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July 9, 2020, 8:23 a.m. EDT

Japanese amusement parks urge silence on roller coasters: ‘Please scream inside your heart’

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By Mike Murphy


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Visitors wearing face masks ride a roller coaster at the Tochinoki Family Land amusement park on May 17 in Utsunomiya, Japan.

‘Please scream inside your heart.’

Wait, isn’t that what we’ve all been doing for a while now?

Actually, it’s the message from a Japanese amusement park, which is asking roller-coaster riders to keep their traps shut while enjoying their plunging and twisting rides, so as not to potentially spread virus-carrying droplets of coronavirus.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that Fuji-Q Highland and other amusement parks in Japan, including Tokyo Disneyland, have banned screaming on rides.

An unintentionally hilarious video shows two Fuji-Q executives displaying the proper technique, as they stoically ride the 230-foot-tall Fujiyama roller coaster in utter silence. (The video should encourage wearing a tight-fitting face mask, too, as one man’s mask keeps slipping off his face.)

Some roller-coaster fans aren’t buying it.

“There’s just no way not to scream,” college student Rika Matsuura reportedly told the Journal. “It’s kind of torture to be back at your favorite place in the world and to not be able to scream and enjoy everything 100%.”

Luckily for riders, the no-screaming rule is voluntary, with no penalty for letting loose.

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