There are a number of songs where you only have to hear one verse and the song will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day — they are known as earworms. One of those songs is “it’s a small world”. Guests who go on the popular Disney attraction only need to ride it once, and they can find themselves humming the tune for the rest of the day.
However, some Guests visiting the Magic Kingdom on August 27 got stuck on The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed and listened to the song on repeat for an extended period of time. Some Guests were stuck on the attraction for well over an hour, although it does appear that the music was eventually turned off.
Guests shared on social media that “it’s a small world” had broken down and many were stuck on the ride for over an hour as Cast Members tried to evacuate everyone as safely and quickly as possible. Magic Park Guest Jennifer Yahne (@jenyahne) actually blamed herself and the powers of her curses for the breakdown.
I cursed the scariest ride at Disney World and broke it.
Kelly Holmes (@kellyhunnybunny) shared photos of the evacuation taking place as well as a photo of Cast Members actually in the water helping manually move the boats along. When boat rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean and “it’s a small world” break down, Cast Members sometimes need to suit up, get in the water, and manually move the boats in order to assist during the evacuation.
Remember when we went on small world and it broke and we had to be like evacuated and it was amazing
Twitter user Andrew Opak (@AndrewOpak) was one of those Guests who was unfortunately stuck for over an hour — but he did find joy in the fact that one member of his party had to listen to the attraction’s song the entire time.
So…..stuck on It’s A Small World and we are being escorted off boat by boat. The best was Michele had to hear its a small world 500 times! Ah, classic! @ Magic Kingdom
So…..stuck on It's A Small World and we are being escorted off boat by boat. The best was Michele had to hear its a small world 500 times! Ah, classic! @ Magic Kingdom https://t.co/7Tec6mclHk
— Andrew Opak (@AndrewOpak) August 27, 2021
While no one wants to see Cast Members coming through the water to evacuate them off of a ride they waited to get on, it sometimes happens. Cast Members do everything they can to make the evacuation as safe, easy, and efficient as possible, but in some cases, like the one with “it’s a small world”, it can take a while to get everyone safely off the ride and back on land.
In the past, Cast Members have also had to get wet while assisting Guests off Pirates of the Caribbean. While Disney tries to minimize these evacuations, they are certainly memorable for the Guests who experience them.
Have you ever been evacuated off of a ride while at a Disney Park? Let us know in the comments!
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