Thursday morning brought some unwelcomed and unplanned-for surprises to guests at Disney World, as two of the resort’s fan-favorite flagship attractions were non-operational.
It doesn’t matter whether fans of the Walt Disney World Resort are seven, seventeen, or 70 years old, most of them will tell you they have a favorite attraction (or two or three or four). For some, it’s the family-friendly thrills of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Fantasyland at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
For others, it’s the thrill of a different kind, the rush of the ride through the skies, and the feeling of a living, “breathing” banshee at Avatar: Flight of Passage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Still others love the attractions at Toy Story Land inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and they make it their business to be the top winner in the toy box at the Toy Story Mania attraction before boarding the ride vehicle at Slinky Dog Dash, just across the way.
But on Thursday morning, fans who had anchored their Disney trips on getting to experience EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth or the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios were in for an unmagical shock as both rides were out of order.
The non-operational status of each ride was noted in the My Disney Experience app.
Not Down For Long . . . Hopefully
At this time, it’s not clear what led to the outages at Spaceship Earth and the Tower of Terror attraction. Both experiences incorporate impressive ride technologies, and at Hollywood Studios’ Tower of Terror attraction, part of that technology ensures that guests don’t plunge to their deaths while aboard the attraction.
So, with that in mind, fans are no doubt disappointed when a favorite ride is unavailable, but then again, they’re usually glad that safety measures are in place that keep those rides running smoothly–and not running at all when there’s a problem.
Both closures were listed as “temporary” in the My Disney Experience app, and, as such, both will likely be up and running within minutes or hours. Thankfully, most of these closures don’t result in extended closures, giving guests time to experience other attractions and return later in the day to enjoy the attraction again.