Depending on the attraction you’re riding at Walt Disney World, the restraints and ride vehicle seats can be pretty uncomfortable. But the silver lining is that you typically only spend a few minutes on these ride vehicles…Emphasis on the ‘typically.’
Walt Disney World Resort’s Recent Focus on Thrill Rides
Walt Disney World Resort may be known for being a family-friendly vacation destination, unlike its biggest competitors, which may be known for thrills and chills. But recently, Disney World has been picking up the pace, offering more thrill rides than ever before.
Magic Kingdom’s latest thrill attractions include the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and TRON Lightcycle Run. Animal Kingdom added Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain in the late 2000s, and Hollywood Studios added Slinky Dog Dash just a few years ago.
But EPCOT Is Something Special…
EPCOT recently added Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, one of the best roller coaster attractions in all of Central Florida. But before Cosmic Rewind was Mission: SPACE and Test Track.
Test Track gives guests the chance to design their own Chevrolet vehicle before testing it through a rigorous track. From Walt Disney World Resort’s official website:
Rev through rough terrain and obstacles along the winding circuit. Accelerate through straightaways, maneuver switchbacks through inclement weather, hug curves banked at 50-degree angles and scale hills up to 3 stories high. Reach speeds of up to 65 miles per hour as you put your car through its paces. After each test, check the scoreboard to see how your vehicle performed!
Racing through a curve banked at a 50-degree angle, going up to 65 miles per hour sounds amazing…but can you imagine your ride vehicle coming to an abrupt halt on such a steep curve?
Unfortunately, that’s prcisely what happened to one group of unlucky guests:
The strange angle meant that guests were stuck suspended on their sides, having to use their upper body strength not to lean on the guests to their left.
While they were unsure as to how long they were stuck in this position, we can say that any time stuck in this position is too long! They stated that EPCOT Cast Members had to escort them off of the attraction.
Something to Think About
An attraction breaking down like this may be uncommon, but it’s not impossible.
If you’re uncomfortable in the ride vehicle’s restraints and would not be able to handle staying in them for an extended amount of time, it’s worth noting that the attraction may break down on you, keeping you in its clutches until Cast Members arrive to help.