Disney Water Parks
I can’t remember exactly how old I was when I went to Orlando as a teen, but I think about 14. I remember visiting the Magic Kingdom and Epcot (where I had sun stroke) and what was then called MGM Studios, but because I have visited Magic Kingdom and MGM as an adult those memories are hazier. What really stands out from when I was a teen are the water parks.
I always loved water parks as a child and so I was very excited about coming to outdoor ones. I went for a quick wander around while the rest of the family were faffing around at the sun loungers to see what it was like and I stumbled onto quite a discovery. Remember this was in the age before the Internet, so I didn’t know what these parks entailed. In front of me was a lagoon filled with people snorkelling with stingrays, tropical fish AND sharks! I was so excited! I loved snorkelling and marine animals and sharks. I rushed back to my family and told them that they had to come with me straight away to swim with sharks. They didn’t believe me! It seemed so far fetched to them at the time. I remember it took me a few minutes to convince them and even then until they saw it for themselves I don’t think they believed me. Snorkelling with the sharks was a definite highlight on my holiday and probably why I suggested (much to hubby’s shock) snorkelling with tiger sharks for my 26th birthday in Hawaii.
I am not actually sure if this is the correct name as this water park no longer exists, but we had a lot of fun there and so for the purpose of this post is what it will be referred to. We headed to Davey Crocket straight from Epcot one lunchtime. My brother had spent the previous day in bed with sunstroke and I had just been sick so my parents decided we needed to cool down. Submerging myself fully in a cold pool did wonders for making me feel better so I set off to explore the park. Here I found a water flume unlike any I had seen before. The flume stopped mid air and the person free falls for a few meters into the water. Now, I am not someone who you would typically describe as brave, so this would not normally be something that would appeal to me, but as the tiger shark experience above hints I do have a streak in me which likes to push me out of my comfort zone and this was one of those days. So after watching and debating for some time, I queued up, reached the top, took a very deep breath and got on the flume. As I fell through the air I felt exhilarated and incredibly proud of myself (I still do just thinking about it). As I hit the water though my bikini top fell off which at 14ish was incredibly embarrassing. Luckily the water was deep and no one was too close to notice so I hurriedly readjusted and with pride and glee rushed to tell my parents. The excitement came crashing down though as they didn’t believe me! My husband laughed when I told him how outraged I had been. He said he found it hard to believe too – the cheek! I am absolutely not one to be seen as dishonest though as I pride myself on honesty (although I am probably a little bit too honest quite a lot of the time) so I insisted that they all come to watch me. My brother and I queued up to ride, but while we were waiting they closed the park due to a thunderstorm. We had to leave and I never got my chance to show them just how brave I was. I’m still not sure my family ever did believe me!
Taking J to Disney
Have you been to Disney World? What are your favourite memories?