Not a bad idea...
... but an interesting question was proposed to me: If you fully lose your sight, does the ride become more a thrill?
I think it would become less of a thrill. Part of the fun of riding is seeing trees and other surroundings fly by. Then again, the thrill might be heightened not being able to see that upcoming drop, loop, turn, etc. I've experimented with intentionally closing my eyes for the duration of a ride, but those were rides I know like the back of my proverbial hand, so that really doesn't recreate the sensation of total blindness.
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Think about those IMAX coaster videos, while they make me sick, you do get the sensation of going down hills and moving while standing/sitting on a floor so I think that speaks volumes for how important the visual aspect of a coaster is.
Nonetheless, I agree with a bunch of what's said here. I have closed my eyes for the duration of a couple different rides and I've experienced a mixture of nausea, fear, and boredom.
I really think the heightened senses that many blind people possess gives them the power to overcome those same things that I found to be present when riding with my eyes closed.
It's never easy being blind but I respect their ability to still find happiness in the hobby they love and experiencing it in a totally different way many of us will never get to experience.
* This post was modified at 8/12/13 5:29:41 PM *
If someone was sighted and rode lots of coasters and then lost their sight, they would probably have a lot less of a problem riding (at least I would think) than someone who was blind before they started riding coasters.
Once in a while I will close my eyes on a ride I've ridden many times before, especially on things that go backwards. I get extremely dizzy (usually not sick since I always wear a motion sickness patch) on most backwards stuff (not much if it's in a straight line, like Intamin impulse coasters) and so I tend to close my eyes.
When we rode Sidewinder at HP I got some serious vertigo on the first ride with my eyes open both ways, so on subsequent rides I closed my eyes on the backwards part and it was much better. I also closed my eyes on an Enterprise I rode on my recent mid-west trip (there is a TR in the works) and it was a much nicer ride than I recall my last ride on an Enterprise. No drunken dizziness upon getting off, and I was able to enjoy the sensations without having to try and look around at everything whizzing by (I could have also looked at my feet, I suppose).
So if you get too dizzy or even sick, closing your eyes on a familiar ride might help.
Everyday life would be much more thrilling.