Tips on Getting Frightened Friends on Coasters...

Tuesday, June 19, 2001 1:44 PM
Does anybody have any tips that would help me get my friend who is deathly afraid of looping rollercoasters on one? I have gotten her on a wooden coaster but she is very skeptical of going on a looper. I think her exact words were "You're not getting me on that death machine." I also must add that she had a bad experience on a kiddie ride when she was little. Her head flew forward and she busted her lip on the train.
Tuesday, June 19, 2001 1:52 PM
Try and bribe her :)

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Tuesday, June 19, 2001 1:59 PM
Point out that no one else is hurt or dead when the ride is over.

Maybe I ain't so shy!
Tuesday, June 19, 2001 2:02 PM
well onestly i hate to deal with that and havent since i was like prop 13 years old,basicaly what i did was say just get in line with me and if you dont wanna go on you can keep walking. then when we get to the staion its called get 2 other freinds get the person whos scared lock them down and make sure they are to scared to talk then down lock urself in the train till ur the last one not locked in then when the operaters come to check you sit down and lock urself in then they will check u and the scared freind and u can just laugh in there face and tell them not to worrie about anything hopfuly they wont trou up on you. i did that to a freind once and they where literly turning pail white as we crested the lift hill. but he thanked me for it :)
Tuesday, June 19, 2001 2:03 PM
Close her eyes and say i am goin to put you on a surprise coaster. Keep her eyes close and get into a line of a looping coaster and then when you are near the station say it is a coaster that does not go upside down. The in the station put her in the car pull down the restraint on her and open her eyes. Boda bing Boda boom.
Tuesday, June 19, 2001 2:06 PM
I've used both of these myself:

Honest way: Have the person stand by the exit and see the laughing, excited people exiting the ride.

Dishonest way: Take them on a ride you can't see (i.e. Flight of Fear or the Beast) and tell them it's tame. ;)
Tuesday, June 19, 2001 2:51 PM
I just make fun of them like a way of peer pressure. My brother heard it from me throughout the years. I guess he had enough because up until last year his biggest coaster was Blue Streak. He rode The Force on his first visit of the season last year. I have used the make fun of method on various friends, too. It always works.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2001 3:26 PM
I always tell them that they aren't going to die, and that it's not as bad as it looks. Usually it takes me a long time, but I have gotten most people on most rides. I've failed a few times :(
Tuesday, June 19, 2001 3:38 PM
I hate it when this happens to me. I go to PKI every august with a group and alot of them are terrified of coasters. Ive only gotten one of them to ride them all. But there is one kid that is so afraid that he wont even set foot in the queue line. I think hes afraid because he knows ill force him in the seat. But i did tell this same kid one time that we are going on a kiddie coaster in the dark, all it does is just turns and does a couple 5 foot drops. But little did he know, he was in line for flight of fear. I didnt get him on, only because he saw the car being launched out of the station. This year i will get him on one.

The method i will use is, tell them to pick any coaster in the park, but it cant be a kiddie coaster, and if you come off hurling your guts out then i will leave you alone. Then i just know they will think, its not safe. Just gonna tell them, your not gonna die or get hurt, look at all the other people getting in line for it, and look at the people coming down the exit ramp. Do they look like they are in excrutiating pain, or do they look dead. Because last i checked i never did see anyone rushing to this coaster in an ambulance.

CP in 2002, get to the point
Tuesday, June 19, 2001 3:42 PM
Another method I just remembered I use is sometimes I just keep working them up on bigger and bigger rides, and I tell them that as soon as they go on a ride that totally scared them, I will stop suggesting scarier rides. Otherwise, continue to progress! This method actually works quite nicely :)
Tuesday, June 19, 2001 3:49 PM
This subject has been covered before,but obviously no one listened. There is a spell check feature available with EVERY post. PLEASE use it.I know the public school system in America sucks, but come on. There is no one on here that is not at least a teenager,and although I may not be the worlds best speller, or always use proper grammar, at least I try to make my posts intelligible. I get so frustrated trying to decipher post that look like my 3 year old typed that sometimes I just give up.

coaster freaks unite-conquer them all
Tuesday, June 19, 2001 7:23 PM
Tell them it's the line to the bathroom.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2001 7:35 PM
Peer pressure does NOT work!!!

Plain and simple, and I have got proof...

I was able to get a 13yr old onto his first coasters, and he loves it now... but before, just was plain and simple afraid.

I observed how his friends were trying to get him to go on. They were just making fun and telling him that he'll be fine & he's just a big chicken if he doesn't go with them. In other words, they were heckeling him until he'd say
"Ok, ok... I'll go on"
The thing is... it doesn't work!

So what I did was just use The No Pressure Technique.
Don't get me wrong. He really really wanted to go on the coasters. He knows they're safe, but something was holding him back.
So what I did was just tell him that nobody is forcing him on... if he wants to go, then fine. If not... that's alright too... but at least wait in the line, and watch the reactions of everyone getting off.

When you get up to the station, you can either try to force yourself to sit in the seat and pull down the restraints, or if you REALLY REALLY cannot handle it... walk in & walk out to the exit.

For all the coasters so far, it's worked.

It's a no-pressure technique that isn't forcing someone on. But this is for one who wants to try it... they're just afraid.

Peer pressure just makes it much much worse.
Bragging about how cool it is and how they should try it will not help either. Just take the wait-N-see approach and don't push them... but...

Talk them into it in a more subtle way. ie: the waiting in line with you, telling them to check out the reactions of the other people, and to mention ALL the elements of the ride, how simple it is and how safe it is (even if the ride has had its share of accidents... you do NOT let them know that!!! )
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*** This post was edited by Dawg Byte on 6/19/2001. ***
Tuesday, June 19, 2001 7:52 PM
Start them on a really small coaster! Tell them that it's really tame and makes you fall asleep. This works best if it's a 'family' coaster. Once they realize that a roller coaster isn't a death machine, you should be able to get them on larger ones fairly quickly.

Or maybe they just don't like coasters. Some people have ridden them and hate them. I wouldn't force or trick anybody into riding an intense ride; some people's bodies just can't handle G-forces or vibration!

A bad day at Cedar Point is better than a good day at work.
Tuesday, June 19, 2001 7:57 PM
Get someone bigger than her to strap her in!

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Tuesday, June 19, 2001 8:02 PM
I feel that forcing someone to do anything they do want to do is tramatising. If they have a bad coaster expierence they will most likely never go on one again. Let them ride as they please, when the time is write they will ride.
Tuesday, June 19, 2001 8:53 PM
Some of you need to realize that people have phobias. Coasters account for some of them. If someone has a serious phobia of lets say heights you really shouldnt coax them into riding. You really should know the person well before even attempting to get them on a ride that they dont want to experience.

""Coaster riding is a disease and SFGAm is the cure!!!!!!!""
Tuesday, June 19, 2001 9:29 PM

Den said:

Dishonest way: Take them on a ride you can't see (i.e. Flight of Fear or the Beast) and tell them it's tame. ;)"

You make it sound easy. I am going to do that to my friend on FOF who doens't wanna do Looping Coasters. I think its in his head.

I'm gonna say, "This ride is just a souped up Space Mountain. It can't possibly go upside down if there are Lapbars, you even know that from riding the wooden coasters. I know you'll love it, everyone does. I've talked to many people, and they've loved it. I realize there is a Launch, but its slow. After the launch, there is no more Speed Increase. All the launch does is give you the speed all in one serving. So, you wanna get in line and give it a try?"

It'll work, as long as no COASTER ENTHUIAST are around to say there are loops on here to me! They'll ruin everything!
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Tuesday, June 19, 2001 9:45 PM
I told my friend id beat the crap out of him if he didnt go on an intamin giant drop.

Then i said, youll regret it if you dont go on
which actually seemed to work

PCW needs something taller than a boomerang
Wednesday, June 20, 2001 4:23 AM
Don't bring her to the park. Don't know if she's your GF (GirlFriend) or just a friend, couldn't tell by your name, but just leave her out of it. People who don't enjoy roller coasters ruin it for people who do. I've gone to parks many times by myself and had a blast.
If you bring her and want to ride the looping coasters, she'll have to wait at the exit. Then you'll feel guilty about her waiting and you won't go on some of the rides.
Believe me, if you bring her, then the visit will revolve around her, not what YOU want to do. This even happens when you bring wives and kids to the park. They get tired, slow down, start complaining, and then you miss rides you would have gone on, which is why it's not a bad thing to visit a park alone.
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