About a year and a half ago I had an email from our Tour Manager Euan Terras, with a link to a theme park in Johannesburg, asking for my stamp of approval, as he knows how much on an enthusiast I am. It looked good and I have been looking forward to it ever since.
We had 5 hours in the park before it closed, which was plenty of time as it isn’t the largest theme park. Once inside we set off in our groups to try out the rides. The first one I went on was a version of the Tower of Terror; with no queue it was the perfect ride to kick off the day.
We all wore our AFO branded t-shirts while in the theme park, so it was easy to spot each other and in a place like that you were always less than 50 meters from someone from AFO.
We then proceeded to go on every ride we could, while stopping for a bite to eat on the way. We saved the best for last, Anaconda. By the end of the day I had been on it 4 times and if I had more time it would have been a lot more.
Others and myself brought home mementos from the day in the form of pictures of our windswept faces during the rides; none of these pictures are particularly flattering.
My most memorable ride has to be the water rapids; this will stick in my brain for a while. It was a circular boat travelling down a river and it moved and splashed water as it went. During one particular corner I was thrown to the side and bashed my hip on the ride. I now have a lovely purple bruise and lump on the side of my leg. But I am still smiling as I had a great day and I am looking forward to my next theme park experience.