Power outage shuts down part of Epcot
Power went out at Walt Disney World's Epcot
this morning, shutting down rides throughout Future World. The outage lasted about half an hour, though there were some power problems reported at the front entrance to the park for a while after that. Power's back up now, and no one was hurt.
It's the weekend: we're winding down the second round of the tournament, so let's make this a thread for folks to share their stories of power failures and other times they've been stuck on rides at theme parks.
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.
So Robert, were you not locked out tagged out when you started your evacuation?
I honestly can't remember a time in the last few years where I went to a park and didn't get stuck on a ride. Most were only a few minutes, and I actually enjoy the few minutes trying to listen to what corny themed lines they have about why the ride stopped.
Mike, there was no tag-out system on Pirates then (don't know if there is now). We had to go through the ride to get to the unload station and boat storage areas, and did so frequently. (There were maintenance people walking around the backstage area of the show building all the time, too.) I just told the tower operator to call in the evac to the area supervisor and DACS, then walked back up to tower to assign positions.
I got stuck on the Incredible Hulk at IOA back in 2003. I assume it was a safety measure for one the trains in front of us. Anyway it was at dusk so it was getting to be fairly dark. We were stopped on a brake run right before the final corkscrew. Being stuck wasn't all the scary. Most of us were wondering what was going to happen once the coaster starting moving again. On the initial glance it didn't appear that the drop we were going into was going to give us enough momentum to get us through the corkscrew. We were stuck somewhere between 20-30 minutes. No one really panicked or anything and it was a great view. We did make it through the the corkscrew okay, but I will have to say that the speed at which this occurred made it feel like a kiddie coaster.
I got stuck on Everest 2 months back for like 10 minutes. It was weird, since it was dark inside and they didnt turn on the lights.
when i was at walt disney world i got stuck on small world with my family, i was 15 i think at the time(now 19)and let me tell you that is the worst one to get stuck on for an hour., all that singing was like torture lol but we got to get out of the boats finally and go through the emer. exit where they kelpt the boats which was pretty cool
In 2003 at Disney World I was stuck on It's a Small World for about 15 minutes. If the CIA is looking for a new tourture method they should try playing the "It's a Small World" song to the detainees over and over again. I would have told anything after hearing that song for so long. That same trip I also got stuck on Pirates of the Carribean but that wasn't nearly as bad. In 2006 Test Track had a slight delay, but there was no music to drive you nuts.
Wow...and on my day off at mouse gear shop i miss some craziness. Oh well.
I've been stuck on Spiderman a few times, always Tilted.
I've never actually been stuck on a ride when the power's gone out, but I can't even count on both hands and feet how many times I've been stuck on a ride at either Disney, Universal or IOA. I'd make a list, but that'd be boring, but the highlights for me were easily Haunted Mansion, Mummy and Pirates.
I've been stuck on Spider-man, which made for some great "behind-the-scenes" pictures...
Best outage ever: Simply put....top of Millenium @ CP right befor the crest.....no stairs, hand rails or anything of the sort.....estimated time elapsed, 1 1/2 hours. Imagine being near the top of one of the worlds tallest, fastest steel coasters with nothing to keep you in except for about 6 inches of plastic on either side. As you could guess, the anticipation for the rest of the ride was palpable. Oh, by the way...first time on the darn thing!!!
The first ride the broke on me was Grizzly River Run at DCA. Before the drop the raft slamed against the side wall and I was thinking, was I at Magic Mountain? Then gravity took over and the raft floated downstream and we smashed the next raft in front of us. We were at the end of the ride and could have walked off. But the cast member said "wait to be rescued" and so we waited 15 mintes and were giving fastpass for the ride.
i can not remember the coaster's name at the old Opryland park. i was not on the ride but waiting for daughter and her friend. a thunder storm was coming and they had to have one last ride. they got stuck almost at the top of the first hill. they could see the storm coming closer, a ride op came up and talked with each row of the train. aft unloadin other train, another ride op came up and started at last row and removed the riders one row at a time. they had to crawl down the ladder beside the track. not the safest place to be in a thunder storm.
We got stopped at the end of Splash Mountain at Disneyland right after the showboat scene. They had to evacuate us and took us through all sorts of backstage passages (which seemed odd because we were so close to the unloading area), so it was quite a treat to see what Splash Mountain really looked like! Lots of scaffolding.
The craziest evac I did was at SpaceShip Earth (I heard Horizons was interesting to evac but it never happened while I worked there). We had two guys jump out on the descent area because they couldn't find their family (this happened often as people do not pay attention to the warning that says your cars are turning for their return). They both got their feet run over by the cars as they tried to climb back in. That made two ambulances needed. Then as we evacuated a woman had an asthma attack and we had to call a third ambulance for her. It was a great way to close out the evening. :-)
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