Slowing Down Roller Coasters

I went to Carowinds with Little Man and my husband last week. I hadn’t planned on going, because I’ve had back troubles recently, but Little Man begged me. It’s hard for me to say “no,” especially where making memory type things are concerned. I figured I’d go enjoy the togetherness and take pictures, but I ended up riding some stuff anyway. Not the best idea, but it was fun. Mostly.

Little Man was talking about some rides that he wanted to ride on the way in and mentioned The Intimidator. I probably don’t need to provide a description thanks to its name, but in case you want the details, it’s over 200 feet tall and about a mile long. (And you can see it here.) It used to be the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the park, but the Carowinds powers that be decided they needed an even bigger and even faster coaster, so they built Fury, which is 325 feet tall. Two of the highest roller coasters in the country are in one park. (While looking up the heights for these, I saw that there are some coasters that top 400 feet, making the Intimidator look like child’s play!)

Back in the day, I loved roller coasters. I lived for them, even. But now, at the ripe age of 33, joint/muscle issues, and anxiety that prompts me to look up death statistics with different rides? Yeah, I’m not so much of a fan. But, once again, Little Man started begging, so I agreed to ride. This is the first summer he was tall enough to ride the real roller coasters, and this was the first one, so it was a big deal for him.

That’s pretty sweet, right? First big kid roller coaster, and it’s important that his mom get on it with him. That’s what I thought, but then he made a comment that let me know that perhaps his insistence on me riding wasn’t a making memories thing that came from his heart. Not completely, anyway.

Thanks, buddy.

I rode it anyway — pretty sure I didn’t slow things down a bit — screamed my head off, and my picture was so bad that we had to purchase it.

The real picture is MUCH better than that. I couldn’t really capture the almost sobbing, close to an anxiety attack, fears for her life look that I had going on. A couple of my friends did laugh so hard they almost cried, though, so that’s how bad it is.

Are you a fan of the big roller coasters or do you like to stick to rides closer to the ground?

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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.

25 thoughts on “Slowing Down Roller Coasters”

  1. I like roller coasters but I’m with you about the aches and pains from being jostled and I’ve been hearing way too many scary stories about renegade coasters. Your son would REALLY appreciate me in the back of the ride 🙂 but I’m working on that. Great post and yes to the memories.

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  2. Oh kids. They make you melt and then blindside you. … It took a long time for me to get the courage to keep my eyes open during roller coasters, although sometimes the mere force of the ride makes that tricky.

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  3. Hahah, great comment! I don’t mind roller coasters but my stomach is not a fan – I tend to vom on most rides bigger than…Nope, actually, I get sick on everything, including swings and roundabouts!

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  4. I’m with you. I used to LOOOOOOVE coasters, the bigger and faster, the better. I had my arthritis then, so I won’t blame the joints, but the last time I rode coasters was summer solstice 1998, I was 24, and I did not enjoy it. I ached badly. I felt beaten up.
    Now, with bigger boobs and anxiety, I don’t think it’s worth giving it another go. I’ve had my fun 😀 I’m glad I had so much of it!
    I’d love to see the photo, too 😉

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    1. Not that I’m trying to convince you to get on one by any means, but the good thing about the new coasters is that they aren’t jerky at all, super smooth ride. Unfortunately the anxiety is worse with those, though. I might IG it to you 😉

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  5. Kids just say what’s on their mind and it is so innocent you can’t say anything but a teasing comment back at them. I will forever remember my grandson saying “jiggly butt” as he walked up the stairs behind me. It is something we still laugh about even now. As far as riding roller coasters, yes in my younger days, I read too many statistics and those kinds of things scare me now.

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    1. Hahaha! Kids are hilarious, and it really is hard to be bothered at all, especially since most of what they say (at least at his age and below) is never meant in a mean way.


  6. I think having kids had changed my sense of balance a bit. I never used to get motion sick ’til I had kids. That plus being quite a bit heavier than I was all contribute to making roller coasters a real head-spinning experience.

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  7. Oh my goodness, he is going to be a scientist with that kind of comment …! Oh, those slicing words, said so innocently….
    I have always loved roller coasters, but as I get older I do feel a slight fear of heights growing. I’m planning to hit Six Flags this year, but I may have to wear a diaper, haha (am I kidding? I’m not sure…).
    Btw you are a super good sport for riding along when your son asked you to!

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    1. That’s his plan 😀 He’s been so precious doing science experiments with his sister the past couple of weeks.

      Hahaha! My husband nearly had to stick his head in a trash can after one of the roller coasters. Getting older isn’t for the weak!


  8. You could not pay me enough money to get on a roller coaster like that. Or any roller coaster for anybody over the age of 5. Disneyland’s Matterhorn and Thunder Mountain are about as roller coaster-y as I’ll go. Space Mountain, not so much, mostly because it’s in the dark. Kudos to you for going on the Intimidator!

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