I survived Tower of Terror!!

  1. And I do NOT do roller coasters!!! We all had Fast Passes for it, though, (dh, oldest son and his classmate) and I thought I'd do it just once. And yes, the thread title is correct: I survived! I didn't LIKE it, but I did survive! I need to write a research paper with the physiological effects of such a ride (including different roller coasters), and how one responds to them; I'm sure responses would depend on if one is enjoying or fearing the ride, and how one deals with that feeling in the pit of one's stomach when one is dropping 10 stories in a free fall . . . Dh said he WAS weightless at one point, "only the seat belt was holding me in place." I just don't like the way my stomach feels when that happens. And I have to close my eyes, just can't tolerate the visual as well as the vestibular changes, . . . Call me a wimp, wuss, whatever. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!
    I did open my eyes occ., when I could sense light. And then we were all sitting in our seats, facing the park through a hole in the "hotel" wall, seeing the people like ants below us ----------- just before being dropped down. Then I'd have to close them again . . .
    And either I discovered it helps to breathe during free fall (I found I was holding my breath, kind of a valsalva, and the stomach feeling was getting worse), or

    the ride ended. I'm not sure what happened . . .

    How about you all, do you like roller coasters or not??? Tell about your experience(s).
  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    I used to love roller coasters until they started to strap you in from the top shoulders on some of them. I hate being that confined. But I guess if you are going to be flipped upside down then they got to. I'm too claustrophobic.

    Sounds like you had a blast. Woot!
  4. by   Energizer Bunny
    I LOVE Tower of Terror and any ride that you have to be strapped in on for that matter! LOL! Tweety.....I am very claustrophobic (can't have a sheet over my head even) but love those shoulder harnesses. I couldn't do the rides without them (well, I'd fall out for one! LOL!)
  5. by   Loribabble
    I am a borderline adrenaline junky and LOVE roller coasters! The older I get the less my body can deal with the stressors.... but the more upside down loop-di-loos the better! Can't wait to try that one out!
  6. by   itsme
    tower of terror rocks!!! I loved it! Went on it multiple times! Did you go on the rockin roller coaster? I did about 25 times, not only do i love aerosmith, but i love rollercoasters!!!
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I LOVE rollercoasters,but my dh and son hate them. I have no tbeen on one since like 1994. Wah......sounds like you had fun.
  8. by   Shamrock
    YOU are the bravest person I know!! I would not get on one for love nor money!!
  9. by   Chaya
    Nope-don't like 'em, no longer feel compelled to "experience" them. One of the perks of being a middle-aged old fart is realizing which things I can't get out of doing and which things I just DON'T have to put myself thru. (It's not the height thing, though- I liked parasailing just fine!)

    PS- For roller-coaster junkies, King's Dominion in Virginia has gotta be the ultimate.
    Last edit by Chaya on Jun 16, '04
  10. by   rnmi2004
    Dh & I just LOOOVE rollercoasters! He does more so than me. I'm pretty sure we would have broken up long before marriage was considered if I wasn't a fan of rollercoasters.

    We go to Cedar Point every summer, and we're going to Michigan Adventure on Saturday. I haven't been on CP's new Top Thrill Dragster--it freaked me out that everyone we spoke to last summer when it was new said that the ride was closed for repairs for most of the day. I guess I'd rather wait until the bugs are worked out of a ride that is going to put me at 120 mph in 4 seconds!
  11. by   dianah
    I bow to the Queen and the King, rnmi2004! It's just not my thing!!
  12. by   CashewLPN
    Quote from CNM2B
    I LOVE Tower of Terror and any ride that you have to be strapped in on for that matter! LOL! Tweety.....I am very claustrophobic (can't have a sheet over my head even) but love those shoulder harnesses. I couldn't do the rides without them (well, I'd fall out for one! LOL!)

    There's this great ride up at Six Flags Great Adventure Called 'Nitro'...

    basically its an amazing series of loops and banked turns, and really funky signs that say how high you are..

    'You're now as high up as the top of the sphinx' was my favorite...

    Sick thing is the restraint, which is this triangular doohickey that fits over your lap. not being the slimmest person in the world, I debated my imminant death, but, saying what the heck, I'll do it... mind you, it feels like there is nothing on you at all! (no shoulder harness... at all... just a lap pad with a little handle if you feel a need to hold on)

    It was amazing!!!! (Dont forget I'm acrophobic, but I can do coasters, Dunno why though) we rode it 4 times in a row-- the park was empty-- it was on and off drizzling all day, but we had rainbows all day...

    As for tower of terror... i loved the cool Ghost effects! it was awesome!
    but, Rock&Roll Rollercoaster was cool... I love aerosmith... it was very space-mountain esque... I would have loved it to have been a few seconds longer... too short for my liking, as were much of disney's rides...

    Glad to hear you had fun!
  13. by   dianah
    Ah, another Queen of the Coasters!!! Glad you enjoy them, I'm content to watch (most of the time!)!

    I love drizzley days at Disneyland, you CAN ride over and over and over and over . . .
  14. by   Energizer Bunny
    I'm a big Cedar Point fan in Sandusky Ohio. I haven't been there since they put in the stand up coaster but I would love to go back!!! Someday, I'll take my kiddos and they can ride all the fun with me. It's coaster heaven!