A ride within a ride: Roller coasters on film

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Since starting PSA, I’ve noticed that I now find myself looking at my life more in terms of how it pertains to pop culture. It’s funny when you realize that everything we do has probably been done in a movie or TV show, because art reflects life and vice versa. This was evident in my latest trip to NYC, when I visited Washington Square Park for the first time and suddenly remembered how many movies had featured the iconic spot. Well, it happened again last night.

I took my sister to Dorney Park for some last minute sisters-only time. We’re moving her in for her sophomore year of college on Sunday and because she spends every waking moment with her boyfriend, I don’t really feel like I even saw her all that much this summer. So we got there around 5 p.m. and after waiting an hour for a storm to pass, we finally got on our first ride.

I am a huuuuuge roller coaster enthusiast. If I don’t ride something at least once over the summer, I feel incomplete. I’m in love with the adrenaline rush and there is nothing I won’t try. I scream, not because I’m scared but because it’s just fun to shriek at the top of your lungs. When the ride is over and we’re slowly moving back into the loading station, I swing my feet and giggle maniacally. I love thrill rides because for those very short moments, we’re allowed to throw inhibition to the wind and just be. And I choose to be free and giddy and child-like—don’t even get me started on Disney World.

Because we went a) at night, b) on a Thursday so close to the start of the school year, and c) right after a thunderstorm, there were barely any lines. We flew through the best ones in just a couple hours. Dorney is also pretty small, especially when compared to Six Flags Great Adventure which is where I spent my childhood (we only lived 15-20 minutes away from it when I was in 3rd-8th grade). Anyway, as we were walking from ride to ride, I started thinking about moments in film that featured amusement park rides. I came up with four that I know well. See if you recognize them. Continue reading

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