Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Day 1290 - Movie World

Yesterday was a coming of age for our boy child.

We spent the last two days on the Gold Coast on our trek north to see Chelsea and the Grand Bump (which we hope will turn into a Grand Bub while we are there).  Yesterday was spent at Movie World which was exciting for many reasons, one of which is that our Darby was FINALLY tall enough to have his pick of the rides.  And ride he did ....

When he was younger he had a lot of reservations and showed fear (unlike his sister).  He's a deep thinker which can often bring with it anxieties, what ifs, and trepidation.  I expected he'd approach the Movie World rides in a similar manner, but nope! He was first in line for all of them and even hoped he'd get into the front seat of all the coasters.  Dragging Mummy along with him.  Tahlia was there too of course, but he wasn't so brave that he'd take on all these "firsts" without a parent present. (Dad did some rides but spent the rest looking after the bags and hats on account of his pesky vertigo.)

So yesterday we got our ride on.  The Green Lantern, Superman, Justice League, Scooby Doo, Wild West Falls and Arkham Asylum. Many of them twice! I have to be honest, I was always a big ride junkie and never had any fear, but these days I feel a little more fragile.  I don't feel as "immortal" as I used to and half way through my second ride on the Green Lantern I decided I'd had enough.  It was time to get off.  There is a point where your body simply says "this isn't fun anymore".  That was at the end of the day though so I guess we did pretty well.

Hollywood Stunt Driver
(C) Deep Fried Fruit

Green Lantern ride
(C) Deep Fried Fruit

Superman ride - it looks tame but it is mostly certainly not for the feint hearted
(C) Deep Fried Fruit

Superman Ride - 0-100km an hour in 2 seconds.
(C) Deep Fried Fruit

Daddy and the kids - well deserved ice-creams
(C) Deep Fried Fruit

Green Lantern - the riders are about to be "inverted"
(C) Deep Fried Fruit

Wild West Falls
(C) Deep Fried Fruit
The Green Lantern was scary fun and like no ride I have ever experienced.  Superman was a rocket launch at over 4 Gs that took my breath away and had my heart in my mouth. My eyes were closed the entire time so I completely missed it.  Arkham Asylum (originally Lethal Weapon) did what it always does - it jostled my neck and shoulders so much that I ended up with a headache. The Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster completely took me by surprise. I have to admit, it was the number one ride in my books.  I don't know what I was thinking but as usual I went into it "blind" without having read about it or looked at any pictures.  There were a bunch of little kids lined up with their parents, and given the height requirements were much smaller than the other rides, I figured it was a cruisey little ride through a haunted mansion.  Haunted yes.  Cruisey not-so-much.  Turns out it is a roller coaster in the dark! Worse ... it's actually like the Wild Mouse in the dark where you think you are going to fly off the coaster at each sharp corner.  The surprise factor totally took it to number one status in my books.

All it all it was a fabulous day.

Right now though we are back in the car. Yes, I am blogging on the road.  Today we head to Gladstone district where we get to see Chelsea and her bump.  Keep your fingers crossed that the bump becomes an air-breathing baby over the next seven days before we have to make the long journey home again.

Who else has been to Movie World?

What's your favourite ride?

Check out the massive accommodation deal we got while on the Gold Coast.  Luxury accommodation at camp ground prices.

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  1. I love Movieworld, the superman ride is the bomb, so scary!! The accomodation looks great too!

  2. It's been years since we went to movie world, but the scooby doo coaster was my favourite too! I also loved the wold west one. I can't wait for my littles to get old enough to start doing theme parks properly :) Hope all goes well with bub xxx

  3. I can't wait till my littles are big enough for movie world rides.
    I hope I'm still brave enough when they are .

  4. my sons adore MovieWorld but one is only just tall enough for the kids rides and the other not tall enough at all! My husband and I joke about when they will be older and we will be sitting having coffee, while the boys bounce from one ride to the next without us!
    Fingers crossed baby comes soon - keep us posted
    Josefa from #teamIBOT xx

  5. You are braver than me! The Scooby Doo ride and the Wild West ride is about my limit!

  6. As locals we have season's passes but as our oldest is 5 we are restricted to what we go on! In saying that if I had the chance I would do ALL the rides, and have (as well as skydiving, bungy jumping etc) Glad you had a ball in my neck of the woods! Emily

  7. Oh yay for him! We would love to take the family to movie world one day, but are waiting till they are older and biger, for this very reason!
    Hope the bubby comes soon :)


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