What. A. Day!!
By Hamish Duff
Kim’s having a night off blogging so I thought I’d have a go and tell you about our great day today.
Today we went to Canada’s Wonderland an epic theme park and started off in its Splash World, awesome rides in the great weather and not too busy to start with.
We all went down the ring rides where we could all go together, harmless enough but queues big enough for us to say “box ticked” and off to find something else!
Euan and I, went on the “Plunge” which is a tube ride where you start standing in the top of the tube and then 3-2-1 and the floor disappears from beneath you as you plunge vertically. A few seconds of getting flung down the tubes later and you are ejected at the bottom.
After a couple of hours in, we finished with us all going down the race slide, yes Callum too!! (The blue slide in the photo below) Callum loved it, I turned round to see his smile beaming across his face and he sped down, awesome! More weight was definitely an advantage here as I left the family trailing in my wake!!
We then took Callum on the Minebuster ride which looked a decent ride for his height. Well, this turned out to be an experience for all. Callum has been on rollercoasters before and just enjoyed them. The Minebuster was a bit old and looked harmless enough from the profile of the slopes.
Anyway we started off and realised the wooden structure had plenty of “give in it”, we were shaken and stirred all over, I turned to Callum at the worst part to see a look of fear across his face that he had never expressed before, a sure fire sign his awareness is definitely on the increase.
The ride came to a stop and I just had to hold Callum and reassure him everything was fine and we’d get off now. He was fine afterwards if a little shocked and the guilt washed over me and Kim to have put Callum through this!
We stopped the exhilaration to grab some pizza for lunch and a bit of downtime from a full on morning.
Then we figure we’d better tackle the log Flume or “Timberwolf Falls”.
Getting wet was inevitable and good to do this in the middle of the day and 30 deg C temperatures! A good proper soaking later and Kim decided it would be a good idea to stand on the bridge above the flume! Another soaking later we squelched off in our wet shoes for an afternoon of looking like we’d wet ourselves?!
By now Euan’s yearning for speed and thrill was bursting and we went on the Vortex ride.
To be flung from pillar to post so soon after lunch was a bad idea certainly for me and a level of queasiness was felt by me for the first time in the afternoon.
Time now for the main attraction – Euan couldn’t wait any longer for the Leviathan, a signature ride with speeds up to 90mph and an 80 deg drop to start it all off. Callum wasn’t allowed on this due to height restrictions so Kim went with Euan first. Euan loved it, he had Kim gripping his hand all the way through and she shut her eyes for most of it!
I wanted a go so Euan came with me for a second blast, it’s an awesome ride, so fast and a real feeling of weightlessness on a few occasions. The feeling of queasiness built.
We’d paid for the fast lane passes because queuing with Callum was not easy and not fair to put him through the hour long queues. This was great as we got on the rides really quickly but it also didn’t give much time for your stomach to recover from the upheaval?!
Onto the Skyhawk now which was on the way to the other big ride the Behemoth.
Skyhawk looked harmless enough but you could alter the pitch of the wings on the plane as you went round which if you did it enough would turn you upside down! I had a small go at this but soon stopped when I realised I might see my lunch again if I carried on. At the conclusion of the ride I was starting to think this was all becoming a bit much for my wellbeing!
So, onto Behemoth, the last big ride. Kim decided she would sit with Callum while I did the good dad thing and took Euan on. He was hell bent on going on this ride and I couldn’t let him down. The Behemoth reaches speeds of 79mph in under 4 secs with what seemed like never ending undulations. I joked to Euan that he’d better keep out of the way if my lunch had had enough of staying down, he laughed!
The Behemoth – look at the undulations.
We set off and plunged down the first drop, the acceleration was immense as we went up and down and round and up again and down again. By now the fact that we rarely had a gap between rides was beginning to take its toll. On about the third last drop the acid reflux sensation in the bottom of my throat was a big warning sign.
We finally came up for the last time and rounded the corner as car jolted to a slower speed. By now the queasiness had a feeling of inevitability about it. Euan tried to say something to me but all I could focus on was not throwing up!
I failed. I looked down to Kim who waved and then a look of slight concern appeared as it became apparent all was not well! We turned the final corner and another jolting change of speed was enough and by this time I was jolting myself trying not to throw up in my mouth! At long last we stopped, barely acknowledging Euan I sped down the stairs, briefly told Kim I had to find a washroom and well, you can probably guess the rest!!
That was the signal to end the day! All in all we had an amazing day. We had seen different sides to Callum’s overall awareness and how it had expanded with both fear and exhilaration on show – wonderful.
Euan told us as we were leaving the park that he had done over 14,000 steps at that point, yet no moans about tired, achy and wet feet, just how great the day had been, and with a few more laughs at my expense we headed home – very gently.