Ride tolerance decreasing with age.. Anyone else?

Monday, January 6, 2020 11:41 PM

Spinning flats, coasters that go backwards or spin a lot (with or without inversions) are the main rides I have had to give up as I have gotten older and I'm still in my 30's. I can still tolerate tamer flats like a Scrambler, Music Express or Whip. Boomerangs used to be no problem for me, my last ride on Sidewinder at Hersheypark 2 years ago made me so dizzy and disoriented I don't think I will ever ride a boomerang again. Same thing with Expedition Everest even without inversions and Laff Trakk at Hershey if I am not facing forwards for the first drop before the spinning starts.

Raven-Phile said:

Yes. Big time. Being stopped on a brake run or lift hill, or even sitting in the station while restrained with the ride not moving and not knowing what's going on is a NIGHTMARE for me now. I often avoid riding rides that I know get stopped often because of it.

That's exactly the same thing that has happened to me over the last few years. I'm mostly ok while the ride is moving but when the ride is stopped, usually at the end of the ride waiting for the other train to dispatch it's a problem. I don't even like it with a lap bar but can tolerate it, with an OTSR it is more problematic to the point that I rarely ride a coaster with an OTSR more than once per trip to a park even if it used to be one of my favorite coasters in a park. The B&M Flyers are the worst for me, I stopped riding Superman Ultimate Flight at Great Adventure because of it. It's bad enough on the brake run not being able to move much and with your head titled down just for a few minutes but the thought of being stuck like during a breakdown for 45+ minutes is too much for me. It is frustrating because just a few years ago I had no problems riding the coaster 5 times in a row without a problem.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020 6:51 AM
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Jeff said:

Lorazepam for everyone! 💊💊💊😊

High…Five? 😂

Yoshi Fan - I DID get stuck on S:UF at Great America for about 45 minutes one year during a CoasterBuzz event. There were quite a few of us on there. It pre-dates my current fear by about 15 or so years, but I’m sure the memory of it somehow molded it. Last year, we were in a seriously overloaded boat on Pirates of the Caribbean in Florida, and it bottomed out and stopped at the base of the drop. We were there, helpless, for what seemed like forever, before the cast members started giving us ideas over the loudspeaker. People were standing up and rocking the boat from side to side and it eventually dislodged - but it crawled and dragged on the bottom for the rest of the ride, making. It take about 10 extra minutes, with a line of boats behind us.


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Tuesday, January 7, 2020 5:53 PM
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I have no issues; I enjoy coasters of any type.

There was one coaster, can't remember the name though it was at a smaller park, that made me dizzy at one point. Which did not stop me from repeatdely riding that coaster :-)


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Thursday, January 9, 2020 12:11 AM

Jeff said:

Lorazepam for everyone! 💊💊💊😊

I rode the Great American Scream Machine at SFOG in October. When I got off I was wondering if anyone had any oxycodone and a bottle of Jack Daniels!! LOL


Are you MAN ENOUGH to ride this ride ?
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020 6:24 PM

Tatsu gave me problems when I rode but I was able to get through it pretty well. So far, at 45, I can handle most rides without problem in terms of nausea - the Harry Potter ride at Universal Hollywood being a noticeable problem during the video segments. Spinning rides, though, do me in. My youngest wanted to go on the tea cups at Disneyland and I had to pretty much look down and had my eyes mostly covered.

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Sunday, January 19, 2020 9:07 AM

The only part of me that doesn’t tolerate some rides is my waistline. But if I fits, I sits.


But then again, what do I know?

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:05 PM
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I debated starting a new topic on this but this could fall under this category as well...

I'm getting married this fall (for my second time, yay!) and our Honeymoon plans includes Vegas. For all the travelling I've done in my life, I've actually never been there. We are planning on shows, games, buffets, and drinking. But if we have time, we might check out some of the coasters. Growing up, I remember the TV shows showing a bunch of cool roller coasters dotted the strip and the one at Buffalo Bill's resort.

So I visited rcdb.com to see what was out there. Based on the results, I have no interest in going out of my way to experience any of the coasters that are remaining. The only one I would try is Desperado but not for a 50 minute drive just for it. Is it apathy? Is it because of my less tolerance of rough rides?

Anyone else experience this?

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020 1:34 PM
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Priorities? Imagine that.


Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020 2:42 PM

The only coasters in Vegas I've had any interest in riding in the past 15 years are the ones in Adventuredome and that because we were already there with the kids. Outside that, if you're not chasing coaster credits for some reason, skipping them isn't any kind of big miss.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020 3:31 PM
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If you want, I'll save you the $15 on the NY NY coaster, too. I'll come over, sit you in one of your dining room chairs, and hit you on the side of the head while your boys shake the chair, violently. But only for the first half of the ride, and then we'll just leisurely push you around in a circle, while still shaking your chair.


R.I.P LeRoi Moore 9/7/61 - 8/19/2008
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020 3:33 PM
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I dug the NYNY coaster. Granted, I was fortunate to score a front seat. But I thought it was the best coaster in Vegas. Most of the others I rode aren't there anymore, I don't believe.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020 3:35 PM
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Oh, I didn't hate it. I just didn't think it was worth the price of admission.

I was mostly exaggerating, anyway, it would be too violent if all 3 of his kids shook the chair. We'd only need one.


R.I.P LeRoi Moore 9/7/61 - 8/19/2008
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020 4:42 PM

I’ll save you a little more grief.
Reports are that Desperado barely runs at all any more, and their unreliable website says “closed til further notice”. The entire resort is a ghost town, and it’s literally a drive-by-and-check-for-yourself kind of place. And who wants to waste that kind of time?
I enjoyed the coasters in Vegas, even NY/NY’s. I had a zen ride late at night, which made me nervous, but it wasn’t the torture machine I feared.
The coaster on Stratosphere is gone now, but the collection of rides there now are still the scariest things imaginable. I couldn’t wait to get down from there.
Sahara’s is gone, too. I guess the pieces parts were laying around with a promise attached but it never came to be.
I hear the big Ferris Wheel is fun.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020 6:34 PM
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I rode the High Roller which was pretty meh and the Manhattan Express which wasn't great but wasn't as bad as it's made out to be (this was in 2000). The only time I tried to ride Desperado (driving past in Summer 2016) it was closed. I even missed it and doubled back for it, adding 30 minutes of driving. I would love to take a crack at the other rides atop the Stratosphere.


Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020 8:16 AM

HeyIsntThatRob? said:

Is it apathy? Is it because of my less tolerance of rough rides?

Anyone else experience this?

I think it's because you've got better things to do than ride sub-par coasters in a town that's known for other forms of entertainment.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020 5:31 PM

Desperado has issues, which have to do with how it was originally built . It's still standing only because the casino can't afford to scrap it.....

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Thursday, January 23, 2020 10:53 PM

Dutchman- What issues? And if they have to do with how it was built, why are they just now becoming a problem?


But then again, what do I know?

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Friday, January 24, 2020 5:47 AM

It was built near the end of Arrow's life, and the casino had a definite budget to spend on it, and it was below the normal price range of a ride of this type. The steel used was the minimum grade acceptable for this kind of work. The issues actually started about fifteen years or so, when it became necessary to do a lot of welding on it so that it would pass inspection (done by a reputable engineering firm that specializes in this type of work). It eventually got to the point where it was costing more to have the work done every year than what it made.

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Friday, January 24, 2020 8:45 AM
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I thought I read that it was open again after a long period of downtime.

It's been over 15 years since I've done any Vegas coasters, but Desperado ran well when I rode it. I was there for work, so I went on it multiple times. Their flume was pretty good too as I recall. Speed was probably the best coaster out there, but the biggest surprise to me was how good and smooth the Arrow loopscrew at Circus Circus was. I attributed that to the fact that it's indoors and climate controlled. High Roller was meh, and Manhattan Express had one good element and the rest was lackluster.


Hi

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Friday, January 24, 2020 10:03 AM
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Yeah, that twist and dive element on Manhattan Express is pretty cool. It just really does nothing after that, with spectacular views of a roof and some air handlers. I do like the first 2 drops, mainly because of the views of the strip, but then it's ruined by whatever that ending is.


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