Rollercoaster Escape

Have you ever gotten stuck on a rollercoaster? I have, as of yesterday. It wasn’t particularly scary or dangerous, since we hadn’t even made it all the way out of the loading bay, but they still had to call maintenance to free us, which wasn’t particularly fun, either.

It was one of the coasters where your feet dangle, and something must’ve went wrong right after they released us, because we moved forward maybe twenty feet before they shut the thing down. Then they made announcements that we couldn’t hear while the shoulder harnesses gave us the hug of death—okay for less than a minute while riding, less okay for many minutes while waiting.

I don’t love being trapped, so my watch helpfully notified me that my heart rate had spiked even though I didn’t appear to be moving.

Thanks, watch.

Maybe ten or fifteen minutes later, a maintenance crew with a manual safety release gizmo and a stepladder showed up to help us escape one row at a time. It was interesting from a “how does this work?” perspective, but I could’ve lived without the knowledge, lol.

My bff wished we’d been farther along so we would’ve had to walk down the track, and as someone who is deathly afraid of heights, I might’ve tried to incinerate her with my Glare of Doom(tm). It didn’t work, which is good, because I love her when she’s not thinking about making me walk down a scary grating staircase in the sky.

The failure was a disappointing end to an otherwise super fun day, but at least I got a story out of it, I suppose. Now if someone is stuck in a rollercoaster in a future book, you know where the idea came from. :)

6 thoughts on “Rollercoaster Escape”

  1. Glad you are all OK even if not full over it. Thongs happen when you usually do not expect it and usually not good. 🍀Here’s a little luck for all for the weekend. Y’all take care.

  2. Ack! I’m glad it wasn’t on the upside down part!! And also glad you weren’t stuck for TOO terribly long, not that it’s fun for any length of time.

  3. When I was in charge of a group of 8th graders we went to an amusement park. I talked my BFF into going on a rollercoaster with me. Both of us disliked heights but I had felt safe when buckled in. It got stuck & we had to climb out and Down a steep stair while pretending it was no big deal for the kids accompanying us!🤪

  4. When I was a teenager oh so many, many years ago, my best friend and I got stuck on a rollercoaster. We’d never had it happen before so when the slightly older teenager running it shouted “hang on” I looked at her & said, “oh my God, he said hang on!” We CLUTCHED that bar SO HARD for I don’t know how long before we realized he meant he’d have us down in a minute 😂. Don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard.

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