Vote of the week: Open or shut?
I'm starting a vote of the week, where I'll ask some theme park-related question that y'all can discuss in the comments.
This one's a pet peeve of mine, but we'll see what folks have to say.
FWIW: For those of you familiar with my background in stats, I know that these are garbage polls. That's why I'm calling them "votes," not polls, and using them simply as fun excuses for discussions. So have fun with 'em.
My friend rides with her eyes shut and then tells me how much fun the ride was. How much fun can it be if you can't see everything whizzing by? Best part of Kraken, (haven't done Griffon or Sheikra yet) was eyes open, front row, shoes off, waving arms & legs in the air. Might have looked funny, but it was FUN!!!
I've always hated roller coasters as a child and I'm just not getting used to them as an adult.
Once or twice, out of curiosity I've rode with my eyes closed part of the time. It made the ride meaningless--I might as well have been sitting down somewhere pretending to ride. For me, even on a ride in the dark like Space Mountain there's still a lot to see. One semi-recent experience of mine: the exquisite awesomeness of the in-ride view you get on Silver Bullet at Knott's Berry Farm (and you don't have to sit in front because everything to see is below you), how can you not be wowed by that?
Good ideas with these votes and stuff!
My answer is yes. Open on the way up, sometimes closed on the way down :)
Nothing better than the sight of Lake Erie and the surroundings of Cedar Point as you crest the top of a 400+ foot hill.
If you close your eyes in the final brake run of Kumba, you'll get vertigo (and very likely hurl).
I always keep my eyes open, it adds to the thrill of the ride to see things fly by. I admit that on my first ride I closed my eyes on Sheikra down the big hill, but open the rest of the ride. I always keep my eyes open now, whats the point of closing them?
Open unless I'm getting bored, then to spice it up I'll try it with them shut. ;)
I started out w/my eyes closed due to me being afraid of heights but I've been slowly keeping my eyes open. Last yr on BMTR I kept my eyes open for the first time on a steel coaster & it was awesome! I was very proud of myself! lol. I have trouble w/faster coasters like Alpinegeist & Desperado because I'm afraid the breeze will somehow knock my contacts out, lol. Silly maybe but I always feel that might happen. There's some I still close my eyes though like Ninja at SFOG or just tall ones like Ninja, or Anaconda, Viper, etc. (I didn't ride Anaconda but it's tall like the others so I'm definitly assuming that I'll keep my eyes closed at least on the lift, probably not the rest of the way but still get heebie jeebies on the lifts.) I'm a wuss, lol.
As a wee little coaster...hater? Yes, I used to despise roller coasters. When I was younger, I rode EVERY ride with my eyes scrunched thoroughly shut.
I have always kept my eyes open. It never really occurred to me to close them. In fact I always thought it would be much scarier to close them then open them.
Always open, EXCEPT for one moment on one coaster. On Goliath at Magic Mountain, I always close my eyes during the Helix later in the ride where people are known to grayout. I know it happens to me, but I don't want to see it happening, so I close my eyes on that part.
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