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Just knock out the tallest coaster...once you get over the hump, literally, then you will overcome your fear. You could always close your eyes on a ride, which I used to do when I was young.
I did to just like my sister said when i was small''When ever youget to ride big rides close your eyes"
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i started on coasters because of peer pressure. It's the same thing as conquering any fear, for me that is, just do it. I forced myself on and knew if I didn't like it, it would only take about 1-2 minutes and it'd all be over with. I always thought of it as: "You'll never know unless you ride."


Cheesy? yes.

Effective? also yes.

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Just do it! Just get on! Nothing could possibly happen, i mean, look at all those people getting off and smileing!


Remember: You'll regret it someday if you don't.


Exactly what will happen! If you're as big as an amusement park fan on this board, and you don't go on a ride because you were too nervous, one day you'll think of the ride, and really hate yourself. Trust me, it happens. It happened to me once.

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^^^^That is the same thing that I did, it really works great because I wouldn't come near any coaster at all and now look at me I can't get off of them. I had cousins that were younger than me and I wanted to look brave and courageous. Thank God they were there

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Close your eyes if you need to. I did this on my first SLC ride. Also, keep your head facing forward and touching the headrest if there is one. If you have a bad first experience on a ride, it may turn you off to the ride or even to all coasters (Predator once did this to me....ugh)

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All of this is good advice. Before you get in line, make sure to notice (or mention to the nervous rider-to-be) the people coming out, and how most of them are smiling. It's always good to ride with friends or someone who can be comforting or give you confidence. Once you get on, if you're really nervous, simply close your eyes (and cover your ears if you really want to), and let the coaster happen. It's always that lift that gets people nervous, and once you're over it, the rest is smooth sailing.


Well, unless you're on a Vekoma.

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It's time to tell my tale!


"How I Learned to Love Roller Coasters and Stopped Worrying About the Beast"


By Barry Hom


The TV news show "Inside Edition" reported that your chances of getting into a fatal roller coaster accident are 1 in 10 million. Yet, every time I thought about riding one, I thought that I would die.


I used to avoid riding roller coasters. I chickened out on Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom. I avoided Busch Gardens Tampa for years. If I didn't ride the roller coasters, I didn’t think I could do much else at that theme park. I did ride Big Thunder Mountain at the Magic Kingdom and I was terrified. I swore to never do it again!


That all changed when I visited Islands of Adventure in May 1999. I initially planned to avoid riding the roller coasters. My main draw to the park was one ride – The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. I passed by the Incredible Hulk Coaster many times thinking, "I'll save it for later." Finally, I decided to ride it.


I almost ran away from the entrance, but I thought of what my mom said when I wouldn't eat lima beans -- "How do you know if you don't like it if you haven't tried it?" I never ate my lima beans and I still haven’t put them in my mouth, but I figured I'd ride the roller coaster once and if I didn't like it, I'd ride something else. There are plenty of other things to do at the park!


I entered the queue and I felt my heart pounding, my skin crawling, and my breath becoming shorter. Finally, I entered the coaster and was strapped in. I felt more scared than any other time in my life. It was scarier than my first date! As the car rolled into the launch tube, I want to cry. Then guests seated in the back of the coaster started yelling, "Whoo!" I began to yell "Whoo!" too. Suddenly, my fear turned into excitement and I was launched out!


I yelled "Whoo!" so much that my voice was harsh after the ride. I don't remember much of what the track looked like because I kept my eyes closed (especially during the upside-down parts), but I was having so much fun that I didn’t really care. At the end of the ride, I said, "What a rush!" At that moment, a roller coaster enthusiast was born!


I had planned to ride the Hulk Coaster zero times, but I ended up riding it seven times. I finally conquered the Magic Kingdom’s Space Mountain. I visited Busch Gardens Tampa a few months after visiting Islands of Adventure and enjoyed the coasters there. I’ve visited Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio – the roller coaster mecca – several times as well as many other roller coaster parks around the United States. I’ve joined the American Coaster Enthusiasts and I’m a current member of the Florida Coaster Club. Even though I’ve ridden the tallest and fastest coaster in the world (at the time when it opened in 2003) – Cedar Point’s Top Thrill Dragster – as my 100th coaster, I haven’t found a roller coaster that gave me a rush like my first ride on the Incredible Hulk Coaster, but I find joy in each and every one that I ride.


Perhaps one day I will have the courage to eat lima beans.

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