Cast Member Wades Through Ride Water, Manually Pushes Boat to Rescue Guests Stuck For Two Hours

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A Cast Member wades through the Pirates water, pushing a boat.

Ride breakdowns are typical at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure – it’s bound to happen when thousands of Guests are boarding each ride every day. Typically, issues are resolved within minutes. But sometimes, Guests must be evacuated.

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Seeing backstage areas is a dream for many Disney Parks fans, but it quickly became a nightmare for some Disneyland Resort Guests this week. Dozens of Guests were stuck on Pirates of the Caribbean in New Orleans Square for two hours before Cast Members came to the rescue. @eat.sleep.positivity documented the experience on TikTok:


We broke down on Pirates 😲 Was stuck there for 2 hours 😭 watch till the end to see how we got off!! #piratesofthecaribbean #disneyland #disneyparks #disneymagic #disneytiktok #distok #distokfam #disneyrides

♬ original sound – Jose & Baileigh ✨

In the video, a Cast Member wades through the water to manually push boats to a platform, where Disney Security Cast Members help pull visibly relieved Guests off the boats. The Guests didn’t say if they were given Lightning Lanes or any compensation for their experience.

Thankfully, it seems no one was injured during this evacuation. Pirates of the Caribbean is back in operation at the time of this article’s publication.

More on Pirates of the Caribbean

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Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Park inspired the now-famous Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) film series starring Johnny Depp. From Disneyland Resort:

Steer a course for the Golden Age of Piracy on a swashbuckling cruise through seas plagued by scoundrels.

A Pirate’s Life for You

Strike yer colors! Your adventure begins in a shadowy bayou, where you’ll board a weathered barge. Plunge down a waterfall in the dark and float through the spectral world of Pirates Grotto. Dead men tell no tales—but they guard their treasure for all eternity. 

Navigate cannon fire between a fort and a 12-gun galleon. Glide into port and behold brazen buccaneers drunk on pillaged plunder. Skulk past the well-armed lass who commands a colorful auction of villagers’ goods. 

skeleton helmsman disneyland pirates of the caribbean
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Sing along as sea roving scalawags serenade you with their classic shanty, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me).” Witness flames engulf the town and pass prisoners trapped in their jail cell, doggedly trying to escape. 

Keep a spry eye out for sly Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, as he schemes to get his hands on the spoils. 

If ye be seekin’ adventure, ay—you’ve come to the proper place!

Have you ever been evacuated at a Disney Park? 

Please note that the story outlined in this article is based on a personal Disney Parks Guest experience. No two Guest experiences are alike, and this article does not necessarily align with Inside the Magic’s personal views on Disney Parks operations.

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