The E-Da Ferris Wheel – Facing My Fears & Reaching New ‘Heights’

The E-Da Ferris Wheel - Facing My Fears & Reaching New 'Heights'
The E-Da Ferris Wheel – Facing My Fears & Reaching New ‘Heights’

[E-Da, located on the outskirts of Kaohsiung, is a combination of an outlet mall and shopping area, an amusement park, and several hotels.]

The Free E-Da Ferris Wheel Tickets
The Free E-Da Ferris Wheel Tickets

How it all Began

I must admit that I have been to E-Da in Kaohsiung, Taiwan several times. My husband and I went there once to check it out when it first opened a few years ago. Plus, it is now an annual tradition to join our friends who live in Southern Taiwan and ring in the New Year there. And believe me – the seven to nine minute panoramic fireworks display is well worth the effort to travel there.

When we are there, we usually spend all of our time roaming around the stores in the outlet mall. I have never ever considered going to the amusement park and taking the Ferris wheel was out of the question as well. Just watching the rides from afar is enough to send shivers down my spine. The sheer height of the Ferris wheel has always made me nervous – so nervous that my stomach does somersaults from just looking up at it on solid ground.

However, while we were waiting to ring in 2015, my husband and I decided to treat ourselves and we did a little shopping. We later found that because we spent X amount of dollars, we were entitled to receive some cash vouchers and two tickets for the Ferris wheel.

And since I publicly declared that 2015 was going to be ‘my year,’ and I was going to face my fears and challenge myself, my husband and I decided to use the tickets the next time we headed south!

The E-Da Ferris Wheel in Kaohsiung, Taiwan [Taken:  December 31st, 2014]
The E-Da Ferris Wheel in Kaohsiung, Taiwan [Taken: December 31st, 2014]
The E-Da Ferris Wheel in Kaohsiung, Taiwan [2] [Taken: December 31st, 2014]
The E-Da Ferris Wheel in Kaohsiung, Taiwan [2] [Taken: December 31st, 2014]
The E-Da Ferris Wheel in Kaohsiung, Taiwan at night [Taken: December 31st, 2014]
The E-Da Ferris Wheel in Kaohsiung, Taiwan at night [Taken: December 31st, 2014]
The E-Da Ferris Wheel in Kaohsiung, Taiwan at night [2] [Taken: December 31st, 2014]
The E-Da Ferris Wheel in Kaohsiung, Taiwan at night [2] [Taken: December 31st, 2014]

Why am I not Scared?

Fast forward to March 28th and there I sat at Subway, eating a spicy chicken sub with Caesar salad dressing, giggling and laughing with my husband, without a worry in the world. I was relaxed and happy. I wasn’t nervous at all.

But then, I started questioning myself. How could that be? I was about to take the Ferris wheel right after lunch. It actually scared me when I came to the realization that I wasn’t scared.

However, it started to go downhill a little from there. I started questioning my whole thought process and began to over think everything. How could I feel so calm when I am usually so nervous? A fear of heights has been a part of me for years because of that near disaster, something that my husband has witnessed so many times.

A Sign Guiding the Way to the E-Da Ferris Wheel - Kaohsiung, Taiwan
A Sign Guiding the Way to the E-Da Ferris Wheel – Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Nearly Backing Out

The more I thought about it and analyzed everything, the more fearful I became. By the time we made it to the top floor of the outlet mall where the entrance of the Ferris wheel was located, I had made myself so scared that I was in tears.

Yes, tears!

I eventually calmed myself down enough to actually line up. Luckily, we were the only ones there [besides the workers] because once it was time to actually get into the car, I froze. The employee closed the door and I watch the car we were suppose to be on go up into the sky.

Just Do It! – Facing My Fears

My husband started to work his magic and eventually calm me down again. [Did I mention that he is the best? Well, he is].  Then, in a moment of bravery, I hopped on!! For the first few minutes, I held on tight with my eyes glued shut. I calmed down and realized there was very little movement. I opened my eyes and started to enjoy the whole adventure! I looked outward at the buildings and by the time I realized I was at the top, I could have kicked myself for being so dramatic.

I must admit the view wasn’t that spectacular or impressive, but that wasn’t the real purpose of the Ferris wheel ride. It was more about facing my fears and working through the doubt that I let creep in. It is teaching myself that it is now ok to once again feel at ease with heights. 

And as I exited the Ferris wheel, I made a promise to myself that on the last day of this year I will take it one more time – and this time will be drama, no tears, no fear.

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A View from the E-Da Ferris Wheel [1] - Kaohsiung, Taiwan
A View from the E-Da Ferris Wheel [1] – Kaohsiung, Taiwan
A View from the E-Da Ferris Wheel [2] - Kaohsiung, Taiwan
A View from the E-Da Ferris Wheel [2] – Kaohsiung, Taiwan
A View from the E-Da Ferris Wheel [3] - Kaohsiung, Taiwan
A View from the E-Da Ferris Wheel [3] – Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Going Down - E-Da Ferris Wheel, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Going Down – E-Da Ferris Wheel, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Before Taking the E-Da Ferris Wheel - Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Before Taking the E-Da Ferris Wheel – Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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39 thoughts on “The E-Da Ferris Wheel – Facing My Fears & Reaching New ‘Heights’

  1. So good to hear that you faced your fear of heights and went up in that Ferris Wheel. And you got great shots out of it too. Like you, I have a fear of heights and feel paralysed when I realised I am going up high in the air. Over the years, I’ve learnt that, very simply, “It’s Okay”. Mind over matter. I usually find that thinking about something else at first usually helps – distraction helps…so maybe eating Subway distracted you from your fear 😀

    I trust you when you say you will do the Ferris one more time this year. Hopefully it will be on a sunnier day and you will get another nice set of photos 🙂

    1. Yes, it is amazing how something can become so daunting if you overthink it. I am glad to hear that you have a strategy that works for you to conquer your fear of heights. I usually clear my mind and think about nothing.

      I think the next time I take the Ferris wheel will be way better. I know what to expect. I hope it is a sunny day as well with beautiful blue skies [like last year]!

      1. Your husband seems to be very supportive helping you overcome your fear of heights, no question about that. Maybe if you feel afraid next time round and thinking of nothing doesn’t work, talk with him more 😀 He might crack a few jokes and you’ll be laughing as the Ferris Wheel goes up 🙂

  2. Well done! I’m terrified of heights too and I understand how you felt and what it must have taken to do it, hat off to you, I don’t think I would have been able to do the same.

  3. Congratulations! As I am scared like hell of hights I did not enjoy the least Ferris Wheel ride I had about five years ago. It was in the amusement park in Helsinki and the thing is that the ferris wheel doesnt have real cabins but just seat, so you can lean over…no, not great at all for me :p

    1. Thanks so much!! Like you, I really have no feat but unfortunately, heights is my downfall.

      I checked out your post and it is so cool that you got to fly on the Hello Kitty plane – it must have been a surprise for you as you had no idea!!

  4. Woohoo! I’m so afraid of heights but I love roller coasters and zip lines so I usually have to face my fear (and I am usually on the coaster closing my eyes telling people to shut up until we drop) especially when I go to places like Namsan Tower, Tokyo Tower, and Victoria Peak… Anyway, I’m proud of you for doing that! The one thing I will not do is get on a ferris wheel… It looked like a great view, though!

    1. Roller coasters are so not my thing now. The last time I was on one was in Florida and it would whirl you around in the air and sometimes would stop when you were upside down. I should have ran for my life when they told me to put empty my pockets and put all my belongings in a safe before getting on.

      I have been to Namsan Tower and although I was scared at first, my quickly adjusted and was ok with the height after awhile. I think I was more scared at the Eiffel Tower though.

  5. Riding the EDA or Dream Mall ferris wheel has been on my to do list for awhile but it’s a big list and it’s not close to the top. The only heights that I have problems with are bridge-like structures with no railings

    1. @kabeiser – You are like me – I have lots to do on my ‘To Do’ list. I have been planning to go to the top of Taipei 101 for awhile, but it hasn’t happened yet [and I lived in Taipei for 6 years.] I don’t think I would be comfortable on high structures with no railing either.

      @R Zhao – Totally agree!

  6. You made it! Well done. And you got fantastic pictures!

    I love views from the tops of mountains, but staring off the edge of a cliff makes me nervous. I’m sure someone is going to push me over the edge.

    But I’m fine on planes and ferris wheels. I guess I have more faith in machines than people.

  7. I have a fear of heights, but I’m fine when I’m enclosed. I’m okay with Ferris wheels. I did try an acrobatics class once and that was absolutely terrifying. When I arrived at the gym and realized what I’d be doing, I almost ran away. But I gave it a try and climbed up the platform and grabbed the trapeze, cursing almost the whole time. And then I did it again. And again. Each time was scary, but I’m glad I tried.

    Good for you for facing your fears!

  8. Kudos to you, Constance! I was also terrified of ferris wheels and the first time I tried one I was 30 years old, haha. Well actually that was a few months ago and in Taipei 😛 I am not sure I want to do it again, though…

  9. Nice! Since you conquered the Ferris Wheel, I think you will be able to conquer even greater “heights” soon! Good job.

    The Ferris Wheel is never about the view, it is always more about the process of going up and coming back down. Of course, unless we are talking about the likes of The London Eye or The Singapore Flyer then yeah, it is about the view. 😀

  10. Good for you! It’s never easy confronting your fears so I am happy for you! 🙂
    I have a very close friend who I travel around with and she is also scared of heights but I remember the one and ONLY time I managed to persuade her to get on a ferris wheel in Japan, she told me never again after that..hahaha…

  11. I hear you! I was a sweaty, hyperventilating mess riding the Ferris wheel on top of a department store in Osaka. My sister and I talked about going but chickened out! Then I was determined to go the next time I was in Osaka. 5 years later I did and I can’t say I’d be interested in going again. 😀
    In the photos, it looks so quiet. This was an off time? And all those identical buildings… are they condos or a hotel?

    1. Basically this area is relatively new and the area was constructed by one company. There is an outlet mall, a theme park, hotels, a university, and a hospital [all owned by E-Da]. My friend, who lives in the area, said the place was nothing and only had a small road leading to it [two cars could barely pass each other]. Now, there is a two lane road on each side.

        1. Yes, there are a lot and from what I have heard, some of the ones with a bad reputation are struggling [not as many children means less students.]

          Most Taiwanese strive to get into the national universities as they have the best reputation [and lower tuition] plus better job opportunities when they graduate.

          1. Ya… same thing in Japan. I can’t get over how many unis there are and more seem to be announced to open every year. Why oh why? There really are not enough students to go around.

            I take it that the uni you graduate from fast tracks you into particular jobs? I never did get that. Not sure if you felt the same way going to uni in Canada. (You did go to school in Canada???) Trying to explain to people outside of Canada that it didn’t really matter what school you graduated from within Canada, except perhaps in very particular cases, was a lost cause. I’m not sure how things are now but I would hazard a guess that quality is pretty consistent. Of course, there will always be exceptions but I think public universities being so strongly funded by government helps this.

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