What Coaster Still Scares The Crap Out of You?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 9:47 PM

Ferris Wheels that end up parking me up on the apex for the load/unload cycle. I have no problem with heights as long as I keep moving, but standing still up there for that long of a time, gets my heart racing.

The only coaster I was ever afraid to ride going up the lift was Iron Wolf, my first stand up. Everything else "the thrill" has come from experiencing something new, and while that fades after a handful of rides the good ones replace that with sheer joy from experiencing the change in forces. Those are the rides you'll see me riding over, and over again.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008 10:51 PM
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John Knotts said:
SFNE's Cyclone. I always feel like I'm going to die on that ride.

The anticipation of the moment when the last car is yanked off the chain lift on Cyclone is the only moment in coasterdom that I get kinda nervous about every time. I love it, but it freaks me out every time! Everything else including Jackrabbit's double-down, I have no fear of. It's just pure fun.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008 11:53 PM

janfrederick said:
The Hi-Miler scares the hell out of me. I must be running pretty low on hell since I ride it every year it comes to the Del Mar Fair.

I just rode it yesterday at the Arizona State Fair. It doesn't bother me personally, but sitting in the front seat, those turns look impossible and the supports do not look adequate. Great fun.

Other than that, just about any launch still gets my pulse going - I'm a wimp that way.

Thursday, October 30, 2008 7:51 AM

The Blue Streak at Conneaut Lake scares me because it feels like the whole thing is going to fall apart

Thursday, October 30, 2008 8:04 AM
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Believe it or not, the Gold Rusher at SFMM. Lots of headchoppers as it ducks in and around the log flume on the top of the hill. Usually not a big deal, but at 6'4" I ride a bit taller than most :) Gets me every time.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008 9:52 AM

Until I was 15, all of them scared me! Nowadays, the only coaster that I thought I was going to die on was the Blue Streak at Conneaut. As for regular rides, I HATE any free-fall ride. I have never ridden the drop side of Power Tower at CP or Dominator at DP. I LOVE the blast off side, but not the drop side. I only rode Demon Drop at CP this year and X-Scream at Waldameer because my daughter wanted to go on, but not by herself.

Once I overcame my coasterphobia I swore there was nothing I wouldn't ride again. I have managed to keep that promise to myself so far, but if the kids want to do a drop down on Power Tower, they might have to do it alone. :)


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Thursday, October 30, 2008 10:25 AM
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ShiveringTim said:
Believe it or not, the Gold Rusher at SFMM. Lots of headchoppers as it ducks in and around the log flume on the top of the hill. Usually not a big deal, but at 6'4" I ride a bit taller than most :) Gets me every time.

That reminds me of the headchopper on Ninja at SFStl. That lift chain gets me every time. :)

Certain victory.

Thursday, October 30, 2008 11:45 AM

As far as coasters go, nothing really scares me that much. I feel a minor moment of apprehension before TTD launches, but it's not fear by any stretch.

Among all rides, drop towers still freak me out. It's bizarre because I used to skydive, so one would think it shouldn't bother me. But when I skydived, I was the one who let go of the wing strut; a machine didn't do it for me and without warning.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008 3:32 PM
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BBSpeed26 said:
Kennywood's Jackrabbit gets me every time. The double dip defines airtime in my opinion.

I couldn't agree more!

Friday, October 31, 2008 3:28 AM
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None scare me, but many thrill me, some listed above.

1) Coaster at PNE, definitely
2) Cyclops
3) SFNE's Cyclone
4) Fujin Raijin II at Expoland, before it killed someone. :(

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Friday, October 31, 2008 11:35 AM
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The Millennium Force lift hill will likely always scare me. I definitely have to retreat to my "happy place" for the duration of that experience.

"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

Friday, October 31, 2008 11:39 AM
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^I still have the exit pass they gave us after a 15-20 minute stop near the top of MF's lifthill. Tina LOVED it...me, not so much. JackRabbit and CI Cyclone are my two favorite thrills remaining from the olden days.

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Friday, October 31, 2008 12:37 PM
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Carrie M. said:
The Millennium Force lift hill will likely always scare me. I definitely have to retreat to my "happy place" for the duration of that experience.

Ya know, that gets to me, too. I get nervous every time I go on Millennium Force because of the ride up the hill. After the train crests the hill I am in riding nirvana.

Certain victory.

Friday, October 31, 2008 4:55 PM

What ride scares me? Son of Beast, but that is not really a good scare.

I can't say there are really any rides that "scare" me. There are rides that still thrill me after several rides. If any ride really scared me I don't think it would be worth the ride.

IB Cornball Express has some insane head chopper effects, I still won't hold up my hands on that ride. Ravens last drop still takes my breath away. For me I don't think there is any better shock to the senses than a Vekoma Boomerang (ie Flashback at SFNE) The slow travel through the corkscrews on Vortex at KI still freaks me out.

Mind you, even a tiny difference, such as that between 0 and 0.000126, can make a world of difference.
Saturday, November 1, 2008 10:03 AM

The Wild Mouse scared the crap outta me as a kid, and I still hang on very tight around the turns, even on the newer 2 bench versions.

After hundreds and hundreds of rides on the Beast, the part that still gets me is the 1st turn into the tunneled helix. It's too fast, too flat, not "right", and I swear the train could fly apart at any moment. Years ago, a sicko friend once fantasized that an evil prankster, if he wanted, could string piano wire across the opening of the tunnel and when the train arrived in the station all the riders would be head-less. Great. Now to add to my misery I think about that ass (who is probably writing Saw movies or something now) and his comment, causing me to shrug my shoulders and duck my head a little each time I hit that spot.

I hope everyone here had a safe and thrilling Hallowe'en.

Sunday, November 2, 2008 1:12 AM

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Monday, November 3, 2008 4:50 PM

Top Thrill Dragster and Kingda Ka were the only coasters I was ever legitimately scared to ride. The sheer height/speed just freaked me out, but I still love both.

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Monday, November 3, 2008 5:02 PM

Oh yeah, I forgot about Wild Mouse at Beech Bend. It's my overall favorite mouse, but man, some of those turns! LOL

Monday, November 3, 2008 7:10 PM

The Rattler at SFFT. yeah wood Coasters move a little but this is just not right. look it up on youtube. the corner after the first drop moves something like 14 ft horizontally.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008 11:43 AM

coasterqueenTRN said:
The only coaster that ever "scared" me was the Cyclone at Williams Grove, simply because it felt like it was going to collapse at any moment! I liked it but I never felt safe riding that thing!

That's my pick!


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