|Photo from James|
The lovely Cheryl loves the Studios, and back in January, she was very displeased with the fact that I had never seen the Tower of Terror queue. We decided that we needed to change that, so we headed right over to the Hollywood Tower Hotel. We took the Fastpass entrance, so I can't say anything about the standby queue. Before we knew it, we were in the hotel, and we were watching the pre-show. You see, at Tower of Terror, the chicken elevator separates from the ride elevators right when they're loading people into the ride. That means that the chickens and the riders can see all the other parts of the queue and pre-show together before splitting up. So after the queue and pre-show, we were in the final part of the queue. I kept second guessing Cheryl, asking her if she's SURE we didn't pass the chicken exit yet. Obviously I was terrified, but Cheryl wasn't tricking me. When the cast member at the loading platform asked how many in our party, we said one rider (James) and two chickens (Cheryl and I). Cheryl and I were directed to stand to the side while they loaded the ride elevator, and soon we were directed to a normal, safe, slow elevator. I knew it was a real one because there were no seatbelts. After a perfectly average ride down on an elevator, we found ourselves at the ride exit to wait for James. A few minutes later, he arrived, and we walked through the gift shop on our way out. It was like James, Cheryl, and I all had the same experience, except only James had the terror part.
A few days later, James' brother and his boyfriend came to hang out with us at Disney, and they decided they wanted to hit the Studios first. We all headed over to Rock 'n Roller Coaster, even though I knew I wouldn't be riding. When we asked how long the single rider line was, the CM told us he couldn't be sure. Just a few minutes later, thanks to my birthday and James' brother's flirting skills, we had achieved four Fastpasses that were good immediately. All I had to do was tell the CM I would ride. And I did tell him that, knowing that I could chicken exit later if I wanted to. At first, I felt brave. I felt like I could do it. Then as we waited, I started to chicken out, and I realized that I really did not want to ride this coaster. Luckily for me, I could experience the queue without riding. And so I did the same as Cheryl had taught us a few days earlier. We walked through the queue, we saw the pre-show, and we entered the loading area. When the cast member asked how many, I told him I would be exiting on foot, not via a scary death coaster (although not in so many words). He directed me to a door on the side of the platform that took me directly to the unloading platform. They're right next to each other, you see. So I got to wait for the others in the gift shop, watching all the ride photos of the people who came off. A few minutes later, we were reunited, and James told me it was a good thing I hadn't ridden. I'm glad I know now that I didn't have to in order to get the full experience.
Did you know that you could experience these queues without riding? Have you ever taken a chicken exit? Did you do it so you could experience the queue or pre-show? On which attraction? Let me know your ride wimp tips in a comment, on Twitter (@amandaenchanted), or on Facebook!