Roller Coaster Fall-Out

Thrill Machines

Riding a roller coaster is a high speed, high thrill experience in which your body encounters positive G force, negative G force, sudden drops and inversions. A typical ride lasts just one minute, all too short for the thrill seeker, a lifetime for the seriously scared ! Love them or hate them coasters are a constant fascination but few people except theme park insiders are fully aware of the unfortunate side effects of riding these epic machines.

Motion Sickness

Those who suffer the curse of motion sickness when simply taking a ride in a car or on a train are fully aware that the two things you really do not want to do if you wish to avoid throwing up is ride backwards or in the dark. It is no surprise, then, that roller coasters in the dark induce more unfortunate episodes of projectile vomiting than any other type of ride and the vomit capital of the theme park world is Thorpe park’s X No Way Out a roller coaster inexplicably designed to run both in the dark and backwards. Hard working staff members spend much of their time cleaning up the “accidents” which unfortunately tend to be spread over a wide area due to the forces of the ride. Sadly sometimes it is not just a problem of where the puke lands but on whom !


Because of the layout of some roller coasters it is not unknown for guests being sick over the side of the train to strike guests passing underneath them on another train. Some coasters like Europa Park’s Wodan actually pass over or under several other rides offering limitless opportunities for a direct hit ! One can only imagine the horror of the victims as they try to decide if what happened to them was part of the theming of the ride !

Other Projectiles

Many theme park guests also seem oblivious to the effect a high speed launch has on items in their pockets. Cedar Point’s Top Thrill Dragster accelerates from 0 to 120 miles per hour in under three seconds. This rather forceful start to the ride is likely to empty any un-zipped pockets of their contents and if there is anything left after the launch the 420 foot, 90 degree decent of the tower should see to the rest !

Upside Down

The ten inversions of Thorpe Park’s Colossus and the death defying plunge on Magic Mountain’s Tatsu flying coaster are quite effective at relieving people of their personal possessions as well ! At most amusement parks staff will recover any lost items and return what is left of them to their owners. I am reliably informed that items recently lost/smashed to pieces on roller coasters include an iphone 5 the day after they went on sale, a ladies Tissot Generosi-T watch, thankfully not still attached to the wrist of its owner, a prosthetic arm (not the one wearing the watch), a glass eye and a set of false teeth.

Ouch !

Inevitably items flying off roller coasters do sometimes hit unsuspecting guests and staff. Can you imagine being hit by a low flying set of dentures !

The Real Danger

Many people are scared of roller coasters which, of course, are in themselves extremely safe. It is what flies off them that creates a real hazard as, ironically, it is much more dangerous queuing for a coaster than actually riding one. Next time you visit a theme park wear a hard hat, body armour and a vomit proof jacket and zip up your pockets !

If you’ve been silly enough to lose your watch on a rollercoaster, Watch Hub offer a great range of replacements such as the ladies Tissot Generosi-T watch

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