Why break them in on the little ones?

Wednesday, April 7, 2004 8:21 PM
I have been reading these posts for sometime now and have never actually written one of my own. I like either the ones about people being scared to ride or the ones that give advice for those same people. I am actually scared of roller coasters but only the ones that I am unfamiliar with. I am not so scared about the ride itself but only if the ride makes me feel unsafe. The only ride that I feel uncomfortable on is faceoff at PKI.
I took my man to Cedar Point last season and he wanted nothing to do with the roller coasters. Most of the reason I can think of is that he is a third generation carnie. The point that I am getting to is that every ones ideas for people with roller coaster phobia should go to an amusement park and ride one of the smaller more gentler rides there. I Myself never had that choice. At 11 years old my very first coaster I was dragged on was the Vortex at PKI. I have loved coaster riding every since. But as I thought and seems everyone else has thought break them in with something less intimidating. Well on my trip that was not such a good idea. It almost ruined the whole day luckily I was able to save the day. Everyone who rides roller coasters knows someone who hates to ride the ones that go upside down. lol. Well He could not handle the woodies. I rode the Blue Streak with him and he screamed like a baby. I really couldn't belive it, that thing is like a baby. Oh so he was terrified! So the next best thing I could think of was to see if he would ride the Rapter right next door. It was a success. The smooth ride was great for him. I have always wanted to ride the Texas Rattler after seeing a virtual one in Florida. I would also like to get him on the Beast at PKI for the fact that it is an awsome ride. Does anyone else know of anyone who is anything like this?
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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 8:55 PM
Work on the paragraphs and all is good. :)

I had no problem working my daughter on the big coasters when she was tall enough. When she hit 54" the beginning of last season, she was on every coaster at SFGAm including Batman:TR, Raging Bull, V2, DV, Iron Wolf, and S:UF. She was only 8.

Why beat around the bush? :)

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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 8:58 PM
Yeah sorry maybe I should have left its as all one not right paragraph. lol
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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 11:01 PM
The key to finding a good first coaster is one that is both good and not too intimating for the coasterphobic. B:TR is my personal favorite to break people in on (with a 100% sucess rate I might add) because it is small, excellent and has loops.

The only other park where I have broken in a newbie was CP and I took him on Magnum (Raptors a little too intimating I think) which at any park would have been too big for a first time ride but seeing MF 100ft taller (pre TTD) across the lake mad it look small enough. Magnum did the trick that time.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 11:15 PM
I agree with what everyone has said here, except that B:TR is a good break-in ride. Man, if B:TR was my first big coaster...I probably wouldn't be into roller coasters. For me at least...its just too intense....packs everything into a compact space...its short....i mean, its not a bad ride...but just not a good ride for first coaster ride. My choice would be Millennium, if it was a bit shorter, because its smooth....and not too intense after the first drop. So the perfect break in ride for me would be Magnum, because of its overall fun[ness] and airtime, with Millie's track.
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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 11:26 PM
It depends on the person ace4242424.

Jasmine (my daughter) wanted to ride B:TR since she was like 4. Just for the fact that it was named Batman. Ask anyone that attended CBCon03 last season that remembers me and my daughter. She power rode S:UF during ERT at age 8 and just making the height limit. In fact, she got measured a couple of times.

That's my girl :)

Oh, and by the way, get ready to see a 9 year old girl power ride Raging Bull and Viper during ERT this coming CBCon04. :) *** Edited 4/8/2004 3:32:02 AM UTC by Chitown***

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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 11:37 PM
I have taken 5 newbies on B:TR first, all 5 will now ride any coaster on the planet; however all were between the ages of 10-18.

I wouldnt take a 4 year old kid on it, a good solid, airtime filled non rough woodie is a good start for them I think (at least that was how I started, Yankee Cannonball :)) Im too young yet though to be thinking about taking young children on their first rides; my goal is to just get my deprived friends on them.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 11:55 PM
I started my 8 year old (at the time) daughter on Tremors. Then again, I am Nasai, and she has my genes for better or worse. ;)

I tried a year back to break my sister in law into the "scary" world of thrilling coasters (ala B:TR, and RR at SFMM). It didn't happen... but she did love Goldrusher.... and hey, it's a start. Yay for her!

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