The 9 Most Glaring Broken Details in Disney World

As magical as it is, Disney World isn’t perfect!

Sometimes problems arise in Disney World!

Sometimes things break, rides have to get regular refurbishments, and unexpected issues arise throughout your vacation. Today, we’re sharing our list of glaring broken details in Disney World!

The Yeti

Expedition Everest is one of the most expensive rides that Disney has ever built, and yet one of its most iconic features is broken! The famous yeti animatronic broke shortly after the ride first opened, and it hasn’t been fixed yet.

The Yeti in flashing light action.

It would be very difficult to fix the yeti — so much so that Disney would have to disassemble a large part of the mountain. Instead, they simply put a strobe light effect on the broken animatronic so that it looks like it’s moving. But don’t worry, it still looks intimidating!

The App and Website

Both the Disney World website and the My Disney Experience app have technical glitches frequently. We’ve seen everything from web pages going down to app features breaking in the middle of the day.


Considering these two tools are big elements of planning your vacation, it can be pretty frustrating when they’re broken. The good news is that there’s usually a backup way to fix things, whether it’s calling Disney or visiting Guest Relations while inside the theme parks.

The WiFi

And speaking of technical issues, there’s another big one that can hurt the guest experience…the wifi. Because it’s slow and unreliable, we highly recommend not using the WiFi for anything important, like trying to secure a Rise of the Resistance boarding group.


Using the WiFi can drain your phone battery and cause even more issues with things loading in the app. That’s why we typically prefer to use our phone’s data!

Characters on Frozen Ever After

Over the past few years, we’ve noticed some very strange malfunctions with the animatronics on Frozen Ever After! They’re more advanced with projection mapping, so it makes sense that they would glitch. 

Frozen Ever After has issues from time to time.

In the past, we’ve noticed problems with both Anna and Elsa. We’ve seen Elsa forget the words to her signature song and Anna’s face disappear (which looks pretty scary, tbh!).

Everything on Splash Mountain

Magic Kingdom‘s Splash Mountain has been around quite a while, and unfortunately, it’s starting to have some issues. The animatronic animals sometimes just fall over or don’t move at all.

Malfunctioning Splash Mountain Animatronics

There are a lot of working parts in this ride, and they’re pretty old. Thankfully, we’ll likely see some big renovations when Splash Mountain gets its Princess and the Frog refurbishment. 

Rise of the Resistance

Even though it’s Disney World’s most popular ride, it’s also one that breaks down fairly often. There are multiple sections to the ride, which makes it much more likely that one of them will malfunction.

Rise of the Resistance is likely to break down.

The ride typically experiences downtime multiple times a week. and we’ve even seen it close due to lightning strikes! 

The Disney Skyliner

One of the most well-known problems in WDW is the new Disney Skyliner. Since its opening in 2019, it has “crashed” multiple times, even causing guests to be stuck in the air for hours!

The Disney Skyliner has had some problems since its opening.

We’re not sure why it keeps happening, but there have now been a couple of different instances of Skyliner gondolas bumping into each other when coming into the station.

The Pterodactyl on DINOSAUR

If you’ve ever ridden DINOSAUR in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you may notice that one dino stays oddly still — the pterodactyl!


The Carnotaurus on DINOSAUR

It screeches but it doesn’t swoop down in front of the car like it’s supposed to. But if you’re concerned about getting the full scary experience, don’t be…the Carnotaurus that charges the Time Rover will take care of that!

The Rocks on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Previously, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad had an effect where rocks would tilt and shake back and forth. It hasn’t been working for quite some time, allegedly due to an incident where a guest was injured by one of the rocks.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

The old effect certainly added something special to the finale of the ride. We certainly wouldn’t mind Disney sprucing up the ending scene — Disneyland’s version has a spectacular ending with projections and video effects!

We would love to see some new effects added!

That’s everything you need to know about Disney World’s most glaring broken details! Stay tuned to AllEars for all the history, news, and tips for the Most Magical Place on Earth!

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