In this world there are two kinds of people: the folks who love thrill rides, and folks who don’t.
What do you do if you were traveling with other folks who don’t like thrill rides? Are you destined to split up so that you can enjoy all of the excitement the Disney has to offer while your friend waits for you at the attraction exit? It doesn’t have to go that way.
If you are a thrillseeker, you may want to work with – or some people might say work on – those in your party who are not thrill ride lovers.
Here are eight techniques, or tricks, that you can use to help convince someone to get on a Disney thrill ride:
1 – Build Up
It makes sense to start small and build up when it comes to creating some thrill ride endurance in someone who doesn’t like thrill rides. Don’t head straight for the Rock ‘N Roller Coaster. Instead, come up with a plan to first conquer some less thrilling rides. Perhaps start off at the Magic Kingdom and take your friend on the Barnstormer junior roller coaster in the Storybooks Circus section of Fantasyland. When that goes well, move up to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and then conquer Big Thunder Mountain. As your timid friend gains confidence and experience they will become more open to the bigger and bigger thrill rides.
2 – Safety
While logic and statistics don’t always work well with people who are afraid, it won’t hurt to point out that every attraction at Walt Disney World is extremely safe. You simply have to stand near the exit of any thrill ride and watch a stream of people come out happy and healthy.
3 – Speed
Some people who don’t like full rides expect that they will go on for hours and hours. Of course, you know that is not the case. Most thrill rides are over in a matter of just a minute or two. When people who don’t like thrill rides learn that they will quickly be over, sometimes they are more open to the experience since it will come and go quickly.
4 – Company
It has been said that misery loves company and that is definitely true with people who don’t like thrill rides. Give your adrenaline adverse friend a clear assurance that you will be with them every step of the way.
5 – Pressure
When logic doesn’t work, sometimes peer pressure does. I don’t want to suggest that anyone be forced into trying any Disney attraction they truly don’t want to experience, but simply pointing out that one 8-year-old girl after another is coming out giggling after riding space Mountain can cause people to see things in a new light.
7 – Distract
A distraction can often help people focus on something other than their fear and apprehension. Talk with your fearful companion about anything but the thrill that awaits them. Point out the details in the queue. Talk about what you will have for dinner. Make fun of the crazy hats you see all around you. Distraction can often work wonders.
8 – Reward
The promise of a reward is sometimes enough to get folks on attractions they otherwise wouldn’t ride. Promise your friend that if they survive Big Thunder Mountain that you will buy them a tall Dole Whip. Let your companion know that after they successfully exit Expedition Everest that you will treat them to ribs at the Flametree Barbecue.
Do you like Disney thrill rides? How do you convince people to get on them?