2:45-3:00pm Around 2:50pm all of the teens were still on their phone when a huge bang got their attention and everyone in line. Several people, including some from the group, flinched or yelped because it was so loud. The group of teens laughed off their initial reaction. Now concerned about the noise, the girls all looked up from their phones to discuss it. About two minutes following the
bang that most people (including myself) had attributed to thunder, it began to rain. The group began to discuss their new plans to accommodate the rain which was getting worse by the minute. Again, Girl A and one of the other girls took on the responsibility of making the plan. 3:00pm-3:15pm The group had gotten a new plan together and were back on their phones. Apparently the group of teens had come to the park with a larger group and somewhere else in the park another member of their large group had texted Boy A and told him that the large crash was actually lightning hitting the Mount Everest Yeti ride. There was a few ‘oh my goodness’ from the girls and a ‘damn’ from the other boy sitting down. All the while this happening the line continued to move. It was obvious that we were nearly to the attraction because the line was going through a room decorated for the Avatar movie. The phones went into pockets and bags as we went through a door into the last room. The teens anxiously watched the people ahead of them getting on the ride. As the teens got in their seats I didn't notice them coordinate any specific order but I assumed they had some reason for being next to the people they were. 3:15pm-3:30pm As I got off the ride I found the group of teens. They were talking about how great the ride was and the girls were putting on ponchos. One of the girls asked Boy A if he had a poncho and he responded that he didn't need one because it was barely raining. I personally disagreed because it was raining pretty good but I think that Boy A didn't want to wear a poncho because maybe it wasn't “cool”. I think that Boy A probably wanted to appear tough among his peers and I can understand how an ugly plastic bag might’ve affected that. After the ponchos were on, the group left.
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- Spring '16
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