But I am ticked anyway! I understand that Poseidon has long queues in the summer (and the park sits in the warmest region of germany) on the other hand, the park maintains this stupid politics of "no inversions - we are a family park" while they build ride after ride which soaks mommies permanent wave to oblivion.
It seems they still won´t acknowledge that the massive success of Silverstar has something to do with the thrill the ride is for most people (if you´re not an enthusiast, that is).
Just my EUR 0.02...
Europapark is no different - all rides put the visitors into a more or less out-of-control situation.
As is Sadomasochism in the sexual sense, or violent movies for cinemas, people seem to be entertained by being put into tense, uncomfortable situations.
This double-entendre of entertainment (is it heaven, is it hell?) however is only really accessible for adults. Kids don't really get it, in fact it has been said that kids under the age of 11 don't even understand irony.
That's why some attractions are not for kids - too terrifying, etc.
Coasters on the other hand work with "thrill" and "vertigo" like no other attraction. Even though I don't feel the vertigo much more any longer and enjoy the flying sensations mostly, for most people that's exactly why they come: for the coaster that says who's the boss. There is something awkwardly suspicious about coasters - as if they could only be enjoyed from a rather masochistic perspective.
I guess it's this "indecency" of coaster pleasure that makes Europapark shy away from it. What they don't realise is that they are loosing a whole lot of 20-40 year olds actually do enjoy coaster riding - I haven't been to Europapark in quite some time exactly for that very reason.
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Too terrifying for kids? I could imagine coasters that are too terrifying for adults. Some fears develop with time. For example, I could imagine a kid who is not afraid of heights grow into an adult who is afraid of heights.
That's why my gilfriend is afraid of every roller coaster under the sun. I'm probaly going have to start her on the smallest coaster I can find(like Wally Gator at the local fair, lol). her first ride was I think Dragon Mountian. After that she just can't get herself to ride anything two feet off of the ground. Having never been on Dragon Mountian I don't know what scared so much.
Do you know who should be afraid of roller coasters forever, Fabio! quack, quack, qua-SMACK!
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