Published: September 17, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Interesting story. I find it interesting how different people have their elements that scare them and another person could have a completely different thing to be intimidating to them. I didn't like high, stomach taking drops where you feel confined and forced to look down.... but I remember steel inversions did not really bother me. My first coaster with inversions it was like an instant high that I had to do again. The hill that led to the inversions was always the challenge of the ride for me. Sounds like the drop might actually be the high for you!

I also hate any drop rides. I use to go to the park with people who were afraid of the pirate ship that hangs you upside down (that did not bother me at all) but who would ride those drop towers (which I will not do after my trauma that was the Free Fall at Six Flags Over Georgia. Different people just see things differently sometimes. I'll take hanging upside down as an easier challenge compared to being dropped off to free fall down the side of a tower any day!


Published: September 17, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Great story, thanks for sharing.

Edit - I forgot to add, even though I don't have a fear of mega rides or heights, I did second guess myself when the arm of the Insanity on top of the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas rotated out over the edge of the tower with the street 900 feet below. By the time the ride started spinning, it turned from doubt into adrenaline.

If you go to Vegas, you should ride each one of the three they have up there. If you really want to test your limits of putting your life in someone else's hands, do the Sky Jump.


Published: September 17, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Thank you for sharing this fun story.
I myself am afraid of heights, have been my whole life. So when I wanted to go in my first coaster I went in the Efteling who had the biggest European coaster at that time. It has 2 loopings and a corkscrew. Not much but I was very scared. When me and my friend arrived there at the end of the day (I didn't want the ride to ruin my whole day) they were filming a commercial. We went on the ride and they told if we didn't want our head in the commercial we had to leave so we stayed. We went once, eyes closed squeezing the restrains as hard as I could. When we rolled back into the station they asked if everyone wanted to go again and no one said no so there I went again and again and again... I road that sucker 10 times in a row ending up with my eyes wide open and hands in the air.
Unfortunately, due to osteoporosis (I'm 47) I'm not allowed to ride coasters ever again. My back or neck could snap due to the pressure. Fortunately I still can ride Spiderman at IOA and I think from beginning to end it's actually more fun that a coaster but I sure miss it. I loved the looping at Kraken or the launce at Hulk...
James Koehl

Published: September 17, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Bobbie, you write the best articles! It's always a treat to read them. Thanks!
Annette Forrest

Published: September 17, 2013 at 5:15 PM

I just love your articles Bobbie. You and Amanda Jenkins are my favorite writers. Something about your columns. They just make me laugh and I feel like you wrote it just for me, like it's an email from a friend.
Brian Emery

Published: September 18, 2013 at 6:38 AM

Thanks I really enjoyed this.. You had me at
"After all, I grew up with woodies "...

Just kidding...

Serge Boucher

Published: September 18, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Another great review from Bobbie! I love them and I hope that more are coming. It would be great to see a weekly column or something. I've known Bobbie for over a year and I love reading her reviews here, on her blog or via email.
I was afraid of coasters before knowing Bobbie, now I love them. Coasters are something that needs acclimatization, so I can certainly relate to this article.