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Vote of the week: Have you ever been evacuated from a theme park ride?

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Published: December 23, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Merry Christmas to all Theme Park Insider readers! Rather than leave you with a holiday-themed vote over the weekend, I thought I'd instead offer a vote designed to spark a lot of comments from those of you on the Internet over the holiday.


If you have, we would love to hear your story in the comments. Was it a frightening experience? Or wonderful one - where you got to see lots of cool backstage stuff you'd never get to see otherwise? Detail your experience, and let's share them with other Theme Park Insider readers.

And if you haven't, why not tell us in the comments which ride you'd most want to see backstage?

To that end, I'll be back on Monday with a cast member story about one of the times I got stuck on Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World, and had to evacuate myself. After that next week, I'll have our annual pre-parade coverage of the Tournament of Roses float decorating, followed by live coverage of the Rose Parade on Twitter and a post-parade photo gallery here on ThemeParkInsider.com.

Have a very happy holiday, wherever you are this season. And thank you, as always, for reading Theme Park Insider.

Readers' Opinions

From Nick Dakuginow on December 23, 2010 at 8:36 AM
I was young and can't remember the details, but Skull Mountain at Six Flags Great Adventure broke down while on it and we had to get off. Wish I could remember the details, but I do remember the line having somebody smoke a cigar while waiting, horrible smell while waiting for the ride.
From 99.180.65.231 on December 23, 2010 at 8:58 AM
When I was younger I was on the Matterhorn when it broke down. We were at the top of the mountain and had to be evacuated off the ride and walked down the entire mountain. Very cool to see everything with the lights on!
From Vickie Boyd on December 23, 2010 at 8:58 AM
The flume at Carowinds broke down when we were on it. I was there with my sister, brother-in-law and nieces. I blamed my brother-in-law. :) No cool backstage stuff, just a lot of stairs.
From 205.128.224.6 on December 23, 2010 at 9:21 AM
I wasn't ever evacuated from a ride but I got to witness sort of a forced evacuation and got to learn something about how/why a ride stops and what goes into the restart. I was riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Disneyland and it was supposed to be my last ride of the night before watching Fantasmic. As our train left the station and rounded the first bend, the guy in front of me apparently decided that he didn't like his seat. So, he hopped out of his seat and into the one in front of him. Almost immediately, the ride stopped. We sat there for a bit as the usual announcements started coming - stay seated, the ride has stopped temporarily. A Cast member came to our car and the guy who caused the problem started to get nervous. He was talking about what he did and asking what would happen.We found out that security was on the way and shortly thereafter, he was whisked from the car. We also learned that he may get permanent eviction from the park and may have to pay for the cost of the stop and restart. Since we were at the beginning of the ride, we were the last car to get released when they reset the ride. We also got a second ride since our first was disrupted. I did miss Fantasimc but it was something you don't get to experience very often.
From Marc Ricketts on December 23, 2010 at 9:26 AM
We got the Walk Through version of Monsters Inc at DCA in 2006. The ride stopped in the locker room scene. Shortly after, all the audio stopped EXCEPT the sound of the little girl in the bathroom stall; that was just a bit creepy. The cars behind us walked back to load, but we got to go forward through the remainder of the ride. We were also allowed to take photos, some of which can be seen at http://s100.photobucket.com/albums/m16/ralfrick/Disneyland%202006/

This past summer, while we weren't evacced, we got to see the lights on version of MK's Space Mtn when they came on halfway through the ride.

From 64.218.107.156 on December 23, 2010 at 9:25 AM
Up until this year I have never been evacuated from a ride. First ride was called Fire in The Hole at Silver Dollar City, the train I was in departed from the station when all of of sudden are train did a quick jump and we stopped. It was very cool to see how everything works with the lights on, even tho we were a stones throw away from the station. And ,one of my personal favorites, I had to get evacuated from Le Taxi Tour at Worlds of Fun. It was very cool to follow the tracks and dodge broke down "Taxis". Hopefully the 2011 season will be nicer to me and get me evacuated on something much bigger like maybe the Autobahn at WoF. ha!
From 208.152.32.186 on December 23, 2010 at 9:29 AM
Mystery Mine at Dollywood conked out on us right before the first lift hill that is inside the structure - we sat there for a while then they escorted us through a side door and around the backside of the ride building. It was interesting to be stuck directly prior to the 90 degree lift hill.

Splash Mountain at Disneyland broke down but we were near the exit right under where the owl shows you your picture. They took us through a side door and through all sorts of stairs - there was scaffolding and a truly "construction" look to the backside. I still thought it was weird that they exited us through the "backstage" area when we were just feet from the actual exit to the ride.

And always a treat - Space Mountain with the lights on when it is having problems. Sometimes they forget to close the "blast doors" on the People Mover at Magic Kingdom in Disneyworld and it's fascinating to look at what is such a simple ride - yet the darkness makes it so exciting.

From Scottland Jacobson on December 23, 2010 at 9:34 AM
And the best was seeing Maverick stuck upside down. It was a 40 degree morning in May a few years ago and during test runs of the ride, the car got stuck in one of the inversions. The tracks were so cold the friction got the best of the coaster. They had to bring in a winch and pull it through to the mid-launch area. I managed to snap a pic before a security guard almost tackled me.
From Mike Gallagher on December 23, 2010 at 9:53 AM
Never been evacuated, but been stuck many times. Favorite was on Orlando's Pirates. Was stuck about 15 minutes. All animatronics working, but no sound. I distinctly remember the mute pirates and especially the tail-wagging, jaw-moving, soundless dog.

Was stuck about 20 minutes on Geauga Lake's Big Dipper under a blazing sun on the lift hill. That was the day Raging Wolf Bobs breathed its last, too. I rode that twice that day before the accident.

From Raymond Sydowski on December 23, 2010 at 9:58 AM
For shame, Robert! "Evacuation" is such a naughty word; the current nomenclature (or at least it was current two years ago) is "in-show exit". :) My manager told me that "evac" conjures up images of mangled people being pulled off trains, whereas the second term seems utterly benign.

I've done more evacs than I've been evacuated. My favorites to do evacs were at Expedition Everest. We had to go up as teams of three, one to shepherd them in the front, one to work the safety bars on the train, and one to make sure no stragglers were left behind. I found the difference between a bad evac and a good evac usually started with the phrase: "Congratulations, everyone! You're getting a back stage tour of the mountain!" During the evac, I'd usually point out various neat things for our guest, and attempt to make the best of it, always keeping it as in-show as possible.

From 72.233.136.135 on December 23, 2010 at 10:16 AM
Earlier this year, I was visiting friends in Southern California and we spent a day at Disneyland. Our first ride of the day was Space Mountain (which I had been on since its refurb a few years ago, but my friend hadn't).

We were about 3/4 of the way through the ride when we stopped on the tracks. The music was still blaring and the lights were still off - for about 30 seconds - and my friend sitting next to me starting to get nervous right away because we had no idea if the other ride vehicles had come to a stop as well (we didn't want to get rear-ended!).

Luckily, that didn't happen, and the lights were turned on and music shut off. The cool part was that we got to see the inside of Space Mountain with the lights on! (I even snapped a few pictures) We had to stay in our ride vehicle for probably 15 minutes, though, which was a bit annoying. They finally let us get out and walk off the ride.

It was definitely an interesting start to our day, but the free fast passes we got were a nice compensation :)

From donna hahnan on December 23, 2010 at 10:21 AM
My husband in 1992 had to climb down the side of the Loch Ness in Busch Gardens. It was on Memorial Day weekend and at night in the pitch dark. I was so glad the kids didn't go with him. We got free tickets for our next BG trip and used them in Tampa! thankfully no one was injured. The ride rolled back and there was a crashing sound. We were waiting for him while on the ride and just heard the crashing sound and then employees were yelling they needed lights.(ahh moment...my daughter offered them the tiny Loch Ness flashlight we had bought to use) It sounded worse than it was.

I am usually the offical bench sitter! but thru the years my kids had have multiple times of being "evacuated" off rides- but none as crazy as that first time.

From Robert Niles on December 23, 2010 at 10:53 AM
Hi Raymond,

It was "evacuation" back in my day. I've got a story to tell one day about the evacuation class (that's what Disney called it) that I taught one evening at Pirates.

Nice point about the mountain "in-show exits," though. When I was at Thunder and Pirates, I totally played up the "backstage tour" aspect when taking people off the ride. I figured that if they didn't get the show they'd waited for, we better give them a different show instead. I loved hearing guests walk away from the attraction telling each other how much they loved being evacuated instead of getting a "normal" ride.

From Rod Whitenack on December 23, 2010 at 11:12 AM
My friend, Harry Knowles, who runs Aint It Cool News, posted one of the most hilarious things I've ever read about the Haunted Mansion. Harry is in a wheelchair, unfortuneately, but like everything else he does, he sees the positive in every situation. Harry and I are both Haunted Mansion fanatics. He said (and I quote) "I highly recommend being disabled when riding the Haunted Mansion at Disney Land." He loved the fact that he got to stay on ride and disemabark at a different location than everyone else, giving him a backstage look at the stretching room. He told Haunted Mansion fanatic, Joe Moe (who was the caretaker of Famous Monsters of Filmland's Forry Ackerman) all about it in the guest room at Wonderfest last year and we all had a laugh.
From 69.231.234.16 on December 23, 2010 at 12:15 PM
On our last visit, my children and I were evacuated from Heimlich's Chew Chew Train after we had completed about half of the round trip. They explained to us that Heimlich had eaten too much and had a tummy ache. We waited for the cast member to escort us and had a fun little parade down the track to the exit. It was a very fun experience. I hope Heimlich feels better now.
From Jorge Arnoldson on December 23, 2010 at 12:25 PM
I got evacuated from Poseidon's Fury during the preshow because someone in the front of the room passed out. See the Accident Watch for more info.
From Kathy Barr on December 23, 2010 at 12:43 PM
Yes, My daughter,my grandson and my self had to get off the Incrediable Hulk ride. We were in the tunnel ready for take off. We had to get off and walk down the catwalk steps which were pretty scary cause you could see right through them to the bottom, we had to walk down them kind of leaning back it was strange. but we got a free pass to ride later.
From Wes Lindquist on December 23, 2010 at 12:44 PM
In January my family got stuck on Haunted Mansion at MK. We were almost halfway through the ride and were stuck for about 20 minutes. All of a sudden the lights came on and we were "rescued" by the staff. It was interesting how plain the walls are on the back side of the doombuggy, which you never see during the ride. We got some passes for free rides and really enjoyed the unexpected tour.
From Robert L on December 23, 2010 at 2:58 PM
My wife and I, along with several other "Scoop" vehicles full of guests were walked out of Spiderman not long after it opened at Islands of Adventure. What had happened, according to Universal employees, was a guest or guests had thrown something out of the vehicle and it landed in the track and it caused the car to malfunction.
The ride came to an abrupt stop, the film and everything. We were left sitting in the cars, in the dark, for 15-20 minutes as they tried to get the ride re-started. It was a bit uncomfortable, but thank goodness it was only a lap bar and not a full chest restraint like Hulk or Dueling Dragons. Announcements kept reminding us that they were working to restart the ride, but to no avail, an announcement was made that the staff would come car by car and clear the ride, as it was going to be down for a long period of time.
As the lights came on several minutes more passed and then a Universal employee came and flipped the side door of the ride up and released the lap bar and explained to us that we were at the farthest point of the ride from the loading platform so they we going to walk us the rest of the way thru the ride to the exit instead of backtracking to the beginning. The car in front of us was the one that malfunctioned the rest of the cars had made it to the unloading platform. A couple of cars were behind us and those guests were backtracked to the beginning of the ride.
We saw big screens where the movie clips were shown for the corresponding sections of the ride, as well as some physical props, lighting and other rigging, and of course the track the cars ride on. It seemed kind of surreal, like you want to imagine what it looks like backstage when it's fully operational, but at the same time not spoil the magic of the ride. Once we navigated our way thru the soundstage and made it to the exit, a couple of the ride attendants were waiting to give us a front of the line passes to ride it again the next time it was up and running. It was kind of an unplanned backstage VIP experience.
From David Brown on December 23, 2010 at 3:41 PM
It's not exactly an evacuation situation but I had a (near) bad experience on 'Oblivion', the world's first dive machine at Alton Towers in the UK.

I was waiting in line to ride some years ago now in the middle of August, a notoriously unpredictable month for UK weather. It had been pretty miserable all day with patchy rain alternating with grey cloud and cold winds - not a great advert for summer in the UK! We had reached the station but there were only 3 seats left on the next train. Since there were 4 of us in our party we stepped back and said we'd wait for the next one so we could ride together. A young couple stepped past us and took our seats, the restraints went down and we watched the train roll forward out of the station to engage with the chain for the lift hill. It had been drizzling with light rain for a while but just at that moment the heavens opened. And I mean really opened.... So much so that within seconds they were forced to stop the whole ride, (there might even have been lightening and thunder, I'm not sure). The train climbing the lift hill had only got half way up when it was stopped and the riders were marooned there. Now the thing about dive machines is that the lift hills are very steeply inclined so that you virtually climb the hill lying on your back facing the sky. This is, of course, not a good position to be in if it is raining like there's an ark in the immediate vicinity... We stood in the station for maybe 5 minutes, watching the poor trapped riders getting soaked to their skins,after which time the ride operators ventured out up the lift hill with plastic sheets to put over them, but it was really too late to make a difference. They had been restrained, lying on their backs, facing the sky whilst a biblical deluge dropped on them. 'Wet' doesn't come close to describing their state.
Eventually after about 10 minutes the rain eased off and the ride was re-started and the poor drowned rats were treated to their face-first vertical drop. At least the few seconds hanging over the drop allowed some of the water to drain out of the cars and seats... We took our seats on the following train and thankfully the rain held off. But I've never been so glad to have to wait for the next train....

From Tim W on December 23, 2010 at 4:03 PM
Yes. Space Mountain in MK after it broke down.
From Anthony Murphy on December 23, 2010 at 4:07 PM
No never,

but I did see a cast member walk though the haunted mansion to pick something up by the endless hallway!

From Eli Katzman on December 23, 2010 at 4:15 PM
No, I haven't. Unless it was one of my favorites, I kinda think it would be fun actually :D
From Tom Wilson on December 23, 2010 at 4:56 PM
Fright from The Haunted Castle...
The Haunted Castle at Six Flags Great Adventure was a haunted house attraction at Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park in Jackson Township, New Jersey. On May 11, 1984, I took my family to Six Flags for a day of adventure, fun, fast food & pleasure...

We went thru the haunted castle, it seemed cramped, and very dark, as there was limited lighting...
Not a ride but a walk thru exibit..
Toward the end of this limited horror house.. I noticed smoke, and excitement by the exit...
Their was a fire, and we were evacuated by force..

Later I found out that eight teenage visitors were trapped and killed when the structure was destroyed by fire.

Six Flags Great Adventure and its parent company Six Flags were subsequently indicted for aggravated manslaughter, accused of recklessly causing the deaths by taking inadequate precautions against a fire. In the subsequent trial, the prosecution argued that repeated warnings by safety consultants to install sprinklers or smoke alarms had been ignored. The defendants denied any culpability, and contended that the fire was arson and that no precautions would have saved lives. The trial jury found the defendants not guilty.

I needed to copy this off the internet so Theme Park Insider would have the exact true story from WIKIPEDIA
That was the down right most haunted house I ever was in...

From M. Ryan Traylor on December 23, 2010 at 5:24 PM
I've been on an evac from Pirates at Disneyland. Nice to see how close to the ceiling of the showrooms the sets are built. Got to walk behind the sets, through hallways, down stairs, up stairs, behind the main buildings, through more halls and re-entered the park near the restrooms by the train station.

Had a breakdown on the bridge of Indiana Jones, but didn't get an evac. Sat there for about 10 minutes, then went through the rest of the ride without audio. Very eerie hearing just the hum of the mechanics, but got a re-ride out of it.

From Brian Creedon on December 23, 2010 at 5:32 PM
I remember that haunted house fire at Great Adventure very well. I frequented the park, had a season pass for years in the 80s, was 19 years old that year. My friends and I were ther every Friday night back in the day for the concert series, actually saw Bon Jovi before anyone knew who he was. As far as the haunted house was concerned we used to love staying in there for an extended period of time scaring the staff by hiding and waiting for them. Apparntly it was a block of 18 wheel trailers (the kind you see on the road every day). Limited emergancy exits, limited lighting and ver hot. The heat & smoke must have been unbearable? It's amazing to think that such a completly un-safe attraction existed. Times have changed!
From Tony Duda on December 23, 2010 at 6:23 PM
Evacuated from Toy Story Midway Mania in Disney's Hollywood Studios earlier this year. It stopped when I was at the green army men gallery. The lights came on and about 15 minutes later, the cast member arrived to unlock the car doors and fold out a little stairs between the cars which we walked down. Since all the lights were on, I decided to turn my camera video on and recorded the entire unloading and walk-out. Nice video. At the exit, everyone got a return fastpass good for about 2 weeks. I used mine the next day.
From TheAmericanMedley ♫ on December 23, 2010 at 7:18 PM
Yep. I was evacuated out of Toy Story Midway Mania in DCA.
From 189.235.133.32 on December 23, 2010 at 8:21 PM
I was evacuated from Spiderman at UniversalĀ“s Islands of Adventure, almost 3 years ago and it was a frightening experience.
From 24.90.255.115 on December 23, 2010 at 8:34 PM
Yea I was evacuated from the Ryeplayland logflume. one of the boats got stuck on the convayer at the very top of the ride.then another boat hit the side if the conveyer going up the hill so the bottom boat was on a angle. no one was hurt but I was stopped as the boats jammed behind this one and I got drenched cause I was stuck in the mist house. I had to climb out of the boat holding the emplyees hand and then they walked back to the station exit. I do not remember anything spectacular just remember a long wet walk back.
I also was stuck on the Reeses extreme cup challenge at hersheypark. the ride eventualy restarted but it was ok cause it was AC in that building.
My friend got stuck on the old Medusa at greatadventure for about a hour unsure what year but he said it was HOT and they had to walk down the stairs and htey were very unhappey with how this was managed apearently.
From Marco Trevino on December 23, 2010 at 8:37 PM
I was evacuated from Spiderman at UniversalĀ“s Islands of Adventure almostr 3 years ago and it was a frightening experrience.
From Brad W on December 23, 2010 at 9:33 PM
I was evacuated off of Toy Story midway mania last spring. I was at the first stage and got to walk through the rest of the ride (except we didn't exactly follow the path of the ride. That place is a maze!)

The best part was the free fast passes that everyone got. I interning with another company in Orlando at the time and living (and going to the parks) by myself. The other 7 people on my car were in a big group with a handicapped child and thus no need for fast passes. So, after we walked out of the building, they offered all of them to me and I got 8 fast passes to be used whenever over the next 2 weeks!!

From 66.207.75.174 on December 23, 2010 at 11:43 PM
I've never been evacuated from a ride, but when I was a kid I was riding Thunder Mountain at WDW when it had an E-stop in the middle of the ride. We were stuck just as the train crested one of the hills in a cavern. A cast member came by and chatted with us for a while until they restarted the ride about 20 minutes or so later.
From rick stevens on December 24, 2010 at 12:37 AM
I have never been fortunate enough to have been stuck on a ride. Even on those weird Carney rides at the fairs. Don't know if I am lucky, or cursed. It seems that it is really interesting seeing the behind the ride when you have to be evacuated. Love the stories!
From Joshua Counsil on December 24, 2010 at 1:04 AM
Wow, this topic generated a lot of response.

Merry Christmas, TPI.

From 98.21.98.33 on December 24, 2010 at 2:12 AM
I don't think I have ever been evacuated, but a brief disruption in the ride here in there.

My wierdest "disruption" was on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. You know how sometimes they stop it, or say Peter Pan to allow someone who needs extra time to get on the ride? Well then the carts in the ride usually stop briefly or I assume that is why...... Well we were in the scene where it's dark and it looks like the train is coming toward you and suddenly it just stopped, and me and my nephew just sat there in the dark for a couple minutes. It came back on shortly, but it was kind of a wierd spot to just stop in..... especially if your not a fan of sitting in pitch black dark not knowing for sure what is going on.

From 66.119.27.129 on December 24, 2010 at 6:54 AM
Both Splash Mountain in 2005 and Pirates in 2001 at Disneyland. Pretty cool experiance, actually. Splash Mountain was at the very apex of the drop after we'd bribed and cajoled our 5 year old son to go along. All the lights came on and we sat there with him at the very top for maybe 15 minutes before we were evacuated down the steps and through the mountain. Poor little guy wouldn't get on another flume for years! On Pirates, we got stalled in the middle of the battle scene and had to make our way boat to boat to the town shore, me carrying the same unfortunate little boy at almost 2yo all the way. It's amazing he will even go to a theme park at this point, but he can't wait to go back! Neither can we - Disneyland rules in my opinion and these little adventures only add to the fond memories.
Kevin in Missouri
From Trish H on December 24, 2010 at 6:55 AM
Not evacuated, but I did do Space Mountain at Disneyland with the lights on. We stopped not too far from the end, maybe 3/4 through the ride, and the lights came on. We didn't stay for too long, 10 minutes tops, then they pushed us through the rest of the ride, and of course, let us ride again immediately. No idea what happened, but it must not have been too serious if we all stayed in our cars. I will say though, that ride is WAY scarier with the lights on! Being Southern California, it's not uncommon to see cracks in walls and things thanks to earthquakes. But you don't expect to see quite so many scary looking cracks on Space Mountain. This was shortly before the major refurb it got in 2004 or 2005.
From 98.115.16.169 on December 24, 2010 at 7:31 AM
Last year on Christmas Day my family was evacuated off Test Track in Epcot within half an hour of opening. We suspected something was up as the entire ride was 'jerky' and when you go to accelerate up the first hill after the hot/cold tunnels we actually slowed to a jerky stop. We sat for about 5 minutes on the incline, and then the lights came up. It took another 10 minutes for the evacuation team to get to us (trailing a long line of other evacuees). We got good looks of the interior of the ride as well as behind the scene glimpses of the lockers and rest spaces of the cast. The fast passes we all got were nice, too.
From Victoria Jurkowski on December 24, 2010 at 7:34 AM
It seems that a lot of these are from the same rides. Patterns like this aren't a good sign about these rides...

Anyway, I was evacuated from splash mountain Disneyland last time I was there, in February. It was the last ride we decided to go on before leaving our last day, the park was closing, we went through the ride fine, we were right under the 'last chance to leave the line' bridge (about 2 logs away from the dock) and the ride stopped. We were sitting there about 5 min, all the cast members from the dock were gone, when the lights came on. 3 cast member came and helped us climb out of the logs, saying it would take too long to restart the ride. We were in a tough spot being under that bridge. There was no where to hold, and the foot space was maybe to inches, more of a toehold. Quite scary for the less adventurous in our group, but I was more upset that we didn't get stuck farther back. After we were off we looked around and saw that logs were backed up past the zipadeedooda scene and people were walking through it. No fast passes offered though.

From Mark Moore on December 24, 2010 at 8:27 AM
We have been on three rides that have broken down whilst being on it; Dr Seuss Skyride at Universal IoA (very boring and hot stuck in the same place), Crush Turtle Coaster at Disneyland Paris ( very difficult as the car stopped in an almost vertical position making egress difficult plus we had to exit via some very steep open stairs) and the Great Movie Ride at Disney Hollywood when bizarrely the driver crashed the vehicle into Munchkinland! This led to an interesting walk back through all the sets and the static animatronics.
From 98.21.98.33 on December 24, 2010 at 8:36 AM
I think I'd enjoy the evacution from Everest just to be able to get the backstage tour!
From 24.187.26.227 on December 24, 2010 at 9:12 AM
Resses dark ride at Hersheypark. I was stuck on a mini lift and we had to stay their for about, well, I'm not sure how long. Everybody else was evacuated, but since I was where I was, I had to wait for the ride to get started up again. I did see the area with the lights on, though.
From Brandon Mendoza on December 24, 2010 at 10:21 AM
Not exactly evacuated from a theme park ride/ attraction, but on my recent trip to Disneyland during the Holidays, the combination of the fireworks and massive amounts of people in the park gave us a backstage view... of Main Street.

The parade had just ended, and anyone exiting the park that wasn't already on Main Street had to be diverted behind the shops, and exited back on Main Street by the Fire House. Needless to say, I felt bad for any of the children that saw the sheet metal and construction look of the backstage areas. It was definitely a break of the magic. =T

From 76.91.1.98 on December 24, 2010 at 1:29 PM
I think that any theme park goer worth his/her salt has been evacuated from at least one ride in their history. I have done DL's Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin. Magic Mountain's Goliath, and Colossus. Knott's Berry Farm's Kingdom of the Dinosurs, Knott's Berry Tales (both the same ride in different incarnations) Timber Mountain Log Ride. I always equate the breaking down of a ride to be the opportunity to explore a ride in a different manner than was originally intended. On Splash Mountain it has always (been evacuated on it at least 5 times) been the opportunity to see some behind-the-scenes areas. I am never scared as I believe that all safeguards are in place and just take it in stride. Plus, I usually get a front of the line pass for any other rides in the park. It's a win-win.
From 71.236.211.153 on December 24, 2010 at 2:08 PM
I was on the Tower of Terror... of all rides to break down! Luckily, it wasn't as scary as it sounds. However, once the drops were complete, we sat in silence for several minutes. My friend and I were both on our senior trips, and we were having a great day, so we just took the opportunity to laugh and talk with everyone on board. Once the doors were opened, we looked around and were surprised to see that we were walking through what looked like a garage full of parked "elevator" ride vehicles. They escorted us out and we weaved in and out of them until we finally made our way to the exit. Needless to say, we talked our entire group that was on board with us to ride together again because we all had so much fun in each other's company.
From Steph Ramos on December 24, 2010 at 4:45 PM
Definantly....it was about two years ago or so....for my 20th birthday as a matter of fact!

Anyway...we got stuck on the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. It was pretty funny too, since the car we were in got stuck near the end of the ride (Just after Indy waves at you at the end....lol...so funny) and we were LITERALLY like a few feet away from the emergency exit door! What sucked though was that the staff wouldn't let anyone off of their car, and to make matters worse, my seatbelt had been pulled on supertight so I was pretty uncomfortable for the 30 minutes that we were stuck on the ride for. It got hot pretty quick too, and the fact that we were in the middle of a rainy February day only made things worse (Since everyone on board was already wearing super thick coats, the heat inside the building made it unberable after a while).
On the plus side though, we got to see parts of the ride that most people don't get to see....and to top it off we got a free ride pass for our troubles too!! (This was later exchanged for a ride on Space Mountain...which was greatly appreciated when we saw the line.....XD)

From Stacy Healy on December 24, 2010 at 7:53 PM
Ellen's energy adventure in sept 2008. The video at the end of the ride lost sound, which prompted my best friend to narrate the rest of the video to me =) soon enough a very nice disney employee came to our rescue!
From Amianne Moore on December 24, 2010 at 10:50 PM
I have never been evacuated (knock on wood), but got stuck for what seemed like hours on the Ferris Wheel where the car cages spin upside down at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, NC when I was in college. That was truly creepy. I have been stuck on Pirates, Haunted Mansion, and Dudley Do Right's Ripsaw Falls.
From 173.66.214.194 on December 25, 2010 at 9:45 AM
I was on Volcano at kings Dominion a few years ago on a cold April Morning and we didn't launch over the first hill so we went down backwards to the launch area where we gotten off the ride. Scariest experience at a theme park. Took me 3 years to get back on that ride.
From 98.255.71.152 on December 25, 2010 at 11:06 PM
I've been to Disneyland over 50 times in the last five years, and twice to WDW - my husband is a former cast member and now we have passes. I really, really want to be evacuated off of a "cool ride;" for example, Haunted Mansion would be cool to see behind the scenes, Mr Toad not as cool. As a cast member my husband saw quite a few rides with the lights on/behind the scenes, and I'm so jealous! Almost been evac'd two or three times, but so far never fully evac'd. Someday, maybe...
From 208.106.7.213 on December 25, 2010 at 11:20 PM
Got stuck on the "Alice on Wonderland" ride at Disneyland, and we were trapped in a doorway that triggered maniacal laughter when the door was open...so it kept repeating the maniacal (and loud) laughter over and over and over...until they finally got us down! We were driven crazy by it at the time, but now the memory evokes a fond, warm smile...
From Sarah Scott on December 26, 2010 at 1:48 PM
Years ago my family was evacuated from the old Haunted River Ride at Kings Dominion. We were at the very beginning, in the pitch dark, with a voice saying "Welcome to the Haunted River. Some say it is a piranha river." Then we stopped. And sat in the dark for 5-10 minutes. They finally turned the lights on but another 5-10 minutes went by before they turned off the audio. Finally they drained the water and we were walked out of the tunnel and out the back of the Lost World Mountain. While my dad and sister never rode again, my mom and I pushed our luck every year because it had the best flume at the end. We never had to be evacuated again, but I don't know if we ever got to ride it as intended, because either the lights were always on/went on and off at random points or the boat stopped where it shouldn't. The final ride we took the boat was stuck at the top of the lift hill for 10 minutes. Maybe it isn't so surprising that Lost World and the Haunted River are now gone, replaced by Volcano.
From chris cona on December 26, 2010 at 10:34 PM
When i was on the ride superman in Six Flags great adventure it was a very odd time. I was on the ride when they flip you so you can feel like your superman and the ride shut down. It really hurt to be in that kind of position for about a half an hour. The funny thing is that the staff working the ride acted like this was a usual thing which was pretty funny!
From 67.59.61.153 on December 27, 2010 at 9:13 AM
We were on Space Mountain a couple of years ago when it broke down. It was kind of a bummer to see it with all of the lights on.
From m johnson on December 27, 2010 at 12:34 PM
This past summer I was stuck on Pirates at Disneyland. Just past the scene where the pirates are chasing the women with food. The boat were all backed up and after about 10 min a castmember came on the loud speaker to inform us. We heard Yo Ho Yo Ho for about 40 min until they finally shut it off and turn on the lights. Once back statge was cleared they started to evacuate. Some people were jumping boat to boat to be evacuated from the jail scene area. Our boat was pushed back to a place were brakes would hold us. The cast members were from all over the park to help with the evacautaion. They were wearing fish waders that went to their chest. We were taken off and went up some stairs coming out in the back area. They did not mention not to take any pictures until about half way going out. I got some cool pic back stage and some of Murphy the Dragon head broken off. Once we got to the New Orleans bathroom entrace they gave us park tickets and food vouchers.
From 72.64.125.128 on December 27, 2010 at 7:59 PM
Test Track during the first year it was open. Nuf said. :-)

We were in the "hot" room. When we stepped out of the ride vehicles, I told my kids not to touch the red light bulbs, they'd be hot. The kid in front of us heard me and touched a light bulb and regretted it. Ouch!

There was an amazing amount of detail that I noticed as we walked out. They had "oil spills" on the floor that you'd never notice while riding the attraction. ... but they felt compelled to add the detail anyway. Priceless.

From 99.118.198.67 on December 27, 2010 at 8:44 PM
We had to evacuate Space ship earth after being stuck on it for over 45 min. It is one of our fondest memories walking down the steep stairs. LOL. Our 3 year old loved it and said he "got stuck at epcot" for many months to come. the cast member were great!

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