12-year-old with Autism coasts through parks

Eyewitness News caught up with him at Knoebels.

ELYSBURG, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- Theme parks are a place to go if you're seeking the thrill of a great ride!

But for one young man, those great rides serve another purpose. 12-year-old Logan Joyner from Cincinnati has autism, but you wouldn't know it thanks to some roller coasters.

For many young children, roller coasters can be terrifying, but it's something most overcome as they grow older. And this isn't any different for Joyner.

"I used to be afraid of loud noises and sudden movements," says Joyner. "But then I had an interest in roller coasters, but I would not ride them."

As scary as they were, Joyner began studying them to the point he finally rode one three years ago near his hometown in Ohio.

"We just had a blast there," says Joyner. "So we just continued to go to more theme park rides ever since."

He likes to capture his experience at every park along the east coast, and now he has ten thousand subscribers on the YouTube channel he posts his videos to. That interest in videos started last year.

"It really challenged him," says Jeff Joyner, Logan's father. "Putting his ideas into word, and this year it's meeting strangers."

"He's inspired others to be brave and I really wanted to meet him," says Tyler Wnek, a fan of Joyner's.

Wnek, who lives in Chicago, is on the same Autism spectrum as his "hero," Logan. And he traveled all the way to Knoebels just to ride together.

"And have a fun time with him and be brave," says Wnek.

'Be brave and ride on' is Logan's motto, so what better way than to hit the rides with the one who knows best? 

"I think the coasters here are very unique," says Joynder. "Like other parks, there just a bunch of clones."

Joyner's family is currently hitting ten parks in eight days. Knoebels was number nine. Their east "coaster" trip ends tomorrow at Kennywood near Pittsburgh.


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