Theme parks have to be one of my most favourite places to go to. The excitement of arriving at one and being able to see the rides makes me grin from ear to ear. Then once I’m inside I’m like a kid in a candy store, I just want to go on everything and I don’t know where to start!
But my favourite rides at a theme park have to be rollercoasters. The bigger the better. And especially what I call the ‘dangly leg’ rollercoasters (you know, where your legs dangle from the ride with no support..!!). The feeling of almost flying through the air at high speeds gives me a great thrill.
I remember my father taking me to theme parks from quite a young age. I used to be terrified of them. One memory I have is of waiting in line for what felt like hours to ride the Demon rollercoaster at Wonderland in Sydney, Australia. The rollercoaster was a triple loop which started by pulling you up backwards, dropping you forwards into the loops which then took you up an incline which then dropped you backwards back through the loops. Watching this many times whilst waiting in line made me more and more nervous. When we finally got to the front of the queue I almost backed out. I remember I was wearing a hoodie and when we got on the ride I put the hood over my head and pulled the drawstring so all you could see was my nose! And that’s how I went on the ride. The photo afterwards was hilarious. Don’t think we bought it though…
As I got older I got less and less scared but there is still always a bit of me that gets nervous before a ride.
I also like to think I’m a bit of a rollercoaster photo pro. There’s not much to do if you’re waiting in line to get on a ride so I always make sure I find where the photo opportunity is. Then when I’m on the ride I always make sure to pose! I remember when I went to Warner Bros Movie World on the Gold Coast, Australia, it wasn’t very busy so me and my friends went on the Scooby Doo ride about twenty times just trying to perfect different poses!
One of my favourite theme parks, which I apparently visited loads when I was a toddler, but only once as an adult, is Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey, America. It’s probably one of the biggest theme parks I’ve been to, with rides as far as the eye can see. My friend and I arrived for the time it opened and thought we’d be able to get to ride on everything. But it was so busy. After a couple of hours of waiting in queues and only going on a couple of rides we decided to get one of those passes where you can pick a ride and a time slot and then be at the front of the line. Though it was quite expensive it was so worth it! The rides were amazing – a shout out to El Toro for not being one of those uncomfortable wooden rollercoasters, to Kingda Ka for actually being amazing despite the height (almost backed out of this one!) and to Batman: The Ride for being a great dangly leg ride!
I could literally go on and on about theme parks and rollercoasters but maybe I’ll save that for another day.
What’s your favourite ride or theme park? I’d love to know.
Auf Wiedersehen for now,