During our first holiday to the Gold Coast, we were unable to visit DREAM WORLD due to the fact that we were there only for seven days. I opted to go shopping after the three major parks, so we've run out of time.
This time around, I thought I'd visit all the 5 major theme parks, and boy was I glad I went to Dream World. It's got the best ride ever: THE GIANT DROP.
The Giant Drop is the tallest free fall ride in the planet Earth!!!Imagine that ladies and gents...The tallest! It stands at 119m tall (400feet=39 structural stories)) and shares the same tower with the 'TOWER OF TERROR', which I also hopped in. The fact that the two rides are sharing the same tower made it more terrifying when you're on the 'GIANT DROP' because when you're right on the top waiting to be dropped (it stays there for a good 30 seconds or so), you can actually see the other ride zooming up, feel the whole tower shake, and hear the magnet holding the seats creak and crack. It's pure mental torment. It plays with your mind for a while, until the magnet lets go, then it's pure adrenalin rush!!!
The TOWER OF TERROR shares the same tower with the GIANT DROP
When I went on all the other rides, I was fully conscious of what was happening and whether I was up-side-down or not. But on this ride... It felt like my spirit was left behind up on the top and only caught up with my body when I was back down on terra firma.
You get into this 'gondola-like' seats along with seven other thrill seekers. You get pinned down by a rock-hard mechanism so as not to allow you from getting thrown over board. Then, you resign your self to fate, the inevitable plunging, and just await the vertical lunacy that is about to befall you. A magnet pulls this 'gondola' up, and it takes about two minutes to reach the top. So for a minute or so, you get to hover your gazes across the horizon while your feet hangs freely on air and your brain anticipating the GIANT DROP. When you reach the top, it stays there for a good 30 seconds or so, taunting you and making you feel like shitting your pants...sorry for the language, but there is no other way to explain how I felt. I guess it's that smooth sailing trip upwards that made it feel really intense...it's like it's teasing you.
That's me third from the left, then Mona. I think this was taken when the electromagnetic brakes were hankering on the ride to stop before it hits the ground at terminal velocity. Just look at Mona...parang tulala pa. ako naman nag mumura na!
...see how small the gondola looks? It's so tall.
Anyway, when it dropped...it dropped inexorably. No stopping for about 8 or 10 seconds. You can't scream, you cant smile, you can't think, you cant shout, you can't cry....no, you can't pray!
I waited for what seemed to be like eternity. It's probably the biggest inhale of air I've ever done in my life. I could just feel my lungs filling up with more oxygen than it can take. The velocity was so rigid, it forcibly whops your feet upwards.
To think that it's only 8-10 seconds, and should therefore not be as gut-wrenching as the lethal weapon ride in the Movie World, is plain stupid. It is what happens to your brain during that 8-10 seconds that matters. When we were back down on terra firma, that's when I screamed, shout, swore like it's my native tongue and pulled my hair out like Sisa!!! My spirit's back in my body, where it should be, at last!
Got this photo of strangers from the Internet. I just want you to imagine how it feels. Tingnan nyo naman itsura nila...parang nakaharap si kamatayan. Yong itsura namin ni Mona mas matindi pa dyan.Guys, if you have heart problems, don't try this... If you don't, you're a chicken not to even try it once. I definitely wanna get back on this one. 5 stars rating from me!!!
Well, here are more photos from Dream World. I will be posting more when I get the chance to compile more photos taken by my friends and the ones taken from my dvd cam.
The motorcoaster...it's like a roller coaster, only that you're like driving a motor bike. Look at my hubby sa likod...parang na totorete!
This guillotine would be good for men who misbehave...and it's not the head that comes out of that hole...not the head with brains at least...ohhh...where are men's brains located nga pala...I forgot. Don din pala. ehekhekhek!!!
Mr Magoo and I.
Vintage cars...that's my hubby driving his vintage.
This is the closest I'd get near a tiger's ass.
The Big Brother cafe, near the BB House.
The Log ride and THE CLAWS (photo of the claws taken from an Internet site)
Well...That's not all folks. As I've said, I've got more photos to add on as soon as I get them scanned.