Friday, October 14, 2011

I Love Disney, But the Thrill Rides ... Not So Much

The Magic Carpets are more my type of attraction!
When I think Disney, honestly, nothing comes to mind that I can say I don't like.  When I shared this with Chad at Days in the Park, he pointed out exactly what I don't like - roller coasters!  How did I forget about that?  Maybe it was a mental block and thinking of only good things when thinking Disney.  But that is definitely it.  People love thrill rides, which is obvious because of the length of lines to experience them, but they are definitely on my dislike list.


Before I begin, here is a disclaimer for this post: I actually am a rational, common sense, down to earth person.  But present me with the thought of experiencing Tower of Terror, Rock N Roller Coaster, Mission: Space and any other thrill ride you can think of and I become completely irrational.  These attractions to me equal plunging to my death in an elevator, a runaway train that can run off its tracks, a roller coaster that hits 60 mph in just a short time that I could easily be catapulted from my "limo."  No question, each of these thoughts, while sitting here at home, is completely ridiculous.  But stand me in front of one of these attractions in Walt Disney World and these thoughts become completely rational and I am literally paralyzed with fear at the thought of experiencing any one of them. 


I haven't experienced any of the Disney thrill rides, except for one.  It all happened one fateful afternoon at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  Pierre asked me if I wanted to go on Rock N Roller Coaster.  Now normally, this wouldn't be such a terrible thing, except that he asked right in front of the kids.  I do not want my kids to fear thrill rides like I do, so I have never said anything in front of them to make them think they are something to be feared.  Clearly, I did not want to, nor did I plan to experience Rock N Roller Coaster.  But my daughter asked 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. All I really remember is my heart starting to beat out of my chest and I am fairly certain I was sweating before even entering the building.  Let's just say, I had my eyes closed for a large portion of the ride and I am pretty sure, I didn't breathe the entire time either!


People generally exit this attraction with smiles ear to ear and excited.  I am not one of those people!  After reluctantly agreeing to experience this attraction, I can honestly say that, though I do not regret testing this out once, I will not be going on Rock N Roller Coaster again.  My heart was beating out of my chest for much longer than I assume anyone's should and I didn't stop shaking for a good twenty to thirty minutes after the experience. But as a mom, I had to do what I had to do for my kids. I would never want my kids to fear something simply because I do.


So there it is, Rock N Roller is definitely one of the most popular attractions in Disney's Hollywood Studios, but I definitely am not a big fan!

13 comments:

The World of Deej said...

There are many attractions not just at Disney but around the world that I did once...and that was enough:)

Tricia from Return to Disney said...

What a good mom!! I love that you will face your fears to give your kids a good example, and to avoid passing on those fears.

@MaryD73 Capturing Magical Memories said...

I agree, what a good mom. And I also embrace the chicken exit! So next time just keep walking. I do that on Dinosaur all the time.

Heidi said...

I'd take ToT over RRC anyday, but my 11 year old daughter is the other way around.

Debs said...

I agree, you are such a good mom!!
I've taken the limo ride more than a few times white knuckled all the way. I've only used the chicken exit twice and both times were right after a meal. I'll try to do any ride for the DSs :D

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Well, all was not in vane because later on that trip, after several times of Joey telling us he was too scared too ride Splash Mountain, he ended up riding for the first time. Actually, if you want all the details, I wrote a more detailed recap of this "event" in my post The Disney Things I Do for My Kids (http://www.pursuingthemagic.com/2011/01/disney-things-i-do-for-my-kids.html)

Christina said...

I could completely relate to this post! While I love thrill rides, I am deathly afraid of flying, spiders, and grasshoppers/crickets. I try my absolute best to not let my daughter see me freak out because I don't want to make her afraid, too. She loves to fly and loves to chase grasshoppers, but I didn't succeed on hiding my fears of spiders. She hates tiny bugs. Oops. And your kid using your words against you? They just tuck that stuff away for the most inopportune moments, don't they? My 3 year old is already doing that!

DisneyBabies said...

Aww!! Funny. silly husband and kids! It's a shame -that's one of the best coasters around! What's your standard go-to get out of it?

P.T. said...

Isn't it funny how kids can have selective listening? I'm glad you were able to show your kids not to be scared, but I feel you on the plunging to your death. Although I LOVE thrill rides, especially Disney ones, I cannot bring myself to go on a ferris wheel. That is the ultimate fear for me. Silly, right?

Gaylin said...

Rock 'N Roller Coaster is the only ride that has ever made me vomit. At least it happened 10 minutes after I got off the ride . . . Expedition Everest is nausea inducing but no vomit.

I go on ToT no problem! I have a rule, if I want to buy a ride souvenir, I have to go on the ride - once.

Being brave for your children is awesome!

Mouse Fan Diane said...

You are a great mom for not showing fear because once they see it they usually dont forget it. But I have to say this is one of my all time favorite rides that I could ride all day, I love the upside loops. The takeoff does get my heart racing while I'm in the cue though..

Disney on Wheels said...

You are such an awesome mom. Don't feel too bad, I am terrified of the Tower of Terror. :)

goddessofmath said...

I love that you rode it even when you didn't want to! :) On my last trip, I made a deal with my friend: I would ride Dinosaur (which scares the heck out of me), and he would ride (Tower of Terror which he hates). Both rides were faves of the other, and we knew it was more fun to experience things together. He might not be so sure of that after sitting on Dinosaur with me screaming in his ear, but it was a fun trade off. :) We might even do it again in December!