She had the time of her life and met some great friends. It is something she will remember forever. One of my favorite parts of TCT was looking at the pictures on a daily basis. Seeing those kids having such a great time was a lot of fun! --Mom 2006
What they are saying...
In addition to Ira, the tour counselors were excellent. We also feel that Ira's wife, Laura is instrumental to making Thrill Coaster Tours a fantastic, memorable program for the kids. Bottom line, this camp company offers a secure way for kids to enjoy aggressive thrill rides without the parents spending hours getting heatstroke while "benchwarming" and waiting for their kids to come off the rides. It's an awesome win-win!
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 liked meeting new people from everywhere and having very interesting experiences throughout the summer. -- 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
"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"
"""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"
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!
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 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 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!
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.
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
This is the most well thought out and planned summer camp for kids that I have ever found. Ira talked with us in depth over the phone about all the details. He found the airlines and the flights for Carson to take...and found us great deals too. This was very important for us since Carson is traveling from Texas. ThrillCoaster Tours has everything covered. More importantly, I know my son will be under constant adult supervision. They are traveling on a beautiful bus, staying in great hotels, eating three good meals a day and having loads of fun with other kids who love coasters too! As parents of children in today's world, we are always concerned for the safety of our children. We chose Thrillcoasters for all of the aforementioned but we booked his summer camp with ThrillCoaster Tours because we knew he would be safe. Tom and Lisa Austin, Texas
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!
"""Ira seems to have addressed all the concerns we had with our previous camp. Our son is looking forward to the summer now. We know he will have a great time and be safe."" --- Parent, Randolph, NJ"
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 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!
"""After meeting with Ira and his staff, I have never felt more comfortable about my child's summer before."" --- Parent, Manalapan, NJ"