Disney attraction breaks down, literally leaving Guests hanging, suspended in the air

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If you visit the parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida or the Disneyland Resort in California with any regularity, you already know that ride breakdowns are not uncommon. In fact, Disney Parks fans who visit multiple times per year can most likely name the five rides at each Resort that experience the most breakdowns or malfunctions.

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And while most Guests understand that ride breakdowns happen from time to time, there are a few attractions on which they hope they never find themselves during a malfunction, especially if they have a fear of heights.

Earlier this week, Guests at the Disneyland Resort in California experienced a breakdown at one of those very attractions, and the malfunction left them . . . well, hanging. One Guest captured video of the ride as Guests were literally suspended above the ground at varying heights. The rogue attraction that day was the Soarin’ Over California attraction at Disney California Adventure.

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The caption of the video posted by Robert Burk reads, “Riding Soarin Over California at Disney California Adventure and there was an emergency shutdown due to a seatbelt malfunction in the middle section.”

The attraction experienced an emergency shutdown, rather than a malfunction of the operating system for the attraction. But there was a malfunction with one of the seatbelts in the middle section of the ride, causing the ride to cease operations as a safety precaution.

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Disneyland’s website welcomes Guests to experience “an epic and exhilarating adventure” at Soarin’ Over California:

Soarin’ Over California is back to thrill a whole new generation!

The journey begins as the foggy clouds of San Francisco part to reveal the sprawling expanses of the Golden Gate Bridge. Explore picturesque locations including Yosemite National Park, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, Palm Springs, San Diego harbor, Malibu at dusk, and the frenetic lights of downtown Los Angeles, before returning for a triumphant flight over Disneyland Park.

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Thrill as you’re raised high into the air in front of an 80-foot projection dome for a virtual tour across the Golden State. Incredible IMAX digital projection and spectacular aerial footage simulate the graceful motion of flight. This timeless, majestic bird has never looked better!

One of the most unforgettable aspects of Soarin’ Over California is the serene and dramatic musical score. The music was written and recorded for the attraction by Academy Award®-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith. Inspired by the optimistic spirit of California, the magnificent score is one of the master musician’s final works and the culmination of a 5-decade career.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!