Thrill rides

  1. When was the last time you went on a thrill ride at a theme park? The last one I rode was about 8 years at Magic Mountain... I rode two of them that day, the Revolution roller coaster and Batman the Ride. I guess you could consider ''Star Wars'' at Disneyland a thrill ride, too, and I probably rode that the year after we went to Magic Mountain. Most of the trips we've made to Disneyland we've stayed with some of the tamer rides, though. We used to head up to Legoland, which is less than 10 miles from our house, and at the time, they didn't have any thrill rides.
    Last edit by mercyteapot on Sep 1, '06
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  3. by   BabyRN2Be
    We went on several when we went to Disney World in Orlando. We rode on Space Mountain (kinda different from Disneyland), and for a different experience we went on Test Track at Epcot. The problem was that the ride seemed to stop at least a couple of times throughout (once in the Corrision Chamber...). We did get the effect of the ride out on the "highway" part of the ride though. It was quite fun and we look forward to returning in January.

    Maybe this time we'll get brave and try "Mission to Mars".
  4. by   Tweety
    I love them. But I hate that they went to the ones that lock you in to where you can barely move. The last time was about 8 years ago at Busch Gardens in Tampa. I had an anxiety attack because I became very claustriphobic being trapped in by the shoulders not able to move. I haven't been on one since.

    I loved the old ones that let your upper body be free.
  5. by   dianah
    (settle in, kids, it's story time )

    About 25+ years ago, dh and I went with some friends and their extended family (including a 70+ year-old Aunt, in her Auntie dress) to Knotts Berry Farm. They all (including the 70+ yr-old Aunt) wanted to go on the fast rides. I hate roller coasters. I don't ride them. But everyone (including the 70+ yr-old Aunt) wanted to go on the newest fast ride, Montezuma's Revenge.
    Montezuma's Revenge looks like a giant cursive "e" and the roller coaster cars start facing the curve, accelerate around the curve (yeah, upside down and everything), then go up the track, stop, and then repeat the ride. Backwards. After the curve, the coaster stops at the top of the cursive (beginning of the "e"), and rolls down to the starting position.

    As we stood in line to board the ride, I watched the faces of those exiting the ride. They looked flushed and giddy, happy for their trip.

    I counted the ppl getting on, and those getting off. The numbers were pretty close, and I was assured no one disappeared during the ride. I also noted no falling bodies while the ride was in motion.

    I talked to myself, "I can do this. Everyone else is looking forward to it. Even the 70+ yr-old Aunt. If she can do it, I can do it."

    When we finally boarded and were belted in, the ride took off with a push of g-forces, and as it quickly built speed, I automatically opened my mouth and closed my eyes. "Oh no, Oh no, Oh no" quickly became my mantra (at least I was breathing). Later dh said he was afraid I was going to try to get off the ride while it was in motion, I was babbling so much. (crazy idea! I know better than that, no matter what state of mind I was in!)

    Finally the ride stopped. I opened my eyes. The seatbelts were released. I decided to spring out of the coaster as if nothing were wrong, and trip blithely down the ramp from the ride, as if unaffected by the g-tug and eustacian scramble and brain short I'd just received.

    My friend remarked, as he stood up from his seat, "I looked around for the exit, and Diana was already halfway down the ramp, ahead of everyone!!" So much for trying to maintain cool.


    I recently went on Tower of Terror at Disneyland's California Adventure. It's something I wouldn't like to repeat. I don't think I breathed at all when the car dropped 13 stories. Or when it dropped 7 or 8 or 10 stories again. I seemed to remember breathing only on the ride up. Once again, I was shamed into riding, by ds's friend, who assured me the ride "wasn't bad at all." Now I know: it's not bad if your brain is already twisted to believe it's not bad. I didn't believe. I had an inkling she was wrong in her evaluation of the ride.

    Note to self: trust instincts.
  6. by   Yarra
    Quote from dianah
    I recently went on Tower of Terror at Disneyland's California Adventure.
    I LOVE that ride! I am assuming it is the same Tower of Terror that they have in Orlando. Out there it is based in an old haunted hotel thingy??

    Well, it sits next to the Areosmith rollercoaster. We too went with our then 76 year old uncle. Who, like a PRO, hopped right on the Areosmith ride.

    THE THING GOES FROM 0 TO 134589 mph in .2 seconds, and it didn't stop there. We, (my mom, my aunt, my self) had thought we sent my Uncle, (actually my great uncle) into cardiac arrest.

    We get off, and the only complaint he has is that he was sure he had lost his hat on the loop-d-loop. AAAH! He wanted to do it again!

    I should add that he celebrated his 80th birthday just 5 days ago. And doing VERY well! I have NO doubt he would do it all over again. Even at 80!
  7. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from dianah
    (settle in, kids, it's story time )

    About 25+ years ago, dh and I went with some friends and their extended family (including a 70+ year-old Aunt, in her Auntie dress) to Knotts Berry Farm. They all (including the 70+ yr-old Aunt) wanted to go on the fast rides. I hate roller coasters. I don't ride them. But everyone (including the 70+ yr-old Aunt) wanted to go on the newest fast ride, Montezuma's Revenge.
    Montezuma's Revenge looks like a giant cursive "e" and the roller coaster cars start facing the curve, accelerate around the curve (yeah, upside down and everything), then go up the track, stop, and then repeat the ride. Backwards. After the curve, the coaster stops at the top of the cursive (beginning of the "e"), and rolls down to the starting position.

    As we stood in line to board the ride, I watched the faces of those exiting the ride. They looked flushed and giddy, happy for their trip.

    I counted the ppl getting on, and those getting off. The numbers were pretty close, and I was assured no one disappeared during the ride. I also noted no falling bodies while the ride was in motion.

    I talked to myself, "I can do this. Everyone else is looking forward to it. Even the 70+ yr-old Aunt. If she can do it, I can do it."

    When we finally boarded and were belted in, the ride took off with a push of g-forces, and as it quickly built speed, I automatically opened my mouth and closed my eyes. "Oh no, Oh no, Oh no" quickly became my mantra (at least I was breathing). Later dh said he was afraid I was going to try to get off the ride while it was in motion, I was babbling so much. (crazy idea! I know better than that, no matter what state of mind I was in!)

    Finally the ride stopped. I opened my eyes. The seatbelts were released. I decided to spring out of the coaster as if nothing were wrong, and trip blithely down the ramp from the ride, as if unaffected by the g-tug and eustacian scramble and brain short I'd just received.

    My friend remarked, as he stood up from his seat, "I looked around for the exit, and Diana was already halfway down the ramp, ahead of everyone!!" So much for trying to maintain cool.


    I recently went on Tower of Terror at Disneyland's California Adventure. It's something I wouldn't like to repeat. I don't think I breathed at all when the car dropped 13 stories. Or when it dropped 7 or 8 or 10 stories again. I seemed to remember breathing only on the ride up. Once again, I was shamed into riding, by ds's friend, who assured me the ride "wasn't bad at all." Now I know: it's not bad if your brain is already twisted to believe it's not bad. I didn't believe. I had an inkling she was wrong in her evaluation of the ride.

    Note to self: trust instincts.
    My husband and son went on Montezooma's Revenge, when our son was still pretty young. I wasn't along on that trip.
  8. by   NursesRmofun
    Quote from mercyteapot
    When was the last time you went on a thrill ride at a theme park? The last one I rode was about 8 years at Magic Mountain... I .
    I think it was Disney World in about 1987! hahahaha
  9. by   Roy Fokker
    The most recent one was Hades @ Mt. Olympus last month. I went over 10 times on that one in one single day - too much fun

    Ride Type: Wooden Coaster
    Status: Operating since 5/14/2005
    Category: Sit-Down
    Builder: The Gravity Group, LLC
    Length: 4726'
    Height: 136'
    Drop Height: 154'
    Drop Angle: 65
    Max Speed: 70 mph

    Described by Nick Laskaris, Big Chief's owner, as "huge than compared to anything else in the region", which indicates that it will be even bigger compared to its other three wooden coasters (Zeus, Cyclops, and Pegasus, all CCI Coasters).

    This coaster features two underground tunnels. One tunnel is the longest roller coaster tunnel in the world. Another first for a wooden coaster is an extreme 90-degree banked turn underground in complete darkness.
    That 90 degree bank in the tunnel is simply insane! :chuckle
    You can see the gallery here: http://database.thrillnetwork.com/db...hp?rideid=1809
  10. by   RGN1
    I like "Montu" at Busch, it's the only roller-coaster I'll ride, I hate those big drops now that I'm no longer a youngster but "Montu" rocks!!! Last went 2 years ago - didn't make it this year on our vacation.

    I love "star Tours" at Disney because I'm a Star wars fan big time. Haven't been there for some time though - probably 4 years ago was the last time I rode it. Not sure it truly counts though because I wouldn't class it as "white knuckle"

    Ooooh & I LOVE "Atlantis" at Sea World, again a couple of years since I rode it though. Hope to get season passes & Florida residents rates at all of this stuff once we move though.

    Oh yeah, what about that disco ride at Wet & Wild Orlando - forgotten it's name but that was COOOOOOOL!!! Went this year. My hubbie & son did that big drop thing where you go in a capsule & then they take the floor away, son loved it, hubbie bricking it (Cockney rhyming slang - sure you get the meaning) NO WAY was mother going any where near it!!!
  11. by   leslie :-D
    you know, i always prided myself in keeping up w/the best of them.
    there was no ride too fast, too scary, too vertical.
    always being defiant and adventurous, there isn't anything i wouldn't do on a dare.

    well. :stone

    a couple of wks ago, i brought my sons and their friends to canobie lake park in nh.
    they have this, God, i can't even call it a ride: it's these seats attached by pulleys to an overhead cable, that elevate you to around 30-40 feet above ground, and s-l-o-w-l-y putts around the park, taking in the views.
    i saw tots under 2, sitting next to their parent, only secured by a lifter bar in front of them.
    senior citizens were holding hands and in love, as they enjoyed the soothing rhythm of this very slow pace.

    me and my 13 yo ds went on, just to chill for a few.
    i started getting this sense of vertigo whenever i looked down.
    panic set in. (oh yes it did)
    my hands were clenched onto 2 different areas of the car.
    oh. and my knuckles were white.
    i had to keep my head up, focused on tree tops, so i wouldn't 'slide-off' the car to my death.

    christopher wanted to slide off the car, to his death, rather than be seen with his sweating-bullets-heavy-breathing-mom.

    i prayed soooo darned hard to God, to get me through this.
    the times i did look down, truly, everything went in slow motion and i had this feeling of sliding forward.

    BABIES AND THE ELDERLY WERE RIDING THIS!!
    and then there was me.
    christopher told me i was scaring the babies and making them cry.

    what's up with that?????

    leslie
    Last edit by leslie :-D on Sep 2, '06
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Magic Mountain at Disney (LONG AGO AS A KID). I do remember loving it....

    But I have no desire to go the theme parks today. Too expensive, too many lines, too much waiting. Give me a day at the beach, anyday. That is all the thrill I ever need. Thankfully, both my kids get sick on even carosels, so I have the perfect excuse never to spend another hard-earned dollar in these money traps!
  13. by   WickedRedRN
    Going to Indiana Beach tomorrow to take in some coaster time! Last time I was on a coaster was in July. This summer has been pretty thrill ride packed for us. We were at Cedar Point for CoasterMania, 16 coasters and 18 hours in the park! Then we headed off to Holiday World and Indiana Beach a couple of times.

    Yep, you guessed it, hubby and I are card carrying coaster geeks!!

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