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Overcoming Big Thunder Mountain | Coaster Fears at Disney

Do you love roller coasters? I don’t and I do. I am a complicated person sometimes. Roller coasters and I have a weird relationship. I am really scared of them, but once I ride them I love them. I have a hard time getting over the initial fear. In the last month or so I have tried a couple of different coasters at Walt Disney World. Overcoming Big Thunder Mountain was a big step for me. It was a step I needed to take.

Overcoming Big Thunder Mountain

Overcoming Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was a gradual thing. First, my husband convinced me to go on The Barnstormer. Yes, I know, that is considered a kiddie coaster but I wouldn’t go on it before. I went on the Barnstormer and loved it! It is a really short ride with small drops. Nothing I couldn’t handle. I had such an adrenaline rush.

Then I went on Primeval Whirl at the Animal Kingdom. I did this one by myself. My husband, though he loves coasters, has a sensitive tummy and can’t handle the motion sometimes. Primeval Whirl is awesome, it is kind of like riding the Tea Cups, but on a roller coaster. Doing the ride by myself encouraged me to try other rides. Right after I got off the ride I decided to schedule a Big Thunder Mountain Fastpass. 

The night I decided to go on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad I was so nervous. My husband was awesome, as he was encouraging me, but not pushing me. I also had a wonderful talk with one of the cast members outside of the ride. As I was waiting in line, my heart was pounding so hard. I got into the seat and then did fine. I didn’t have a death grip on the safety bar.  I raised my arms and really, really enjoyed the ride. Another thing that really motivated me was that my husband promised me a Big Thunder Mountain pin if I went on the ride. I am a HUGE pin fan and wanted one of those pins.

Disney is a great place for overcoming fears since overall the coasters are pretty tame. I am not saying I am ready for coasters at other places. Riding the Raptor at Cedar Point is what fueled my fears in the first place. I am saying that overcoming Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has inspired me to try the other coasters at Walt Disney World.

Exciting Update:

On the 45th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom 10/1/16, I tackled Splash Mountain and actually went on it twice that day. Now I need to master looking cute like other people do on this ride.

Do you have a ride you are afraid of trying at Walt Disney World? Let me know in the comments!

Thank You for Spreading the Pixie Dust!

Denver Housewife

Thursday 10th of March 2016

One of my favorite rides at Disneyland. We're going next month and our daughter loves thrill rides, I'm hoping she is big enough to ride it.

Censie 'Mumby' Sawyer

Tuesday 8th of March 2016

I havent been on a roller coaster in so long! I hope to go to this one day!

Chastity Beene

Tuesday 8th of March 2016

I love roller coasters, but I actually haven't been on one in about 10 years...So maybe things have changed! Can't wait to take my son to Disney and will find out if I still like them.

Janeane Davis

Tuesday 8th of March 2016

My children love Roller Coasters so this would be a thrill for them. I am looking forward to seeing their faces when they ride it.

Lory Robinson

Tuesday 8th of March 2016

I'm not a fan of Roller Coasters. I do not ride them anymore although I did some when I was younger. Now, I stick to the rides that are more atmosphere than anything else. :)