1. Do you have any tips on not getting sick? In other words, can you learn to love them?
2. Are there any flat rides at fairs that are not at any theme parks because of their intesity, low capacity, etc.?
I guess all i can suggest is dramamine.
Idle hands were orient to her.
My tip to loving them would be to stay off the high-speed tight turning rides at first, like the Orbitor or Gravitron. I would start with something slow like the Chance Inverter, Dartron Kite Flyer, or Zamperla Power Surge.
*** This post was edited by nasai on 2/11/2002. ***
Generally parks will invest in the smaller stand-bys like Scamblers, Himalayas and such but don't get the semi-exotics like the Orbiter because they *do* have horrendous capacity and even if they *do* get one of the more extreme rides the cycle time is generally quite a bit shorter than what you'd get at a fair, and thus, less nauseating.
The big exception to the parks getting less good flats rule seems to be the Jersey Pier parks and PCW, both of which are known for having several of the oddball Euro flats (anything by Mondial, Soriani + Moser, etc.)
Actually even the carnivals we get locally seem to pale horribly compared to the Provincial Exhibitions in Canada and the Euro fairs which generally have full size Schwarzkopf Looping Portables and all kinds of wacky flats in tow. I know some of the fairs out east have some of this stuff as well but we never get anything that large here in Michigan.
As for getting "acclimated" to the rides, well, I don't know about that. I'd highly recommend starting out on tamer rides like the Scrambler before going on monsters like the Splash Over (aka the Vomit Couch in some circles :-) or Top Scan (bow down before it's mighty twirliness :-) If you're interested in seeing some of the odd euro flats you might want to check out http://www.rideindex.de which shows several of the flats which we rarely see here in North America.
* The Legend @ HW
* Superman: Ride of Steel @ SFNE
* Mondial Top Scan
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