Popular Disney Attraction Evacuated After Young Guest Trespasses

It’s many Disney theme park Guests’ most-hoped for situation: to get to see a ride with the lights on after getting stuck – and potentially get evacuated backstage.

Popular attractions like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom are often reported to break down, with the incredible technology that makes the Star Wars attraction so unique often causing major issues for Guests.

And one Guest this week had quite the evacuation experience on Splash Mountain in Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California when a Disney Guest decided to exit their boat.


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Guests have increasingly discussed on social media the continual breakdowns of popular rides at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort, especially with Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s introduction of the new Disney Genie digital service.

After paying an expensive amount to ride the attraction, particularly for Lightning Lane access, Guests express disappointment when certain features do not work. 

But what happens when the ride is stopped due to Guest interference?

In a TikTok posted by MagicallyTanna (@magicallytanna), Guests can be seen backed up on Disneyland’s Splash Mountain with a young child having climbed out of the boat:

Big oof 😅 #disneyrides #ridebrokedown #disneylandcalifornia #splashmountain #disneyparks #splashmountainride #whatsgoingon #whatsgoingonhere


Big oof😅 #disneyrides #ridebrokedown #disneylandcalifornia #splashmountain #disneyparks #splashmountainride #whatsgoingon #whatsgoingonhere

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The boy is seen standing on a part of the Disneyland attraction that is out of bounds for Guests. The weird trespassing incident was explained fully by MagicallyTanna in an additonal TikTok post:

“I do not know this family, I do not know this child […] We actually went down the big splash and then came around the corner and the ride got stuck. The ride was stuck for about 15 minutes and then all of a sudden this little kid got off of his boat that was in front of us and then their parents were behind us. So they were screaming at them to get back in the boat. I’m assuming that this little kid was riding with his siblings […] I guess they got separated. […]

After asking him to please get into the boat numerous times, yelling at him, he just got upset and just wanted to stand there, and then finally got back into the boat. Then we there for another 10-15 minutes. Then we had Cast Members meet us, evacuate us out of the boats, take us through the Splash Mountain ride, backstage.”

The Disney Guest goes on to comment on what happened after the evacuation:

“No one was banned. No one was in trouble. I’m surprised they didn’t talk to the family. I was shocked that even when we got evacuated the parents still didn’t grab the kid. He was still in front of us.”


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We hope the family had a better rest of the day at Disneyland, and are happy that no one got hurt.

Splash Mountain is unavailable in both Disney Resorts right now. The version in Magic Kingdom in Frontierland is currently closed for refurbishment through February 11, and Disneyland’s until at least February 21.

This is to do scheduled maintenance and service the animatronics that live within the ride from Disney’s Song of the South (1946) movie, aligning with the cooler weather Florida enjoys this time of year.

Many Disney fans wondered if this closure had to do with the large retheme announced for Splash Mountain. Disney World and Disneyland’s Splash Mountain Disneyland will be seeing a Princess and the Frog (2009) update. We know the Imagineers have begun work on the story and concept but we are unsure when the physical changes will occur.

More on Splash Mountain


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The famous Disneyland water ride Splash Mountain is described by Disney as:

A Hare-Raising Adventure

Hop inside a hollow log and float through a colorful bayou as you follow happy-go-lucky Br’er Rabbit to his “laughing place.” But be warned: Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox are in hot pursuit of this wayward hare. 

Glide past over 100 talking, singing, storytelling Audio-Animatronics critters who inhabit Splash Mountain and offer up their own slice of down-home culture. Sing along to classic Disney ditties, including “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.” 

Then, brace yourself for the big finale—this musical cruise ends in a thrilling 5-story splashdown!

You Will Get Wet!

This attraction includes 950,000 gallons of water, 3 dips and a 5-story drop. Where you’re seated will determine how wet you’ll get. Riders in the back may experience a sudden splash or spray; those who opt for the front can expect to get soaked.

A Splash of History

Many of the critters in the cast originally made their Disneyland park debut at the classic show America Sings, where they performed patriotic melodies in Tomorrowland from 1974 to 1988.

About Melissa Cannioto

Melissa is an author, adventurer and chatterbox, who loves to enjoy the magic of Disney's theme parks with a Mickey Premium Bar in hand! A British native, she has travelled the world seeking new experiences, and now resides in Florida with her Air Force pilot husband.