It must be over 25 years since I’ve been on a roller coaster or at Magic Mountain. I was hesitant to go because of my diabetes complications with my feet, but need to know if my love of roller coasters had waned. I was also hesitant because the last time I went to an amusement park, I could not ride a ride because I did not fit in the car. How embarrassing! I must comment that most of the cars were quite small for my girth, leaving me feeling squished most of the time.
We started out with breakfast at Marie Callender’s. There was an excellent buffet, including some yummy menudo!
When we arrived at the park, Judy and Steve, being thin and small were all about walking from the car to the entrance. I would have preferred the tram, but went along. Our first stop was X2, which I had been dying to ride, but it was closed due to wind. The second ride I was looking forward to – Green Lantern: First Flight, broke down just as we were at the foot of the final staircase. The picture above is from Tatsu, which was a wild ride. Upon boarding, you are in a seated position. I was having a problem with the shoulder bar locking, but finally managed with the help of a park attendant. Then the cars are rotated ninety degrees, placing you in a face down position with the track above you and out of sight; that really played with my head. I was freaking out the whole ride, thinking I would fall out. SCARY!
About halfway around the park, I my feet started to hurt, but I pushed on. During the whole visit, I experienced cotton mouth. I think that may have been a result of no insulin shot in the morning and two pieces of pie with breakfast. I was able to find water fountains throughout the park to relieve the cotton mouth, but my legs and feet only progressively got worse. By the end of the day, I felt like a ninety-year-old.
Out of all the rides we rode, I did not fit on Riddler’s Revenge or Apocalypse. The embarrassment was minimal and perhaps because of my body aching from all the walking. In retrospect, I wish I had not fit on Full Throttle, the newest ride. You are in a car in a seated position – no shoulder bar. You are shot out of the station into a 360 degree loop. While in line, I had noticed a delay in the middle of the loop and when I was in that situation that delay seemed like an eternity, especially because I felt like I was falling out! There is another part of the ride where the coaster goes backwards and once again I had the sensation of falling out. The final sensation came at the end of the ride where the cars go over the 360 degree loop and the ride ends on the descend.
That falling out sensation is my farewell to roller coaster riding, unless I lose some weight before my next visit to an amusement park. Surprisingly, we did not have to wait long for any ride, walking the maze right up to the boarding station in my instances. Love that!
We ended the day back in Marie Callender’s where we dined an then went home. I am so sore today, but had a good time with my old high school friends.