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Mickeyhugger
07-15-2011, 02:51 PM
I know that's probably a dumb question.

It briefly crossed my mind to do it on our next cruise. My husband and daughter have told me how WONDERFUL it is, but they also told me I'd like Tower of Terror and Splash Mountain.:mad: (No, I didn't like Splash Mountain, too terrified of drops.)

I guess, I probably would have loved doing para-sailing as a child, (as well as ToT and Splash Mountain) but am going back and forth about the para-sailing.

Thanks!:)

Alsobrook
07-15-2011, 03:08 PM
Ima gonna shoot reeeeel straight with you here....

I'm bothered by heights; however, there's a big difference between going up in a structure and going up on a parachute. I'm way more scared of structures than parachutes.

There's some comfort in the fact that you're out over this wide expanse of water and if you fall, Mythbusters has already shown that it's not exactly like hitting concrete. (ha)

It's a very free feeling... and you lose perspective on your height very quickly. It's like an elevator with no stops....

Once you're up, it's very calm and peaceful, in my view.

Now, the other thing you have to know is that you're going to be in a harness. And because you're 50+ (I'm not, but I'm not far off either) you may have things on your body that don't appreciate being in a harness. As such, it is possible that you will get a harness wedgie that will rival anything you ever dreamed of or that you will get a harness crimp somewhere you'd rather not be crimped.

And this too, shall pass.

Just don't say no one warned you.

:banana:

one princess
07-15-2011, 03:15 PM
50 is the new 30 :cool1: Go for it! :thumbsup2

ibouncetoo
07-15-2011, 03:16 PM
I LOVED it! :thumbsup2 I'm uncomfortable with heights in certain circumstances. A railing overlooking a five story atrium still has my grip marks in it!

The ascent and decent are so smooth there is NO sensation of falling and it is so peaceful up there. Pretty much the only thing you hear is the wind and the creaking of the harness (don't panic on that!).

You know what? I may just have to do this again in November!

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Anal Annie
07-15-2011, 03:25 PM
I just turned 50 this month & I'm not sure what that has to do with it? I still parasail, ride jet skis, snow ski, ride roller coasters & water rides... Was I supposed to stop at 50??

(I hope not because I just started learning to ski at 45.....)

eblong
07-15-2011, 03:32 PM
I LOVED it! :thumbsup2 I'm uncomfortable with heights in certain circumstances. A railing overlooking a five story atrium still has my grip marks in it!

The ascent and decent are so smooth there is NO sensation of falling and it is so peaceful up there. Pretty much the only thing you hear is the wind and the creaking of the harness (don't panic on that!).

You know what? I may just have to do this again in November!

.

I'm 67 and have parasailed at CC twice now. I am deathly afraid of heights, but flying in a plane was never a big issue for me because I was around them all my Air Firce career. I truly enjoyed it both times, and it was pretty windy the second time in June (see picture below - i was flying beside the tow boat!). My trick is I have a waterproof camera I take with me so I can busy my mind with something besides dying:rotfl:.

Btw - the first time I went, I noticed the harness (which was pretty new) had a warning label that said "this is a dangerous sport and you could die". I found it more humorous than scary. Wish I'd gotten a picture of that!

http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l599/ebslong/Disney%20Dream/P6055430.jpg

Goofy4Disney99
07-15-2011, 03:36 PM
DCL makes it SO easy for you. It's a great experience. I plan on parasailing at least until I turn 80!

jeppler
07-15-2011, 03:40 PM
It's really fun, and a great way to see the whole island from the air. I've been up 4 times since 2004 and am 60 yr old...take a waterproof camera along

DisneyMom&Fan
07-15-2011, 03:44 PM
Now, the other thing you have to know is that you're going to be in a harness. And because you're 50+ (I'm not, but I'm not far off either) you may have things on your body that don't appreciate being in a harness. As such, it is possible that you will get a harness wedgie that will rival anything you ever dreamed of or that you will get a harness crimp somewhere you'd rather not be crimped.

OMG I almost wet myself - yes, I'm near 50 too and this is one of my concerns as well. :rotfl::rotfl:

queendisney
07-15-2011, 03:48 PM
I know that's probably a dumb question.

It briefly crossed my mind to do it on our next cruise. My husband and daughter have told me how WONDERFUL it is, but they also told me I'd like Tower of Terror and Splash Mountain.:mad: (No, I didn't like Splash Mountain, too terrified of drops.)

I guess, I probably would have loved doing para-sailing as a child, (as well as ToT and Splash Mountain) but am going back and forth about the para-sailing.

Thanks!:)

Go on do it..you will live to regret otherwise. I too HATE drops and will not do Splash Mountain (I too have stood on that bridge by that drop and thought NO WAY) and there is not a hope of getting me on Tower of Terror, but I am an ex sky diver (too expensive to continue, oh and three people died)!!!! Its just a totally different feeling...you will love para-sailing and your bits do recover from being in the harness...

Mickeyhugger
07-15-2011, 03:57 PM
I just turned 50 this month & I'm not sure what that has to do with it? I still parasail, ride jet skis, snow ski, ride roller coasters & water rides... Was I supposed to stop at 50??

(I hope not because I just started learning to ski at 45.....)

Good for you. I'm one, however, who's gotten fearful as I've gotten older. If I'd just worded 'has anyone regretted parasailing?' there would have been more responses from the 20-30 something crowd, who like me, WEREN'T afraid when they were younger.:

It doesn't mean that I've stopped having fun doing OTHER things.

mtblujeans
07-15-2011, 03:59 PM
I'm glad to see this thread! I can't look over a railing, either, but I am very curious about the view from up there! :thumbsup2

Love the photo!!

tvguy
07-15-2011, 04:01 PM
I could argue that I have lived to past age 50 by not parasailing, parachuting, skiing, snowboarding or riding a motorcycle.

Mickeyhugger
07-15-2011, 04:05 PM
I could argue that I have lived to past age 50 by not parasailing, parachuting, skiing, snowboarding or riding a motorcycle.

:thumbsup2

Good point!

eblong
07-15-2011, 05:08 PM
I could argue that I have lived to past age 50 by not parasailing, parachuting, skiing, snowboarding or riding a motorcycle.
Well, I have tried skiing (couldn't do it - the chair lifts are too high), so no snowboarding either; I have no intention of parachuting by leaving a perfectly good airplane; but I have had a motorcycle and have parasailed twice.

I am reminded of a management session I had once where they assess our personalities:



Type A's are outrun everyone else and are likely to rule for at least a little while;
Type B's will rule the world because they will outlast the Type A's;
Type C's will keep everything running by taking their time to work the details day in and day out (and day in and day out...);
Type D's have both good news and bad news: The good news is that they will live forever; the bad news is it will feel like it.

This from a guy is terrified of ski lifts, areal trams, ladders, roofs and high bridges.

It's your vacation. Enjoy yourself and maybe challenge yourself. If it sounds interesting, go do it. It really is a lot of fun. But don't give yourself a coronary by fretting over it.

Dizzyworld
07-15-2011, 05:52 PM
That's how I celebrated turning 50 at CC. Now I'm a little afraid of water since my swim skills are not the best. I was more worry about my Pooh shaped body being able to lift out of the boat. :lmao: Your glide up and glide back in the boat. It's not like a drop on a coaster. Just ask them not to dip you in the water if you don't think you would like that part, but it was fun. Anyway, I've done it twice now.

Have a great time. I hope you try this.:thumbsup2

bmahokie
07-18-2011, 04:31 PM
Do it do it do it. I'm slightly over 50, and it was definitely a highlight of my June 21 cruise. It is amazing how slowly you ascend and descend, and even more amazing how peacefull it is when you are up in the air. My son and I saw lots of fish in the water and a ray, which was cool. You honestly feel like you're floating, not rising and falling. You will NOT be disappointed.

jeppler
06-30-2012, 03:44 PM
I've done it 3 times at CCay. Bring a disposable camera. I'm 61....

DVC96
06-30-2012, 06:48 PM
How easy do they make it to get in and out of the harness? Can 2 people go at once? My husband and DD (19) want to do it this August at CC, but my DD has mild CP and is often awkward in her movements. She loves all the rides at the parks - ToT, RR, etc. - but I guess I have concerns about her actually getting in and out of the harness. Is it pretty easy?

lsutigger2
06-30-2012, 08:00 PM
Parasailing at CC was what I did for my 50th birthday :banana::banana::banana:

Loved every minute once we were air born. The guy on the boat reassured me many times that it was not in his best interest to let anything happen to me!!
That convinced me. Dh and I got to ride tandem. That was fun !!

SJCruiser
06-30-2012, 08:49 PM
How easy do they make it to get in and out of the harness? Can 2 people go at once? My husband and DD (19) want to do it this August at CC, but my DD has mild CP and is often awkward in her movements. She loves all the rides at the parks - ToT, RR, etc. - but I guess I have concerns about her actually getting in and out of the harness. Is it pretty easy?

I thought it was very easy to get in and out of the harness. Each person in a tandem ride has their own harness and you just step into your harness like you are putting on a pair of shorts. Then the guy helps to tighten the harness belt when you sit back down in your "seat" on the boat.

Edited to clarify: I suppose you might be able step through the wrong loops, but person #1 can help by putting person #2's feet through the correct loops while person #2 is still sitting. Then person #2 would briefly stand up to pull the harness around their hips.

When it's your turn to go up, you walk back to the platform in the back where the winch is. For a tandem ride, you sit on the platform one in front of the other (larger person in back) and they click you onto the rope. You just remain sitting till they start letting the rope out and voila! You're in the air.

TLSnell1981
06-30-2012, 09:25 PM
I regret missing the opportunity...TWICE!! The first trip, weather was an issue. My last cruise, I was still recovering from hand surgery. Maybe, next year? :cool1:

Oh, and I am 50+.;)

maleficent, esq.
06-30-2012, 10:17 PM
I was afraid of everything. When I turned 50 I decided to stop being afraid and start living. The first thing I did was parasail. I liked it but actually wish it would have been a little more exciting. It was very calm and I had no issues at all. My biggest problem was my nerves waiting for my turn. I then tried a zip line and went swimming with the Manatees. Also rode the biggest, fastest, blah blah blah roller coaster in the front seat. I am so glad I have finally let go and think you will have a wonderful time if you allow yourself.

Try it, you will be glad you did

Best to All
Mal-

bucky1023
07-01-2012, 06:25 AM
I sure do hope no one regretted it because my family has convinced my 75 year old mom (her b-day was in May) to do it during our August cruise.

When she turned 70 she went on a jet ski for the first time, so she figures why not parasailing at 75 :cool1:

jeffann6
07-01-2012, 06:46 AM
I know that's probably a dumb question.

It briefly crossed my mind to do it on our next cruise. My husband and daughter have told me how WONDERFUL it is, but they also told me I'd like Tower of Terror and Splash Mountain.:mad: (No, I didn't like Splash Mountain, too terrified of drops.)

I guess, I probably would have loved doing para-sailing as a child, (as well as ToT and Splash Mountain) but am going back and forth about the para-sailing.

Thanks!:)

Nope did it last November on the Dream cruise at CC was very exciting, you'll love it. Did tandem with my 22 year old daughter.
:thumbsup2