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28 People Experience Unique “Terror” While Trapped on Disney Ride

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Credits: Disney / Canva

UPDATE: WFTV HAS REDACTED THEIR REPORT AND REMOVED THEIR STATEMENT ABOUT FIREFIGHTERS ASSISTING WITH THIS EVACUATION. 

Disney World and Disneyland roller coaster ride breakdowns or malfunctions are, unfortunately, extremely common in the Disney theme parks (and they’re only going to become more common, according to this Cast Member). However, sometimes more serious malfunctions happen that require formal rescues!

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Passengers like Gisele Bündchen (shown here) experience a very stressful elevator ride within the Tower of Terror. Credit: Gisele Bündchen

Not Your Average Elevator

One such rescue has reportedly just finished on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride that is located within Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Apparently, almost 30 people were trapped in the ride’s elevator.

Since the elevator is part of this particular ride, and not just a regular elevator, Tower of Terror elevator malfunctions could potentially mean far more hazards than a simple wait in an office building elevator — especially when at least 28 people are trapped in one space together!

Tower of Terror

Tower of Terror Credit: Disney

To Rescue or Not to Rescue?

According to WFTV, “all guests were safely evacuated from the ride and no one was injured while the ride was down.” In addition, the Reedy Creek Fire Department reportedly “said it did not respond to the ride to help with the evacuation.”

However, according to Gotta Go Orlando, “earlier today, WFTV reported that Reedy Creek Fire Department have today, Friday, August 18, responded to a 911 call at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.”

UPDATE: WFTV HAS REDACTED THEIR REPORT AND REMOVED THEIR STATEMENT ABOUT FIREFIGHTERS ASSISTING WITH THIS EVACUATION.

UPDATE: Journalist Ashley Carter also posted the Tweet shown below, stating that “Guests were evacuated by cast members (standard). The fire department did not assist in the evac, so no one was ‘rescued.'”

A Happy Ending

WFTV added that the passengers on the Hollywood Studios thrill ride were trapped for approximately 45 minutes. Now, the Tower of Terror elevator-themed ride is apparently back in action (regardless of whether or not the Reedy Creek Fire Department had responded and assisted with the rescue) — but those 28 Walt Disney World Resort guests will certainly have a story to tell now that they’re out of danger!
Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios Theme Park

Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park, Walt Disney World Resort / Credit: Disney

Disney Fanatic will continue to keep readers informed about this Disney World ride evacuation as the story unfolds.

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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