Attraction – Rock N Roller Coaster
Age of Child – 5 Years
Experience – My son has gotten quite brave in the past year with his want for trying attractions. When he was 4, I had taken him on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the thought that the ride was not much more daring than the former Disney World Toontown’s Goofy’s Barnstormer. However, it became quickly apparent that I was wrong as my son began to scream, “I hate this ride” right from the start.
This year when we visited during the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, my son decided he wanted to ride Space Mountain. I was a complete wreck as we stood in line. Be sure to read here for more about that fun.
So, on this past vacation to Disney, my husband thought that if my son could brave Space Mountain, why not tackle the Rock N Roller Coaster. We explained the ride to him, detailing the take off and what to expect once inside. He was brave, not even showing that he was a bit nervous or cared that he was about to have a new experience.
We walked right in, having a fastpass for the attraction, and watched the opening show. He was happy to get to see the pre-show and to experience the excitement there. Once we walked into the boarding area, we showed him the coaster taking off at 60 mph. As we headed to our individual loading areas, I could see that he was getting nervous. I nearly told my husband that our son and I would just take the chicken exit and see him at the end. My husband then assured me and our son that he would love the attraction. So we boarded…
My husband and son sat in front of me. As we sat in our seats, I began to analyze our seating position in the limousine, the last 2 available seat rows. I began to think of how roller coasters work, with the fastest “feeling” seats in the back of the coaster and began to panic. I told my son to be sure to hold his head back as we took off. But then told him to hold it forward after we were inside, after the initial take off. I sounded chaotic to him, I am sure but not sitting with him, I felt detached.
As we went through the ride, I had no idea whether he loved it or hated it. It was not until we were at the end that I knew. My son stepped out of the limousine and sobbed that he did not like the ride. He was shaking from fear.
Needless to say, it will be a while before he tries this attraction again.
I advise that if you have a young child that wants to try this attraction to wait to get in the front portion of the vehicle. It will help it feel not as fast. Also, be sure to discuss the details of what the child should expect. In the end, my son did say he was glad he had tried to ride the coaster but wanted to wait until he was older to ride it again.
Grade – F