Scared of coasters, but want to ride Diamondback... any tips?Kings Island: I would love to ride KI's new ride, Diamondback but I have a great fear of rollercoasters..any tips at all?
From Nikki ReynoldsDOes anyone have any tips at all for riding a rollercoaster without being a big chicken!?!?! I am going to King's Island on Tuesday and I would LOVE to ride their new ride, Diamondback! I just don't know if I can do it! The last time I rode a rollercoaster was when I was probably 7 years old at Disney World. I've never always been afraid of rollercoasters, but that year we went to Disney World changed my life of rollercoaster riding forever. I was tricked by my cousin that Space Mountain, the new rollercoaster, was a water ride. Oh how gulible I was! I absolutley love water rides and my cousin Austin decided to lie to me and tell me that Space Mountain was a water ride. A few hours into walking around the park my mother and I took a tour of Space Mountain. There was a little train that went around the rollercoaster and it was pitch black in there. The only thing I remember seeing was glow in the dark carts and I heard people screaming. My mother said it was a rollercoaster and that Austin tricked me. I remember telling my mother that I was definitely not going on that ride and no one can make me go! Since we were having soo much fun I totally forgot it was a rollercoaster and thought it was still a water ride and ended up going on it. I was scared to death and was screaming the whole entire time. I mean what do you expect i couldn't see anything it was black! After the ride i was very shaken up. I could not stop shaking and i kicked my cousin in the leg but that didn't do any good I just got in trouble. Now I have a very very bad fear of rollercoasters and now all the stories that I've heard about people getting hurt is making me uneasy. I really want to have some fun this time and enjoy it while I can. I want to make it as memorable as possible because it would be awesome to actually have some fun this summer.... sorry for dragging on. ANY TIPS???? It would really help when it comes time to ride Diamondback I would hate to go home knowing that I chickened out and there probably won't be a next time any time soon. So if you could help me out that would be great!!! Thank you!! (:
Posted June 7, 2009 at 7:56 PM
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From christian giovanninisorry but i dont have any advice for u but i gotta question. Do u get wet on the splashdown
Posted June 7, 2009 at 8:17 PM
From Steve PintI'll respond to the above poster first before I forget... No, on most of the ride you get a bit of am mist, but the few back rows you do get decently wet.
Posted June 7, 2009 at 8:43 PM
For the post, I know this will sound stupid... But what helped me to go on coasters before I fell in love with them, was to think of "happy" things... Everybody can certainly ride any coaster, but the beforehand is what makes you think you can't do it.
You'll do fine, if you are scared to go on it, don't think about it at all, think about something entirely different, right up until they lock you in the restraints. You'll LOVE this ride, trust me, after you ride it the first time you'll be saying "I want to ride it again!"
From Nikki ReynoldsSplashdown? Is that at KI because the last time I went to KI was when i was probably 5 and that was like 8 years ago. Im sry I can't tell you I really don't remember anything about KI.
Posted June 7, 2009 at 8:46 PM
From Nikki ReynoldsThank you soo much Steve for the advice.(: I could go all day thinking of things that make me happy! Haha!
Posted June 7, 2009 at 8:56 PM
From Nikki ReynoldsThank you soo much Steve for the advice Steve.(: I could go all day thinking of things that make me happy! Haha!
Posted June 7, 2009 at 8:48 PM
From Nick MarkhamHe wasn't talking about a ride called spalsh down but the water splash at the end of Diamondback (which is very minor).
Posted June 7, 2009 at 8:59 PM
From Nikki Reynoldsohh haha thnks wow im stupid sumtimes(;
Posted June 7, 2009 at 9:08 PM
From Nikki ReynoldsHey Nick, do you have any advice? Steve was great but many things could work couldn't it?
Posted June 7, 2009 at 9:09 PM
From Brandon SWell if you love water rides, just think of diamondback as a water ride because of the splashdown at the end. :)
Posted June 7, 2009 at 9:48 PM
From Bob MillerNikki,a lot of people fear flying, but it's the fear of crashing that really bothers them. So you see, it's the fear of crashing that they're afraid of, not flying, see the difference?
Posted June 8, 2009 at 5:24 AM
With that in mind, what are you afraid of when it comes to coasters? The dark, going upside down, the drop, the bumps, crashing, being tricked? When you figure that our, you can work on you fear.
A great man one said, "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself", great advice huh. If your afraid to go upside down, go on a single loop coaster like Super,Dooper, Looper first. If your afraid of the dark, stay away from Space Mountain. If you fear the first drop, stay away from the front and ride the middle, so you don't see it comimg so well.
Once you figure out what your fears are Nikki, you can work on that, and help to resolve your issue with coasters. So good luck, and have fun, I've been riding coasters for over 60 years.
From Nikki ReynoldsThanks for all the advice guys(:! I'll try everything you say, and Bob you are right, what is there to be afraid of besides dying but what's the chance of that happening? It's rare. I think I'll be able to conquer my fears. All I want is for a good day at KI so that the start of my summer fun begins! Thank you soo much for the tips everyone! (:
Posted June 8, 2009 at 9:35 AM
From Randy CloverNikki, not as though I can say anything other than what everyone else has said, but I was on Diamondback quite a few times over the weekend. Trust me, you will love it. It is a really smooth basic ride. Lots of hills. I think having some fear, anxiety, or nervousness makes a ride that much better. I do agree that after the first ride, you will be hooked.
Posted June 8, 2009 at 11:44 AM
From Nikki ReynoldsThank you!(: I'll try that too!
Posted June 8, 2009 at 6:19 PM
From Nikki ReynoldsThank you soooo much for all the tips you guys!! I had the best time at Kings Island yesterday! I rode Diamondback, The Beast, The Son of the Beast, and Racer and rode them probably 6 times!! They were sooo much fun and I used all your guys tips they really helped alot. Also, I found that screaming helps alot too, today I don't have a voice though. They day went smoothly but the only really bad thing that happened was that Diamondback got stuck because of a poweroutage or something. They got it working again and after the train that got stuck came back, they made everyone get off so that they could do a test run. Otherwise the day was pretty fun and safe! I'll never forget this day at Kings Island. It was the best day of my life! I hope to go back soon too! I officially got over my fear of roller coasters and next time I hope to move on to coasters with loops! Can't wait! Thank you sooo much everyone!!!(: (:
Posted June 10, 2009 at 8:31 AM
From christian giovannininikki - did you get wet on diamond back just curious. Oh and where did you sit
Posted June 10, 2009 at 10:17 AM
From Nikki ReynoldsOn my first ride, and most of my others, I sat in the front so I really just got a little mist. When we were about to leave, I rode it one last time and sat in the back. That is when I got the most wet.
Posted June 10, 2009 at 1:02 PM
From christian giovanninioook thanks for answering my question
Posted June 10, 2009 at 6:01 PM
From Nikki ReynoldsNo problemo!(:
Posted June 10, 2009 at 7:43 PM
From Garret Macdonaldwell here is what I did.......I put my phone in my zipper pocket and my pass in there also the line is short on mondays and I went on it and had a BLAST
Posted July 1, 2009 at 10:52 AM
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