Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Disney Things I Do for My Kids

Making Magical Memories Column
WDW Daily News
December 2010

When it comes to the thrill rides at Walt Disney World, I must admit that I avoid them completely. I have always been a roller coaster wimp and gladly waited in the gift shops or people watched while my family rode these types of attractions. But now that I am a mom, I do not want my kids to avoid certain attractions simply because I am afraid of them. They should decide on their own if it something they want to try. But this last fateful trip, my husband, unknowingly, cornered me into having to try Rock N Roller Coaster.

I have ridden Splash Mountain and Space Mountain just once each, and this past trip, against my better judgment, I added Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster to that list. One morning at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, my mom, the kids and I were sitting down by Tower of Terror waiting for my dad and husband to come off the ride. When my husband finally caught up with us, he asks in front of the kids if I wanted to ride Rock ‘N Roller Coaster. My daughter asks me if I was scared of it. To which of course, I responded I am not scared but I am not sure it would be my favorite ride. Then, my son pipes in asking, “How will you know if you don’t try it?” Seriously? This is the moment he actually listens to me and uses my words against me? With my three kids staring at me and waiting for an answer, I hesitantly tell my husband I will ride it with him. My heart was already beating out of my chest!

As we enter the attraction, I am relieved to see that we walked right in and had no one in front of us. This works well for me because the longer I stood there, the sweatier my palms got and the faster my heart raced . . . and I wasn’t even in the seat yet! With there being no wait, I couldn’t over think it and try to escape. Now I have read all the guidebooks, watched all the travel shows, and seen this ride on You Tube and anywhere else it is posted, but let me tell you, none of that does this ride justice to just how fast it feels to hit 60 mph in just a couple of seconds. I can’t type what I was thinking, I’ll leave that to your imagination, but let’s just say, my finger imprints may still be on my harness and I actually don’t think I took a breath the entire ride. I’m glad I tried it once, but once is enough for this thrill ride wimp!

When we exited the ride, we could have purchased the picture. I was looking quite lovely with a look of complete fear and stress on my face with my eyes closed and clearly white knuckles showing. My husband so nicely burst out laughing when he saw it. Since I was still shaking from the ride, which lasted at least another 30 minutes after, and I think my stomach may have actually been lodged in my throat, I threatened him if he even thought of purchasing it. Now I wish we had because looking back, it was hysterical, but at the time, I just wanted to catch my breath and regain my composure!

In the end it was all worth it because when my son saw me, he asked if I liked it. I told him it was very fast, but I was glad I tried it. He then said, “Mommy, I am so proud of you for being so brave.” The next day he rode Splash Mountain for the very first time after days of telling us he would not ride it. Maybe it was just coincidence, but maybe he saw me try something new and decided to be brave himself.


Days In The Park said...

Haha! Great article, Beth. I know a lot of people like you, and that's okay.

Just be at ease with the knowledge that you guys bring many of us loads of laughter and great memories. Watching people become truly terrified on rides is always a good time. ;)

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

I feel bad for any family who was in the photo with us and has that now in their Disney photo album or scrapbook, though I am fairly certain they laugh everytime they see it! :-)

Carolyn Ross said...

I am exactly like you Beth when it comes to Roller Coasters. I have been on Splash Mountain and Space Mountain, but I select waiting for my family to get off of the ride in the past few trips instead. My husband, John will ride just about anything except that he had the same experience on Rockin Roller coaster with the take off as you did. He really disliked it. Next time we go my kids will be riding together as teenagers. lol

Motherhood Magic said...

That is great that you gave the ride a chance, even if it's your last. I don't think it's a coincidence that your son gave Splash a chance the next day. You gave him the courage for sure! :)

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Carolyn - I can't even think of your kids as teenagers! :-) In my brain Tim is still in 3rd grade! I look forward to the day my kids can ride together. It will spare me the terror!!!! :-)

Thank you, Sarah! I like to hope my experience wasn't done in vain and had some purpose other than elevating my blood pressure!