Last week was filled with firsts during a trip to Kissimmee with my fellow Canadian friends Jen from Urban Moms, Candace from Life in Pleasantville and Candice from Candice Does the World. It was the first time I stayed in a vacation home (hello 8 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, private pool and hot tub!), the first time I sat on a real live alligator, rode in a hot air balloon and… dropped 300 feet from the sky on the highest sky coaster in the world.
You’ll be seeing quite a few upcoming posts on all of the above in the coming weeks, but first I want to talk about the time I did the craziest and most daring thing I’ve ever done in my life.
When we pulled up to Fun Spot USA, I was expecting your typical theme park with the regular round of rides and games and was not aware that the Kissimmee location was home to the world’s largest sky coaster – in fact I had no idea what a sky coaster even was. When I heard that the Experience Kissimmee team had arranged for us to ride on the Sky Coaster I was a little nervous. The “little” turned into fear when I saw how high the drop was and refused to go on. I’m not quite sure why I decided to go, but in a moment of craziness, I said yes without even thinking and by the time we were suited up and brought to the platform, it was too late to go back. The feeling of being lifted up into the sky, facing down and looking 300 feet below you is not something I can quite explain in words, but a mixture of terror, exhilaration and a bit of ohmygodicantbeliveimdoingthiswhatswrongwithme is a start.
It was explained to all three of us that once we reached the top one of us would have to pull the release cord in order to “drop.” Guess who had to pull the cord? I didn’t hear them the first time when they shouted it out, hence the delay as you’ll see in the video above.
The most terrifying part of this was the initial 10 second drop because you feel absolutely nothing but a weightless drop. When the harness caught us at the bottom and we started to glide, I was finally able to breathe and really enjoy the ride. The scenery was spectacular and the feeling of gliding across the sky and above all of the rides was incredible! As soon as the soles of my shoes hit the ground, I was filled with adrenaline and an overall sense of excitement and accomplishment. I did it and dare I say it… I would totally do it again and highly recommend the Sky Coaster to anyone visiting Kissimmee and looking for a thrill of a lifetime!
Although this particular ride is definitely not for small children, Fun Spot USA is a great place for the entire family as there are plenty of rides for kids of all ages. I can’t wait to visit again with my own family!
Disclosure: A big thanks to Experience Kissimmee and Global Resort Homes for hosting me during this FAM media trip. Florida is not all about the theme parks! There are so many things to do here and I can’t wait to share my experiences with you all!