Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

How Scary Is Too Scary for Kids?

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

How Scary Is Too Scary for Kids?

Article excerpt

Exiting from Universal Studios Florida's Jaws attraction earlier this month, Richelda Owen had her arm around one daughter, a dazed 4-year-old Taylor Jane, while the other, Jessica, 8, followed along weeping.

"My brother told us we absolutely must see Jaws," said Owen, who had traveled from England with her daughters, husband and mother. But the simulated tour-boat attack by the 32-foot great white shark of Spielberg's blockbuster thriller proved too much for the children. "I even worried about Mum having a heart attack!" said Owen.

Thrill is relative. What strikes terror in some doesn't daunt others in the least. So how do you know if you should climb aboard? Some would-be riders just don't measure up to the height restrictions posted at entrances to the thrill rides at the Disney and Universal theme parks (from 40-inch to 54-inch minimums). Many of the rides ban pregnant women and folks with bad tickers, bad backs or neck problems. Otherwise, trust your gut -- because second only to your mind, that's what thrill rides twist around and turn upside down. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.