Guests Call 911 From Disney Ride During Breakdown While Stuck in Water

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Credit: Kerry S.

A few Guests had a rather interesting experience while onboard one of the most iconic Disney attractions of all time.

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While Disney World may be “The Most Magical Place on Earth”, sometimes things go wrong. In the past, we have seen multiple examples of rides and attractions being shut down, and earlier this week the same thing happened on “it’s a small world”.

Located in Fantasyland, “it’s a small world is one of the most popular and beloved attractions all of Disney Parks history. Due to the fact that the ride is a slow-moving water ride, boats can tend to get backed up leaving Guests stuck on the ride longer than they may want. However, one Guest shared their story of getting stuck for quite a while and ultimately having to leave the ride.

This is how the Guest described the situation:

We had to get rescued off of It’s A Small World tonight- luckily they stopped the music after about 20 minutes but the whole thing took almost an hour and a half! The people behind us actually called 911 for help.

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The Guest also shared images with us that detailed their experience which you can see below.

Credit: Kerry S.
Credit: Kerry S.
Credit: Kerry S.

Related: Magic Kingdom at Park Pass Capacity All Week, Guests Unable to Enter

It is quite impressive to see Cast Member’s dedication to saving the trapped Guests, wading in the surprisingly deep water. Thankfully, everyone was able to safely evacuate the ride. We are not sure if authorities actually showed up after the Guests called 911. Please be advised that if a ride ever breaks down, no emergency call is needed! Cast Members will always be able to assist and get Guests out safely.

More on ‘”it’s a small world”

“The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed”

Sing along to the classic anthem of world peace during a delightful musical boat tour. Cruise along the Seven Seaways Waterway on a gentle 10-minute journey through all 7 continents. Pass through vivid, fantastical scenes representing the iconic sights and sounds of dozens of nations.

Behold a cast of dancing darlings from nearly every corner of the globe and watch as the Audio-Animatronics figures achieve universal harmony as they sing one song in many languages.

By journey’s end, Walt Disney’s simple message is clear: it truly is a small world after all!

History, After All

“it’s a small world” was created for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. Personally overseen by Walt Disney in support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the attraction was a huge hit. After 2 seasons there, it was shipped to Disneyland park, where it opened on May 28, 1966.

In 1971, “it’s a small world” was recreated to become one of the Opening Day attractions at Walt Disney World Resort. Due to its immense popularity, the attraction has been replicated at many Disney theme parks around the world and is considered a Walt Disney masterpiece.

Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom
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Have you ever experienced something like this?

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At Magic Kingdom there is so much to see and do! Cinderella Castle is decked out for the 50th anniversary and soon Festival of Fantasy and Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire will return. You can ride the three big mountains: Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain, or calm things down on Peter Pan’s Flight. Rope drop the Park to get on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and then enjoy a mid-day snack with some Dole Whip. Be sure to meet Mickey Mouse and enjoy the firework show, Disney Enchantment! 

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