Noah Rides His First Upside Down Roller Coaster!

Hands up!

One of Noah’s favorite things to do is visit Six Flags Over Texas (a local theme park) and ride rides! This “little” boy has been a fan of thrill rides for as long I can remember him going to theme parks, but this year he decided to ride the “Shock Wave,” one of those roller coasters that goes upside down. Just just once, but twice!!

I couldn’t believe he wanted to ride it! (Not just once, but at the end of the video below you can hear him saying “again!”)

special needs child riding shock wave

There are two loops on The “Shock Wave!”

Noah is such a brave not-so-little boy. Since this was his first ride on an upside down roller coaster I decided to risk my iPhone and film the experience. You’ve got to check out the video below…it’s awesome!

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Here’s a couple of screen grabs from the video. Look at those little hands raised high in the sky!

So brave!

No fear!

No Fear

One thing that’s interesting is Noah’s lack of fear for things like roller coaster. I’m pretty sure Noah would ride every ride in the park if he was tall enough. He wants to ride bigger rides (like the Texas Giant.) He really wants to ride everything. It’s a ton of fun watching his excitement, and seeing how much fun he has on the rides! I love it.

On a side note, my wife (a pediatrician) wanted me to be sure to mention that Noah doesn’t have (insert a really long medical word here that I forget that has something to do with a weak neck, I think.) So it’s k for Noah to ride this! (So please don’t leave a comment asking me why I let my son ride something like that.) 🙂

child excited to ride theme park roller coaster

He’s having a blast!

If you’re a new parent of a chid born with Down syndrome, I hope posts like this encourage you. You may wonder if you’re child will ever do typical things, like want to ride roller coasters, or go to a theme park. We find that Noah is much more typical then he is special, if you know what I mean. Noah is a blast, and we love that he is a part of our family. He has so much joy, and loves to enjoy life! We love him!

Parents, does your child like to go to theme parks? What sort of rides do they enjoy riding? Leave a comment and let us know!

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About Rick Smith

Hi, I'm Noah's Dad and I'm passionate about giving the world a window into our life as we raise our son who was born with Down syndrome. I also enjoy connecting with other families, so let's stay connected.


  1. i think it is so cool that you share your experiences of life, good & bad about living with Down Syndrome 🙂 thank you 🙂
    I grew up with a couple kids with Downs and I am so happy that at least some things are getting better, for their treatment and acceptance.
    (i know some places in the world this is not always true, but with info like you’re sharing, hopefully someday it will 🙂
    we are foster parents and hope someday to help foster & love on a baby/child with Downs and be able to help in some way 🙂 God Bless you & your awesome family 😉

  2. Travis Martin, Admin of SFOT History. says

    I just featured the Shockwave video of Noah on our FB page, The History of Six Flags Over Texas. He is even our page cover page photo! Here is a link to our page.
    You have one amazing little dare devil there!

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