Saturday, July 8, 2017
Disneyland's Big Rides versus Creeping Age
Begin Shook like a Tomato Can Qualifies Star Tours as a Big Ride
You know what they are. The usual suspects. The big rides of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure - rides that have one hour, two hour, sometimes longer to get on with stand-by waiting; The question is now that I am in my 6th decade on earth, would I still ride them. When I go to Disneyland with Mrs. DisneylandTraveler, I generally avoid them because generally she can;t go them. She has inner ear and balance issues which prohibit her from anything with speed or radical motion. But what about me? I'm about 4 years older than Mrs, DLT but as Indiana Jones once said "It's not the years, it's the mileage:" Let's a identify what I call the Big Rides.
In Disneyland, there are the 3 mountains Thunder Mountain RR, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and you can throw the Matterhorn in there as well, Add Star Tours in there because I would say being thrown from one side of your seat to the other in a motion simulator meets the Big Ride criteria though you are confined to a small space. And then there is the Indiana Jones Adventure
Over in Disney California Adventure, there is Soarin', Guardians of the Galaxy. California Screamin' Grizzly River Run, Goofy's Sky School, and Radiator Springs Racers.
After all this time, are there any of these rides I would not go on? The short answer is no but there are a couple of rides I would avoid but for surprisingly different reason,
In Disneyland, I would avoid the Matterhorn. It used to be on of my favorites but now with the new cars and confined seating arrangement, the old girl is just not what she used to be. The rest are still OK with me even with the advancing years.
Over is DCA, the one big ride I would avoid is Goofy's Sky School (the old Muhulland Madness) ride. Those are cramped quarters in those cars and if you got any leg length at all, it's nor fun.
Surpisingly, the 2 rides I wont't go on are not "Big Rides" at all namely Nemo's Submarine Voyage and Silly Symphony Swings. Nemo, with its small seats and cramped quarters, to me is quite claustrophobic. The only good time I had on it was getting late at night when there was no line and the submarine left half full so there was plenty of room for everyone, As for Silly Symphony Swings, flying out at a 45 degree angle suspended by only a couple of chains is not my idea of a fun thing to do.,
If you are afraid of big rides, don't be. In order to cram people through. most of the big rides are fairly short in length and Disney loads millions of people on these rides every year safely.
If you are not a fan of Big Rides, play it safe and stick with Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Buzz Lightyear, Jungle Cruise, Small World and Toy Story Mainia. These are the less heart pounding forms of entertainment.