Well, if I ever wondered vaguely about experiencing a medical emergency at Disneyland, I can wonder no more!
We go typically 2 times per year. I am a relatively active, height-weight-proportional Mom, 44. We were at Disneyland last week and Thursday was our 3rd day. I spent the day touring both parks -- I rode lots of stuff, like I always do (Space Mountain, Radiator Springs Racers, Raiders, Tower of Terror, Ca Screamin').
Last ride of the night for me was the Matterhorn. I'd toured Matterhorn in the morning -- my first "post remake" tour of the Matterhorn. I stopped riding the Matterhorn a couple years prior to the rehab, because I always felt so jostled getting off it. In the morning I rode and was seated toward the back. It seemed OK -- I did not think it felt incredibly smoother (it did seem slower to me....) but my husband thought it felt smoother so I decided to try it again. In the evening ride I was placed right in the front. Of course, looking back, I should have asked to move. But I thought I'd be OK, tried to brace myself accordingly.
I was a bit tweaked & stiff getting off the ride, and sore by the time we got back to the hotel. I soaked in the hot tub, went to bed and slept fine. Woke up in the AM with a completely frozen back. It was completely terrifying -- I've never experienced it before. I could not move a single inch, not even to get up to the restroom.
We called the Traveling Doctors (recommended from the Grand Californian) and a female doc was there within 1 hour. She prescribed a muscle relaxant and steroid, and I was able to at least move to the facilities, and hobble into a wheelchair. My riding time was COMPLETELY done. My husband wheeled me gently through the park and I watched my kids (so disappointed they were!!).
** My days riding the Matterhorn are DONE for sure. I will never take the chance again.
** Traveling Doc (in case you ever wondered) were prompt, courteous, and put me at ease immediately.
** Cost was $350 for them to just step into your room, meds were additional - total cost: $430
** GC really easy to work with -- had a wheelchair ready almost immediately, everyone very helpful.
** Touring the park in a wheelchair -- AWFUL. I have a newfound compassion. Also - every surface is 'bumpy' in case you were wondering.
It was difficult getting back on the plane but we made it home safely to Seattle.