October is the season of the spook- so what better time to talk about what spooks me, Ellie, at Walt Disney World. I’m not talking about ghouls and goblins, but what I am ACTUALLY too terrified to ride yet. Most people just assume that if you are a Disney fan, you have ridden all the rides. Well, I am proof that you can love Disney to pieces, but stay far away from certain attractions. Come along with me to explore the “what’s” and “why’s” of my Disney fears.
Since 1991, I have been scared of Space Mountain, located in Tomorrowland inside the Magic Kingdom. I know, I can hear some of your shock and awe all the way from WI. First off, I have never been a fan of rollercoasters- I don’t like the heights, the drops, or the feeling of being out of control. (I am sure a shrink would LOVE me). Since Space Mountain is a rollercoaster, then adding the dark to it, WITH flashing lights… I would rather go to the dentist. My favorite way of riding it is on the TTA, in the comfort of a car going 5 mph.
Another rollercoaster… Rock n’ Roller Coaster found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I can tell you, without a doubt, I will NEVER ride this thing. Why? Any ride that makes me wear a harness, I KNOW is taking me upside down. Add loud music, and granted, Aerosmith is AWESOME, I just think it would put me into an instant migraine, and that wouldn’t be good in my happy place. I know many who swear by this ride, I will take your word for it.
Just feet away from that gem is a free-falling elevator ride, with spooks, with Twilight Zone music, with creepy rooms, oh and did I mention FREE-FALLING elevator? The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is that ride. Story time break-when I was a small child, my brother and I decided to hit all of the buttons in an elevator at my Grandma’s nursing home, thus getting us stuck BETWEEN floors. As a child, all you worry about is “PLEASE DO NOT LET THE ELEVATOR FALL.” So the idea that this is somewhat a “fun” ride for people doesn’t seem appealing to me yet. Last trip, Belle and I did approach it, but it wasn’t in the cards for us.
Heading over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there are several here that just make me cringe. First, let’s start with the Primeval Whirl. I don’t mind spinning, but riding the Tilt-a-Whirl on a rollercoaster track is sure terror to me. Seriously, if someone wanted me to talk, they could just tie me into one of those cars and threaten to make it go. Yeah, no thank you.
Last but not least, there is a certain Yeti on a certain mountain that I will NEVER see in this lifetime, unless I am watching it on you tube. I am sure he is a great guy and everything, and maybe if he took a break for terrorizing riders for a change, I would love to give him a hug and buy him a Mickey bar. Since hell hasn’t frozen over, I will gladly be watching Carl and Belle enjoy Expedition Everest from the comfort of the solid ground. Again, it’s a rollercoaster, and it also rides backwards. I don’t know about you, but if I am about to die from pure fear, I would like to see what is about to get me.
Now, I would like to talk about what fears I DID conquer this past trip with MUCH success! Let’s start with a ROLLERCOASTER!! I know, you are now a bit confuzzled. Well, you see, I have been looking at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad since 1991, wanting to ride it so badly, but never having enough courage to do so. Our last trip in June of 2009, I decided that enough was enough. We fast-passed it, and I rode it for the first time with my oldest girl, Belle. I was so incredibly nervous, as that “tick tick” sound tickled my stomach and spinal cord, all at the same time. I knew I couldn’t get off, but I also knew that this coaster was NOT going to be going upside- down, and it was rarely in the dark, so I felt relatively safe. Besides my butt leaving the seat a few times, I LOVED this ride! We fast-passed it several more times, and I cannot wait to ride it again!
Another Disney Mountain that had me curious, was of the water sort. I am talking of course about Splash Mountain. The funny thing is, is that our own little Jessie girl was the one who convinced all of us chickens to try it out. We fast-passed it, so there was no wait. It was a wise decision, because I don’t know if we would have been able to do it, waiting like that can drive a person mad. So we literally walked on, thru the line, and into an awaiting log. So Carl gets into the log, and it’s front row, with Jessie. She doesn’t seem to get the enormity of the ride, so we play along, nervously. Belle and I sat right behind them, and we were all pretty much holding our breaths. Not until the first major drop, inside a DARK Mountain, did Jessie freak out. Tears and screaming, it was a nightmare for Carl. I felt horrible and useless, and I stroked her hair from behind her. All we could do now, was ride it out and get it over with. After each drop, she would become increasingly scared and upset. We got to the last final drop, and you know it’s coming, because you have that awesome view of the Castle for about 5 seconds before you plunge to your death. As we dropped, I tried to scream but nothing came out from the sheer fear I was feeling. I will never forget, looking at Jessie, and telling her at the bottom “Its over hun, it’s over..” and her PLEADING with us to promise that there were no more drops. Now, we all overcame that Mountain together, but it will take some time before Jessie ever tries it again. Oh, and yes, we bought the picture!
The mother of all rides that I conquered last year was to “Infinity and Beyond!” No, not Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin or Toy Story Mania but my mission was indeed space. Every time I headed to Test Track I would pass by Mission: Space and felt bad that I had never tried it. So one humid, hot Florida night, we were having an incredible time, and I decided it was time. I looked my family and said “Tonight is the night!” I walked onto the ride, lucky me, no waiting, and rode the extreme side. Sorry folks, I don’t remember the color. I know I was on the right side, and as I stood in line, I struck up a conversation with some men who were from GA. They were super sweet, asking me if I was ok and was I nervous. I said “Heck yeah, I have never been to space before” which made us all laugh. I was not ready for the tight and small space you ride in, but I went with it and got in. The funniest thing I had ever seen on a Disney ride, a barf bag. In all my years of visiting, never a barf bag on “Small World” (ok, but sometimes you really do need one on that ride-all that singing! LoL) The most extreme part is the lift-off of the ride – I had to tell myself out loud to BREATHE. After that, it was a piece of cake, and I got off the ride feeling accomplished. My GA boys kindly came over to make sure I had survived, which I had, but I did feel very sick hours later. I am very proud that I not only tried it, but I did the most extreme side.
So what are you Disney fears? I would love to hear yours. Thanks for listening to my ramblings for the day, and remember, magic lives in the hearts who let it. Have a great day!