Don’t scream on a scary roller

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Don’t scream on a scary rollercoaster ride … seriously?

Japanese amusement parks are reopening in the wake of COVID-19. But in the interests of health and safety, there’s a no-scream rule.

Don’t scream on a scary roller

Image by bev robisnon from Pixabay

Anyone who has travelled a fair bit may know that the Japanese love a theme park. Wherever there are theme parks, there are Japanese visitors.

And they do enjoy a rollercoaster ride, whether at home or abroad. Given that Japan is the land of the high-speed bullet train, that’s probably understandable.

But, then again, what’s not to like? If you’re a kid of nine or 90, rollercoasters are good, scary, scream-inducing fun.

‘No screaming rule’ in the interests of health safety

But as the Asian nation’s theme park industry begins to reopen in the wake of COVID-19, there’s a strange new rule that thrill-seekers are finding difficult to adhere to: ‘no screaming, please’!

It may seem a little odd, given that the whole aim of a rollercoaster ride is to frighten yourself silly. And sometimes, of course, screams just kind of pop out of your mouth when you’re upside down and hanging from your shoulder straps with the ground whooshing by far below.  

But theme park management teams are adamant; screaming produces droplets that could linger in the air and spread the coronavirus.

‘Please scream inside your heart’ is the message to visitors

Keep a serious face on your rollercoaster ride and you could win a prize

The parks have gone to great lengths to promote the message. ‘Please scream inside your heart’ is one such theme.

Another strategy to encourage visitors to play along is a challenge to #KeepASeriousFace on a rollercoaster and then post the photo online. Those who can remain poker-faced are in line to win prizes of free day passes.

Two Japanese theme park executives show how to ‘not scream’ on a rollercoaster ride

At one theme park, the Fuji-Q Highland, two very straight-faced executives even had themselves on video taking the park’s scariest ride – all the while keeping a straight face to show that it can be done.

Don’t scream on a rollercoaster? You can’t be serious…!