Over my vacation my family went down to Florida. I was so glad to get out of the cold, but had a little trouble getting used to the heat. When we arrived at Tampa International Airport I knew that I was in for an adventure from the start. The rental car, a nice, new Dodge Charger had to be one of the smoothest cars in that garage!
We headed over to the hotel, the Disney Boardwalk Hotel, which was really old-timey and cool. We all dropped our stuff off in our room and within an hour my dad and I were at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
At this particular park I had been to every show and gone on every ride in prior years, except one: the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. In the ride, you’re strapped into a chair arranged in three rows, with only a lap belt holding you in. The ride takes you through a “spooky” Twilight Zone-themed track that moves at a very slow pace. Then two doors open in front of you and your car goes through those doors. After moving through the doors your car is moved upwards like an elevator.
Once you reach a certain spot, two more doors open up to the outside, which reveals how high you are. Once those doors open the ride just lets you drop, then you go back up, and drop again. That’s when the ride ends.
I've avoided this ride on my past trips because, well, I'm afraid of heights. So rides like the Tower of Terror are my worst nightmare! I wish we had kept the photo for this ride; it was priceless! I was making a very intense face that made me look an awful lot like Grumpy Cat.
We went on a lot more rides in the four days we were in Florida, including a similar ride at Universal's Islands of Adventure, the Doctor Doom's Fearfall ride. But, like many things in life, it's the first experience that is the one you'll remember most, and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror was my risk-taking experience that I thought I'd share with all of you.