Disney Evacuates Guests Suspended Mid-Air While Trapped on Attraction

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Guests visiting Walt Disney World may not expect to be evacuated from an attraction during their vacation.

There are times when a ride may break down, causing Cast Members to stop the attraction and remove Guests from their ride vehicle in the area they stopped in. For some rides, this may be pretty simple. Oftentimes, the work lights will turn on so that Guests can properly see where they are going, and a Cast Member will lead them out.

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On an attraction such as Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, evacuations like this are not too difficult as Guests can easily step out of the attraction onto a clear floor. However, some rides are not as easy to evacuate. Attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean, which travel on water, have a more difficult time getting Guests off the ride, but we have seen Disney do it in the past!

But what about a ride where you are suspended in the air? Peter Pan’s Flight in Magic Kingdom is located in Fantasyland and is a highly popular attraction. The ride often boasts 60 minutes or more in wait times and welcomes Guests of all ages. Although the attraction moves slowly, Guests enter on a pirate ship which whisks them away with some pixie dust on a trip over London and then off to Neverland.

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Guests join Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael, Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, and more as they relive the film in this classic dark ride attraction. As we mentioned, unlike other attractions of its kind, such as The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh or The Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan’s Flight is airborne. When an evacuation is needed, this means that things can get a little tricky when it comes to the unloading process.

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Peter Pan's Flight
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The McCormack Family on YouTube posted a video of an evacuation of the attraction, and it seems that no ladders are involved. As we can see in the video, there are hidden black platforms with stairs in each room that Guests would not typically see without the lights on.

When the ride needs to be evacuated, it seems Disney can move each ride vehicle to the platform so that Guests can transfer out of their ship onto the platform while a Cast Member safely guides them through.

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Then, once out of the attraction, Guests will get a view of the attraction rarely anyone can ever see, and that is a view from the ground. Since the attraction takes place in the sky, there are no walkways on the floor, which means Guests must be extra careful to be sure to not squish any of the details below, such as the buildings of London. To learn more about what happens when the lights turn on, click here. 

If you want to see more attractions with the lights on you can check out videos from, Haunted MansionSpace Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

If you want to take a look at the full evacuation process, check it out below!

At the end of the video, we can hear the Cast Member tell the Guests that they will receive a FastPass for the inconvenience. The Cast Members were also handing out bottles of water to Guests leaving the ride.

What attraction would you like to see evacuated at Disney World? Let us know in the comments below. 

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