Guest Climbs Over Queue Railing and FallsDisneyland: A minor accident in queue for Tower of Terror
From M. Ryan TraylorMost SoCal news outlets have reported this throughout the day.
Posted August 19, 2010 at 7:33 PM
Last night, a guest (20 years old) climbed over a railing in the upper level queue area of Tower of Terror and lost his balance and fell approximately 25' to floor below. No broken bones. Minor scrapes. But was transported to hospital. Police reporting smell of alcohol on breath.
The KCAL9 report had interviews of two people, stating things like: it's possible to fall over the rail, to climb over the rail. Thankfully they also included comments along the lines of: a normal person wouldn't climb over the rail.
Also brings that constant announcement at parks: "Please do not sit on the top silver hand rail"
File this under idiot guest?
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From Bob MillerYes
Posted August 19, 2010 at 7:48 PM
From Robert NilesAlcohol crackdown at GlowFest begins in 3, 2, 1... Sigh.
Posted August 19, 2010 at 8:26 PM
I'm happy that the guest wasn't hurt, but I hope that the fall at least knocked some sense into him.
From Anthony MurphyYou know, I would never think that would happen. Still, I am not sure how it couldn't be the guests fault. Hopefully, more info will come out!
Posted August 19, 2010 at 8:59 PM
From M. Ryan TraylorRobert:
Posted August 19, 2010 at 11:48 PM
With the crackdown of raves (Electric Daisy Festival death) and the recent dirt racing accident in the desert, it wouldn't surprise to see some sort of crackdown on alcohol in the park.
Also, reports state twenty year old. Is that a hard 20? Or a twenties?
From Rob PThe guy's an idiot and got exactly what he deserved.
Posted August 20, 2010 at 3:25 AM
No sympathy from me I'm afraid.
Just supposing a person like this had climbed and fallen on someone else ? What if this person had sustained serious and bloody injury within eyesight of children ? The ensuing mental trauma could be devastating.
I, myself, witnessed a very disturbing car accident when I was very young. Seeing someone's head crushed under the wheels of a truck left me traumatised for some years after.
I don't think alcohol necessarily needs to be outlawed but idiots should be.
From Anthony MurphyOn a similar note, DCA has some fantastic booze!
Posted August 20, 2010 at 6:06 AM
From Nick MarkhamI told you drinking and theme parks do not go together, no matter how many people are responsible drinkers, there is always one who isn't...
Posted August 20, 2010 at 6:11 AM
From Bryan FearI'm with Nick. I hate to see something taken away and a good time ruined for the majority just because of "one guy" but in the case of alcohol + theme parks? There's just no way this formula can work out. I've seen normally peaceful families at a theme park start fighting because mommy & daddy were drinking ( for some people it only takes 1 or 2 to change ) and people of questionable judgment transform into people of terrible judgment. The liability for booze in the parks is too high. The negative effect isn't always tangibly tracked like the fighting family I mention above. This event is definitely traceable.
Posted August 20, 2010 at 6:29 AM
From Formula 40Being at a theme park is a bad time to be an idiot.
Posted August 20, 2010 at 8:36 AM
From Pyra DongNo... it's not an idiot guest NOR the drinking.
Posted August 20, 2010 at 8:40 AM
It's the work of THE TOWER OF TERROR!!!!!!!!! (yargh!)
Side note: expect more awesome behavior such as this during the Halloween events.
From rick stevensIdiot guest! You always see people sitting on the railing, they never listen. This ranks up there with all of the stupid things some guests do.
Posted August 20, 2010 at 11:25 AM
On the alcohol front, the cast members do keep an eye out. I know a few people that were kicked out of DL for drinking in the wrong parts of the park. One was in the parking lot before entering and they revoked her annual pass. If they are under age, there is an Anahiem Police office in the backlot and the parents are called.
It is always sad when things are restricted because of a few stupid people. Hope it does not happen here.
From Joshua CounsilTwilight Pwn.
Posted August 20, 2010 at 5:05 PM
From Victoria Jurkowskihas any news source said anything about the 20 year old's underage drinking, or was he over 20? hope we don't see signs up everywhere saying not to sit on the rails. its one thing for a tired little kid to sit on a rail on the ground, it's another for an intoxicated 20 year old to sit on the second story railing. i'd say idiot.
Posted August 23, 2010 at 5:19 PM
From Ray SchroederHe'll probably sue Disney for untold $$$$ and win.
Posted August 24, 2010 at 10:44 AM
From Brandon GraysonI was there the day that happened. I guess it's not too big of a story, but a funny one.
Posted August 24, 2010 at 10:54 AM
From Kimberly BarrosHe wasn't necessarily served alcohol at the park. He could have had it off property, in his car, etc.. That happens all the time, unfortunately.
Posted August 24, 2010 at 11:10 AM
I'm sure the CM's are all over it when it comes to carding anyone who looks to be under 30. I'm not a fan of glowfest so I haven't really checked it out but who knows what standards the bartenders of the outside vendor are held to.
From Tiffany J. L. AlfonsoWell, he falls under the "mindless Guest" category! I see a lot of people who sit on the rails - from girls of Argentinean youth herds (I saw them do that on queue for Stanleyville Falls at Busch Gardens in July 2009!) to kids who think it's fun. They should enforce the policy against it in a much stricter way!
Posted August 27, 2010 at 4:42 PM
From Andy MilioI read on some site where he told his friends "Wouldn't it be weird if I fell?"...Ironic, eh?
Posted August 29, 2010 at 7:30 AM
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