Here Are the Surprising Reasons Why People Faint on Amusement Park Rides

Have you always wondered why people pass out on amusement park rides? Here is everything that we know about the mind-spinning phenomenon!

Sughnen Yongo - Author

Jul. 22 2023, Updated 11:00 a.m. ET

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We've all heard of those adrenaline-pumping amusement park rides that make your heart race faster than Usain Bolt, but did you know that some folks end up kissing the floor in a not-so-graceful manner during these thrill-a-minute escapades?

The question about why people faint mid-park ride is both a mysterious and hilarious. Buckle up as we take a whirlwind tour through the wild, wacky, and sometimes downright ridiculous reasons behind these roller coaster faintings.

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Picture this: You're strapped into a gravity-defying, loop-de-loop roller coaster, and as it chugs uphill, your stomach flips more than a freshly cooked pancake. Fear not (or fear a lot).

Your body responds with a delightful cocktail of adrenaline, cortisol, and other stress hormones. For some unfortunate souls, the sudden rush of these hormones can cause their blood pressure to plummet, leading to a fainting spell that can rival a Hollywood melodrama.

Read on for more details about fainting on rides.

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Why do people faint on roller coasters?

Apparently, there's an explanation for this roller coaster blackout saga. Neurologists have discovered the secret behind roller coaster thrill rides! These brainiacs say it's all about the G-force of the ride, which can play a sneaky trick on the human brain. For a fleeting moment, that intense G-force can cut off the blood and oxygen supply to your precious brain. Who would have thought?

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Several riders can also experience fierce "redouts", which are similar to the experience of seeing red when blood flow rapidly rushes to the head. In conclusion, dear roller coaster enthusiasts, fainting on rides is not as mysterious as it may seem. From Fear-O-Meter overloads to G-force sagas and redout havocs, our bodies can have quite the dramatic reactions to the thrill of amusement park rides.

People fainting on rides is sometimes caught on video.

A San Diego man fainted multiple times on an amusement park ride and captured the entire debacle on camera. It was a sight to remember, and it really got people talking about the effect that the rides have on people. Seeing it up close was both terrifying and frightening.

Another fainting reaction was shared via TikTok.

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We can only imagine that our brains are the grandmasters behind these unexpected fainting spectacles, and when the brain receives conflicting messages from the eyes, inner ear, and other sensory organs, it goes into panic mode, causing a temporary blackout. Think of it as your brain going, "I give up! I can't make sense of this craziness!"

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According to the awesome folks at U.S. News and World Report, it's a natural phenomenon that, um, adds to the thrill! Enjoy the adrenaline rush and the quirky brain tricks, my fellow coaster enthusiasts!

So, the next time you hear about someone fainting on a ride, spare a thought for the incredible, perplexing, and often bizarre ways our bodies cope with the thrill of the amusement park experience.

As you embark on your adrenaline-fueled adventures, remember to stay hydrated, well-fed, and fearlessly exuberant. After all, it's not every day you get to defy gravity and indulge in some unforgettable, gravity-defying fun.

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