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WDW Theme Parks Discuss Info About Coasters? in the Vacation Planning forums; So, I have a little anxiety problem when going on roller coasters. The anxiety comes from the big drops. I'm not really scared of heights and I used to LOVE ...
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    Info About Coasters?

    So, I have a little anxiety problem when going on roller coasters. The anxiety comes from the big drops. I'm not really scared of heights and I used to LOVE all kinds of roller coasters, but now I get anxiety attacks going on rides with big drops. I've been on Splash Mtn. before when I was a little braver, so I know about that one having a big drop, but do any of the other coasters have big drops like that or is that the only one? I watched the preview ride through of Exp. Everest, but couldn't really see how big the drop was since it was mostly in the dark.
    I wish I wasn't so scared because it really ruins the ride. All I can think about is going into cardiac arrest on a roller coaster and flopping around all lifeless and dying on the ride. (LOL) I know it's kind of a slim chance since I'm a fairly healthy 24 year old, but my imagination insists on picturing the worst case scenario.
    I'm also scared of Haunted Mansion. Okay, that's embarassing to admit, but still true. I absolutely HATE being snuck up and that's really the only thing I'm afraid of and I really really do want to ride this.
    Okay, so after you're done laughing at my sissiness, tell me what you think! Thanks!
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    Anxiety attacks are nothing to laugh at, so you won't hear any from me.

    Everest has a big drop that swoops out of the mountain and down. I haven't been on it yet myself, but hopefully someone who has can better describe the height/speed.

    Rockin' Rollercoaster has a couple of inversions, all are in the dark so you really can't see much of the track.

    Haunted Mansion doesn't really have much that 'sneaks up' on you - a few figures pop up in the attic and graveyard scenes, but not a lot of jump-out-and-go-boo type stuff, and nothing that comes at you from behind, at least not once you're on the doombuggies.

    Only suggestions I can make is to get a physical exam before you go, so you have a doctor's word that there is virtually no chance of you going into cardiac arrest, and start yourself out on the smaller coasters and work up to the larger ones - The Barnstormer, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain, and so on up. Birnbaums' Guide for Kids rates the rides by thrill and scare factors, and I believe there is a section on AllEarsNet.com as well.

    Good luck!
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    Thank you so much! That puts a lot of my fears to rest. I wish I didn't worry so much though! I'm going to *try* to get on Rockin' Rollercoaster, since the biggest part of my anxiety comes from the longgggg and slow uphill trek. Hopefully I won't know it's coming. Maybe I'll just have to bring some xanax!
    Anyways, thankyou so much for the info! Hope to see your countdown soon!
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    just so ya know there is NO chain lift on rockn rollar coaster but there is a super fast take off and watching that a couple of times will get you pretty nervous but close your eyes the hole way and you will love it!

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    I used to be able to enjoy these coasters but I find as I get older I do suffer a little anxiety as well. I do keep my eyes closed on Rock and Roller Coaster when it first starts..
    As for Everest the part I think I will not like is the "going backwards in the dark part"..but I will face that the next time I go to Animal Kingdom which will not be for a while unfortunately.

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