I loved cave tubing in Belize and snorkeling in Cozumel. Climbing to the top of Mt. Vesuvius? I didn't even flinch. In fact I took a little run along the rim. Sky diving is on my list. But roller coasters...well, they make me nervous. My son and I were at Sea World Sunday and I was focused on shows and exhibits. Roller coasters really weren't on my radar screen. The rides however have become a big part of the Sea World experience. The moment you enter the park you hear screaming. Screaming always makes me a little uneasy. People don't tend to do it when everything is okay. People do it when they are terrified. It was apparent right away that this wasn't going to be the serene marine life experience I'd planned.
Here's why: if you give me a challenge, I'm probably going to take it. I'm weak that way. I can't bear the thought of arriving home and wishing I'd done something when I had the chance. So naturally, Sea World's newest scariest roller coaster had me in its sights.
|We got soaked on our Journey to Atlantis!|
Our hotel for this trip was the *Hilton Garden Inn at Sea World, which is within walking distance of the park. The hotel supplies a shuttle to Sea World which is nice, especially if you have little ones, but if you are traveling with older kids, teens, or in my case my college student being able to walk less than a city block to the park whenever you want is extremely convenient. One of the perks included in the price of your stay at HGI is Complimentary Quick Queue Unlimited (front-of-the-line access) at SeaWorld. A savings of $14.95 to $25.00 per person depending on the season
That front of line access didn't allow me all the time I wanted for hand wringing and worrying. That was probably a good thing. We walked in the quick queue line and right up to the ride. I had a moment of panic, but was determined not to be undone by fear.
I didn't open my eyes until I heard my son say "It's over. Mom, you DID it!"
I wasn't sick. I didn't have an aneurism. My harness didn't come undone dropping me to a sudden death. I actually felt...good.
"Get ready Kraken, I'm coming for you."
I was suddenly feeling bold.
"Mom? Are you sure?"
"Oh yeah. I've got my roller coaster groove on now."
"Oh, you do? Well, let's go!"
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*Our accommodations were provided by Hilton Garden Inn.