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    Question Roller Coaster Newbie Decision

    Alrighty, folks - this is a question for roller coaster cowards and enthusiasts alike.

    My nine-year old daughter is willing to try ONE coaster during our upcoming trip. (We don't count Gadget's Go-Coaster, cause she has that one conquered.)

    Which one will convince her to love and enjoy roller coasters forever?

    We put it in MiceChat's hands to decide!
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    Re: Roller Coaster Newbie Decision

    Matterhorn is pretty good because she's in your lap, but the monster makes some kids not want to go back. Take the Fantasyland side of the coaster if you decide to take her on that. I also recomend Big Thunder as a good 1st time rollercoaster, but again, some are freakeed by the earthquake cave in tunnel. If you ride on Big Thunder, sit in the middle for the gentlest ride. I say no SM, no Indy, ans Splash isn't a rollercoaster, so these two would be my choice for your situation
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    Re: Roller Coaster Newbie Decision

    It really depends on the kid! My 7 year old daughter's favorite ride is California Screamin' and she loves sitting in the front. If your daughter rides INDY and Space Mountain already then she would love Big thunder Mountain but if she does not ride those rides I would say that The Matterhorn might be a better choice.

    Just keep in mind that The Matterhorn and Big Thunder do not have seat belts and the tendency to "jerk" around in your seat is higher.
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    Re: Roller Coaster Newbie Decision

    I'd go with BTMRR or Mulholland Madness.

    I was afraid of Space Mountain when I was her age. Of course that was in the days where they had the windows in the queue looking out into the ride. And, being in the dark, you couldn't see anything which means you don't know what to expect which doesn't make things easier.

    The Matterhorn is a good choice, but I've always thought it was too bumpy to really enjoy the ride.

    Screamin' is definitely not a good choice if she is just starting out on coasters. It's a major roller coaster with a loop. So that might be way too intense if all she's ridden is the Go-Coaster.

    BTMRR offers intensity that is broken by two lift hills so the thrill builds up. And the intensity after the last lift is unimpressive (for lack of a better word) so that allows you to calm down. So I'd go with that. It is intense but not over-the-top.

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    Re: Roller Coaster Newbie Decision

    I would go with Big Thunder.

    Matterhorn is great, but she may not like the bumpiness.

    Big Thunder is what I call a great "Starter" coaster. It's got some really great coaster sections, it's not very fast, but parts of it "seem" very fast. If she likes that and wants to do another, I'd say Space Mtn. and Matterhorn. And then if she wants to go beyond that, try Screamin'.

    If she was already riding other coasters like Big Thunder, space, etc, and was looking for a great first "looping" coaster, Screamin' is a great choice.


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    Re: Roller Coaster Newbie Decision

    Ooh, great feedback so far - thanks guys! - just FYI, she hasn't ridden Indy yet, either. She does do Splash Mountain.

    I tend to lean towards Big Thunder (but I'm prejudiced because it's MY sentimental favorite), but can see the value in smoothness (Screamin') and seating-situation (Matterhorn).
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    Re: Roller Coaster Newbie Decision

    Big Thunder was without a doubt my favorite as a kid - I'm not certain why. Probably because it's open, doesn't look threatening, and is a locomotive, which is a thematic plus.

    I may not have been frightened by the Matterhorn, but some kids might be. My dad got me over it by naming the snow monster George and saying he was a friend of his. And when we'd come by him he'd yell "hi George!" Your child's mileage may vary.

    I was definately scared of Space Mountain the first time around, mostly because the interior queue at the time had a two-story dark window into the ride from which eminated scary rumbling noises and mysterious whisps of light. It took a lot to get me on that one, though once upon it, I enjoyed it.

    To sum up that long-winded reminiscence (thanks for the excuse) I recomend Big Thunder.
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    Re: Roller Coaster Newbie Decision

    Whether it's at DLR or SFMM, I always hear a lot of 8,9,10 year old kids begging their parents to ride the coaster again, right after getting off of one.

    Hopefully that'll be the case with your daughter!

    For what it's worth I'd put them in this order

    1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    2. Space Mountain
    3. Matterhorn Bobsleds
    4. California Screamin'

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    Re: Roller Coaster Newbie Decision

    As a 7 year old who wasn't thrilled with some of the dark rides I did manage to gather up my courage and go on the Matterhorn. Is still the only one I really like being on. Some kids, some adults, just never like roller coasters. But for some reason I like TOT. Go figure.

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    Re: Roller Coaster Newbie Decision

    Dopey's Girl, did you like the Matterhorn at 7?

    I hated all coasters as a kid, would make myself sick before the ride even started.

    Now I love them all. And since it's been quite a while since i visited the park, I'm having a hard time remembering which might be the most kid-friendly.

    I don't think the abominable on Matterhorn would be too scary, but Callie is kind of a scrawny little thing and might be knocked around. I'm glad to hear a bunch of you guys say Big Thunder because that's the first one I learned to love.
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    Re: Roller Coaster Newbie Decision

    Quote Originally Posted by Dopey's Girl View Post
    But for some reason I like TOT. Go figure.
    You're crazy. I hate that ride. Every time I go on it, I hate it. All seven times. Hate it, hate it, hate it.
    I hate making a beeline to it every time I go to DCA. Hate it.

    (Now, who's calling whom crazy?)

    Anywho, I vote with BTMRR. Love the theming. Love the goat who is chewing on dynamite and causing the cave in.
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    Re: Roller Coaster Newbie Decision

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    Re: Roller Coaster Newbie Decision

    Quote Originally Posted by sediment View Post
    You're crazy. I hate that ride. Every time I go on it, I hate it. All seven times. Hate it, hate it, hate it.
    I hate making a beeline to it every time I go to DCA. Hate it.
    Wouldn't that be "All seven times. Hate it, Hate it, Hate it, Hate it, Hate it, Hate it, Hate it".

    And did it REALLY take you 7 times to determine if you hated it???


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    Re: Roller Coaster Newbie Decision

    Quote Originally Posted by sir clinksalot View Post
    Wouldn't that be "All seven times. Hate it, Hate it, Hate it, Hate it, Hate it, Hate it, Hate it".

    And did it REALLY take you 7 times to determine if you hated it???
    I wasn't going to say anything but, yea he's got a point
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    Re: Roller Coaster Newbie Decision

    Quote Originally Posted by sir clinksalot View Post
    Wouldn't that be "All seven times. Hate it, Hate it, Hate it, Hate it, Hate it, Hate it, Hate it".

    And did it REALLY take you 7 times to determine if you hated it???
    I hated it the first time ever, in Florida. I said, "I'll never go on that again."
    I say that every time, too.
    It wouldn't be so bad if it didn't nearly give me a heart attack each time.

    Now, I meant it when I said it about "Mission: Space." I'm not about to risk my expensive breakfast or lunch, causing me to buy another expensive breakfast or lunch.
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