Guests Try To Get One Up Over Disney Ride Malfunctions

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A Disney Park Guest recently was on the hunt for statistics of ride breakdowns to try and prevent getting caught in that situation during their upcoming Disney vacation.

The Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort are some of the best vacation spots in the world for that quintessential Disney experience and to get a taste of the Disney magic. Whether you go to a Disney World ParkMagic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Disney‘s Animal Kingdomor a Disneyland Resort Park—Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park—having the chance to enjoy your favorite ride and attraction is a treat.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle, Disneyland Resort/Disney

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However, lately, there have been many reports of ride breakdowns and malfunctions of various Disney rides, even at Disneyland Resort. Many Guests have reported long wait times due to ride breakdowns or even being caught on the ride when it broke down.

One Disney Guest, to avoid getting caught in this situation, decided to take the question online and tried to find a solution.

Disney Guest and Reddit user u/dabug47 opened with the question on Reddit,

Statistics on Rides Breaking Down?


I posted earlier this year about how, with the DAS pass, I was able to experience the best adult trip to Disneyland I’ve had. We are going again soon and my kids really wanted me to go on certain rides and I still can’t bring myself to go on. My fear is they’ll break while I’m on it and I’ll be stuck on them for a long time.

Is there somewhere online that has how often each ride breaks down Vs how many times it’s run on a daily/monthly/ or yearly basis? Trying to remind myself that statistically it’s a very low chance.

Anyone have anything that may help?

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Disneyland Park/Disney

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People in the comments shared some advice and tried to alleviate their worries. U/mrfires mentioned, “There’s no publicly available statistics on the amount of times a ride has ‘broken down,’ but plenty of us here can speak anecdotally. For example, Indiana Jones will probably be the first ride to break down that day, possibly followed by Space Mountain. ”

U/mrfires also added, “Also, important to know that very rarely do any rides actually ‘breakdown.’ 99.9% of the time when a ride is shutdown, it’s always a result of a safety mechanism being tripped (block zones, laser sensors, etc).”

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Sleeping Beauty Castle/Disney

Another user, u/d33psix shared their anecdote of being on “breakdowns” including “Space Mountain,” “Big Thunder Mountain,” “Rise of Resistance.”

Many Guests also mentioned “Indiana Jones Adventure” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

It’s important to remember Disney will always prioritize the safety of Guests over all else at a Theme Park and will usually wait to make sure that the ride is fully functional for Guests to ride it safely. While trying to fact-find like the OP is a useful exercise, sometimes things happen and Guests can rest assured Disney Park Cast Members are trained to keep Park-goers safe in these circumstances.

We at Disney Fanatic will continue to report on all Disney news as it comes to light.

About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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