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.)
List of stopped rides while I was on them:
Jurassic Park(IOA)Men In Black(USF)Winnie the Pooh(Magic Kingdom)Cat in the Hat(IOA)
It's funny, you get dead silence and then from behind the screens you hear a "Hellooooooooo" from another car.
Men In Black gets a reset sometimes too, you end up just going around, no spinning, all the lights on. very boring.
I'm fairly certain that all the times Haunted Mansion's stopped on me were for allowing handicapped visitors on, but hey, if you're lucky you get some real awesome views of stuff you only get passing glances at.
I also took some great pics of the Space Mountain track while it was down as I toured through on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority.
I know I've been on other rides when technical difficulties occured, but none as memorable.
The second time happen in Revenge of the Mummy at Orlando. We were stuck at the part where the fire was above your head. It went of 3 or 4 times while we were waiting in complete darknees and some kids in the ride are asking if this was part of the ride. It was fun telling these kids that the ride was 20 minites long and we are going to sit here for another 5 mintes. I think the ride was 12-15 minites long that day.
On the same day Twister broke down right before you enter "the show part". We left Twister and I have never been "on it" yet.
Also got stuck on Mystery Mine at Dollywood - right before the first lift hill. About 6 workers came in to evacuate us and they seemed really concerned that we were going to panic. I thought it was great!
And I've also seen Space Mountain shut down with the lights on (from Tomorrowland Transit Authority). It was my favorite part of that day!