by Andrew Rybarczyk
I know there are a plethora of clubs to choose from in today's enthusiast marketplace because I've been either a member or did heavy research on many of them. Unfortunately, in today's economy, your money if like mine, is not as plentiful. So when, we advertise our new COASTER-net club, I know many of you are thinking either I have no need for a club or I am already part of another club. I at first was drawn to the biggest clubs. I have no need of naming them because you are more likely than not already aware of them. Yes, they are prestigious and have lots of members, but I ask, is the club working for you? Do you feel that you are getting your money's worth? Do you enjoy the company you are with? All of these questions are vital to ask and answer when choosing a club for you. I can only give my experience and I have tried to capture it in the following words.
When I first joined COASTER-net, I knew of the news aspects of the site. However, I never knew how special the people on the site would end up being to me. I have made great friends while being a member of COASTER-net, experienced great things, but more importantly learned a lot about myself and how to treat others. This inclusive mission and family orientated atmosphere really struck me as something different and something that I wanted to be a part of. This camaraderie extends beyond the site and the forums. It's a network of people that try to help each other and care for each other. Its friendship in its truest form.
Our former club, the TPCC was an extension of COASTER-net. Many of our goals were the same but the main benefit was the discounts to a myriad of parks in the country. This in and of itself was very different. Some clubs offered discounts to maybe a handful of parks while other had a couple of dozen. The TPCC blew me away with how many discounts they had and each discount was a pretty good deal. A few dollars here and a few dollars there, and the membership paid for itself easily. The downside was that it seemed like only a discount club. Because of the cheap price, many parks and events did not allow the TPCC in with the club membership. As you may have heard, this has now changed with our 15th Anniversary. We now offer a differential pricing plan to meet the needs of each enthusiast. If you are in it for just the discounts, that membership is still available at the same affordable price of $10. We also have a premium membership priced at $25 that will get you into many enthusiast events with new events being added each day and other added bonuses! We foresee the club moving beyond simply discounts and into gatherings, and meet-ups, and park events. This vision of friendship can now extend beyond the digital walls into great memories being formed at the places we love, theme parks!
This is the club that finally met my needs for what I ultimately want in a coaster club. Now I am not going to say to you that I will not maintain any other club memberships. Despite my employment here, I still will support other sites and clubs. However, I truly believe in COASTER-net and I believe in this new club. We need more believers and I challenge you to experience the difference where members care about each other and truly want to have fun. Try out the membership at either level for one year. After that, you will see the difference and hopefully return year after year.