pills pills and more pills. or the normal way of just consoling them and telling them its not that bad of a ride. Because if they want to be sacred of a roller coaster they alsways have six flags (not bashing six flags)!
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The only thing I can say is to have her close her eyes and hold on for dear life. I was scared of half the rides the first time I went to DL when I was in 3rd grade. My parents simply dragged my brothers and I onto the rides kicking and screaming from fear.
On Indiana Jones, don't let her sit on the side where the snake comes out at you. That'll freak her out for good. That still gets me every time.
For Splash, all I can say is when you go down the big drop to hold on tight to the side rails and have her knees squeeze the backrest on front of her. That's what I did the first time I ever rode it.
Always re-assure her, tell her how safe they are, how much fun they are, how you were scared at first (even if you weren't..just re-assure), and that if little kids can go on the rides, so can she. Or, use a bribery method to help her get on the rides and over her fear.
Or, you can do what my best friend did to me when we went to Six Flags MM and I refused to go on Superman: The Escape. Have her sit in the seat, act like you want to take a picture of the two of you on the ride, then when she sits in the car, push the lap bar down, and don't let it go. It's mean, but it does the trick.
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My little sis likes Dland but is scared of the big rides...Thunder, Splash, Indy etc. she wants to ride but just get over the fear. What are your tips with dealing with a nervous rider?
How old is your sister? My kids did most of those rides around 7 or 8 years old and they were a little nervous , but right afterward they wanted to go again.
Tell your sister there are NO scary rides at DL, only fun ones! Being a little scared is fun because it gets your adrenaline up and she will feel really good about herself after she masters her fear! !
If she doesn't get the idea in her head that it's a scary ride , she probably won't feel afraid while she's on it...unless she has really bad motion sickness!
One other thing, if she does get scared during the ride tell her to brathe and relax....most people hold their breath when they're scared and that can bring on an anxiety attack!
I'm going to tell you the tale of my first time on Space Mountain, which led to many more. I think I was 7 or 8 years old at the time.
I was there with my cousins and uncle. My uncle has back problems and couldn't go on any roller coasters, but he'd stand in line with us and walk across at the last minute so we wouldn't be unsupervised. So, they told me I could walk across with my uncle Tom, but spent the whole time in line (on a July weekend, this was probably about an hour and a half) trying to convince me that I'd really like the ride. By about an hour in, I was wavering in my terror, and said I'd maaaaybe go on. But probably not.
My older cousin stopped conversing with us at that point, and when we got to the front of the line, she included me in the count. However, by then I had totally chickened out and I said I wanted to walk across. My cousins told me, no, we had already told the CM how many were going to go on and if we didn't stick to it we'd be thrown out of the park.
So, obviously I had to go on the ride. God, I was scared, but I couldn't back out of it if I was going to get kicked out of Disneyland!
I loved it. And they told me that all the roller coasters at DL were "super tame" compared to SM, so that was that.
So, gullibility can work for you if you're having trouble getting her to ride...
big thunder is the best for breaking in with the mountains, since on the outside you can see basically everything. in the whole ride, you can see basically everything going on. no surprises. just a fun coaster. space mountain was the last coaster i would ride--i didnt know what happened inside and it scared me. splash mountain terrified me too. splash mountain, well, it helps to talk about all the cool scenes indoors. kids get curious, y'know? after thunder and splash, the others are no big deal.
those were at wdw for me though. so id say the matterhorn would be a nice first coaster, too.
just... dont lie to kids. lol its sad. i remember being that kid that annoyed her parents because she was scared to DEATH of the drop on splash mountain. and i was always so grateful that my mom waited outside the ride for me. i rode when i was ready, and no sooner. just give her time, talk to her about everything that happens in it, and maybe try a little harmless bribing. "c'mon, we'll go on splash mountain and then go grab some ice cream" (etc.)
oh! and i rode with my dad. which helped a TON, i never wouldve gotten on those scary things without him. he always made me feel really safe. so maybe take someone she feels really safe with? might not be obvious. the first time i rode a ferris wheel was with my cousin's girlfriend. go figure? ask her who she'd like to ride with. who would make it a little easier. it was nice having my dad (who is insanely tough) put his arm around me on the splash mountain drop.
I personally am terrified of Indiana Jones. However I was there the day the ride opened and have been on it at least 2x every trip. I also don't like the beginning of pirates because I am terrified of skeletons. I don't close my eyes but I do know when all the skeletons are and I just look down. I also repeat the prayer "please don't break down, God please" I continue to go on them because I have a pirate fetish and Indiana is my entire family's favorite ride. I go on Indiana, we go on Alice and Haunted Mansion over and over. That's the trade off. However I do draw the line at "it's tough to be a bug" and HISTA. I hate 4-d. Lucky me nobody else really cares for those rides. I was bribed to go on Splash mountain when I was little and now I love. It took about 5 years but it helps if your sister can sit behind you. I always love looking over at Tom Sawyers island after that drop which also helped me. And i'll admit I was afraid of Thunder Mt after that death but then I came to the conclusion what a great place to die. Because seriously, you were having the time of your life just seconds before, it's really not a bad way to die. And you can always throw in, not many people have died at Disneyland and you have a better chance of death by donkey, than death by rollarcoaster. seriously.
My little sis was 7 when I made her ride Space too! It was so funny. She was holding on to me for dear life in the turns. She yelled at me after and said she was NEVER going to ride anything that I said was fun again. Years later, she was afriad to go on Indy. I tried to bribe her with pins lol. She passed. I offered her 5 pins!! That's alot of money, but she still said no. She was 11 then. Well she went with her dad last year, and went on with him! I was so mad, but I guess she got 5 pins AND 2 outfits out of him!
I have to say the best way to convince them is to ask her this, "What if this is the last time we will ever be able to visit Disneyland? Won't you be sad if you don't ride everything?" I know I would be sad if someone told me that.
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Re: Getting over the Fear
A nervous rider isn't necessarily going to be less nervous after riding a big thrill ride and surviving it. My girlfriend was quite shaken after some rides, and I wound up going some other things (like the comparatively tame Space Mountain) alone.
I think the best advice I've heard is is not to lie to the children. It is going to be scary, because that is half the point. Splash Mountain is a good one to stand in front of, because you can see people coming down the flute, and safely splashing down.
I will also admit to being incredibly aprehensive about thrill rides. I didn't want to go anywhere near Splash Mountain, the Matterhorn and certainly not Tower of Terror. However, on a whim I rode ToT and they haven't been able to hold me back since. I'm a thrill ride junkie now, trying to get that rush back.
Still, everyone is different. It helps to have someone with you, and if you went on something like the Matterhorn first, you can put your arms around the person in front of you. Likewise, with ToT, you can hold the person's hand. Everyone is going to be afraid of different things (the dark, heights, falling etc). I can't stand the Sun Wheel, because of the disconcerting 'detached' feeling. It has nothing to do with a fear of heights. As a result, there is no "one shot" cure for everyone.
The best advice I can give is if they really WANT to go on the ride - and not just because everybody else is going and they feel they HAVE to - hold their hands, explain to them how it works and take it easy.
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Tell her to breathe! Like PB said most people hold their breath when they are scared and it makes the anxiety worse. also say that nothing is ever worse than we think it is and that other ,say, 8 years old kids are there enjoying the ride.
You could describe the ride while in the line so that she has some idea of what to expect. Of course when you come off the ride and she says, YOu didn't tell me about this drop!" you just say you are going senile.
Really though make sure she knows that she will be safe at all times; that she will be with you and never sit up front always the middle. Laugh with her after something scary happens. when the ride is over, laugh and tell her it was fun; unless of course she is crying. Then just tell her you are sorry you didn't know she would react like that and let's go on Indy next!