When you hear about the latest roller coaster that comes out, or some other amusement park ride that is fast and furious, it’s hard not to get excited, at least for some people. There are individuals that really enjoy going at high speeds, being spun upside down, going to dark tunnels without being able to see the outcome for a few terrifying seconds, whereas others will not even touch these rides. There are several that many people enjoy riding located around the world, some of which are in the United States. Let’s take a look at the mentality behind those that enjoy these types of rides and some of the scariest ones on the planet.
Human Nature And Amusement Park Rides
If you have ever thought about going on one of the tallest roller coasters in the world like the Kingda Ka at Six Flax in New Jersey, or perhaps going to Disneyland to get on the Space Mountain ride which hurtles you through what appears to be space from your perspective, there is something about human nature that causes us to want to be scared, to need some type of fright in our lives. There is a psychological reason for this, a reason that enables amusement park owners to draw millions of people every year to experience the latest and greatest thrill rides available.
The Psychology Behind Fear
Fear is both a good and a bad thing. It’s actually something we need in our lives. Of course, you don’t want to be scared going out into the woods at night as it might lead to actual danger, but for those of us that have been around a campfire, telling ghost stories, there is something inherently wonderful about those feelings. It is this same appreciation for the unknown, the excitement that comes from not knowing what will happen next, or if something is waiting around the corner, that inspires people to create some of the scariest rides on the planet, a literal multi-billion-dollar industry.
Top Thrill Rides Worldwide
Although there are many to choose from, some of the ones that are at the top of the list include the GeForce in Germany, the Superman Ride Of Steel in Massachusetts, and of course the famous Matterhorn located in Anaheim California. All of these rides provide some level of fear, excitement, and exhilaration if for only a few minutes, helping us to appease that need within ourselves to be scared in some way.
Whether you decide to ride the Fahrenheit at Hershey’s Park, or ride down Splash Mountain at Disneyland in California, it’s all about the thrill that you get when you get to go down those deep plunges, down into darkness, or through the briar patch, and come out on the other side. These rides will be around for many years to come with new and more innovative designers coming out with something better and faster than before. Hopefully you will be able to try at least one of these every year to truly experience a healthy level of fear that everybody should have at an amusement park.