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Elderly Guest Narrowly Avoids Injury As Cast Member Fails to Secure Seatbelt on Disney World’s Bumpiest Ride

DINOSAUR at Disney's Animal Kingdom
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Walt Disney World is easily recognized as the Most Magical Place on Earth, but it could easily be mistaken for the ‘Safest Place on Earth.’ Or so we thought…

On a recent social media thread, Guests and fans shared the scariest situation they’ve ever experienced while visiting Walt Disney World. Hundreds of Guests and fans responded, detailing various frightening situations from Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, and Animal Kingdom.

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But one experience was especially frightening, as it involved a Cast Member neglecting to secure somebody’s seatbelt. Reddit user Snoo47321 writes,

Riding on Dinosaur, an elderly woman in front of us her lap bar didn’t fully close. We all tried yelling at the Cast Members to stop the ride but nobody heard…she spent the whole ride clinging to her elderly husband and we all didn’t know what to do the whole time worried she would fall out. We exited the ride as they were talking to the Cast Members…so thankful she wasn’t hurt. I really didn’t think something like that could happen at Disney with all of their safeguards in place. We still talk about it!

They later amend that it wasn’t a lap bar at all, but one of those lap seatbelts.

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What makes this story so jarring is that Animal Kingdom’s DINOSAUR attraction is infamous for being an incredibly bumpy ride.

While the Disney Park is home to rides such as Kilimanjaro Safaris, Avatar Flight of Passage, and Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, its DinoLand U.S.A. dark ride is one of the most thrilling.

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DINOSAUR involves Guests sitting on a ride vehicle that spins this way and that as they dodge everything from giant Carnotaurus animatronics to a meteorite-based extinction event.

In short, it’s a pretty intense attraction. Not only is the subject matter and the threatening dinosaur animatronic pretty jarring for some audiences, but the ride vehicle’s erratic movements are just as thrilling.

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Out of all of the dark rides in Walt Disney World, this is easily one of the worst to ride without a functioning seatbelt.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.