Have you ever been escorted off of a Disney Parks ride? While it may not seem ideal to some and sometimes even be considered dangerous, tamer malfunctions can be quite a memorable experience! When a ride breaks down, visitors see a side of the Parks that is usually hidden.
When an attraction encounters problems, typically, Guests onboard experience a waiting period while Cast Members decide how they will proceed. The wait can last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more, according to my experiences.
Cast Members can be heard on a speaker throughout the ride as they update Guests on the situation and how long they assume it will take. Usually, during this time, the lights come on, illuminating hidden details of the inner workings of the ride.
For some, this may destroy the Disney magic, but for others, it is really quite fascinating! Something that stood out to me the most regarding my experiences on rides that have broken down, is how small the warehouse-type spaces are.
I’ve experienced breakdowns on rides from Indiana Jones Adventure to Radiator Springs Racers, and it has always thrilled me to get a unique behind-the-scenes look at the ride’s interior. Walking through secret portions of the space, where only Cast Members are usually allowed to traverse, changes one’s outlook on the attraction, as visitor @halee.ttr shared on TikTok regarding a recent occurrence.
A few days ago, she and her boyfriend experienced a ride breakdown on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park. Fortunately, they only had to wait a few minutes before being escorted off the attraction by a Cast Member.
She describes being led through a “creepy underground tunnel” that traveled along the tracks and parts of the ride they had already ridden through. Although she didn’t seem to enjoy her experience, it all comes down to an individual’s outlook, I guess!