Close Your Eyes, It’ll Be Over Soon

I posted a bunch of pictures from our trip to Disneyland last week on the mob. (Keep pressing the left arrow to see the whole set of 75 shots from my camera phone.) Henry and his best buddy, Will, celebrated their 9th birthdays down there along with Will’s dad and me. Here’s one last picture.
Henry and Will’s dad love roller coasters. Will and I don’t. So it worked out pretty well. Until we got to Splash Mountain. I usually don’t mind water rides. For some reason they’re not as scary to me as roller coasters. Splash Mountain is different. The ride ends with a 50 foot drop that’s nearly vertical. I didn’t learn this until we passed over it halfway through the ride.

Disney considerately offers a picture from the moment of extremis to all riders. Henry is in front, looking forward to the stomach churning drop. I’m in back, trying to survive. The picture tells the story. Click on the thumbnail for a larger version suitable for photoshopping.

37 Replies to “Close Your Eyes, It’ll Be Over Soon”

  1. Leo, my family and I were just at Walt Disney World and we have a very similar photo from Splash Mountain. I’ll have to post it to my site (there are already a bunch from our trip).

  2. I with you Leo, chicken to the core. The only time I went on one of these water rides I pushed so hard against the floor of the thing I pulled a groin muscle. The rest of the day hobbling around Busch Gardens was real fun. Thank God I could order a beer or wine in there. Cluck, cluck.

  3. I’m with you Leo, roller coasters scare the heck out of me. When I was younger my cousin and brother talked me into going on a coaster. They neglected to tell me that it was nothing but up and down hills, some more than 50 ft. I cursed so much my brother thought I was a sailor. Needless to say they have never asked me to go on another coaster with them and that is perfectly fine by me. Great pics. Makes me almost want to trade in my phone.

  4. The contrast of how calm Henry is compared to your sheer horror is highly amusing. This picture is total desktop wallpaper material. 😉

  5. I work at disneyland and was hopeing to see you there Leo. If you need any cool pictures of the park let me know.

  6. Leo,
    U look mutated, like they pulled out ure eye balls.I remember when i went to splash mountain when i was younger.I crawled to the bottom of the cart.I survived SPlash Mountain.Why don’t u take a lok t the fearlessness of Henry compared to the sheer horor of ure face. By the way, i want to become a member but u still won’t answer my e-mail
    asking for an account can u please make an account for me. For further informationg pleae e-mail me at n_dookie1@hotmail.com

  7. That’s pretty much the look on my husband’s face on roller coasters. I never ask him to go on them with me, but he knows I like to ride, so he offers to go on with me. We went to Six Flags in Ohio last year and that’s where he learned “if I scream, the urge to throw up goes away. Kind of…”
    You’re a cool dad, Leo! 🙂

  8. I first went on a roller coaster in 1986 in a prak in central Florida called Circus World on a wooden coaster called the florida hurricane. The park is closed now and I hated the ride and swore I would never go again. The funny thing is I love speed, I race my car every chance I get. Solo road racing and autocrossing are the best. Flash to last weekend where I went to Busch Gardens Tampa with some friends. I decided it had been a while since I tried a roller coaster so I wanted to try again. The first coster you come to in the park is called the Gwazzi, It is another wooden roller coaster. I rode it and didnt really care for it either. It was ok but it didnt make me want to go again. I still wanted to try a metal roller coaster, so we got in line for the Kumba and I loved it!!!!! I proceeded to go on all the other coasters in the park multiple times and the best was montu becuase it had no floors and it really throws you around with lots of positive and negative G’s Anyway thats my story, looks like you guys had a great time, I was watching evey day for the new pictures.

  9. You chicken, you are even in the back, lol! I laugh because my sister and I went on that ride, I made her get in front and when we came out of that hole and saw only the night sky, she yelled “OMG” and that was the last thing I remember, lol! Except I think there was a lot of screaming!!! That picture makes me laugh big time!

  10. Don’t feel bad, Leo– I would be the person standing at the bottom of the ride saying “I wish I would have gone on that……(and then seeing the 50ft drop)….I am SOOOOO glad I didn’t go on that…!!!”

  11. Hey Leo! Great picture! But…what’s that on your eyes? It looks like…well, I don’t know what it looks like. Some people I know went on Splash Mountain but didn’t bother to get a picture, so I’m not sure if their faces were quite as animated. Great site, love CFH and TSS, keep up the good work!

  12. Leo, I’ve seen a lot of funny pictures of you in the two years and counting I’ve been around here but that, without question, is the funniest to date! I laughed so hard I scared the cat!
    Count me in the “Bring on the biggest, baddest, fastest, coaster you’ve got!” column, just love em!

  13. I lived in the Orlando area during 1992, and rode Splash Mountain the very first season it opened. I was 19 at the time, and while waiting in line we began to question why we’d chosen to try out the new “kiddie” ride. But the moment we belted in and shoved off, it became immediately clear that Splash Mountain was designed by a throng of XTC munching Raveheads fresh out of design school. The atmosphere began as a surreal trip through the Briar Patch but then turned downright spooky. When we began our final ascent through a darkening tunnel, the vultures perched and cackling above us warned that we were about to approach the end of the line….
    I’ve ridden rollercoasters all over the U.S. and Canada, and to this day that “Splash Mountain Drop” ranks in my top five “coaster” thrills of all time.
    Sean.

  14. So it was a boys day out? Wife and Abby stuck at home while your screaming for your life…tsk tsk Leo..

  15. I remember it well, I was sitting in the exact position you were in. You can’t get comfortable on such a small seat, there was nothing to weld your hands into or curl your fingers around with a death grip. No safety straps or bars to hold you in, no ejection seat button to push in case of the emergency you knew was about to happen. Nothing but you, some lively lads, and a boat ready to take a 45 degree plunge. It didn’t look so bad from ground level, it wasn’t so bad seeing all the Disney characters egging you on, promising a fun-filled adventure just around the bend. You realize there is no safe exit, because going over the edge is your only sane option to end this irreversible ride. You see your fate carved in stone, 5 stories below you as you make one more feeble attempt to steady yourself and remain calm. Your attempt to remain calm as evaded you, you give in to the terror and try to survive. The rest of the story is written on Leo’s face.

  16. ‘ remember it well, I was sitting in the exact position you were in. You can’t get comfortable on such a small seat, there was nothing to weld your hands into or curl your fingers around with a death grip. No safety straps or bars to hold you in, no ejection seat button to push in case of the emergency you knew was about to happen. Nothing but you, some lively lads, and a boat ready to take a 45 degree plunge. It didn’t look so bad from ground level, it wasn’t so bad seeing all the Disney characters egging you on, promising a fun-filled adventure just around the bend. You realize there is no safe exit, because going over the edge is your only sane option to end this irreversible ride. You see your fate carved in stone, 5 stories below you as you make one more feeble attempt to steady yourself and remain calm. Your attempt to remain calm as evaded you, you give in to the terror and try to survive. The rest of the story is written on Leo’s face.’
    Nice description…Hmm, that picture is really funny. Henry, he’s just sitting there looking over the edge, and you, well, we can all see how much you enjoyed the ride…Hehe…
    Great picture. Keep up the good work on TSS and CFH! They’re both great.

  17. Uggh, I hate rollercoasters. All kinds. With or without water. I’ve been afraid of heights since I was little and still have not been able to get over it. Henry sure looks fearless, though! 🙂

  18. Leo…. I hope you had a spare pair of pants! *LOL* Honestly folks, Splash Mountain is pretty tame. Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain are the fear factors at D-Land/World.
    Gimme a Roller Coaster or give me a deserted tropical island!

  19. Get me a date with Cat and Ill give ya $100 bucks.
    Lol. Like you need my $100 anyways.
    PS. Awesome site. You are the man

  20. I understand that Disney leases this ride to the Blue Angle airshow team as a flight sim. Leo, I don’t quite see you as lead pilot :^)

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