From Disney’s Space Mountain to Tom Sawyer Island: Families Jumping off Attractions

Space Mountain on the left and Tom Sawyer Island on the right with division line between them
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From Space Mountain to Tom Sawyer Island… it seems like families are having a hard time remaining seated on Magic Kingdom attractions.

Guest Jumps From Tom Sawyer Island Attraction

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Disney has experienced an increased number of guests leaving ride vehicles to enter the water at popular attractions at Magic Kingdom, as well as guests bathing in fountains and jumping from bridges at EPCOT.

But recently, we covered a man who decided to jump off the transportation raft, which is part of the attraction experience at Tom Sawyer Island located in Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland.

Water vs. Rollercoaster

While reports have yet to confirm the motive behind the man jumping into the water, we do know with Disney World being located in Central Florida, bodies of water are expected to hold harmful creatures, such as alligators, which were recently spotted on Disney property.

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And while jumping into water is a bad idea, is it safer to jump off of a Disney roller coaster? We can’t help but be reminded of the bad guest behavior that surrounded the family that jumped off Space Mountain not too long ago.

Family Jumps off of Space Mountain

Roller coasters like Space Mountain are some of the most popular rides at Disney. However, as one family found out, they can also be dangerous if you don’t follow the rules.

Safety seems to be a second-rate consideration for many guests of Disney Parks nowadays. Whether jumping in fountains, fist-fighting other guests, or jumping out of ride vehicles, the problem of unruly guests at Disneyland and Walt Disney World has been a black eye to the Disney community lately.

As guests continue with their puzzling behavior, Cast Members are forced to try to enforce strict safety standards that are often ignored. This creates situations in which serious injury or even death could occur simply because certain visitors to Disney Parks feel as if rules do not apply to them.

Disney is a place designed to help alleviate whatever external noise you’ve been listening to. The worry and stress of everyday life melt away for many as they enter Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Florida or Disneyland Resort in California. It’s a happy place that warms the heart and allows guests to live out their favorite Disney stories.

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Out of Disney World’s four parks, Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the several Disneyland’s dotted around the globe, one of the most insanely popular rides you’ll find is Space Mountain. Regarding Disney roller coasters, Space Mountain is high on the list for many.

The seemingly fast-paced coaster shoots guests through space, turning and churning its way down the track while flying by stars and planets. Originally built at Walt Disney World in 1975, Space Mountain quickly became a jolting success among guests and has since made its way to several Disney parks worldwide.

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Although Space Mountain often seems much faster than it’s actually going, it can be a dangerous place if guests don’t follow the rules. Often, we hear stories of guests who have hit their heads or hands as they barrel down the tracks, but it’s difficult to confirm these stories.

Space Mountain is a suspended track, meaning you start at a high elevation and make your way down. Even if you aren’t injured by extending your arms outside of the ride vehicle, a fall from the track could be devasting. For this reason, Disney insists that guests stay put within the roller coaster, even if the ride malfunctions.

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Related: Space Mountain to Close Permanently This Summer: Disney Announces Celebration to Say Goodbye

Although ignoring the ride rules and Cast Members at Disney attractions like Space Mountain can put you in extreme danger, it could also impact the experience of all the other guests on the ride or waiting in line. However, this doesn’t seem to be enough to stop some people from taking matters into their own hands.

That’s exactly what happened at Disneyland when a family exited their ride vehicle on Space Mountain. Caught on TikTok by user @heatandsaultravel, guests can be seen disembarking their vehicles themselves.


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It should go without saying that this type of behavior is incredibly dangerous and can earn you a one-way ticket out of the park with no chance of returning.

Space Mountain Can Be Dangerous

Space Mountain, similar to other roller coasters you’ll find in theme parks across the world, can be dangerous if rules aren’t adhered to. Guests who exit their vehicles can face extreme consequences. The ride’s extreme popularity lends itself to the jerking motion of shooting downhill as you return to the ground. Because of this very motion and the height at which someone is traveling, death is a serious concern for anyone who tries to exit their vehicle.

Although Space Mountain originated at Walt Disney World in Magic Kingdom, the indoor roller coaster’s popularity all but forced Disney to build multiple versions of the ride, following Disney World’s lead, Disneyland would see its own version of the ride open in 1977.

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Related: This Is Definitely One of the Sneakiest Ways to See Space Mountain With the Lights On!

There are five different versions of Space Mountain that Disney guests will find around the world. Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disney, and Hong Kong Disneyland are all home to their own take on the popular ride.

Guests to Disney Parks can find the most unique version of Space Mountain at Disneyland Paris. This version is the only exciting variant of Space Mountain that includes inversions and a high-speed launch, ranking it the best out of all five.

Stay In Your Seat

No matter what version of the ride guests are on – Space Mountain rollercoasters or water raft experiences like Tom Sawyer Island – the top rule to remember is to keep your arms, feet, legs, and every other part of you inside the ride vehicle.

Anyone who’s ever seen Space Mountain with the lights on can attest to how dangerous it could be. And anyone that has seen the size of alligators in Florida is well aware of the dangers of jumping into the water.

Sadly, as poor guest behavior seems to continue, it’s only a matter of time until someone is seriously injured.

About Michael Arnold

Michael is a father, husband, and an Army Veteran. Michael spends his weekends at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando checking out new merchandise and food. Michael is a graduate of the University of Alabama and has an education background in Public Health. You can find Michael riding Pirates of the Caribbean over and over again or binge watching new Marvel and Star Wars content. Han shot first. Thor is the strongest Avenger. Roll Tide and Wash Your Hands!


  1. Nine paragraphs of filler until you finally get to the point. Brutal.

  2. The ride broke down, but no mention of how long they sat there.If one of my kids had pee, I’d probably do the same thing! If not, you’d be watching a VERY DIFFERENT TikTok!!!

    • Sharon]price@price

      I’m sorry Paula I’m sorry Paula but the danger involved in climbing down the scaffolding it’s a hundred times more than any concern we should have over our child peeing peeing in his pants good Lord woman death over a pair of wet pants herbeside can you get I know you must of all be afraid of being stuck on this roller coaster but I’d rather be stuck in a live than dead or severely injured climbing down please think again

    • You and that family deserve to be banned with that attitude. Don’t abandon your manners and endanger others just bc you’re on vacation. I’m sure you wouldn’t take this attitude at whatever neck of the woods you’re from .

    • Could this site be any more wordy so they can sell advertising space? I am going to block this site from Google News.

  3. This was obviously wrote by an AI.
    No journalist would start every other paragraph with “Although” over and over.

  4. Ok all of that only to get to the end & see them leaving where it looked safe? How long were they there? Wait time? Why was that lap bar easy to get of? Too long & drawn out and pitiful. If the risk of harm is that high & imminent, those restraints need to be better

  5. I am so glad I fast forward all that extra to get to the finale!! Such nonsense to offer all that reading and all they did was calmly and “easily” climbed out of the seats and calmly walked on the easy accessible walkway!! Omg!!

  6. It’s disappointing that they weren’t injured to be honest.

  7. That was one of the longest bits of nothing I’ve ever read.

  8. What’s wrong with you

  9. Vloggers are the largest group that believes Disney’s rules don’t apply to them. Disney needs to seriously consider banning vloggin* in the parks!

  10. Let’s forget about everything else that happened with this Wadoo family has everyone forgotten the endangered, a minor and that’s an arrest-able offense even if you’re the parents, they should be arrested for endangering the life of the minor without any excuses without anything they should go to jail, or lose custody of their child that’s how horrible of the thing they did

  11. This had to have been written by A.I.

  12. What a waste of time to read this dramatic crap please stop 🛑

  13. Oh no, bad manners and behaviours by over entitled Karen’s and their precious perfect larvae?!! They are ruining the wonderful Disney dream that every person somehow intrinsically shares when they visit the parks, said no one sver. What kind of over romanticals drugs are you huffing. It’s not that serious. People go to have fun. End of story. But thanks for sharing your personal “I’m a Disney Princess” fantasy with the world and then whining about how some ignorant moron made a super dumb mistake and how it impacted your peak delusion that the king just made you a human permanently so you could finally marry Prince Eric and live in a castle by the sea while dining nightly on all your former friends for the rest of your days

  14. Good god, I never got to the main subject of the story (if there even was one) because I couldn’t machete my way through the word salad jungle! Get to the point, or go write for dailymail(dot)co(dot)uk or nypost(dot)com – all their “journalists” seem to write in the same style as you!

    • Oh, and the family didn’t “jump off Space Mountain” – I pictured an entire family outside, paragliding from the top of the structure – they climbed off the ride while it was at a standstill.

  15. My friends and I got off the rides all the time! Back in the early to mid 80’s. Haunted Mansion, the people mover, If You Had Wings, we would swing around the Fort fence and walk around the back lot props of the river cruise, we’d get out of the Pirates of the Caribbean boats and collect booty, etc. It was a LOT OF FUN for bored kids!