Tuesday, April 17, 2001 7:47 PM
My girlfriend will not go on rollercoasters. Her, myself and other friends are planning on going to SFWOA (many times) and Cedar Point this summer. I know she will not have any fun while we go on roller coasters and she waits, because I've been there. Me, along with our friends are trying to figure out ways to get her to go on the rides and like them. She says her biggest fear is the height. Also she has been on the texas twister at WoA and I told her it is worse (rougher) then the majority of coasters. Please help me out with some advice of what we should do. I could always start her out on millenium force and say nothing will be worse then that :-)

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Tuesday, April 17, 2001 7:50 PM
Make her go on MF and try to keep her attention away from the entrance and coaster track above. Then, say it's a kiddie coaster to get her to sit in the train. Don't let her see any logos. Then, when she is locked in, it's easy from there. (Yeah, like it's possible to have her see zero logos...)
That is the perfect world's answer. Going to CP, try to start her on something like Corkscrew. Thats small, and doesn't have too many inversions.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2001 7:51 PM
Actually, I'd say "Nothing's better than that," but that's just me. ;)

I hope you'll be able to get her to ride, because it always sucks to have to leave a friend behind while you ride.

You've gotta remember, though, that some people just don't like to do certain things, and try to respect that. Maybe your girlfriend's "thing" is coasters.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2001 9:09 PM
If your going to CP, try this.

Start on Disaster Transport, then Iron Dragon. Move up to Woodstock Express, Corkscrew, and then
Wildcat. Then head for Blue Streak, Raptor, Mantis, and finally, Millennium Force. Then hit Gemini and Magnum. That's how I did it, and I used to be terrified of coasters.

Good luck :).

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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 12:57 AM
This may not help you much, but I had the same problem with my wife. She had ridden coasters in the past, but just didn't like them.

My plan to get back to the parks took quite a few years. We have been married 9 years, and as of last year it had been 7 years since I had stepped into a park. I figured that there is strength in numbers, so I got her pregnant... 7 years later, My company has its yearly picknic at Kings Island. I jumped at the opportunity to expose my 7 year old little girl to as many rides she could handle. SHE LOVED IT. And it gave me a good arguement to take her back to PKI later last year. She has just grew to 47 and 1/2 inches this year (just tall enough if she wears thick sandals) so I was able to purchase SEASON PASSES!!! THE PLAN WORKED!! My wife doesn't seem to mind now because she knows it would look bad if she deprived her children of having the best childhood ever.

This may not be the best plan for everyone, but it worked for me. :)
Good Luck
Wednesday, April 18, 2001 1:40 AM
Just get her to raise her hands on Mine Ride, and start her from there.
Wednesday, April 18, 2001 1:45 AM
I'd start easy and tell her to close her eyes if she got scared. Worked with my nieces and they're six with 3 woodies and 4 steels to there credit.

The first ride is the worst one to overcome but once they feel its OK then it gets easy from there!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 4:52 AM
I agree with the others, start slow and work your way up. My dad went with me to CP, we went on Gemini, and the other coasters first. Then he went on Magnum, wow. MF was not built yet. He wouldn't do TP, but him going on Magnum was cool. He didn't like the shaking on Mean Streak.

If your GF can't work her way up and doesn't like being at the park, then you'll have to leave her out and go alone. Sometimes, they like the attention, so they'll keep saying "no". There is nothing worse then doing something you like, only to have someone else ruin it. Don't force them to go. If they don't like it, just tell them you're going, and that's it. They'll have to stay home and find something else to do while you're at the park.
Yes, they'll complain, but too bad. Sounds heartless, but I've been to parks many times with the wife and kid and had my fun ruined by them. Now I leave the wife out because she causes the arguments. Here I am wanting to hit all the rides, and what is she doing? Going in the gift shops, Arrrrrggghhhhh. I take the kid to parks I can drive too, and fly to the others alone. Read the thread titled "solo riding" and you'll hear more stories to back it up.
Wednesday, April 18, 2001 5:03 AM
Leave her at home. She won't feel bad for ruining your good time and you won't resent her for ruining your good time.

Can't live with 'em, Can't live without 'em.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 8:55 AM
No, don't leave her at home, she'll just resent coasters even more.

My wife is not "scared" to go on coasters; she just doesn't like them. So, we always go to parks with another couple that's the same way (usually my brother and his wife). Then we split up, the girls go off to see shows, ride flat rides, eat, talk, use the bathroom, tell each other very personal things about thier husbands, :), and whatever else girls do together, and we have fun riding coasters. It all works perfectly!
Wednesday, April 18, 2001 9:00 AM
I would start her out on the Gemeni, its not very tall and its one of the smoothest coasters around. Believe me i have had my share of troubles of getting people on rides at the point and if you start someone with MF they will be terrified of coasters for a long time.
Wednesday, April 18, 2001 11:45 AM

Intamin2k said:
"Start on Disaster Transport, then Iron Dragon. Move up to Woodstock Express, Corkscrew, and then
Wildcat. Then head for Blue Streak, Raptor, Mantis, and finally, Millennium Force. Then hit Gemini and Magnum."

That's exactly what I did when I was terrified of coasters. It worked great to!

Ohiocoasters#1, I recommend you take that advice!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 4:15 PM
Start her out small and gradually work your way up. You might try cedar creek mine ride and move up but just don't start out to big. I wouldn't start out with gemini because the head chopper effects could freak her out, Iron dragon is another one i would hit later because it swings.
After the cedar creek mine ride Take her on wood stock express and then maybe bluestreak and then iron dragon and gemini. Don't put her in the position were she feels like she has to ride something she doesn't feel comfortable with her.
Also when your friends are rideing a couple of coasters take off and take her on some flat rides if she likes those and spend more time with her. After you ride some flat rides make comparisions in a friendly and mild mannered , but not to pushy. The main thing would be is just let her have fun. If she tries the coaster thing and doesn't like it then split you time between your friends and your her.
Friday, April 20, 2001 1:29 PM

robvia said:
"He wouldn't do TP, but him going on Magnum was cool."

This may be a stupid question, but what is TP?

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Friday, April 20, 2001 1:43 PM
It could be Toilet Paper or possibly it might be PT which is Power Tower.
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Friday, April 20, 2001 1:54 PM
Well growing up at Cedar Point I can tell you how I did it...

1)Start out with Cedar Creek Mine Ride. It is a small ride but still provides some little thrills. Also try Woodstock Express and Disaster Transport.
2)Next go on Iron Dragon it is little bigger than Cedar Creek Mine Ride and Woodstock Express. It is also a little faster. Also go on Wildcat.
3)Next try Blue Streak. It is faster than Cedar Creek Mine Ride and Iron Dragon. It also provides some good airtime.
4) Next try Gemini. It is about as fast as Blue Streak but taller then Blue Streak, Mine Ride and Iron Dragon.
5)Next if your ride on Gemini goes well try Corkscrew. Corkscrew is a little rough but it goes upside down.
6) If Corkscrew goes well try Raptor.
7)If you make it to Raptor then you should be fine on any other coaster at the Po!nt.

If you have any more questions just ask.

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Saturday, April 21, 2001 5:35 PM
Ok say she Can sit in the trains and if she doesnt want 2 go on pull down the resteaint and problem solved!!! Thats how i got my girlfrieng on RAGING BULL at SFGAM
Saturday, April 21, 2001 5:53 PM
Start her on the Double Loop at SFWoA, it is hardly a coaster. I started at age four on the Corkscrew, it is defunct now though. DL was my second coaster. The Big Dipper isn't that scary, same with the mind eraser. Just build her up at SFWoA, cuz none of those are really all that scary.
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Saturday, April 21, 2001 6:17 PM
Actually, I would suggest going to PKI if you could take the trip. Three little coasters to go on first (Beastie, scooby doo, and Reptar), and then work your way up Forwards Racer, Backwards Racer, Adventure Express, Top Gun, Face Off, Outer Limits, Vortex, Beast, Son of Beast

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