Do you love roller coasters? I don’t and I do. I am a complicated person sometimes. Roller coasters and I have a weird relationship. I am really scared of them, but once I ride them I love them. I have a hard time getting over the initial fear. In the last month or so I have tried a couple of different coasters at Walt Disney World. Overcoming Big Thunder Mountain was a big step for me. It was a step I needed to take.
Overcoming Big Thunder Mountain
Overcoming Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was a gradual thing. First, my husband convinced me to go on The Barnstormer. Yes, I know, that is considered a kiddie coaster but I wouldn’t go on it before. I went on the Barnstormer and loved it! It is a really short ride with small drops. Nothing I couldn’t handle. I had such an adrenaline rush.
Then I went on Primeval Whirl at the Animal Kingdom. I did this one by myself. My husband, though he loves coasters, has a sensitive tummy and can’t handle the motion sometimes. Primeval Whirl is awesome, it is kind of like riding the Tea Cups, but on a roller coaster. Doing the ride by myself encouraged me to try other rides. Right after I got off the ride I decided to schedule a Big Thunder Mountain Fastpass.
The night I decided to go on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad I was so nervous. My husband was awesome, as he was encouraging me, but not pushing me. I also had a wonderful talk with one of the cast members outside of the ride. As I was waiting in line, my heart was pounding so hard. I got into the seat and then did fine. I didn’t have a death grip on the safety bar. I raised my arms and really, really enjoyed the ride. Another thing that really motivated me was that my husband promised me a Big Thunder Mountain pin if I went on the ride. I am a HUGE pin fan and wanted one of those pins.
Disney is a great place for overcoming fears since overall the coasters are pretty tame. I am not saying I am ready for coasters at other places. Riding the Raptor at Cedar Point is what fueled my fears in the first place. I am saying that overcoming Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has inspired me to try the other coasters at Walt Disney World.
On the 45th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom 10/1/16, I tackled Splash Mountain and actually went on it twice that day. Now I need to master looking cute like other people do on this ride.
Do you have a ride you are afraid of trying at Walt Disney World? Let me know in the comments!