home at the end of that same trip. But my most favorite was seeing the kids' faces when they returned from each session as they described their experiences and the tremendous amount of fun they had. -- Parent 2006"
My parents have always tried to find a camp just right for me, a camp where people don't judge other kids. My mom looked in the paper one day and found an article about ThrillCoaster Tours for Teens. My parents know that I love roller coasters, but I rarely get a chance to ride them. My parents wanted me to have a good time, but they were nervous because I never went to a sleep away camp before. I went for 3 weeks for the summer of 2005 and it was the most fun I think I ever had. For the summer of 2006 I am signed up for 5 weeks. I can't wait to see all my friends.
What was your best meal...I thought the best meal was Wednesday night when we ate dinner at that Damons steakhouse(I think its called that!). The food was pretty good and the waiters were customer friendly. -- Camper 2007
The staff at Thrill Coaster tours is fun and willing to do whatever you want to do and to help you feel more comfortable while on tour. -- Camper 2006
I went to this camp to have fun and ride roller coasters! Last summer was a blast and this summer was even better!! You also get to meet a lot of really good friends when you go to this tour! -- Camper 2005 and 2006
"""We feel confident that there is no room for improvement in the painstakingly detailed arrangements Ira has made. It will be a great summer!!!"" -- Parent"
Initially insecure about sending our son half-way across the county with total strangers, we attended some of Ira's tour reunion get together, and were very pleased and relieved to meet the families Ira takes on tours; without question, these are good kids. We were impressed that many of the kids were repeat attendees. Our son's tour ran extremely smoothly.
"""Our daughter was looking for a teen tour after attending sleep-away camp for 4 summers and we found ThrillCoaster Tours offered a great transition because it will give her the opportunity to travel to amazing locations and be home on the weekends."" --- Parent, Central Valley, NY"
My favorite part about ThrillCoaster Tours was everything, the people, the fun, the excitement, and especially Ira "Winner of the Most Amazing Director" -- Camper 2006
This year was my 13 year old son's first tour, and he had the time of his life. He is still talking about the best part of the summer, the Get to The Point Tour. Ira, you are wonderful and do a fantastic job. He can't wait until next summer!
The staff was awesome, definitely no complaints. --Camper 2006
One thing that I would like to stress is the feeling of safety and security with these trips and the staff. I know how parents can worry about sending their children to a sleep-away camp as well as to large, crowded amusement parks and this camp covers all the bases. I went to an orientation meeting and all my questions were answered and fears assuaged.I was totally and utterly comfortable sending my son on these trips.Donna Carey Abrams - Parent 2008
"Overall, the value for the money was EXCELLENT, and frankly, I am not sure how you make a profit with all you include in the trip price. Once again, many thanks for a great time!"
As an aside, my son has participated in 2 ultra expensive summer programs, one a residence program at an Ivy League university, and frankly, only Ira's tour required an 18 page info packet to be filled out before the camp, and only Ira's tour had unprecedented, excellent supervision and security.
I have always loved roller coasters and i find them a lot of fun but i hardly get to go to amusement parks and it was just so great to go this tour gives me an opportunity to go on the roller coasters that i want and with people that like them like me. -- Camper 2006
The trip itself was incredible. The fact that you take them to "real" restaurants and "real" hotels was a real plus for Jennifer. She had a blast!