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Six Flags Magic Mountain: The biggest rollercoasters ive been are ghostrider and clossus and im scared to go on rides like SCREAM viper and others in SFMM please HELP!!!

From Miguel Delgado
Posted January 8, 2007 at 8:11 PM
The biggest rollercoasters ive been are ghostrider and clossus and im scared to go on rides like SCREAM viper and others in SFMM please HELP!!!


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From Mostly Anonymous
Posted January 9, 2007 at 4:03 PM
It sounds as though loops are scary for you - so first seek out a roller coaster that has just one loop. At Magic Mountain, you could try Revolution. If you have the opportunity to go to California Adventure, California Screamin' would be a pretty ideal first loop to try.

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted January 9, 2007 at 4:23 PM
I usually close my eyes which helps on some of the more scary ones but also like to ride at night too which helps. Start out 'light' or small. Try a boomerang. They're not that high plus you REALLY REALLY cannot tell you're going upside down on any coaster. Just look at the track or the cars in front of you & try not to look around, just relax. I finally am getting over my 20 yr acrophobia myself by riding coasters. I just started out riding small (mine coaster) then just gradually moved up. The tallest for me so far is Desperado but you can't really see the ground til you go over the lift hill but you're moving so fast that you don't have time to freak so much. Viper just LOOKS scary. It's rough I tell you but as far as being scary, I wasted my time being worried coz it really wasn't scary, just rough. I prefer standup coasters, you may wanna try it first. Revolution is a Swartzkopf so it's naturally gonna be rough but it's not that high off the ground plus it goes thru the trees & such from what I've heard so it'd be a great starter coaster. B&M coasters, however, are very addictive since they're the smoothest, like floating on air. If Scream is anything like Superman KC at SFFTx then I'd suggest riding towards the back in the middle two seats. The front is just too much for me. I also try to ride every coaster on the side that has the 'walk way fence' going up the lift, you know in case you have to get off for some reason. That also helps. Just remember, once you go up, it's all downhill from there. ;) Hope this helps.

From Miguel Delgado
Posted January 9, 2007 at 7:31 PM
thanks alot for the information i hope it helps me when im in SFMM

From mike brunson
Posted January 10, 2007 at 10:01 PM
all the rides aren't that scary you just got to say i can do this and just go on it face you fears

From Miguel Delgado
Posted January 10, 2007 at 10:10 PM
how does it feel to go on a loop?

From Matthew Baker
Posted January 11, 2007 at 5:59 AM
You know what it feels like when you start going up a hill, or through a "valley" after a drop and you're pushed into your seat? It's like that the whole time you're in a loop. There isn't any "falling out" sense at all from inversions, not even on rides like Scream, Viper, etc. You'll get some lateral Gs in corkscrews, getting pulled to the side some, but not up and out (from your perspective).

I second the suggestion about Revolution: the first time look at the track or down at your feet; ride at night if necessary. Then, now that you know the sensation it gives, ride again and look around and see the horizon rotate and all that cool stuff. :)

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted January 12, 2007 at 10:02 AM
As far as loops are concerned, it's just an illusion to me. If you look at the track in front of you, you REALLY REALLY don't know the difference. BELIEVE me. What also helps is watching POV (Point Of View) coaster videos, that really helped me as well. I just watch them over & over, it gives you sort of what to expect. The Xtreme Coasters DVD has a great deal of the SFMM coasters on it, there's also a good website americacoasters.com that has free videos to watch as well. You can at least see WHAT the coasters pretty much look like. They look a lot more scary when looking at them from down below as opposed to actually being on them. I still can't bring myself to ride Goliath, Titan, or Apollo's Chariot, yet. They only have lap bars. Funny thing is I rode Desperado so I guess that should've helped me but it lifts out onto the roof of the casino so I didn't really see the ground down below, now, the Manhattan Express--no way, not even for a million dollars, it just looks TOO scary like Goliath but I did ride the High Roller on top of the Stratosphere Tower, go figure. Like I said there are some I will ride & some I won't, lol but my hubby promised me a return trip to BGE & PKD so I'll brave AC & Volcano/Anaconda this time,I think. Matthew I do hafta say one thing, there is ONE coaster I rode that caused me to 'fall out' & that was Ultra Twister. I dunno if it was supposed to do that but it did that to me, I had big bruises on my shoulders from the heartline spins where I literally 'slammed' down into the harness. Like I said, I dunno if it was just on me or if it did that for everyone or if hearline rolls do that each time on each coaster that has one but that's what happened w/me. I know that hasn't happened on any other coaster although seemed like on Viper's corkscrews, I was 'hanging' a bit too. Does it depend on how fast your going? I'm sure it would. Any thoughts on that?

From mike brunson
Posted January 12, 2007 at 6:28 PM
it feels like you are being pushed back in your seat it is awesome this park is awesome so it will be fun if you just go on the rides

From Brieson Rowlan
Posted March 9, 2007 at 3:56 PM
I was Scared my first time But... and im telling this to everyone is is afraid of big rollercoasters..... What do you have to be afraid of?

The Drop -- The drop is scary but some people dont know why, it is called Stomach blurb, if you have gone on a roller coaster that has a drop that is between 20 - 60 feet you have felt Stomache blurb. anything under or over 20 - 60 has no stomache blurb.

The Speed -- The funny thing about Speed is that it isnt the speed that actually scares you, its the sound, if you are afraid of the speed, I repeat DO NOT CLOSE YOUR EYES when looking at the rollercoaster, this enables your brain to subcontiously think the roller coaster is more scary then it actually is.

The Loop -- People are afraid of loops because they havent been on one yet, the only way of actualy explaining a loop is: a force pushing you into your seat, you see the track flip up, so it is vertical, instead of horizontal, and thats it, you have litaraly NOTHING to worry about, just take a deep breath and go huh and just go!

The Suspence -- this is the scariest part on a roller coaster actually, Describing Suspence: in order for something to triger your adreanal gland you need suspence, suspence is the thing that tells your brain not to do something. then if you do it your adreanal gland pushes out a liquid called adreneline which give you a boost of energy and exitment, To stimulate, but not stop (if you stop it you wont like the rollercoaster) suspence you need to find your own way of doing it, but dont worry about stopping it so bad because it is almost impossible to stop suspence, Just dont think about it until you get into the seatbelt, just dont listen to your brain and go! The supence it the biggest reason why people are afraid of rollercoasters.


So there they are true scientific definitions, because sometimes it is good to reconize what you are afraid of, so you can stop it.

From everett rubio
Posted June 18, 2007 at 2:55 PM
tell you the truth the scariest part of the ride that has loops like viper is waiting in line. the first time i was in line for viper i felt like if i had to throw up. after u get off the ride omg its so freaken fun you wanna get on it again.

From Logan Decker
Posted June 18, 2007 at 4:38 PM
I used to be really affriad of roller coasters but once I relized that I wont get hurt on it or that I wont die on it, I just faced my fears and rode it. NOW I LOVE ROLLER COASTERS! even though I never thought I would.

Now I know that someone could get hurt on a roller coaster but statistically its safer riding on a roller coaster than driving to the park, the chances of you getting injured on a roller coaster is like 1 in a million.

From Lee Mak
Posted June 22, 2007 at 6:22 AM
The greatest thing about being scared is getting over it by making yourself believe that you can. Fear is a tricky thing; most people don't face it and will actually get more scared over time. The best thing to do is to face your fear. Whatever it is about rollercoasters that makes you scared don't try to ignore it. It will only get worse. You need to be strong and face the fear...stare directly at that big ol' coaster and let the fear turn into excitement. They are very much the same...When you are scared, your heart races, you feel queasy and you want to hide. When you are excited, your heart races, you feel queasy and you want to do whatever is making you feel like that so bad, you can't wait another minute...so really, all you have to do is not hide and you will be ready to go. The best advice I can give you on riding a monster coaster for the first time is wait for the first car. Once you have seen the track right under your feet and you are the first person to scream in joy, you will be hooked or you will never ride again. Either way, you faced your fear and you did what most people don't...get over it and enjoy the fun stuff that life has to offer.

Signed,
Coaster Junkie

From Anthony Murphy
Posted June 23, 2007 at 12:14 PM
Perhaps its just my Six Flags that has this, but there should be some kind of progression of thrills with the roller coasters at the park. Just try to tackle it that way!

And remember, you are safer on the ride than you are in the car on the way there!

From Libby Andrus
Posted June 23, 2007 at 12:23 PM
Don't worry. At Kings Island in Ohio, The Vortex had SIX loops. This was my FIRST big rollercoaster that I've been on. My dad said, "You'll like it, it's fun", so I believed him, and now, this is my favorite ride there! All you have to do is face your fears and say, "you can't see me!"

From Chloe !
Posted June 27, 2007 at 3:15 PM
Scream and viper look big and scary...but they're really not. They're more fun than anything else. You should just find some courage and get on the rides. You might be scared before they start, but after they're finished you'll (hopefully) want to do it again. Don't judge them by apperance, the rides at SFMM look really scary, but they're super fun. Don't let your fear make you miss out! They're great rides.
good luck!

From Jake Countiss
Posted June 27, 2007 at 3:34 PM
I broke my roller coaster fear by riding Big Bad Wolf, which is a suspended coaster. Maybe you should ride Ninja their which is a suspended coaster. Maybe Revolution.

From Tyler W.
Posted June 28, 2007 at 5:02 AM
same with me Jake, BBW was my first coaster. I liked that so much I rode Apollo's Chariot the same day.

From John Smith
Posted July 5, 2007 at 9:20 AM
i always hear people saying that collossus is like ghostrider at knotts. cracks me up. it's actually the other way around, since collossus has been around since, umm, gee, 1979. lol

From Michael Goldsmith
Posted July 5, 2007 at 6:12 PM
Hello. My name is Michael and I am a new member.
I truly need some help. I have been going to amusement parks since I was a little boy. I am now 31 years old; living in California with my wife. For years, I have feared getting onto really BIG coasters; especially coasters with loops. In fact, fear has kept me off of a coaster with a loop. How would you suggest that I handle this situation? My goal is to face the fear and overcome the obstacle.

From bla bla
Posted July 9, 2007 at 4:14 PM
Well to everyone afraid of rollercoasters...you have to remember that the whole entire ride lasts about 2 or 3 mins at the most. The loop is literally about 5 seconds at the most and it feels amazing, its kind of like doing a cartwheel, but a really big one and you arent doing any of the work. And they are MEANT to be scary so there's no shame in being afraid of rollercoasters. All those injuries you hear on the news and what not are 1 out of thousands if not millions of riders, and of course they are gonna happen so thats nothing to fear. I was terrified of B.Thunder Mountain R.R. when i was younger but I told myself if I didnt do it I would regret it, so once you are ON THE RIDE...the fear goes away. Trust me, it's worth the anxiety

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