One of the Only Times You’ll Want Your Ride Vehicle to Break Down…

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When it comes to attractions, Walt Disney Imagineering is the best in the business. Walt Disney World Resort is home to four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and EPCOT.

Beacons of Magic

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Magic Kingdom is home to classic rides, such as “it’s a small world,” the Haunted Mansion, and more. Hollywood Studios arguably hosts the best thrill rides, and an entire world dedicated to the Star Wars franchise.

Animal Kingdom is home to a real-life Kilimanjaro Safari, Avatar Flight of Passage, and the Na’vi River Journey. In short, the fun never stops…until it does.

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Each attraction, whether it’s a slow-moving dark ride or a fast-paced thrill ride, is a technological feat full of moving parts. Occasionally, attractions break down or stop, sometimes while guests are still riding them. Usually, this is frustrating to guests. But sometimes, a ride breaks down at the perfect moment.

One guest recently captured one of these ideal moments on video and shared it on social media.

Shaman of the Songs - Na'vi River Journey

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In this video, we can see that the Na’vi River Journey (located in Animal Kingdom’s Pandora – The World of Avatar) has broken down at the perfect moment, giving Guests a mesmerizing view of Disney’s most complicated and expensive animatronic to date.


Our ride broke down at the most perfect moment! Mo’at was beautiful! #avatar #disneyworld #moatavatar #jamescameronavatar

♬ original sound – 🦦🍉

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The Shaman of Songs undoubtedly makes the Na’vi River Journey worth riding. The animatronic is so fluid, and it moves nonstop, making many Guests question whether it’s an animatronic or a person dressed up.

If an attraction has to break down while you’re riding it, this is definitely one of the best times for it to do so!

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.