#AtoZChallenge: R is for Rollercoaster

Do you remember the first rollercoaster you rode? The first major one I remember riding was the Cyclone at Carowinds, when I was seven. It was fast, went upside down a couple of times, and — most importantly — was scary.  In my mind, I was officially one of the big kids for riding it. For years to come, I never shied away at rollercoasters, no matter how tall or fast they were.

That changed. Hello, anxious mind — ruining, among other things, all things thrill-related.

The last time I went to Carowinds, I spent quite a bit of time looking up the odds of dying or being severely injured on a rollercoaster and discussing the many things that could go wrong while waiting in line. (Dying is one in 24 million, in case you were wondering, but having the thing tower over you makes those odds seem much higher.) I don’t get too worked up on some of the older rides, but the newer ones that tower over 200 feet tall? Yikes. A few people in front of us left the line, which my husband chalked up to my chatter. So, if you’re eager to get on a ride faster, skip the Fast Pass and become the harbinger of doom.

When Little Man was four, we got season passes to Carowinds since he was finally big enough to ride a lot of rides. He was excited to find out that he was tall enough to ride one of the small rollercoasters in the kiddie area. The morning before we made the drive to the theme park, Little Man told us that he had a concern, which isn’t too surprising, as he’s a lot like me. His particular concern that morning wasn’t anything that had ever crossed my mind, though.

Luckily he managed to get through the ride with everything intact, and then rode the same ride another half dozen times.

Are you a fan of rollercoasters and other thrill rides?

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Author: Erika

I’m a SAHM to two kids. When I’m not doing all the typical mom things (diapers, soccer, etc.), I like writing, reading, and playing games. Clearly I live the life of a rock star.

27 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: R is for Rollercoaster”

  1. When I was a teen, I lost some of my hair weave while riding the Steel Phantom here in Pittsburgh. Whipped right off my head. I just knew it flew into the face of the guy behind me, but I never turned to look. Can you say mortified? You never know what’s gonna fly off on those roller coasters! 😂😂😂

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  2. AHAHAHAHA! Omaword, that cracked me up!
    I usta love the roller coasters and all kindsa daredevil stuff, for that matter. I’m glad I did all that before the crippling anxiety and vertigo. Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever be able to enjoy that stuff again, but I’m doubtful. I get sick on swings. LOL

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    1. Can you imagine how much joint pain there would be now, especially on those old wooden coasters? Yikes. Watching the first-person videos is thrill enough!

      Ha! The Carowinds near us has a swing ride that goes up 300 feet. I *tried* to get on, but bolted right after my husband pulled down the harness. He was so mad.

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  3. How funny! As if his pants wouldn’t hold everything on in case things went south?!
    I LOVE rollercoasters!!!! I am literally salivating to go to Six Flags … it’s been years and I’m DYING to go! I’m hoping this summer if my own baby girl will let someone else feed her milk….. The faster/higher, the better!!!!

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    1. He checked afterwards 😀

      Good luck! On both getting out of providing the milk and surviving those steep odds 😉 Watching the first-person videos of some of those rides is enough to make my heart beat out of my chest lol

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    1. LOL. Maybe TMI (well, almost certainly TMI), but Sam got certain bits tripped between the harness that pulls down between the crotch on one ride. The screams as we plunged down the hills were horrifying. We later had BG, though, so no permanent damage.

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  4. Oh I just loved them. But am traumatized after one that stopped while you are upside down and it feels like your slipping from the sit and falling. Oh my, never again. You’re little man just gave me a new fear two. From now on I might never ride again, worried that I might lose my privates. Come on, I want to be a mom some day so I need them!!

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    1. Oh my god. That has always been one of my fears with roller coasters! There is a swing ride at the theme park near us that goes up 300 feet, and it has been known for getting stuck at the top. You couldn’t pay me to get on it!

      Haha 😀

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  5. I hated rollercoasters when I was little and didn’t really start riding (And loving) them til I was about 12/13 years old. The stomach drop thing always concerned me. (And I’ll do spinny rides but hate the droppy kind!)

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