Jack Rabbit??? hat has a lot of airtime, the kid might get scared of flying out of his seat!!! I think a good coasteer to start kids out on would be a suspended coaster or a mine train ride. Or, if the kid is used to mine train rides and non-looping coasters, then start a kid on the sooperdooperlooper at Hershey Park. That was my first looping coaster. SDL is a great coaster for a first time looper to ride.
To be really brave, just let a kid get over his fear. Take him straight to MF. ;) HAHA!!
As kcies said, Whizzer. It's a small coaster, fairly fast for it's size, and fun. Just when you bring the little kid on it, don't scare him before had (my dad did that to me 10 years ago, and I hated the coaster then. But 12 hours later, I liked it. A lot can happen after you ride the Demon.)
Or if the kid is really brave, have him or her go on the Demon at SFGAm. ------------- V2, Deja Vu... how can it be better? Add Viper! Oh, wait. It's already there!
I would recomend Woodstock Express at CP as a great coaster for youngsters. It's just the right size and very exciteing for young and old alike. Plus it has a bell on the front car that jingles durring the ride. Almost every kid and adult gets off that ride with a big smile on thier face. The first drop/helix takes you by suprise.
Getting beyond the very kiddie coasters, I would recommend Scooby's Ghoster Coaster at PKD and its twin Beastie at PKI. These John Allen classics provide a true coaster ride complete with little bits of airtime without being too terrifying for kids.
(PKI)Taxi Jam-Beastie-SGC-RRR-AE-Racer (CP)Jr.Gemini-WE-CCMR-WC-ID-DT-Gemini They're both great transitional parks for kids and at PKI got one from never-ridden-a-coaster all the way to SOB at Vortex in a single day. Wouldn't L'il Phantom be better to start with at KW? ------------- PKI-Wooden and Kiddie Coaster Capital of the World! The First and Only Gigabuzzer bigger than Millie, rising Faster than Maggie, and pulls more BS than MS ever will!!! You are the Weakest Link! Goodbye!!!
No one has mentioned California parks yet. So, I would start at Disneyland and see how far you get there : BTMRR, Matterhorn, Space Mountain. At Knotts try Timberline Twister (I do hate that ride), Jaguar is a great family coaster. After that the going gets a little tougher with GHostrider, Monte or Boomerang. Have your pick of those three... At SFMM it is somewhat easy to introduce someone to coasters gradually. Goliath JR. , Canyon Blaster, Colossus, Ninja, Revolution... Then I guess you have to move on to the bigger and badder coasters... You get the idea
------------- Home Park: Knotts Berry Farm! but also Disneyland and DCA
Well, I got my start on evil little kiddy coasters like the defunct Comet Jr. at Nay Aug Park and the Candy Cane Coaster at Santa's Workshop. My first "big coasters" were Mine Ride and Iron Dragon at CP.
I think the Jr. Woodies are good starting places. Sea Dragon at Wyandot Lake is an excellent choice.