Dopey falls during Fantasmic mishap at Disney World
A slip led to a scary moment during tonight's performance of Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida.
Dopey slipped during the show's finale, falling under the railing on the top level of the steamboat down onto the level below. In falling, Dopey landed on Goofy, who broke the Snow White character's fall. A fan captured the incident and uploaded it:
Obviously, the first concern is for the health of both character performers — not just Dopey for falling several feet but also for Goofy having to take the force of Dopey's fall. Fortunately, Goofy's presence helped slow Dopey and take some of the force of the fall, not to mention keeping Dopey from falling into the water. But I can't imagine what it would be like to be performing in full character head and suit and to have another character drop on your back unexpectedly. I also can't imagine that this incident won't prompt an enormous amount of discussion within Disney, as whatever the fall protection plan on the Fantasmic! riverboat is clearly didn't get the job done tonight.
The performer playing Chip immediately went to Dopey's assistance, and you can see in the video Dopey making a hand signal to Chip. Initial reports on social media said that both actors involved escaped immediate injury. They were checked at the scene by paramedics and released.
It's a good thing he didn't fall into the water with that costume on. I don't think he would have made it
I'm glad there appear to be no injuries and there are obvious safety concerns here, he came very close to going over the lower rail.
Grant, in this case, I'd say it'd be fine to have a little humor. Of course, safety is and always should be the top concern, but since it appears that both actors got out of it ok, I'm willing to bet that they will be making light of the situation when they tell this story.
You'd think that no character would have been able to slip right through that gap in the railing. You'd think they'd be stopped from falling. This incident will guarantee a safety overhaul for those railings. 3 or 4 horizontal railings instead of 2 from now on?
I bet the rails are being build right now! Surprised it took this long for that to happen.
I felt really bad for chuckling a bit. I'm not sure why watching someone else fall is funny - it shouldn't be. But, America's Funniest Home Videos made a whole show out of it. But, they all stayed focused - the show must go on.
I'm wondering if Sneezy basically stops because he was having a problem keeping his head on? It's hard to tell from such a short clip if he is trying to hold it in place or not.
Although Dopey had a start value of 15.8, he managed to salvage a yellow score thanks to Goofy.
Many Disney fanatics say safety measures shouldn't matter if there were no accidents. This opinion ignores prevention. No one anticipated Dopey will fall down this way. I have no idea how they will fix it except to cover the railing with chicken wire. This will look bad. You don't want a foot or a leg to be caught between the railing and inadvertently twisting or breaking an ankle. These characters can't see well with their head masks.
Dopey and Goofy, I Thank God Neither of You were Seriously Injured!!! My Prayers are for you both that whatever hurts is completely healed and you both are back in Good Health!!! Freak Accidents due happen (which I definitely know about)!!! You All take care and I Love You All!! **Again my Prayers to You All**
How did that even happen!? It's like someone cut a hole in the deck! I hope everyone is safe.
Anon writes: "Many Disney fanatics say safety measures shouldn't matter if there were no accident?"
I'm guessing that you could fix this with a third crossbar at shoe level, or by moving the rail in from the edge of the platform.
@THC. If you visit other forums, they will decry extra safety measure of fences on top of the buildings in Main Street, Fantasyland, New Orleans Square, etc, for the protection of workers during the evening shows. They hate the fences for when they look up, they don't want to see them. YES, MANY TIMES.
Really Anon? This is now a comment on Disney fanatics? There's many on this website and none of them have said that. Proactive safety improvements are important in any occupational settings, where the risk is identified.
@grant, I'm only repeating what others were saying on other forums.
Lol, sorry if I was curt. Fanatics tend to say and do stupid things though.
@THC: Today, no guests are allowed on the dock of Mark Twain prior to boarding. This is to prevent a docking accident. Guests are to remain behind the fence in the covered structure until the boat has docked and the existing Mark Twain guest disembarked. This safety procedure came after the Mark Twain mishap where one person died from a snapped cleat.
I was just there yesterday for the thunder mountain closure for 3 months! When did this happen?
Can we call the Orlando Fantasmic! boat a "dingy" please? That thing is nothing compared to the Mark Twain!
place large sheets of Plexiglas between the deck and first cross railing on the in side of railing this would be the fix i would use.
That was one really lucky dopey. it could've gone so many ways worse than it did. I guess all the characters will now be stationary with a rope tied to them.
I believe the snapped cleat incident happened on the Columbia, not the Mark Twain...
I really... really... really should not have laughed at this.
After 18 years of performance and probably 5-7000 shows, I am sure this isn't the first thing to go wrong. Weird stuff happens on stage and in the rest of the world.
I would just like to thank whoever filmed it for recording in landscape. It's refreshing to finally have an newsworthy incident not captured as a vertical video.
Did you notice the dwarf in front of Dopey looked on the ground as something was there??? That's why I think the slipped happened.
Glad all is ok , But i bet OSHA gets involved now and helps figure out a way so it wont happen again.
But this was Florida, not California...
Glad they're okay. Find it ironic that of all the characters to have that accident, it was Dopey
Crazy SAFE America! So many people slip on Road's or Sidewalks and not a single Rope will be mounted! May just understand life is "dangerous". Point.
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