The hotel we are staying in for our last 2 days in KL is part of a big resort including a theme park. We were given tickets as part of the accommodation package so of course we used them. The park opened at 10 and we were in line. It was very nice, reminiscent of Disneyland, a great deal smaller though. Most rides are based around water activities, like wave pool, slides, lazy river, etc.
We made our way around and the kids went straight for the water slides. Looks like fun, but not for me. It’s too scary and I’m too chicken. There were two slides that hurtle you down towards your doom and three others that twist and turn within snakes.
Adam went on the pirate ship. I asked him how it was and he said he didn’t even know if it went all the way over as he had his eyes shut. It went all the way over! He is braver than I.
Ayten and I managed to manoeuvre ourselves into a double inner tube thingy and went around the lazy river. Darren helped us in and said that “You normally don’t go against the tide.” It was crowded and I thought he was just getting us a free spot in the traffic, but no, Darren being Darren then said “Unless there is a water fall!” and he pushed us under the cold water. A little while later Darren and Sarah were also in an inner tube and we floated along nicely together, until we got to more spraying water. “Revenge is a dish best served cold” I thought as I guided them into the water. Hehehe.
After that fun, we headed over to the wave pool. Adam disappeared for a little bit as he went off to a different pool believing it to be the wave pool. I soon found him and we went into the wave pool and waited for the waves. Next minute, everybody out of the pool as the waves are starting. Turns out the waves are only available to body boarders, not us.
Sarah was very upset, “How stupid, they should advertise that it’s not available all the time. Grrrrr.”
Later in the day, Adam, Kyle, Ayten and I were leaving the park. Darren was staying in with Brianna and Nathan while Sarah was heading off to get them some dinner (or shop, you never know!) I pointed out to Ayten that the pool we thought was the wave pool was intact the surf simulator, so the body boarders had every right to be there. I also pointed out that the pool Adam had headed off to early was in fact the wave pool and the waves were going as we were leaving. Oh well, by that stage I had had enough.
Why had I had enough? Well this gets back to the title of this page, “Theme Park Horror” After we had splashed around for a while, the kids wanted back on the slides. I decided to show Adam how brave I am and go on with him. Up the stairs I went, inner tube thingy in hand and we sat at the tail end of a snake. A gentle push and we are off, plunged into darkness, twisting and turning, unable to see and then finally we shoot out of the snake’s mouth. All in all not too bad. So we go up again as there are three snake slides to try. We get to the top, the helper rocks us from side to side and we plunged into darkness again. Adam had said this one an easier ride. Little bugger! 360 degrees one way, almost sideways, the a sudden jolt and 360 degrees the other, all in pitch black, then out of the snakes mouth. Again, not really too bad.
Next Adam wants to go on the big, fast, scary slide. I don’t want to let hime down, so we line up. It is a much slower line and I try and convince him that I am going to die of a heart attack as this one is not inside the comfort of a dark snake. You can see everything except the slide in front of you. That is what I hate about rides. When I can’t see the slide or track in front of me, I pick out a spot on the ground were I think we are going to land and get ready for death.
Finally it is out turn. We put our tube in and Adam climbs in the front. I somehow manage to get in the back and I can see the assistants laughing at how I am going to fit. He holds us up until there is enough water pressure behind me to get my backside moving. Into a small tunnel, 90 degree turn to the left and down. I was brave enough to have my eyes open for at least a second, then they were shut tight. Over the first hump, getting ready to die. Over the second hump, heart attack on it’s way. We reach the bottom with so much momentum that we shoot up the ramp at the end and I can picture myself flying though the air before splatting on the ground. Gravity wins the battle over momentum and we slide backwards down the ramp. I am at the back of the tube, laying back to give Adam to give Adam room. Thud, goes the back of my head and neck into the base of the slide.
I gracefully exit the tube as the assistant at the bottom is waving and laughing to the assistant at the top over how much they enjoyed my near death experience. Ohh the horror.
“At least you overcame your fear” Says Adam.
“Pig’s *&^#” I thought.
Here are Adam and Nathan easily negotiating the slide.