The eighth graders had a blast on their field trip to Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California on Monday, May 13th.
Students were able to walk around with friends and enjoy all the park had to offer. While some spent their time buying souvenirs or watching the shows, many explored the various rides. Eighth graders Seth Sarratt and Giovanni Gomez Bustos were able to ride all of them, while Nancy Guerrero Corona only missed out on Xcelerator and Montezooma’s Revenge.
When asked why she is not afraid of roller coasters, Guerrero Corona said she actually was as it was her first time. She said it ended up being fun, her favorites were HangTime, Supreme Scream, and Silver Bullet.
Both boys, Sarrat and Bustos, said Xcelerator the Ride was their favorite which Knott’s Berry Farm proudly boasts is “the fastest roller coaster and most thrilling ride at Knott’s Berry Farm.”
According to The Conversation, people enjoy roller coasters because they produce a good type of stress called Eustress. It may also to do with personal brain chemistry. “People who have higher levels of dopamine may be more prone to a number of sensation seeking behaviors, ranging from harmless roller coaster rides to taking drugs or even shoplifting.”
In an article published in the Washington Post, pediatrician Howard Bennett said, “During a roller coaster ride, your body is pushed, pulled, twisted, turned and even left weightless for a brief time.” This stimulates the inner ear, similar to being pushed on a swing or tossed in the air as a child. When this happens, it develops your ability to tell what position you are in. Despite this, some people including Bennett himself hate the sensation.
Although he rode all of them, Bustos said he does not like them. “It’s not a fear; I just don’t like the feeling.” He said peer pressure caused him to ride. Sarratt said he likes roller coasters simply because “It’s fun.”
Whether they adore roller coasters or loathe them, Knott’s had something for all the 8th graders to appreciate.