Published: March 28, 2008 at 2:08 PM
I'll start. This happened when I was working at Pirates of the Caribbean at Disney World. We had a power surge, or something, that resulted in approach belt at the unload station breaking. Which, of course, meant that we could not cycle the boats and we would have to evacuate the ride so that maintenance could get in and fix the belt.
A big deal, but not a huge one. Except that I was the lead on duty, and thus, in charge of the evacuation.
And... I was on a show-quality-check ride-through at the time. :-(
So there I am, stuck in a boat in the burning city scene of a ride I am supposed to be evacuating, out of sight of any security cameras, knowing only that the ride's stopped, the animation and ride pumps are turned off, and the voice of the cast member in tower who just spieled the "thank you for your patience" spiel sounds mighty nervous.
So (and if you are or know a Disney lawyer, please stop reading here), I reached over the side of the boat, grabbed the ride flume, and started pulling my boat back to the boat storage exit under the bridge after the chase scene. Once I got there, I hopped out, politely asked everyone to remain in the boat, grabbed the phone that's stored there, called to tower, found out what was up, and started the evacuation.
(We had everyone out in no time flat, and, if memory serves, we were back up within the hour. Good times. Good lord, I loved doing that stuff.)