I’m sure everyone was just as devastated and shocked at what happened at Dreamworld last week. I never watch the news or read articles that pop up on my news feed, but this one was a little close to home. Like many, I had been on the Thunder River Rapids ride several times. It was the ride I loved the most. I was always one of those people that used to be scared of all the big rollercoasters and extreme rides and the water based rapid rides were always my favourite because the possibility of dying on those rides was very low…or so I thought. I was so shocked with what happened and over the last week, it has been on my mind many times.
I have also seen so many people commenting and saying how they will never go back to Dreamworld ever again.
I am not trying to take anything away from what happened, because it was truly heartbreaking, however I personally will be standing by Dreamworld and will be going there as planned in December with my family if it is reopened by then. And this is why (in my opinion)…
To me it was a one off FREAK accident (and I really hope it turns out to be that). This could have happened at Disneyland or any major theme park. From what I have read, Dreamworld serviced the ride in September and obviously all of the facts aren’t out there yet, but I do believe they would certainly have followed the correct protocol for their maintenance programs.
I also feel bad for the staff that are a part of the Dreamworld family. If people don’t go back to Dreamworld, many of their workers will loose their jobs. They are people just like you and me. They have families to support and food to put on the table. Our repeat business will keep these people in a job. It is not their fault this tragedy happened.
Another reason we will be going back is because my kids absolutely love Dreamworld. It is a happy place for them and they love ABC kids world, the tigers, the Madagascar section and also Whitewater world.
And finally, personally as an anxious person, I am constantly pushing myself to not live in fear. The old Sam might have been someone who wouldn’t have gone back to Dreamworld, but the new Sam is someone who lives life to the fullest knowing that when your time’s up, your time’s up. I have been overseas several times and have had friends say how dangerous it is to travel at the moment. The same people are happy to sit at home, feeling safe, but I am always willing to live life to the fullest and we have been experiencing amazing things along the way.
I don’t want to take anything away from the devastating loss and the trauma the families of the victims will be going through. I would love to see Dreamworld remove the ride at cause and put in place a memorial garden or butterfly sanctuary or something to remember them by. My heart goes out to their loved ones during this time. This is another example to show us that we have to live our life and be grateful for the time we get with our loved ones, because we never know when it will be up.
Until next time,