Originally Posted by xocats
You were rescued from the top of a roller coaster?
Ice at Disney World is amazing to me.
I have been to the California Disney World where it was really hot.
Mother and Daughter outings are so special.
Thanks for sharing your delightful photos with us Beth.
Yep - we certainly were rescued from the top of a rollercoaster and it was SCARY!!!! First of all, because he was so lovely he must be a cat man
, if the French man that helped to rescue us is reading this THANK YOU!!!!!!
Here's the story - reach up and pull down the safety bar this might be long!
I am a big wuss when it comes to scary rides, but this was a new one (the Finding Nemo rollercoaster) and, in the absence of brave hubby, I took on the role of accompanying daughter on the scary stuff. As it was a new ride, it was on the top of her "to do" list
We visited this ride 4 times and it broke down 100% of the time! The first time, we were queuing in the outside area and the cast member came to turn us all away saying there was a "technical difficulty". We did something else for a while and then hightailed it back there, getting to the ride just as it reopened. Because it was new, it was very popular. We queued for about 45 minutes and were 6 people from the front of the queue when it broke down again. We all stood there for about half an hour watching the techies fix it, sending cast members round as guinea pigs etc, then we were next up.
This is the kind of carriage that you ride in
As you can see there are two people facing forwards and two facing backwards. Daughter and I were in the back facing seat. The first time that we went on it, the scariest bit was being dragged up the 50ft slope, leaning forwards over the tiny lap bar, looking back down the slope. I remember feeling how scary it would be to be stuck at the top. The ride then went as normal.
That night, getting off to sleep, I thought that daughter would probably want to ride this once more before we left and had an image of us facing backwards, getting stuck at the top of the ride. You would have thought I would have listened to this wouldn't you!
The next day, we queued up again. We were near to the front of the ride and I calculated that, with the number of people in front of us, we would be facing forwards and breathed a sigh of relief. Then, as often happened, the cast member asked if there was a party of 2 to fill up a car. Many of the parties were families or 4 or more who wanted to travel together, so daughter and I were often pulled to the front of the queue.
We walked forwards and.........we were going to be facing backwards
my mental image from the night before came back to me and I tried to ignore it.
We got to the bottom of the slope and the ride juddered. Daughter and I looked at each other, giggled nervously and the ride carried on. We were dragged backwards and I have the enduring image of passing by Bruce the Shark
. Then, just as we got to the very top, the ride slowed........and stopped. We sat there, thinking that we were just teetering on the edge before hurtling down into the corkscrew abyss, but unfortunately, we just carried on teetering there! We teetered and teetered and then....eventually.....the announcements started. We knew this was bad news and there was no way they would restart the ride without testing it, passengerless first.
We hovered, pointing down the slope, held in place by a tiny lap bar that went half way over each thigh for 10 minutes before someone came. I was gripping onto daughter who was doing tremendously well considering she is terrified of heights. Then, they switched the ride's lights on - at which point she said "Turn off the lights, it's better living in denial"
The man in front leaned back and said "Scary???" You bet! Eventually the cast member turned up, saw where we were and had a hurried conversation on the phone in French about how to get us out. Great! I looked down at the side of the car, between us and the emergency stairway was a 50 ft drop (hubby says I'm being conservative with this estimate).
The woman said that she would get the people at the front out first, but to do that, she would have to release the safety bars - all of them. My daughter said "NO YOU WON'T" - but we were told it was all of them, or none of them. So, I instructed her to push down with her elbows on the bar when they were released and we sat there, pointing down this slope with nothing holding us in place. That was scary!
The man who was seated in front of us got out and the first thing he said was "Can I help?" he was wonderful. Daughter and I are both small people, 5ft and just under that, and we couldn't stretch our short legs over the carriage and onto the stairway. He helped to lift us out, while we gripped for dear life onto the side of the turtle shell. My daughter's ankle got caught and he, bravely, leaned into the carriage, over the drop and released her ankle for her. I am so grateful to this man.
Then, it was down the staircase to the ground. We were offered tickets to come back to the front of the queue later on, but decided not to
We did, however, run straight round the park and get onto Rock'n'Roller Coaster - you have to get right back on the horse after you've just fallen after all!
Later on, we went back to take photos of the ride to show hubby and....as we were standing there it broke down again. This time, fire and rescue had to go in and help somebody out from the ride.
Phew! Sorry it was so long, it was a bit of an adventure!