Aidan's been on rides before - he went to Disney at 16 months, Canobie Lake last summer, Marshfield Fair last summer...he loves going on rides. But there was something especially exciting watching him at Carowinds yesterday. He's older, so there's more understanding of what's going on. He has more opinions of what he wants to ride and doesn't want to ride, and his enthusiasm is just really adorable! Carowinds' kiddie section is called Planet Snoopy. Being his father's son, Aidan's been watching Peanuts shows for sometime now, and he loves Snoopy and Charlie Brown! So, this made Planet Snoopy even more thrilling for my little guy. Every corner we turned, "Mom, there's another Snoopy!" It is indescribably fun seeing your children experience things that excite them so. He rode the carousel (with Daddy and Liam), the boats, a train ride, and a helicopter ride with Mommy (twice). I think the helicopter was his favorite - it was just precious watching him play the role of pilot. He told me at the start of his first helicopter ride "I'm having a great ride today Momma!" Love.
Mommy had a great time too! Despite the incredible heat and humidity, and significant amount of time spent in Planet Snoopy, I got to ride a couple coasters - my favorite! I rode The Intimidator - a race car inspired roller coaster. It is, hands down, the most incredible roller coaster I've ever been on! The seats are shaped like race car seats - deep bucket seats. The only restraint is a v-shaped padding attached to a metal lever in the ground that lowers over your legs/pelvis. Your head, arms and entire torso are completely unrestrained in anyway. I've never experienced anything like it! I rode this coaster just anticipating the padded lever over my pelvis to fail and my body to go catapulting through the air...my body felt weightless as it spent the greater portion of this coaster lifted off the seat. I screamed and laughed my way through the whole thing simultaneously...I loved it!