How many of us have lined up for a ride and ran the course not feeling one hundred percent?
Myself, Ive went on a few rides this year not being fully prepared. I am putting myself at risk maybe even death. Taking a highly intense ride and getting off feeling anxiety, light headed, sick, worn out or in the state of being exhausted. Exhaustion is the wrong way to enjoy an amusement park and it's attractions.
We all know this, but I think it is more serious then it is talked about which is not often. Are we risking ourselfs to vulnerable effects? Are we setting ourselfs up to become physically damaged?
Drink plenty of fluids (not pop either now...), and even if your not thirsty, drink anyway. Remember, once your thirsty, your ALREADY dehydrated.
Also many people need to get more sleep. It helps to get lots of sleep before a long or even short day at the park. At least for me it makes a world of difference.
It's something to think about for sure.
Do any parks put any special procedures in place when they are under heat advisories? I mean, do they put extra water vendors out, or free water stations if there are heat warnings (Such as yesterday, in southeast Ohio at Kings Island?)
I was happy to see that Holiday World added Gatorade this year. I assume it was this year? During Holiwood Nights I ALWAYS had a cup of water or Gatorade. I rarely drink soda when it gets that hot.
Alcohol is the WORST thing to drink in this weather. Nothing will dehydrate you more.
There have been a few times I haven't felt well during a hot day at a park, and when that happens I usually take it easy for a while. I either go back to the motel for a few hours or just find someplace cool and chill out for a while. Also, it's a good idea to wear lighter clothing, and of course sunscreen and sunglasses.
I actually prefer going to parks in the early Spring or during the fall. It's MUCH cooler and easier on your body. I don't do well with extreme heat and crowds. ;)
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I'm semi dreading a trip to CP tomorrow, to tell you the truth. My friend is all excited because his wife is out of town and he never gets to do a park from open til close when she's around. The weather is going to be ridiculously hot and humind. I'm already drinking more water than usual. Keep your fingers crossed for us, he hasn't got on Dragster yet... ;)
If Gatorade would cut the sugar in half(or more) it would be perfect.
People don't know how dehydrated they are. I just keep telling people how much I love water; and hope they get the hint.
When I was down in Atlanta a few months ago, I couldn't keep up with the amount of fluids I was loosing. Got to be smart and aware if you are going to be at parks during the dog days to come. I wouldn't describe the recent years as global cooling.
Keeps you nice and hydrated and sure beats drinking out of the fountains.
All Cedar Fair Parks, Hershey, Most Six Flags Parks (not all), Most stands at Knoebels, Universal Parks all have this policy of giving out free ice water.
People show up with an empty stomach and pass out before they're even in the park!
You don't need to eat the Belly Buster, but a bowl of cereal and some fruit will help a lot.
Kyle Says: Diamondback was a lot of fun! Made his first time at Kings Island worth it all!
When Six Flags took over Geauga Lake they knocked out a lot of the drinking fountains to make more money off drinks. The problem was the line for drinks and rare water fountain became forbiddingly long so people started passing out from heat stroke. Not to mention the lack of shade at that park. Once Six Flags changed their policy to not refuse to provide free ice water, a lot of parks followed suit.
Parks don't always like to make free fluids too obvious, it cuts down on sales. Why do you think the water pressure of drinking fountains is so low? I'll usually fill my cup in the easily accessible sink.
When you are dehydrated, you can become disoriented. So for parks to say, “Go find a drinking fountain.” it's a little irresponsible. If you look like you are about to pass out my guess is they won't refuse you water. Hunching is good, heavy breathing, trouble putting words together; they'll be more then happy to provide a free cup of ice water. Ask for the big cup.
Unless you are in a fantastic park like Holiday World, then just help yourself to what ever you want. Cups, water and soda are cheep for parks to provide freely, because satisfied customers are priceless. I'm sure Raven will agree. *** Edited 8/1/2006 7:25:45 PM UTC by rc-madness***
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