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.
What they are saying...
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!
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.
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
"""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"
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
"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!"
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
"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"
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
"""We have been sending children to private camp for over 10 years. We are incredibly impressed with the depth of planning and safety measures ThrillCoaster Tours has put in place. It puts others to shame."" --- Parent, NJ"
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 best event was definitely jet boating even though we got drenched and it was cold ..it was something i probably wouldn't do on my own.. The best park was probably Canada's wonderland though I'm in love with Darien lakes ride of steel -- Camper 2007
I liked meeting new people from everywhere and having very interesting experiences throughout the summer. -- Camper 2006
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
"""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"
The staff was awesome, definitely no complaints. --Camper 2006
"Dear Ira, ThrillCoasters is a type of camp that I would have dreamed of going to as a child. My son was ecstatic when I discovered it existed. To top it off was having my entire family meet Ira and his lovely wife. By the end of almost three hours, we felt like we knew them all our lives and what was more important, my husband and I have no problem in leaving our child in their care. For us, this is monumental because we are very cautious who we give our children to even on a temporary basis. I am sure this will be the first of many wonderful years for you and my family to come and I know people will be clamoring at your doorstep to be included as participants in the future years of ThrillCoaster Tours and the main improvements on an almost perfect concept that I am sure will happen. However, I am unsure of at this point how one can improve upon apparent perfection in attention to every exquisite detail and planning required for this kind of undertaking. I can't wait to hear the amazing stories that my son will come home with! Thank you, Ira for a future fantastic and novel experience.
Sincerely, Paris (Parent) Jericho, Long Island, NY"
"""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"
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!