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  1. #16

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    Re: Beware of the mild-mannered Sun Wheel

    There's nothing wrong with the Sun Wheel. Those cars simply fall forward or backwards with gravity giving you the sensation of being pushed off a skyscraper. Then they rock while you fall and change directions to help ensure you get motion sickness if you are so inclined.

    It's a great ride to bring a date on, because with luck, the girl will find it thrilling and associate that with you. Or she might throw up, which wouldn't bode well for the future of the relationship.

    My only complaint is that it's a simple fair ride with no real theme. I am glad it's a bit more than just a simple ferris wheel.

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    Re: Beware of the mild-mannered Sun Wheel

    be thankful you haven't ridden this ride with my boyfriend. the first time i ever went on this ride with him, we had some japanese tourists in the gondola with us. the first time the swinging gondola started to swing my boyfriend grabbed on to the sides and started screaming. (in a funny way). the tourists were like "omg!!!" and then we all started to laugh because of the hilarity of the situation. after that the tourists had a great time, and i had a ton of fun as well.

    there's only one part of the swinging gondolas that EVERY TIME i go on it, i start to feel a little nervous. but otherwise i'm fine.

    i've down ToT once and was fine except for the last drop. have yet to go on maliboomer. but i've memorized the ride pattern, so that when i do go on it, i know what to expect.
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    Re: Beware of the mild-mannered Sun Wheel

    I always feel like the gondola will just swing right off, it feels so unsafe to me.I rode it once thats all i needed.

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    Re: Beware of the mild-mannered Sun Wheel

    unfortunately, tyhe first time I ride the sun wheel was in one of the ones that shift around... we sat across from a bored looking group of german tourists, who looked bored the whole time, even the little girl.

    And I was trying not to have a panic attack... it just goes too high, I'm scared of falling.

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    Re: Beware of the mild-mannered Sun Wheel

    IMHO, it's the scariest thrill ride of DCA & DL. I love the rockin' gondolas! Uh... let's just hope they don't rename it the "Rockin' Sun Wheel" too...

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    Re: Beware of the mild-mannered Sun Wheel

    I love the ferris wheel. The fun part is standing up when it moves, it's like surfing lol.

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    Re: Beware of the mild-mannered Sun Wheel

    Quote Originally Posted by kickcows View Post
    be thankful you haven't ridden this ride with my boyfriend. the first time i ever went on this ride with him, we had some japanese tourists in the gondola with us. the first time the swinging gondola started to swing my boyfriend grabbed on to the sides and started screaming. (in a funny way). the tourists were like "omg!!!" and then we all started to laugh because of the hilarity of the situation. after that the tourists had a great time, and i had a ton of fun as well.

    there's only one part of the swinging gondolas that EVERY TIME i go on it, i start to feel a little nervous. but otherwise i'm fine.

    i've down ToT once and was fine except for the last drop. have yet to go on maliboomer. but i've memorized the ride pattern, so that when i do go on it, i know what to expect.
    this was to funny

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    Re: Beware of the mild-mannered Sun Wheel

    Which is why I've been a AP holder for 2 years in december and never rode the Wheel...VOMIT!

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    Re: Beware of the mild-mannered Sun Wheel

    The Sun Wheel is a specific type of Ferris Wheel known as a Wonder Wheel.
    Before the Sun Wheel, I don't think one had been built in the United States in half a century or more (ditto for the Golden Zephyr).

    With all the bitching about how little was spent on California Adventure, it would have been much simpler for Disney to build and maintain a standard Ferris Wheel rather than a Wonder Wheel--it's to their credit that they spent the extra money since it's an attraction that's not as common.

    The first time my wife went on it, when the car started to rock she screamed and jumped into the lap of the Indian woman sitting next to her.

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    Re: Beware of the mild-mannered Sun Wheel

    I made the mistake if riding the swinging gondolas once. I'm terified of hights and I almost lost it
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    Re: Beware of the mild-mannered Sun Wheel

    We had the pleasure of going on the Sun Wheel for the first time on our trip in 2002. We had Simply Mad's son and our daughter with us and we got to the front of the line and the CM asked if we wanted a swinging gondola or a regular one. Not having any idea what the difference was, we chose swinging. Everything started innocently enough. SM's son sat next to my hubby and my DD sat next to me. Then IT happened. You know, the first unexpected swing where you think "OH MY GOD THE RIDE JUST BROKE AND WE ARE HEADING STRAIGHT FOR THE COMPLETELY USELESS UNTIL THIS MOMENT WATER BELOW" - the look on my hubby's face was priceless. He grabbed ahold of Simply Mad's son to keep him safe from flying about the portal of DEATH while looking at DD and I wanting to save us. I commended him multiple times that day and since on his being so responsible for someone elses child in a time of certain DEATH.

    Needless to say, we haven't ridden the Sun Wheel of DEATH since.
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    Re: Beware of the mild-mannered Sun Wheel

    The first time i rode the moving gondolas on the sunwheel, i felt really nauseous afterwards too. Now i'm never gonna ride the moving gondolas again.
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    Re: Beware of the mild-mannered Sun Wheel

    Quote Originally Posted by minnietoo View Post
    Why not? How does it compare to TOT? I did TOT and really didn't care for the free falling - a loss of control thing I think. And Maliboomer seems like it is TOT "in the open" - what do you think?

    I've been on Maliboomer three times in total and to tell you the truth, Tower of Terror actually felt more scarier. All Maliboomer does is launch you up and you freefall back down. Tower of Terror "pulls" you up and down faster than you would normally fall by gravity. It's definitely more intense and dizzy, for me at least.
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    Re: Beware of the mild-mannered Sun Wheel

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    Re: Beware of the mild-mannered Sun Wheel

    Quote Originally Posted by TDR_Fan View Post
    I've been on Maliboomer three times in total and to tell you the truth, Tower of Terror actually felt more scarier. All Maliboomer does is launch you up and you freefall back down. Tower of Terror "pulls" you up and down faster than you would normally fall by gravity. It's definitely more intense and dizzy, for me at least.
    same here, I really felt that tot was much scarier. way more scary then the maliboomer.

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