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Overcoming fears: Tamest and most thrilling seat for each coaster

Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:17 am

So we are just over a week away from the start of the 2019 season and as I mentioned before I'm going to try and over come my fear of coasters.

So my question is are there any coasters that have a tamer place to sit?

For example big thunder mountain in Disneyland Paris is a much slower/gentle ride at the front of the train.

Hopefully I can join the ranks of the "fearless" (I say that as an element of fear is a good thing I mean like not so much fear that I don't get on it lol)
 
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Re: Tamest and most thrilling seat for each coaster

Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:40 am

Generally speaking most coasters are "tamer" at the front.
 
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Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:13 am

Thanks :) I know that you can't really make 4 inversions including a zero g roll tame but yeah like I say I'm looking for any little tips and tricks to get over the fear. I've admired coasters for over 25 years but only now am I looking to conquer the fear
 
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Re: Overcoming fears: Tamest and most thrilling seat for each coaster

Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:10 pm

I would say there are two ways of doing it. Either just brave it and hope that it doesn't scar you for life, or start with the weaker coasters first and then each visit build up slowly. If you are trying to conquer your fear at Alton Towers than I would suggest the following:

Start with Octonauts. As silly as that sounds, it's the perfect starter coaster for anyone big or small. If you are confident with that, then do Runaway Mine Train. Its a bit more forceful than Octonaughts but its still a very easy coaster to enjoy. Start at the front and then work your way back for an idea of intensity building. After you have become confident with that, then you have two options. Spinball Whizzer and Thirteen. They are about the same level of intensity and fun so are easily the next step up after Runaway Mine Train. If you can brave both of those, including Thirteens Crypt element, both towards front and back on Thirteen, than I suggest Wicker Man. It's definitely more fun and it is just an enjoyable ride. The front is not as intense as the back. Then I'd give Rita a go.. It's a lovely introduction to the more exhilarating coasters the park has to offer. With this, sit in the middle if you are nervous over the launch, You won't get the full force of it being in the middle. Than work to either the back or the front for the more forceful rides. After this, Galactica is your best shot. Its a smooth ride with an adding thrill to it. Oblivion is probably best next as it doesn't contain any inversions, but its scary the first time you ride it. On Oblivion there is no where to sit that is really any different. Its just as intense on the front row as it is on the back. After, its up to you. Nemesis is quite a forceful and intense inverted coaster, but it is smoother to ride, whereas Smiler is intense and forceful, but many find it easier to ride than Nemesis. Both are the most intense the park gets. Both are less intense at the front than the back, but it doesn't really make that much of a difference to me. To others it does though so it purely is different personal preferences. 

Hope this helps :)
 
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Re: Overcoming fears: Tamest and most thrilling seat for each coaster

Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:17 pm

Awesome thank you for the full break down :) working my way up is the plan :) RMT and 13 are my goals for the first trip on the 23rd :)
 
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Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:48 pm

Personally, I'd do the following...

Octonaughts
Runaway Mine Train
Th13teen
Wicker Man (Although should not be underestimated)
Oblivion
Rita
Galactica
Nemesis
The Smiler

I've listed them in this particular order as you'll start off slow and then invert towards the end. I would say though, if you are ok with Th13teen, then go straight to Galactica!

Wicker Man is my favourite coaster, followed by The Smiler!
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Re: Overcoming fears: Tamest and most thrilling seat for each coaster

Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:21 pm

Thanks Justin :) I think Oblivion is my biggest worry as heights is one of things that gets me most :p but it's good to see that RMT/13/WM are kind of universally considered more manageable, what is it in WM that I should be aware of? From the pov's it seems to be a damn nippy ride and consistent once it gets going lol
 
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Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:00 pm

My tip is to overwhelm yourself with excitement, get yourself worked up in the queue line and avoid any negative thoughts as much as possible until you are locked into the restraints.

Then remember to relax do not tense yourself in any circumstances as you will only injure yourself. Then all you have to do is sit there and when the brakes kick in you’ll want to ride again.
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Re: Overcoming fears: Tamest and most thrilling seat for each coaster

Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:09 pm

Yeah thats my general approach at the moment, I'm looking up pov's and trying to get hyped etc think about treating mysepf to ride merch as a treat for doing them etc
 
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Re: Overcoming fears: Tamest and most thrilling seat for each coaster

Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:49 am

Learning to relax is a big part of getting the enjoyment from it all. The restraints, especially if you pull them very tight, will keep you in place. Tensing up against them will most likely make the whole thing feel worse. :)

In terms of overall ride comfort, the middle of the train will typically be the smoothest. The front and back will typically give the extremes of being pushed or pulled through an element faster. So much so, that the wooden rollercoaster at Efteling has a lesser height requirement for the middle seats than the rest of the train.
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