I’m a huge baby when it comes to wild rides. I’m one of those people who thinks about movies like Final Destination right before boarding any ride moving faster than the Jungle Cruise. It is completely irrational, it is borderline crazy, and a little embarrassing to be a grown adult worrying about one bolt being out of place that will send me flying off a cliff at a thousand miles per hour. I know all this, but my brain is a little nutty.
I had been tricked into riding the Tower of Terror on more than one occasion, resulting in a panic attack every time, so I’ve finally put the kibosh on that. However, my family had gotten to Hollywood Studios early that day (known at the time as MGM) and saw tons of people herding towards a Brand New Ride. Instead of getting any information about what we were queueing for, we just followed the crowd. What’s the worst that can happen, right? I mean, it’s Disney.
We went through the Aerosmith intro part and I picked something up about taking a fast limo, but my teenage brain didn’t quite catch on that “fast” in a theme park is usually not joking around. We filed out of the room to the next part of the queue and that’s when I noticed it; each seat had a shoulder harness. My mom made the comment that you don’t get those unless you go upside down, but that didn’t make sense because we were indoors. How could they fit a roller coaster indoors? I was still (naively) under the impression that we were taking a quick trek through an Aerosmith themed arena. Which is weird, but whatever. Seemed plausible.
We watched several cars get launched from the room with people cheering and by the time we made it to the front, my sister got some sort of sixth sense about what we were going to be taking part in. She decided to sit this one out. Mom and I boarded our little car and the harnesses came down. Everything locked into place.
What’s the worst that could happen?
Before I had time to process that I was now sitting in a roller coaster car with a shoulder harness, we were launched (LAUNCHED) from 0 to 60mph in under 3 seconds. The first thing that happens on this ride is your body goes straight into a loop before your mind has even left the station. Everything is dark around you and then bright neon lights start flashing up with every twist and turn. There are speakers in the seats blaring Aerosmith music so loud you can’t even really hear yourself scream. Genius.
The entire ride lasts less than a minute and half, with loops, twists, and drops so fast it’s hard to even tell where you’re headed next. When it was finally over, I was dumbfounded. What just happened??
Here is exactly what happened: I rode a roller coaster and enjoyed it
I’ve ridden it multiple times since then and even sat in the front row once or twice. An indoor roller coaster; who would’ve thought?