Do you have a fear of roller coasters? Don’t worry, “coaster-phobia” is perfectly normal. In fact, roller coasters are actually meant to be scary! Thankfully, there are several techniques to overcome your fear and actually enjoy them. Hopefully these tips will help you gradually ease yourself into riding coasters to the point that you’ll get right back in line for more!
Starting with the biggest coaster in the park probably isn’t the best idea unless you just want to get it over with. Instead, start with the smaller rides and gradually work your way up at your own pace. Mine trains are usually a good first-coaster: They have small drops and low speeds, but still offer a fun ride. Once you feel comfortable with the small rides, go ahead and try a slightly bigger one.
Don’t be pressured
Don’t give in if someone is trying to force you to get on something bigger than you feel comfortable riding. Doing so could result in even more fear if you’re not ready yet. Again, start small and work your way up.
Roller coasters aren’t dangerous
If you’re afraid of getting hurt, remember that roller coasters aren’t dangerous. You only have a 1 in 1.5 billion chance of getting fatally injured on a roller coaster. That’s safer than riding in a car! It’s almost impossible for anything to go wrong: The restraints securely lock in place, an anti-rollback system keeps the train from rolling backwards down the lift hill, and wheels underneath the track prevent the coaster from flying off the track.
Don’t overthink it
If you get scared while waiting in line, try not to think about the ride too much. Don’t watch the coaster, but instead, try to distract your mind with something else. Look at the riders’ excited reactions as they get off the ride, and remember that that’s how you’ll be feeling when the ride is over.
Enjoy the ride
Choose a seat in the middle of the train for the least-intense ride experience and shove your restraint tightly into place to ease your fear of falling. Don’t forget to scream! Besides actually making you feel better, screaming keeps your blood circulating and decreases your chances of blacking out. Above all, enjoy the ride and remember that it will be over in no time.
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