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Ride a Roller Coaster



Scary (but safe) rides make us feel alive

It's no surprise to anyone who's ever dropped to their near death on Disney World's Tower of Terror or screamed their way through a ride on Coney Island's rickety Cyclone (seriously, that thing feels like it could break at any second): Terrifying experiences can make us feel pretty euphoric once we're back on solid ground. And we enjoy those experiences even more, experts say, when we're within a "protective frame" that assures us that deep down, we're still safe.

Love is in the air

Amusement parks are a great place to take a date, and not just because you can grab his hand on the aforementioned scary rides (although that's certainly a plus) Anthropologist Helen Fisher says that people tend to become attracted to each other when they're in "novel and exciting" situations, like on vacation or while walking around a (quite literal) fantasy world. Use this to your advantage, ladies, but make sure your amusement-park-induced romance holds up in real-life situations too.

It's no coincidence that you "almost" won that giant teddy bear

Classic carnival games are designed to capitalize on what scientists call the "near-miss effect:" It's easy to get very close to your target or to progressively improve, so you keep spending money, thinking that you'll get it the next time. Spoiler alert: They're a lot harder than they appear. By all means have fun, but don't fall victim to this common mind trick.

Long lines make us appreciate the rides more

They're arguably the worst part of amusement parks on hot summer days, but research suggests that waiting in line makes us appreciate the outcome more than we would if we'd simply walked right on. And it doesn't have to be miserable: Focus on the number of people in line behind you (rather than the number in front of you), suggests a 2010 study, to keep your excitement from diminishing.

Big crowds encourage us to pig out

It's not just the amazing smell wafting from the cotton candy cart that makes us so likely to splurge on less-than-healthy theme-park fare. Research suggests that being surrounded by strangers (e.g. giant park crowds) makes us feel anonymous, less accountable for our actions, and more likely to indulge in behaviors we wouldn't otherwise. We're not saying you shouldn't enjoy some fried dough now and then, but maybe keeping this tidbit in mind can help you from getting swept up in a full-on binge. After all, summer isn't just amusement park season—it's bikini season as well.


Success stories

delfina clausen

Nov 30 at 02:34 am
I did it when I went to Disney!!

Jelena J

Nov 16 at 09:27 am
Dragon Khan & Shambhala

Ine Voordeckers

Apr 14 at 12:54 pm
A lot! I like iT

Aimee Larsen

Jan 29 at 20:42 pm
Done so many but first (that I can remember) was Alton Towers

glitter dust

Jan 28 at 14:48 pm
done many times first time was 1996 in skegness :) happy times

Sara Concini

Jan 24 at 23:58 pm
Gardaland and Six flags

Laura Dodds

Dec 24 at 19:24 pm
Lots of theme parks

Lea Hermanseder

Jun 27 at 19:08 pm
I haven't ridden a roller coaster yet. But I want to. I am a little bit scared but I think it's getting funny.☀️

Chloe P

Feb 28 at 15:21 pm
I will admit that it wasn't the most extreme roller coaster, as they are not really my thing, but while I was on holiday in Wales we came across a theme park that was almost entirely made of wood, so my friend and I went on one of the two (the other went upsidedown no thank you) coasters that was all wooden. A very unsettling experience.

Nicole Klein

Dec 22 at 10:44 am
Universal studios, movie world, islands of adventure you name it

XCrossyX XMotoX

Nov 26 at 23:40 pm
worst experience ever when you are scared of heights

Fang Fangg

Nov 01 at 11:18 am
Went to flying dinosaur in Universal Studios Japan in Osaka and had a blast! Will ride many more soon!

Clair Louise

Oct 31 at 23:51 pm
Done this many times

Danielle Robinson

Oct 28 at 19:34 pm
so much fun!

Siru Wallin

Oct 27 at 12:56 pm
During the first of May party and many other times too.

Bach Van

Sep 22 at 14:28 pm

Taylor Skinner

Aug 05 at 07:13 am
Mt Olympus-Cyclops

Ushashi Mitra

Jul 20 at 11:30 am
at niccopark..

Navid Khadem

Jun 21 at 06:56 am
Six flags

Karen Tarroyo

Jun 16 at 14:37 pm
with a friend

Susan Zhou

Jun 02 at 05:52 am
Riding a rollercoaster seems normal but my first ride at hk Disneyland space mountain was awesome!

Gul Gulseven

May 23 at 22:14 pm
with my colleagues

Lida Josenhans

Apr 30 at 23:38 pm
skyline park. eiropa park. tripsdrill

Johanna Rytkönen

Apr 18 at 19:18 pm
Having fun!

Clair Elliott

Apr 16 at 14:41 pm
done plenty of times would love to give the ones at Alton towers or Thorpe park a go though :)

Valentina Lomborg

Apr 08 at 05:59 am
Santa Cruz

Emelie Norrman

Apr 06 at 19:37 pm
I was on Liseberg in Gothenburg, Sweden. My friends said that I would be proud of myself if I did it, because I'm scared of it, and I just did it.

Srushti Shimpi

Apr 02 at 09:43 am
6 flag Overgeorgia

Manô Bisordi

Apr 01 at 00:51 am

Lara van putten

Mar 25 at 20:22 pm
Fun !

Erin Domingo

Mar 21 at 08:31 am

Frances N Benjamin Taylor

Mar 20 at 20:25 pm
Six Flags when I was younger!

sharon kastermans

Mar 20 at 18:35 pm

han h

Mar 19 at 04:53 am

sarah donoghue

Mar 18 at 16:01 pm
i went to portaventura in spain with my cousin

Lee Ann

Mar 18 at 10:08 am
Done so many times, but the latest one was freaking awesome! It was at Universal Studios Singapore. My first time was the Space shuttle at Enchanted Kingdom

Charlotte Beech

Mar 17 at 02:42 am

Kerry Robinson

Mar 15 at 19:14 pm

Caitlin Breen

Mar 14 at 04:24 am
I live in Florida

Tamara Berends

Mar 13 at 02:24 am
I LOVE roller coasters.

Kimberly Lonjin

Mar 11 at 23:10 pm
I love roller coasters and have been riding as many as I can. Been doing it most of my life

Paulina Janiak

Mar 11 at 10:21 am

Cherie Stratton

Mar 05 at 10:53 am

Eline Sophie van Dam

Feb 27 at 21:10 pm
Been there done that: Disney (France), Walibi (The Netherlands), Europa Park (Germany) etc...

MarianaM Valdivia

Feb 23 at 23:30 pm
First roller coaster ever was Big thunder Mountain, Disney Magic Kingdom!

Szabó Nikolett

Feb 23 at 01:47 am
8.-os osztállyal

Anina van de Wall

Feb 14 at 11:29 am
Ive done this a couple of times

Martina Klemencic

Feb 13 at 11:43 am
I've done it many times and at a lot of crazy places. Gardaland rulz :)

zoe ferguson

Feb 13 at 02:20 am
so much fun

constanta l

Feb 12 at 21:32 pm

Balajti Melinda

Feb 12 at 18:31 pm

Jessica Rochford

Feb 12 at 09:38 am
Luna Park

Tyler Campbell

Feb 09 at 05:19 am
Been on many roller coasters, the biggest being the Leviathan at Canada's Wonderland.

Kaylee Pettet

Feb 01 at 06:03 am
I had a fun time of my blast with my bff. I rode them off an on my entire life. I did this moment bc of her.

Connor Snape

Jan 31 at 19:34 pm
in pleasure wood hills

Candice Clifford

Jan 31 at 17:18 pm
this was the last time I had ridden a roller coaster was at universal studios and it was the mummy it was under ground and it was awesome!!!!

ine verbrugge

Jan 24 at 21:32 pm

Charlie De Bonis

Jan 20 at 02:21 am
Cagato addosso

Sadhbh Sutton

Jan 11 at 21:24 pm

Irene Adler

Jan 09 at 07:27 am
it was a fun!


Jan 06 at 17:10 pm

Larimar Gonzalez Lora

Jan 04 at 02:03 am
Beat it at Universal Studio

Savi Khanal

Jan 04 at 01:07 am

Stephanie Crank

Jan 03 at 20:29 pm
lagoon, Disney world, six flags and sea world so far

3/ 4

Jan 02 at 21:19 pm
I just remember it was 2009, when I had my 1st and most terrifying roller coaster ride.

hanneke vdwolfgunnink

Dec 31 at 21:12 pm
with my best german friend

Ilona Kool

Dec 29 at 23:00 pm
Zo vaak

Shannon Kokkonen

Dec 29 at 08:29 am
Great America - Viper

Alina Masotti

Dec 29 at 00:13 am
I did not die.

Emma Dane

Dec 28 at 21:25 pm


Dec 28 at 19:43 pm
It was ALSO during my field trip in 2015.

Chantal Van de Kolk

Dec 18 at 17:13 pm
efteling walibi

Sharon Hudson

Dec 18 at 16:09 pm
Canada's Mount Wonderland

Leelou Fitoussi

Nov 25 at 11:39 am
Six flags

Kiela Catacutan

Nov 24 at 13:28 pm
I cant, I just cant

Orsi Takács

Nov 16 at 17:44 pm