Kids & Family

Theme Park Gives Unlikely Group Of Thrill-Seekers Quite A Ride!

These teddy bears appear to be having a blast – and they're giving others hope that fun is right on the horizon.

There's nothing like the thrill of riding a rollercoaster. Unless you're not a fan of being tossed around at breakneck speeds in a small wooden box while plunging hundreds of feet with nothing but a flimsy security bar to hold you in!

But during the coronvirus pandemic roller coaster fans haven't been able to experience that feeling, because amusement and theme parks have been closed.

Walibi Holland, a Dutch theme park, re-opened to the public last week and sent an unexpected group of riders on their 'Untamed' coaster as a way of inviting back local fans, and bringing smiles to people all over the world. The staff strapped 22 oversized, plush teddy bears into the coaster for the ride of their lives.

In a video that was published to the park's YouTube channel, you can see the bears being whipped around the hybrid steel-wood track as the coaster raced over hills at a maximum speed of 57 mph and plummeted to a 116-foot drop before sliding to a stop at the loading dock.

The bears almost seemed to come alive in the video as their heads bounced and their ears flapped as they caught some impressive air. The only thing missing were the screams of terror and delight that typically come from human riders in the cars.

The video brought laughs and smiles to people all over the world, and perhaps some excitement, as folks imagine their next coaster ride once more parks are open to the public.

"This has been the best thing I've seen in lockdown," one YouTuber commented.

Another person wrote: "Never have I wanted to be a teddy bear more in my life!"

The teddy bears seemed to come to life as they cruised around the track. YouTube

While amusement parks may look different once they do re-open, seeing the cuddly bears enjoying their coaster ride is giving people hope that they'll get to partake in some summer fun again soon.

Yesterday, a Swedish park put out their own video inspired by the teddy bears featuring a crew of plush unicorns taking their turn on an exhilarating coaster ride. We could watch these all day!

We love that the staff at both parks took the time to make such fun and uplifting videos for their fans. While re-opening might look different in various parts of the world, we can all agree that sharing moments like these that make people smile is an amazing act of kindness!

How can you start something good?

If you want to spread joy during this trying time, why not make your own silly content to share with others?

You can perform a funny song about your quarantine coping methods, or make a video of yourself playing harmless pranks on your family members, or stage a virual amusement "ride" for the little kids in hour house. Who knows, you could go viral because of it!

Let's #StartSomethingGood together!

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