Recently, I went to Joyland in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, and also got a chance to have a “Discovery” ride. It is also called as “Frisbee” ride. It is a kind of pendulum amusement ride that takes the people to a new level of thrill. It is suspended from an overhead axis. When the riders secure their place on the ride, the staff check the safety measures, including the safety belts and shoulder safety measurements. The people who sit on this ride, go through different experiences including the spinning and swinging motions that go back and forth in a range of different angles ranging from 120 degrees to 360 degrees. The rotational movement of the ride cause the riders to move in a sort of countless circles.
In the Joyland Park in Rawalpindi, the model has the seating position facing outwards. My ride started with a backward movement. Initially, I was very excited to get a thrilling experience. For some time, the ride remained in a swinging form, but soon the thrill started, when the ride was at horizontal position, and I was able to see the ground straight in front of my eyes.
I screamed, not out of fear, but out of high level of thrill. Then an even high level of thrill came, when the ride go straight upward, and my body was in a head downward position.
I thought that my only support and protection is the shoulder safety measure. A high level of pressure developed on my face and eyes, and I thought of only holding the shoulder safety measures as firmly as possible. It was probably my highest level of thrilling position, but I was not much fearful. For instance, I may rate my fear 3 out of 10, with 10 being the highest level of fear. I did not feel fear, probably due to my desire to experience the thrill associated with discovery ride. At that time, I also thought that what would happen if I fall directly on the concrete floor from such a large height – thrilling. Nevertheless, the pressure on the body changes in different directions during the movement of the ride. Overall, it was thrilling and awesome experience to have the “Discovery” ride.