I’m waiting at the top of the Volcanic Vertical, an enclosed waterslide, waiting for the red light to turn green. It’s a safety precaution that indicates when the previous slider has hit the water.
“Go ahead,” says the lifeguard stationed beside the slide.
“But the light,” I point.
“You’re probably fine.”
I’m at Disney’s new Aulani Resort on the Leeward coast of Oahu. The combination of Hawaii and Disney is the perfect setting for breaking out my inner child. I drift down the lazy river, eat root beer shaved ice and hunt for the Menehune, Hawaii’s mythical people hidden around the resort—an activity usually reserved for children.
I visit Auntie’s Cottage, a supervised kids-only area with games and crafts. One of the attendants shows me the room where racks of Disney costumes hang, but none are my size. She invites me back the next morning for Stitch’s Space Goo demonstration but I indulged in another child-like ritual and slept in.
It’s this waterslide that’s standing in my way of the ultimate kid experience. I’m envisioning an old episode The Simpsons where Homer gets stuck in a waterslide and causes a massive backup of children. But I summon all my courage and jump in.
My heart is racing. I think I might be hyperventilating. This is not fun for me, but after being bumped around for a while, I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I hit the water hard. I flounder around briefly before realizing the next person is probably hurdling towards me. I make a mad dash out of the water and head over to the quiet pool (read: the adult pool) to order a margarita. Maybe being an adult isn’t so bad after all.
Sarah Brightman on tour
Sarah Brightman has topped the charts and sold 30 million albums worldwide with her brand of classical crossover pop. The songstress has recently been in the news for her latest endeavor, tackling space.
Brightman, 52, has dropped a staggering $31 million for her part in the three-person team heading to the International Space Station for eight days in 2015.
Sip on sustainable wine from Romeo cherries at Living Sky Winery
Don’t let their backgrounds fool you: the minds behind Living Sky Winery have perfected the art of locally sustainable wine. Run by Sue Echlin (a political science major) and her husband, Vance Lester (a duck ecologist), the small operation produces fruit wines made with everything from locally grown strawberries to black currants. The couple also grows their own Romeo cherries on their estate just outside Perdue, Sask. (about 55 km west of Saskatoon).