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    Re: Facing fears at Disneyland..

    After the crash on thunder mountain in 2003, I was terrified to go on it. It was my favorite ride when that happened too! I finally went on it again in February of this year. So nearly 5 years without that ride. Funny part was when I went on it again I didn't remember that I was afraid of it until after I got off!

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    Re: Facing fears at Disneyland..

    Oh man, I was afraid of almost everything at Disneyland as a kid! Somehow, I did not get the 'magic' of DL at all until only about 4 years ago! As a kid, I usually only got confused or scared. I even had many DL nightmares, but those do not happen any more! I know it's weird, but if you ever meet me you will realize so am I!

    Over the years, with shaking knees and a pounding heart I would have to face my fears one by one. I am currently fearless at the entire resort. I'm only intimidated by TOT and Screamin' but have ridden both in the past 3 years. The Maliboomer is going/gone so I don't have to mention that one. But the main things I was afraid of at DL were:

    -MSEP... (Mmm. I wasn't really scared by it, but it was bizzarre and intimidating. I was a toddler when I saw it though.)

    -HM... (Had a real bad experience when I was about 5. I mean really bad. Head between your knees crying bad. Overcame my fear approx. 4 years ago.)

    -Indy... (Almost same story as HM, but at about age 7 or 8. Overcame my fear the second time I rode only a few years later in '99, I think.)

    -Space Mtn... I loved this ride to death as a kid. In 2002 I got really scared for some reason. I had a similar experience on Screamin the year it opened. In 2005 after the SM refurb, I was back and loving it. I even rode Screamin' again the same year. I still didn't like that one but I didn't hate it either.

    -Audio Animatronics! -I swear, back in the 90's maybe because of Pressler, I could really hear the animatronics working, and they didn't move very smoothly either. That always just creeped me out. "Click, Click, Click,... tsst!... tsst!"

    The weird thing is, all of these things that I was afraid of weren't because of drops, or speed, or any other means of kinetic craziness. I have ADD and it gets worse the further you go back in my lifetime. Sometimes it makes it hard to process excess amounts of incoming information and stimulation, so in most of these cases I think I had a brain overload and shutdown.

    Oh well. It's a pretty sad story I guess, but eh, I love DL more than ever these days. Maybe too much.

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    Re: Facing fears at Disneyland..

    I still cant look at the breathing door on Haunted Mansion. I got stuck right in front of it for a good 5 mins and almost had a heartattack.

    About 3 years ago I refused to go on BTTMR for awhile, but then my parents dragged me on it and i overcame that fear.
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    Re: Facing fears at Disneyland..

    I got over my fears of Indy, BTMRR, Matterhorn, and Splash Mountain a couple of years ago. I still have yet to ride Space Mtn. I don't like coasters..I went on the Mummy at Universal once so that I could cuddle up to my crush...I hated the ride. I was TERRIFIED! It didn't even work out with the guy! So I've been afraid of roller coasters in the dark ever since.
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    Re: Facing fears at Disneyland..

    Matterhorn Bobsleds, 1966. My father behind me with a camera because he wanted to take a picture of the "spashdown." Cameras in 1966 were no little things. My head and the camera bounced together from the start of the ride to the end. It took a good 10 years before I would ride a roller coaster (I had a bad experience on the Wild Mouse at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk as well) and Space Mountain has been the apex of my experiences...it's about all I can handle. California Screamin' and a loop? You've got to be kidding.

    Adventure Through Inner Space, 1969. No way was I going to get shrunk. I couldn't even get in the queue. It took another couple of visits - and some realization that Disneyland was an incredible representation of reality - before I'd do that one.

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    Re: Facing fears at Disneyland..

    Quote Originally Posted by PretzelSouls View Post
    • MATTERHORN BOBSLEDS: I was always scared of the Yeti and hadn't been on it for 10 years or so and then I recently decided to face my fears and now it is one of my favorites as well.
    • SPLASH MOUNTAIN: Until a few years ago I was terrified of this ride because of the large drop at the end but now I find it extremely fun.
    • PIRATES OF THE CARRABIEN: The darkness in the ride use to scare me when I was 5 or 6.
    • HAUNTED MANSION: Well, I'm still slightly disturbed by the hanging person in the streching room.
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    Re: Facing fears at Disneyland..

    Oh I'm also afraid of Maliboomer. I'm not a fan of rides where my feet dangle. Soarin is the only exception because you really don't go anywhere on it.

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    Re: Facing fears at Disneyland..

    I just remember that last year when I saw Snow White over at Princess Fantasy Faire it was one of them very hot days I think it was in the 100. Well anyways she saw me so hot and sweaty that she told me after the picture I should go on Splash Mt. I told her that I will not go on there. She ask me why I told her I have a fear of the drops and Hights. I told her that I will not even go on Pirates or the Water ride over on DCA side. Then she said then where are u going to get cool at. I said I will go on Small World. She said that's a better place to go.

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    Re: Facing fears at Disneyland..

    It's not a ride but rather a show that my eight year old daughter won't do. When ever we go into HISTA she sits on my lap facing my with a blanket over her. Mind you, she's 8. But the snake and mice and stuff scares her. She will watch It"s Tough To Be A Bug but not HISTA.
    Also for those that remember when Who wants to be a Millionaire, she was afraid to walk on the floor cause it looked like glass. That was in 2002 and any time we went anywhere that the floor was shiny, like after they waxed it or something she refused to walk on it. She was almost three then.
    She goes on all the big rides now except Matterhorn.

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    Re: Facing fears at Disneyland..

    Space Mountain.

    I started going to Disney every summer from when I was 3-12. I went on SM when I was...5-6 maybe (or you know, tall enough to ride) and I don't remember it, but my mom said I almost fell out of the ride. I just slid right under the bar. I'm almost 21 now, but I havn't been able to get back on, even though I know my fluffy butt won't slide out. I'm hoping to get on it this December when we go again.

    Haunted Mansion. I'll go on it, it doesn't scare me, but the only thing I won't look at is the hanging man. Out of the 20+ times I've been to Disney, and been on that ride, I've seen him once and that was enough for me. Now, when ever he is coming up, I look down and close my eyes.

    BTMRR - I've only been on a couple of times, but like Dreamer20k, since I heard about the accident I havn't been on. Heck, maybe I'll get on this December also!

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    Re: Facing fears at Disneyland..

    Splash Mountain- I used to be so scared of the big hill but I just started forcing myself to go on it every time I went to Disneyland and now it is my favorite ride!

    ToT- I went on it for the first time two months ago because I was so scared about the drops. My husband told me just to try it once so I went on it and now I love it.

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    Re: Facing fears at Disneyland..

    There's a difference between being afraid to ride a ride for the first time, and having actually gotten on it. Kudos to those of you who may be afraid of a ride, but actually did ride it.

    Those who are unnerved by BTMRR because of the fatality in 2003 can't really be blamed for it. This isn't the same thing as your usual ride fear.

    I was unnerved by intense rides as a kid (but not outright scared to tears or the like) and as such my two DL visits as a kid were underlied by slight nervousness throughout the day. Got dragged (not literally) onto Matterhorn Bobsleds as my very first thing to do at DL. Although the offender probably deserve(d|s) a severe backhanding across the face for this, I don't regret it. There were just a handful of attributes of rides I didn't like (steep falls for one), none of which the Matterhorn has. If I had been told of it ahead of time, as well as the caves, I *might* have rode. I can't say I outright enjoyed the experience because of the extenuating circumstances plus it was just a bit on the intense side for me. But I didn't hate it by any means--the reason is its being a labyrinth of caves, my being obsessed with the concept of caves and mine tunnels and the like. I've been intensely fascinated with it ever since.
    Was able to--and did--opt out of BTMRR that first visit. This ride also doesn't possess the things I didn't like; I might have rode if I knew this ahead of time.
    I opted out of Matterhorn on the second visit, because everyone was riding the side I hadn't been on (interestingly, the slightly-less-intense Fantasyland side).

    Those small slides on POTC, despite being unnerving at that age (which they were on those first two visits), didn't come close to keeping me away from it on the second visit.

    On my third visit a few years later as a teenager, I rode both numerous times. But not Space Mountain: I'd get to the WDW version a few years later, and the DL version on my fourth visit (not scared by any means, having long-since become a coaster fan) which was only two years ago.

    It's absolutely trivial now--and that second visit is the only DL visit in which I haven't been on Matterhorn. BTMRR is a once-in-a-while ride.

    The only ride at DLR I refuse to ride is Maliboomer, although the reason is more personal and not out of fear. And the only "big" ride at DLR I haven't been on yet is Tower of Terror, although I'm half-expecting it to end up a double-green on my rides list when I finally do get around to it.

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    Re: Facing fears at Disneyland..

    This one's probably the silliest... I am afraid of audio-animatronics.

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    Re: Facing fears at Disneyland..

    I'm not afraid of anything in Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure. Now when I get back home and open that Visa bill a few weeks later, that's fear.
    As nice as the other parks are, we must always remember that it all began at Disneyland. Disneyland should be the crown jewel in the Disney crown.

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    Re: Facing fears at Disneyland..

    Quote Originally Posted by EpTxGuy View Post
    I'm not afraid of anything in Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure. Now when I get back home and open that Visa bill a few weeks later, that's fear.
    Amen to that!!

    Actually, I used to be terrified of roller coasters. Growing up, I wouldn't ride any of them at Disneyland. I'd like to say I conquered this fear at Disneyland, but I didn't. As I got older, I overcame it at several 6 Flags parks across the country.

    However, I did overcome my fear of drop rides on Tower of Terror. I don't think any drop ride can compare to that. None that I have been on since anyway.

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