The first reason why riding the tower of terror was the scariest thing I've ever done is because I didn't know we would actually ride it at first. It was sometime early in the morning when we all arrived to Disney's Hollywood Studios and we had a tour planned out. So we went on the tour with this Disney Imagineer and he was talking about the gravity and kinetic and potential energy in roller coasters and rides at the theme park. Well, guess what? I guess the tour guide was more of a hands-on kind of person, so he suggested that we ride the Tower of Terror to understand the lesson better. I panicked. We were close by the tower of terror and part of me wanted to go, and part of me didn't want to go. I was like 99.9% that didn't want to go, and 0.1% who kind of wanted to. I did not realize we would actually ride the rides in this tour, and so that's why I panicked, I was very surprised. I've seen those commercials on Disney channel about the tower of terror and, it didn't really look like the people were having fun. Plus, it was still pretty early in the morning. This scared me, a lot. That wasn't really a pleasant surprise. Try understanding something when you're in a room full of people screaming their heads off. Just kidding, not about the screaming people though, but I totally got the lesson, and I did it the hard way. I went on the tower of terror.
The second reason why the scariest thing I've done was riding the tower of terror is because I've never been on the tower of terror before, or any of the other rides at Disney Hollywood Studios at that point. So that was my first ever time going on the tower of terror, and on any ride at Disney Hollywood Studios. First Impressions, right? The only thing similar to it, and was not even close to the tower of terror would be that little blue ride at the county fair that goes up and down. So, I was pretty freaked out and very nervous. I've seen those videos of people riding the tower of terror and I strongly advise you not to wear earphones while watching them because all you can hear is screaming. People screaming for 3 minutes straight. That pretty much scared me to death. They seemed very frightened, and the room was pretty much full of adults or older teenagers. Which meant, I would be way more frightened, terrified is the word.
The last reason why riding the tower of terror was the scariest thing I've ever done is because I have a fear of heights and falling. You must be thinking, "then why would you go on it, Alaysia?" And I actually have no clue why. Experience maybe. Curiosity? Facing my fears? To say, "yeah, I went on that thing". I guess I just wanted to feel the actual experience of riding 'The Tower of Tower' (as Disney adverts put it) and even though I knew that it was very high up and it dropped down, my curiosity and bravery also went up (whoa, was that a word play?!). My mind tricked me into thinking it wouldn't be so bad. In fact, some of my classmates told me that it's not scary at all, but instead, very fun. And so, I went on it. And regretted every. single. second. The tower of terror is 13 floors high, which is 199 feet up! I didn't know this before I got on, all I knew was that it was very high. Things are much bigger up close. When the "elevator" reached the final stop, at the 13th floor, you could see the whole theme park, which indeed was frightening and definitely caused fear. Here's a tip: if you're afraid of heights, do not ride the tower of terror. To some, it may be a nice view, but to me, it is not very nice when you realize you're like 200 feet in the air and you will drop down any second, and those seconds were ticking And that's when it happened. Everyone was looking at the view, scared, and probably me the most because it was my first time going on it, and that's when it happened. We dropped. It was like everything was in slow-motion. I felt a sudden blast of air meet my face and my body. We were falling. Did you know that the tower of terror has lap seat belts like car seat belts? My body flew up to the ceiling; gravity taking the best of all of us. Did you also know that I absolutely dislike the feeling of falling? My stomach dropped while we dropped with it, blinded with darkness and unable to know what was going on. I was screaming very badly, along with everyone else. We were a chorus of screaming people, and I was the lead. I'm pretty certain that my scream stood out from everyone else's, Mr. M even posted an Instagram video and you can clearly hear my scream, load and never-ending. I remember myself yelling, "IS IT OVER????" No surprise, it was not done yet. The ride only lasted a couple of minutes but It felt like eternity. All that curiosity and bravery escaped with my screams, and all I wanted to do was get off the ride. The ride was finally over and I was so relieved. Everyone in my class seemed to like it, and they wanted to go on it again. I do not understand their thinking at all. I did not want to go anywhere near that 'thing' again.
In conclusion, The Tower of Terror was an actual 'tower of terror' for me, and the slogan, 'Fear Every Drop' described my ride experience in a nutshell. Riding The Tower of Terror was the scariest thing I have ever done because having to ride it was a surprise, I've never rode it before, and because I have a fear of heights and falling. You guys most definitley have scarier experiences, and I'm interested in reading them! But for now, thanks for reading, and make sure you read my reflective response, about Vimeo Video School! Bye!