A few months ago, I was at Sea World San Antonio with my friend and her family. Her husband, three year old daughter, and I climbed into a swinging fish with bench seating. It moved like it was modeled after a skateboarder on a half pipe. Well, a few seconds into the ride, we stopped short. I turned around to see a somewhat panicking young employee. She did the right thing and phoned for help and came over and told us to sit tight. But in that moment I announced something to the effect of, “This is Lila’s first broken ride! Hooray!” You gotta start sometime.
During a trip to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom with my parents and brother in the 80’s we filled a car on the PeopleMover. This is one of my mom’s favorite attractions. Just before our car was pulled into the building that now houses Stitch’s Great (meh) Escape, the ride stopped. Okay, no big deal. One thinks they must have stopped to let someone on who is in a wheelchair or having trouble with the moving sidewalk. As it turned out, that wasn’t why we stopped. The PeopleMover broke down. Eventually, a Cast Member came over and helped us and others out of our cars and walked us along the track and into the building. There’s a staircase once inside and we took that down to street level. It was quite an adventure, walking high above Tomorrowland. I’m not even sure there were railings on both sides of the track back then. I remember joking that we should buy T-shirts that said, I survived the PeopleMover.
I’ve asked folks to submit their memories of being stuck and or walked off an attraction. Feel free to write in about your own experience using the Comment form below.
Rita Joy Egan of New York – It was 1974 and my parents and I were on it’s a small world. The boats stopped, but the figurines kept moving and the music kept going and going. My mother said it felt like a half an hour! Whenever the ride gets a bit backed up, I have flashbacks to that day when both my parents desperately needed a drink coming off that ride.
Lisa Lasater of California – The Sailing Ship Columbia broke down at the dock on Tuesday, July 8th, when we were on the Mark Twain Riverboat. We sat in one spot for at least 20 mins. When we finally got to the dock, they handed out re-admittance passes good for any ride except Star Tours. It was nice that they just automatically did that instead of waiting for complaints.
Pooh of Hundred Acre Woods – Every day I get stuck in hunny.
Cindy Hershey of Kentucky – In October 2010, we were on Splash Mountain and it stopped. Unfortnately it stopped right after the curve following the big drop. We had two nice showers courtesy of the splash from the next two boats that came down the drop.
We were also on Peter Pan during the same trip and it stopped as we were “flying” over the town. I whipped the camera out and took a few photos in the dark. It’s interesting to see the ride from the camera’s point of view.
Kelsi Bruno from Nebraska – The last time we visited Walt Disney World and rode Splash Mountain, it stopped just as we got to the big drop. We sat there for over half an hour listening to Brer Rabbit saying “Please don’t throw me in that briar patch!” We did get to see the back of Splash Mountain were given FastPasses. We went again that evening and got to see the lights as we (finally!) went over the edge.
Jennifer Charier from Kentucky – I remember when I was younger and rode the old version of Imagination (Journey into Imagination). The ride broke down about half way through. It was a long ride as it was, but we ended up having to walk through the rest of the ride. It was pretty interesting. I wish they would have kept that version of Imagination with the Dream Maker.
Lori Jacobs Netti of Indiana – New Year’s Eve a few years ago, I got stuck on Pirates of the Caribbean by the donkey and the singing pirates. I had “A Pirate’s Life for Me” stuck in my head for a loooooong time!
Sarah A. Inkin of New York – I was in Epcot in December of 2006 when all of Future World was shut down due to power issues. We were evacuated from Ellen’s Energy Adventure. When things came back up, I was lucky enough to be the first one on Mission Space.
Back to me! My cousin Matthew and I found ourselves stopped on Splash Mountain as well. Just like Cindy Hershey, our log halted after making the “u-turn” following the long descent. As boat after boat came down the chute, a tidal wave of water crashed into us. I was wearing a poncho but Matt was too cool. :insert evil laugh here:
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