For many Disney fans, being on a ride/attraction when it breaks down is an annoyance. The continuity of the story is broken, your time is limited and you have places to go and characters to see and a Fast Pass Plus that’s due in 10 minutes! For some, that one instance alone might even mean their vacation is ruined! 😉 (not really, of course – some people are just overly dramatic and/or want the opportunity to try to get something “extra” for their so-called “problems.”)
But for others, being on an attraction that’s suddenly “101” (Disneyspeak for “a ride is down”) while they’re on it, could mean what they see as the ultimate experience – being evacuated from the ride. And with that, you may get to see the ride with the emergency lights on, as well as backstage/behind-the-scenes areas that guests rarely, if ever see.
It’s relatively rare to be evacuated from an attraction and even less so for someone to videotape said evacuation (because Disney Cast Members [employees] are trained to try to not let videotaping happen, if possible, for fear of “spoiling the magic). But it happens here and there. Here are some Disney attraction evacuation videos that we’ve found:
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Following in the footsteps of their very successful screenings of “Pocahontas” in Central Park in 1995, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame in New Orleans in 1996, on June 14, 1997, the Walt Disney Company, well-known for orchestrating large-scale special events both in and outside theme parks, took on the streets of New York City by bringing its world famous Main Street Electrical Parade to the Big Apple for a one-night-only ride up 5th Avenue. Part of a “Hercules World Premiere Weekend in New York,” the 3-day weekend of events that included a mini-amusement park at Chelsea Piers, it was all a promotion for its upcoming 35th full-length animated feature, “Hercules.” This all came on the heels of the Walt Disney Company doing their part to “clean up” the Times Square area with its purchase and renovation of the historic New Amsterdam Theater for its upcoming theatrical releases (the New Amsterdam had officially re-opened just 2-1/2 months earlier).
‘Tis the season for local carnivals, fairs, festivals and lots of other events that, at least in the U.S., usually includes soft ice cream, corn dogs, kettle corn, funnel cake, fried stuff on a stick, and “spin and puke” rides. Probably in that order. 😉
When I was a kid, the things I loved the most at the carnival were the games of chance. Whether it was squirting water into a clown’s mouth, aiming a wiffle ball to land in a red cup or trying to break balloons with darts, I was positive that I could beat the odds and win that 3’ plush Snoopy I had my eye on. Unfortunately, although I spent a whole lot of money trying, I never did win that Snoopy. But I did win a working kid-sized blender on a carnival roulette wheel once, when I was about seven.
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JULY, 2018 UPDATE: Has it already been more than a year since DisneyQuest shut its doors to make way for the NBA Experience? Apparently so. Here’s our report of our final visit in June 2017, along with a history of the attraction, and some new additional information and media we’ve found since…
Ah, DisneyQuest. You were the collection of interactive video games in Walt Disney World that hadn’t been upgraded in over a decade. They finally closed you on July 2, 2017, with plans to build an NBA-themed restaurant in your place. You were fun while you lasted…for the first few years, anyway.
Opening in June, 1998, DisneyQuest was Disney’s attempt to profit off the popularity of places like Dave & Buster’s. Disney rarely did anything in a small way and DisneyQuest was no exception…most of the games were state-of-the-art (at the time) and the building was huge, at 5 stories tall, and 100,000 square feet. It even had an internet cafe! (back in the late 90s, that was HUGE!) After getting your ticket, you went into an elevator that, way back when, had this short animated feature starring the Genie from Aladdin: Continue reading “Wayback Wednesday: Bye, DisneyQuest! (Our Last Visit Before It Closed) (Updated July, 2018)”