One of the things me and Youko-chan had in common were our LOVE of theme parks.
Here's a list of funny experiences we've had at them.
We went to see Disney World when we were little. This is back when we had no understanding of English at all except for hello and goodbye. We went to the Magic Kingdom and rode the rides, met Mickey, etc. Then there was this one ride called the "Alien Encounter." I see it was pretty infamous for scaring children, but honestly, it just confused Youko and I. There was a robot demonstrating teleportation with an alien who I later got a nuigurumi doll of in the gift shop. Only one problem: this robot had a British accent. He's voiced by the legendary Tim Curry, as I found out later on. But we couldn't understand a word he said thanks to that accent. I ended up trying to imitate the sound of his voice and make random noises in order to get the message to Youko that I had no idea what he was saying, and she even told me she'd no idea either. Anyway, we got on the actual ride; and every time the alien played with your hair, tried to breathe on you, etc. Youko would scream in Japanese, "Get away from me, you dumb alien!" And I joined in too, stuff like "I taste bad!" Pretty soon we were just laughing as the feeling tickled.
Our next stop was Epcot. Both of us had a blast in the Japan section of the World Showcase as it felt like home. We ended up in Future World on a ride called Body Wars. The plot was kinda like the Magic School Bus (which I watched dubbed in fourth grade, and has something to do with why I owned an NTSC copy of Sonic Adventure 2) as riders were shrunk and sent inside a person's body to remove their splinter. Well the ride started, and Youko had no idea what was going on. "Why's everything red, black, and yellow? (No, not Shadow.) Is this a cave? Why's there a huge thing; is that a splinter? Why're there these two holes? Are we in outer space?" (Youko could understand the word "splinter" for reasons unknown.) To be honest, I didn't know what was happening, either. All I know is that I thought the captain of our mission, who I later found out was played by Elisabeth Shue, was hot.
We also went to Disney-MGM studios a few years later. We went on Star Tours, and this time we had a steady knowledge of English, so we somewhat had an idea what was happening. Plus, it was Star Wars, which we'd seen by this time. We thought the little droid who piloted our vehicle, none other than RX-24, was absolutely adorable. Youko actually had an action figure of him for quite some time.
Now let's move on to Hersheypark. We went in 2002 during the fall; I don't know why we went. Or why we were in Pennsylvania at all. But we rode the Lightning Racer, and as it was Hersheypark in the Dark, it was the Wicked Racer. I took the "Thunder" train, renamed "Mischief." We actually won against the Mayhem (Lightning; and nothing to do with Allstate) train, which Youko was in. We rode a second time, and Youko won against us. This happened when we went back in October 2015. During the lift hill, I started a chant: "Let's go, Mischief! Let's go! (clap clap clap)" and when we won, I shouted, "My SISTER was in that car!"
Okay, Universal time. I remember in 2011, we went, and we rode the ET ride. The alien says your name at the end, but it pronounced my sister's name as "Yoo-koh" and mine correctly. Youko could not stop laughing after she heard it say "Yoo-koh." Another funny story had to do with Dr. Doom. Youko and I went on that ride, and as we shot up, Youko's sandal fell off and hit a guy. You know what she told the guy afterwards? "Sorry for the sandal attack." And then we did it again. This time, it was apparent the voice before the ride shoots up (which belongs to Dr. Doom) was turning Youko on... and I am ashamed to say, she actually did it. She... she... gave her Mustang a spit shine to that voice. I was pretty appalled, but I was focusing more on the thrill, and was reassured by the fact that Youko was always weird.
But that isn't all. Anytime at Six Flags we get on a ride where passengers lay down (ex. Batwing or X2), I end up thinking of Shadow the Hedgehog, and end up... yeah. One time on X2 in June 2012, Youko thought of Shadow as well and did it with me. Can't believe no one has caught us yet. I always try not to think of him, but I usually fail.
And one last... "weird" story before we get back to the good stuff. We went to Magic Mountain one summer and ended up on Lex Luthor Drop of Doom. We both used the "Pagwa Sanpha" chant from Outlaw Star to psych ourselves up, and then at the high point, the voice that spoke turned Youko on. As soon as I saw her do... you know what... I yelled, "Get your-- that voice is also Mr. Krabs!" It worked and she immediately returned to holding on... just in time for the drop, when we cursed like sailors and Youko was quoting Mr. Krabs (and Pearl and the chocolate guy.)
Why not return to the good stuff by telling you that we cursed like sailors on ZumanJaro at Great Adventure?
In our native Japan, we went on a ride called Takashiba. It's like the Rising Sun's equivalent to the Hulk at Universal. Youko said right before we launched, "I might die on this." Well... she didn't die on Takashiba... but rather in some drunk Chinese lady's car.
Universal Japan has a ride called Hollywood Dream which is like the Rip Ride Rockit over in Orlando. First of all, on Rip Ride Rockit, I chose "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor as I remembered in Chicken Little, Runt got psyched up by the song. (I saw Chicken Little the day before I got Shadow the Hedgehog for GameCube on a vacation in California. Fun times.) Youko chose "Kickstart My Heart" by Mottley Crue. Anyway, on Hollywood Dream, I forgot what songs we chose. But all I remember is that we had a blast on it.
On my senior class's overseas trip to Six Flags in 2006, I sat with my friend Martha (a black girl) on Medusa. Martha had been on Medusa before. I hadn't. So it was her screaming and having a great time, while it was me holding on for dear life and cursing up a storm.
That's all the stories I can think of now. Have a great day! さよなら！