WINTER HAVEN, FLA. -- The 2012 summer travel season is here and theme parks from coast to coast are rolling out all-new, ever-daring thrill rides.
For parents hoping that this is the year their child musters the courage to take that first roller coaster adventure, it's a tough call, and it has been hard to get objective help.
This summer, Legoland Florida is helping families deal with any fear of roller coasters by arming parents with "Roller Coaster Readiness" tips.
Leadership at the park reached out to nationally-recognized psychologist and award-winning author Dr. Susan Bartell to create tools for both guests and employees to help parents manage these challenging situations.
Brochures featuring the tips will be available online and at the front gate and include things families can do before they leave home and during the day, as well as ways to manage a melt-down and ways to celebrate at the end of the day.
Sometimes a kid is not ready for the breath-taking adventure of a roller coaster ... and that youngster may grow into an adult who never cares for that flavor of thrill ride.
At the other end of the spectrum is the born adrenaline junkie.
Legoland Florida officials say their booklet will help with each extreme, and all points in between.