Not long ago, ShiveringTim took some haranguing for not holding his hands in the air during a photo session. It got me thinking. Is there a difference in the ride with arms held high and screaming wildly or relaxing and quietly enjoying the ride? As a result, I played with the idea a bit while visiting a couple of parks this weekend.
When I was doing the wilder thing, it was a whole lotta fun and exciting. It can create a lot of energy and make the ride seem more thrilling. Its a social thing too ... high fiving buddies amid all the excitement. However, it was also distracting to watch to keep from whacking someone.
The more relaxed version of a ride allowed me to experience the coaster more. I could concentrate on the subtleties of the rides flow and theme. Or just relax and enjoy the ride. Being relaxed, I also felt the G's a little more.
I think the best thing I learned with this is that when I'm quiet, I can hear my wife giggle all through the ride. For me, that's priceless.
Anyway, both riding styles seem to have their place for me. It might depend on who I'm with and the mood I'm in.
What do you like about your style?
------------- If I'da thought about it a little longer, I'da spent more time thinking.
Im an "Airtime Whore" so I keep my hands up. Its sort of an adventure, it tests your endurance....when you see those tunnels and you have to fight the urge to keep your hands up! Shoot Off rides also are a challange
I ride with hands up. It is the only way. If I wanted to relax I would stay home and take a nap. I have experimented with screaming and it is much more fun when I scream my head off. ------------- Bull rides:41 Batman rides:33
*** This post was edited by SFGA2001 on 5/31/2001. ***
Depends on the ride for me,if it is smooth like Nitro,i will put my hands up.If it is rough and shaky(Rolling Thunder) i keep my hands down just in case i need them.Loopers i keep my hands down because there really is no room sitting next to my 6ft 280 lb husband's huge arms and,the bulky OSTR'S don't leave much room either :)
For some reason, it's almost involuntary for me to put my hands up. Even if I say I'm not going to, like I did on MF, as soon as we reach the top of the lift, it just happens...I also feel that it enhances the air.
------------- "Hold on tight, with all your might, and enjoy your flight on the Raven!"
Hands up all the way... its most exciting the 1st time you've ever been on a certain coaster... ive learned to keep them up but my first time on S:ROS@sfdl...I never realized how steep it was gonna be so my hands went down.... but now of coure I always put them up, no matter what the ride and if its new or not.
Hands up I enjoy the ride much more and plus if you keep your hands down when your scared and hang on whats the point fight your fear besides if the train falls off the tracks your going down with it no matter what;-)