On our last day of our vacation to Disney last week, my husband had a crazy idea… have my son (age 5) ride the Expedition Everest! I severely thought he had lost his mind. However, for whatever reason, my son is more macho, less baby-like when my husband is around. For instance, last year I wanted to take my son to ride Dinosaur in Animal Kingdom. He refused during two separate vacations. In December, however, when we vacationed with my husband he was more than willing to ride Dinosaur!
So, I thought maybe my husband was right and our son could conquer Expedition Everest. Once my son agreed to ride, we got in line. While in line, my husband and son leisurely discussed all of the queue decorations. They spoke lightheartedly about the various photos of the Yeti. All the while, I was remembering my son and I riding the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. During his first ride on this coaster, he screamed and cried. After we got off of the ride, he gave me the I-cannot-believe-you-did-that-to-me look throughout the rest of the day.
As we got to the final portion of the line, I realized that I was actually shaking and my heart was racing! My son and husband, however, were still joking around with no cares. They rode together, with me in the seat behind. In retrospect, I should have sat in front of the two of them so I could observe his first ride better. However, I was really not thinking straight at this point!
I took several photos during the ride:
- You can see in this photo as we climb the mountain that my son really looks very unsure!
During the actual ride, I heard my husband having more fun than he normally would show with exclamations of “isn’t this fun” and “woo hoo!” When we got done with the ride, my son was so excited about not getting eaten by the Yeti. I asked him if the coaster drops had made his stomach feel funny or made him nervous. He did not even seem to notice that there was a roller coaster portion, only that the Yeti did not eat him.
After exiting the ride, my husband explained that our son nearly got upset on several occasions. To help the situation, my husband would yell something such as “woo hoo” to lighten the moment and our son forgot all about being upset.
Can you see in his eyes that he is proud that he was able to ride and have a great time! The ride aboard Expedition Everest was well worth it! What a great time!