It all depends on your kid ...
Momlogic's Julie: This weekend, my cousin flew in with her two kids (ages 5 and 8), and we took our families to Disneyland.
We found out the hard way that her 5-year-old son was scared of dark rides. In "Soarin' Over California," he cried hysterically the whole time and was utterly terrified. My cousin felt so horrible that her son was traumatized on a ride that she really thought he would enjoy.
One time, I made my daughter ride "Tower of Terror." After waiting in line for an hour with me and her brother, she decided she didn't want to go on it. I just thought she had nervous jitters, so I encouraged (translation: bribed) her to ride it anyway. (I hated the thought of wasting that hour in line for nothing, and my son being so upset that he couldn't go on.) Well, she cried the whole ride and still talks about how "Mommy MADE HER ride Tower of Terror." I felt like the worst mother ever.
This parent posted a YouTube video of his son's first roller coaster ride. He goes from looking severely traumatized to utterly gleeful in a span of two minutes.
Have you ever "made" your child go on a ride, then wished you hadn't? Surely I'm not the only one (I hope)!