Sadly, in my early 30's I came to the conclusion that my body and I did not respond to roller coasters like I used to. After I got myself strapped in I would always tug violently at the body straps and the waist restraints and then say a silent prayer, 'Please God, don't let me die.' I would actually say it over and over again.
My first moment of panic was experienced at Six Flags Over Texas on Batman: The Ride . This is a ride that leaves your feet dangling and you experience constant twists and turns. It is almost impossible to keep your head against the head rest and all you see is sun and all you hear is the loud track. I did not think I was going to lose it until the very end of the ride. After the ride does a not so gentle stop, it takes you to a closed in hotbox. It was at this point that I had that 'Oh my gosh, I am going to pass out or die' moment. I looked at my husband and told him that I thought that I was going to vomit or lose it and he did what I expected him to do. He said, 'Don't! You will be fine!' So I closed my eyes and breathed and threw up all over the place.. Just kidding, but I did close my eyes, breathe and pray that the Six Flags crew would get us off this ride quick.
On our next trip to a theme park I tried to ride Batman again and the same thing happened. I also tried to ride all of the other rides I had ridden in the past, but my body had the same reaction. My first thought was that I was getting old and that my brain could no longer handle it, but after some research I diagnosed myself with having Roller Coaster Phobia. This gave me a great relief. I can now tell my family that it's not my fault that I can't ride roller coasters anymore, that I had a medical disorder.
Below are some rides I rode at Disney World after being diagnosed with Roller Coaster Phobia. Enjoy!
The picture was taken at the very start of the ride. If the picture was taken at the end you would have seen the fear across my face.
This was not even an actual 'ride', but by the look on my face you can tell how scared I am. Everyone else has a sarcastic 'scare' face on but mine is real!
This was the scariest ride I rode at Disney World. It is called Expedition Everest and it is the scariest ride I have ridden since I diagnosed myself with Roller Coaster Phobia. I think what scared me most was the unknown. This ride put me on the verge of tears. SN- Yes, it looks like I am passing gas in this picture, but I promise I am not.
What is your roller coaster ride experience? What is your favorite ride/ theme park?
Written by: Aimee Fauci