Guest Sets Fire at Disney Attraction, Sparking Phone Debate

Phone on fire at Disneyland

A visit to Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort practically requires using a phone. But when it’s time to ride a beloved Disney attraction, should Guests be required to secure their phones? Well, one Disney Park Guest is sparking a debate, as her phone caused an entire attraction to close due to fire.

With the My Disney Experience App at Walt Disney World and the Disneyland App at Disneyland, a well-charge phone is needed for Park tickets, wait times, Disney Genie+, individual Lightning Lane selections, mobile food and beverage orders, dining reservations, and more. Having a phone in hand has become all too common at Disney Parks.

Cinderella Castle Mural of Memories
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Disney has attempted to ban phone use while on attractions such as Space Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Additionally, the new TRON Lightcylce / Run roller coaster at Magic Kingdom Park will have lockers that will require Guests to leave their cell phones behind for the duration of the ride. It is, however, inevitable that some Guests will attempt to video their ride experience no matter what attraction is being enjoyed.

As we head over to Disney California Adventure, a fan-favorite attraction in Cars Land was shut down due to a Guest dropping their phone while on the Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters ride. The attraction is known to be a slow-moving ride experience with the description of “Climb aboard a colorful car that “dances” its way across Luigi’s lot to tire-tapping Italian tunes!”

Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters
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@hunterjakesteele took to social media on Saturday, February 4, 2023, to share, “Sorry, @disneyparks #carsland #california #fire #disneyland.” As you’ll see in the video, he notes, “When your sister breaks the whole ride at Disneyland because she drops her phone and it starts on literal fire.” Check out the video below:

As you can see in the video, the smoking phone was destroyed, and the ride was shut down due to the fire. Comments to the video suggest the phone’s fire was caused by the phone battery being crushed by a ride vehicle, which would have caused it to overheat and catch on fire.

The now-viral video has sparked some debate in the comments as fans are upset this incident could cause more bans to phone use on Disney Park rides. One comment states, “Seriously? It’s not that hard to hold onto your phone. Now they going to prohibit recording on rides.” Another comment notes, “they should just make a “ no phones out on a ride “ rule.” Only time will tell if Disney enforces more phone bans on Park attractions.

Thankfully, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters is back up and running with no issues. Disneyland’s Cars Land continues to welcome Guests to its two other popular attractions as well, including Radiator Springs Racers and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.