Dylan is obsessed with roller coasters. He always has been. He watches them on YouTube, he has roller coaster apps on the iPad, and he will jump nonstop in a 40 minute line waiting to get on one. Chris and I took him on the Matterhorn before he was 3 (smaller height requirement then!). He begged and begged to ride it again...and again...and again.
He does not fear the speed, the drops, or the jolting, but do you know what does scare him? Being stuck on a roller coaster with the lights on.
I have been thinking about this since our trip to Disney. Space Mountain frightens Chris and I even! Chris commented after his last space adventure, "For a moment I thought the brakes were broken and we were going to crash full speed into the station." Do you know what Dylan said, "I want to ride it again!"
I opted to ride with Dylan during his second trip into space, and we were quickly slowed to a landing with all of the lights on in that space dome. It was ugly. It was grey, the "planets" were oddly shaped and colored, and we seemed to be surrounded by track, stairs, and pipes. It's a good thing this ride travels at lightening speed to have gravity force your limbs inside the car, because those pipes and tracks are way too close for comfort.
A cast member announced on the speaker for everyone to stay seated and wait for assistance. I saw the look of worry and fright take over my son's face.
Twenty minutes later we are escorted off the "shuttle" and directed to a walkway and then stairs. Dylan asks me, "Mom, are you sure this is a good idea?" Our shuttle mates roared with laughter. He was walking so slowly down the stairs and walkways. He held the rail of the stairway like it was his last life line. He then states, "I'm glad all the rides at Disneyland aren't broken because that would be terrible." The shuttle mates roar again. He continues, "Look down there, mom. It's a long way to the bottom." I could go on...
Flying through the darkness with music blaring and gravity drawing the spit from your mouth across you cheek...no problem. Exhilarating.
Tell him the ride is broken and make him climb down metal stairs 'down to earth.' Forget it, he'll probably never ride it again.