Every single day, nearly 160,000 people visit Walt Disney World Resort. They enjoy spending time in the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They can also head to one of two water parks — Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach — and to Disney Springs, where they can enjoy amazing shopping and dining options.
For many of those people, they want to get the most out of their day. A trip to Disney World is not cheap, so maximizing your day will get you the most bang for your buck. That’s why getting stuck on a ride when it breaks down isn’t ideal for most.
On the other hand, there are a lot of guests who would be excited to experience a ride breakdown, especially when it is accompanied by an evacuation.
We have seen guests get evacuated from popular attractions like Space Mountain and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. But we rarely see an evacuation happen on a ride like Spaceship Earth in EPCOT. But that is exactly what happened recently at “The Most Magical Place on Earth.”
Spaceship Earth is the ride that guests can board inside the giant sphere at the entrance to EPCOT. The ride — which is narrated by Dame Judy Dench — takes guests on a trip through time, showing how communication has evolved. You board your time travel vehicle and proceed slowly up to the top of the sphere, and then back down.
So, when the ride breaks down, and you are at the top, that means that there are A LOT of steps you have to take to get to the bottom.
While this writer was on the attraction, the ride broke down just as we were getting through the Renaissance period. We were stuck for about an hour before the lights went on, and we were told we would have to evacuate. When we got to the stairs, we learned that we were just one level down from the top of the ball.
Thankfully, going down is a lot easier than going up. But, as we made our way down, many kept wondering exactly how many more flights we would have to descend before we finally reached the bottom.
However, it was really cool getting a behind-the-scenes look at the inside of Spaceship Earth. It was also really cool getting to see more details of the attraction. Since the lights were on, you could see things that are a bit more difficult to see when you are riding through it in the dark.
Have you ever been evacuated off of a Disney ride? Let us know about your experience in the comments!