Many years ago, my family decided to take our son on the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith. He was only 4 at time but we really thought he could manage the coaster since my first “big” coaster was when I was 4. He rode beside my husband and as you can see from the below photo, he was scared to death from the initial speed of the take-off. As you can see in the back corner, though, I am having the time of my life. I had not been on the coaster since my son was born and was so excited to ride!
Since riding that attraction, my son has refused to ride again until our last vacation to Orlando. We felt it had been long enough that he would surely love the ride now. He had recently become a huge fan of The Mummy over at Universal Studios. We arrived at Hollywood Studios and had not been able to get fastpasses. We headed over to the attraction and the line was 50 minutes or as my son said, “50 minutes of torture”. Here is a photo of my worried son as we waited to ride:
He rode with my husband again and for whatever reason, I was in the car that left before theirs. This actually worked out so I could get a photo of them “arriving for the concert” at the end of the attraction as follows:
You cannot see my husband showing me a “thumbs-up” sign letting a very nervous and anxious mom know that the kiddo loved the ride. Whew. I think I was most nervous because on every trip to Disney, I cannot ride because my son doesn’t want to ride and I refuse to go without him!
Here is their ride photo where you will see that both of them have their eyes closed (weenie!):
And here is a very relieved boy excited that he was able to enjoy this wild and fun attraction!
My advice to parents of children who are scared of an attraction is to talk them through the attraction and what might make them upset or scared. My son enjoyed looking at the track blueprints so he could at least know what to expect once he got on the attraction. It was a struggle, but he got over it with time. Just remember to be respectful of their fears, helpful in discussing them and patient with waiting until the time is right to ride the attraction.