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I thought this would be fun and traumatizing for us! Are there any rides you won't ride because of a past experience or just can't hang?

For me personally, it's Battering Ram. I know, right? When I was 13, we went on a "swinging ship" ride at a place called Celebration Station in Houston. I was in the "back" of one side. The ride had individual shoulder harnesses, and when I was horizontal my harness snapped open. It was just me holding on that was keeping me in, and this was one of those ride that went all the way around! I was screaming that my harness broke, and the operator finally heard me before we went inverted. My hands hurt for a week from holding on, and we got a few grand for settling out of court. So I decided to face my almost 20 year fear and got on Battering Ram last spring. I was white knuckled and almost in tears. NEVER AGAIN. I just can't do it. Give me Griffon, Alpen, hell, I want to jump the pond and ride Smiler, but I just can't do Battering Ram!
 
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When I was a much younger child, my grandfather forced me on Corkscrew Hill. At the time and in the moment I freaked out and just could not handle the rough movement of the seats. It really did freak me out and I was so traumatized as a child I never went to ride it again; however I will say I gave EitA a try because of the new seats *supposedly* and I found it much more relaxing and better; but now that Corkscrew Hill is gone I do kind of wish I had tried it again and hopefully make amends with my past.

This is also the reason I didn't ride Curse of DarKastle for the longest time ever because I was so afraid of the motion and such. I really am not a big fan of heights especially fixed with fast motion; I know DarKastle doesn't have the both, but it does stimulate that feeling at some parts and it is intimidating to me. After some friends forced it on me once, I definitely did enjoy it although there were times I just had to close my eyes and take a deep breath now and then; I think personally I just have to get used to the motion.

I will say as a disclaimer; though I am scared of heights and fast changing motion, I do not ride coasters; nor many of the other rides; however you don't have to ride a ride to appreciate a ride's beauty as well as just by looking at said coaster you can tell a lot about it. For example, looking at Griffon I think it is too short of a ride, it has it's one gimmick and thats about it. Apollo's Chariot just looks like more fun with more hills. So though I may not ride them, I do understand them, respect them, and appreciate them.
 
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EITA - I'll usually overlook. I'm not a big fan of the ride anyway.
DaVinci's Cradle - I'm not a big fan of these kinds of rides.
Flying Machine - I forget this ride even exists
Catapult - Sorta in an awkward spot. I forget this ride even exists.
DarKastle - I'll usually ride once or twice a year. Otherwise, there are bigger/better things
Mach Tower - I stopped riding this after they changed the ride programming. I'm terrified of heights so I stay away from this if possible.

however you don't have to ride a ride to appreciate a ride's beauty as well as just by looking at said coaster you can tell a lot about it.

You can't really judge a ride based on looks alone. Much of Verbolten is invisible unless you ride it. Even a highly visible ride like Griffon still delivers a solid ride despite not having an impressive layout (coming from someone who isn't a huge fan of the ride from the start).

You can definitely say a ride looks nice from the ground, but you'd have to actually experience it firsthand to judge it.
 
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I will not ride water rides. People spit in the water..and who knows what else..... bleh. It is why I do not want to ride on the left side of Nessie (unless I am in the front seat). I've seen people spit in the tunnel and it hits the person sitting behind them. Disgusting.
 
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Nora said:
I will not ride water rides. People spit in the water..and who knows what else..... bleh. It is why I do not want to ride on the left side of Nessie (unless I am in the front seat). I've seen people spit in the tunnel and it hits the person sitting behind them. Disgusting.

Are you a Howie?
 

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ReggaeInMyJeggae said:
The Rapids...

This isn't theme park specific, either. I refuse to go on any rapids ride.

This. Le Scoot is fine, Escape from Pompeii is borderline, but I will likely never ride Roman Rapids again. I detest being soaked at a theme park.
 
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Griffon. The first drop looks horrible. Next Mach tower, I think we all know why
 
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Howie? No. I am not that bad. I just do not like the thought of someone's spit or urine on me (thus I stay away from Water Country). It's gross. Besides, the water smells funny and I hate walking around in wet clothes; no matter how hot it is outside.

I also do not like something that hits everyone's face touching me. For example: HOS mazes. People are screaming with their mouths open and then that stuff hits me right near my mouth and eyes. Yech. I prefer not to share the same saliva with a stranger.

Other than that, I have no other "quirks" as far as germs. Although I do carry hand sanitizer to the park. You can only handle so many handrails, harnesses, and so forth before you pick up everyone's colds.
 
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Glad you mentioned haunted houses. I am a little disturbed by some that have the hanging string, mops, etc. Always wondering if someone has lice walking through these things. Get paranoid about it. It probably hits me more than others because I am so tall. Ick! :-/
 
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Europe in the Air makes me a little sick to the stomach. I don't know if it is the motion of the flying machine we sit in, the movement of the blurry images on the big screen, or a combination of the two. I still like to ride it though because I CAN ride it and I want to see if I have made any progress with not getting sick.
 
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"You gotta test yourselves every day, ladies and gentlemen; once you stop testin' yourself you get slow, and when that happens they kill ya!"
 
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I would say The Roman Rapids. Who wants to be wet all day? I have not ridden that thing in 10 years. The other water rides are cool if you pick feet up at the right time. I still love the ride though.
Someone who took the coaster tour posted pics of a giant well next to Alpengist. Is the water that old? I thought the water was somewhat fresh. How often do they refill the pools?
 
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netdvn said:
You can't really judge a ride based on looks alone. Much of Verbolten is invisible unless you ride it. Even a highly visible ride like Griffon still delivers a solid ride despite not having an impressive layout (coming from someone who isn't a huge fan of the ride from the start).

You can definitely say a ride looks nice from the ground, but you'd have to actually experience it firsthand to judge it.

I didn't mean that you can sit there and judge and tell a whole entire ride by it's looks; I was more or less putting it out there that for those who do not ride said rides; they can still develop great knowledge about the ride in other forms; however nothing beats riding it yourself, the ultimate experience.

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I would say The Roman Rapids. Who wants to be wet all day?

Me and the rest of the GP who experiences hotness :p Best ride in the park in my honest opinion. Also, your not entirely soaked all day just for a few hours :)
 
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Rode Rapids last summer in 110 degree heat. It was the best feeling in the world. Plus you don't stay wet all day. If anything just an hour or two.

- Still don't get what the big deal is. Get drenched to the bone, dry off going up the lift and onto the turntable. If you're still wet after an hour or two, a roller coaster will dry you off.

- Just remember put your feet up on the raised part of the center ring (you'll see it below the handles) if you're wearing shoes/sneakers. No wet feet!
 
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I just can't do EitA anymore. I used to do it occasionally but I almost threw up last time I rode it. It just is no fun to come off a ride feeling light-headed and queasy.
I ride rides because they are enjoyable. EitA is not enjoyable. Therefore, I do not ride it. Simple, really.
 
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^^^I have ridden that twice since it ever existed it's not because I feel queezy it's just because it's a horrible ride. But I'm not gonna get into that argument, and did they take the 3D off this ride I felt like they had 3D when it first opened then I rode it 2 weeks ago and their wasn't 3D. I could've sworn they used to have 3D on this ride.
 
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I know this isn't BGW- but Wild Antarctic in SeaWorld is six times worse that EiTA. It is the only ride I had to sit down and drink some ice water; otherwise I would have hurled. I have never- ever been on a ride that messed up my equilibrium like that one.
 
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