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  • Is maelstorm like it's a small world or does it have some pirates of the caribbean drops?
  • - Asked by Laila from California on 12/30/2011
  • Hi Laila! I have to let you in on a little secret: I'm a ride-chicken who has a big fear of drops. I really have to muster up some courage to ride Pirates of the Caribbean because of that little hill at the start of the ride. For years I avoided riding Maelstrom because one of the Disney guide books cautions that it has a surprise backwards downhill plunge. The Disney website even mentions a "thrilling backward plummet" that dissuaded me from riding it. My kids made fun of me for so long that I finally worked up the nerve to ride Maelstrom on our last vacation, and I had to laugh when I encountered that supposed "plunge." While Maelstrom does have a small dip that makes it slightly more thrilling than It's a Small World, in my opinion it's not as steep or as scary as the small hill in Pirates of the Caribbean. Even a chicken like me considers it a very minor dip, and I can say now, it's nothing to fear. 

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