Disney Guests Risk Near Fatal Accident , Cast Member Warns

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Theme parks like Disneyland and the Walt Disney World Resort are some of the most popular vacation spots in the world and naturally attract thousands of guests each year. This means that special attention is given to safety protocol, but whether visitors follow instructions is another matter.

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Getting any large group of people in a confined area, like a theme park, is bound to have more than a few hiccups. However, accidents can still happen. That said, Disney has more than a few safety measures to prevent things from getting out of hand.

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While accidents happen and sometimes rides might not function as they normally do, the primary cause of any major disaster is often unpredictable guest behavior. The rules are there for a reason, and one Disney cast member shares why guests should remain seated during one of Disney’s most mechanically complex attractions in the video below. It might save their lives.

Avoid a Disney World Disaster

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♬ original sound – Tyson Blatter

Tyson Blatter, known as @t_blatt on social media platforms like TikTok, is a Disney cast member and content creator who frequently posts updates and reveals from a Disney employee’s perspective. Given that guest behavior can often appear to be on a downward spiral, he naturally has a lot to say on the matter.

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Despite the semi-goofy approach, Blatter’s comments in the video above are excruciatingly serious. Carousel of Progress, while beloved, is one of the oldest and most tech-heavy experiences on Walt Disney World property. It has to complete its circuit in order to reach the exit, and stopping it mid sequence could have devastating consequences.

The Carousel of Progress is a revolving theater attraction that was designed to go one way, forward. Altering the circuit could not only be damaging to the ride, but dangerous to both the guests and the cast members involved. There’s a reason Blatter urges the viewer to “do their research.”

The Deborah Stone Accident

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Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress isn’t the only revolving theatre in Disney’s history, as America Sings at Disneyland also holds that distinction. However, the now-closed attraction is tied to the most controversial death in the company’s history.

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Theme Park Insider’s Kenny Hill best describes the incident with the following,

“Ms. Stone was working in the then-rotating theater when somehow she moved between the theater’s rotating outer wall and its inner stationary one. As the theater changed scenes, she was crushed between the two.”

The incident was not only tragic, but was eventually the ultimate factor that led to its eventual closure. Because it operated in the same functions and housing unit that Carousel of Progress once did, it’s easy to see why cast members like Blatter would urge guests to “take the ride seriously.” It could be the difference between life and death.

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