|Stuck on Space Mountain|
I wonder if it has anything to do with Disney's target audience. This morning I saw a six year old boy trying to lightsaber his way out of his seat on Pirates of the Caribbean. Other than the obvious faux-pas of using a futuristic weapon on a ride based in the 1700's, if all the rides are taking the same kind of punishment this little kid was dishing out on that poor boat then it's a miracle Disneyland has any rides open at all. Maybe Disney should invoke a "You break it, You buy it" clause in it's next terms and conditions for park entrance.
|Stuck on Indiana Jones|
Of course breaking down on a ride isn't without any redeeming features. If you actually have to be evacuated from a ride, they will usually give you a pass for up to six people good for any ride in the park. That's nice, but the best part is the story. Very little makes a more memorable impression on a child than having to be rescued from a ride. My kids have each had their turns being escorted off a broken down ride, but the story that keeps getting repeated is when our boat died on the Jungle Cruise. We were only a minute in to the ride when the power just died on the boat, including the radio. Other boats had to steer around us while our "captain" fired a volley of shots in the air to alert the loading dock of our predicament. Eventually another boat came out and hooked up to us, but instead of towing us straight back to the dock it towed us all the way through the ride with the guide keeping up the full narrative of the journey.
I guess that rides breaking down are just a fact of life when it comes to Disneyland. It's probably going to get worse too, as the new Little Mermaid ride has sensors built into it which automatically shut the ride down if anything heavier than a piece of paper hits the ground near the clamshells. That seems a little unrealistic to me, but I'll be sure to test the system first chance I get. I just need to find something to drop on the track...Hmmmm...no paper on me...no spare change...Oh look! A six year old with a lightsaber. Perfect!
|Really stuck on California Screamin'|