Now, don’t be scared off by that title, because this post has to do with roller coasters. Yay roller coasters! And I need YOUR help, too! You can share your opinions about roller coasters with me, and I’ll send you some good Disney karma or maybe a hug if I even happen to meet you in the parks. But first, a little background info.
Hi! I’m Kelsey. I’m a senior at Scripps College in Claremont, CA. I’m a Physics major. Somehow, I convinced my advisor to let my write my thesis about roller coasters and forces, specifically California Screamin’ at Disney California Adventure. How did I manage that, you may ask. Honestly, I have no idea. I’ve been using my iPhone’s accelerometer to measure the acceleration of Screamin’ during the ride with the goal of figuring out the best place to sit on a roller coaster. I’m defining the best place to sit as the seat with the maximum acceleration values that make you feel as if you’re floating or being pushed down into your seat. At the moment, there isn’t really a scientific qualification of the best place to sit, and that’s what I’m trying to figure out by measuring acceleration.
This is the part where I need your help. I’ve had trouble coming up with a definition of the best place to sit. My maximum acceleration definition is kind of arbitrary; I picked it because I needed a numerical way to define the “best” seat. But in my thesis introduction, I want to talk about some non-scientific measures of the best seat.
Here’s how you can be an absolutely amazing person! All you have to do is leave a comment telling me where your favorite place to sit on a roller coaster is, for coasters in general, or maybe just your favorite Disney one, and a completely non-scientific reason why it’s your favorite spot.
For example: On Big Thunder Mountain, my favorite spot to sit is the back row because the ride feels bumpier.
Or: I like to sit in the front row of Expedition Everest because it goes the highest where the track is “torn” and reverses for the first time.
And one more: I like to sit in the front row of Space Mountain at Disneyland because it feels like you’re flying through space, but I don’t like to sit in the front row of Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom because I feel like the train is going to hit something.
See, it’s really easy! By the way, those are all my actual favorite spots. I’d love to know yours! If you leave a comment, prepare for some good thesis/Disney karma coming your way! Just like the little green aliens from Toy Story, I’ll be eternally grateful for your help!