A patient suffering from kidney stones passed a stone after each of three consecutive rides on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Word of that even got researchers thinking: Was there something to it? It turns out there was. According to the Daily Telegraph, research concluded that yes, people are more likely to pass non-obstructive kidney stones if they are gently bounced by a roller coaster.
Why did it happen on a Disney coaster as opposed to other ones? Because researchers, who did tests using precise models of human kidney tubes, claim a milder ride—less than 40 mph and with no loops—were best for nudging stones out of place. The three-minute-long Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, which is ironically themed to a mine where rocks are being dislodged all the time, turns out to be perfectly suited to jostling our inner stones loose.
When the model was strapped in the front row of the ride, reports the Daily Telegraph, stones were passed at a rate of 16 percent. In the back seat, the rate was 63 percent.
When you wizz upon a car, your dreams come true, but if you're ailing at the moment, you'll have to hold it, because the Magic Kingdom version of the coaster is closed for refurbishment until November 18.
It really is the wildest ride in the wilderness. Photo: Gary Bogden