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  • [Fun] A Thunder Mountain ride to never forget

    It was summer, 2007 I think.
    My whole family and some extended family were on a trip to Disneyland for a few days.
    Those of us "thrill ride-riders" boarded Thunder Mountain, and the others stayed off on a bench.
    We got on the ride no problem, and began to escalate the first hill inside the cave.
    My cousin, let's call her Rose, twists her upper body around to talk to the rest of us as the train climbs the hill.
    Mind you, her feet are still planted on the ground, but her whole upper body was twisted to face the back.
    The train keeps climbing, and we reach the top.
    We are about to go down, when all of the sudden, the ride comes to a halt.
    We are all baffled, we're not sure what's going on or why it has stopped.
    everybody on the ride begins worriedly discussing what happened, what could be wrong with the ride, etc.
    A few minutes later, the Disneyland Police come walking up the stairs next to the hill.
    everyone's whispering "oooh, someone did something..."
    Nobody was more surprised than we were when they stopped near our family's train cars.
    "We're going to have to ask you all to evacuate the ride immediately", one man announces to all the passengers.
    He then turns his attention to our family.
    "Except you guys, you need to come with us, we're gonna have a little chat."
    Everyone is wide eyed, silent, we're not sure what happened.
    We get to outside of the ride, and there's three Disneyland policemen standing with their arms folded.
    They proceeded to tell us that my cousin, Rose, had been turned around in her seat which was not permitted, and they had told her several times on the loudspeaker to please turn around, and she had ignored them.
    We all insisted that we didn't hear them say anything, but they wouldn't hear any of it.
    "How old are you, young lady?", one of the policemen asked my cousin.
    "fif----fifteen..." she replied, in tears, because she got us all kicked off the ride.
    "well, young lady, I'm sorry to tell you that you're day at Disneyland is DONE. You will be escorted out of the park."
    We could not believe our ears. We knew she broke the rules, but he was being a little harsh on a young teenage girl who honestly did not hear the announcement.

    My aunt calmly went up to him by herself and started negotiating. She explained that we had all come as a family and she could not stay at the hotel by herself, so would he please let her stay.
    He agreed, but only on one condition.
    We were to hold her hand the rest of the time that day, to make sure she didn't get into any more "shenanigans", as he called it.
    We agreed to his terms.
    And I swear to you, the rest of the day, there were Cast Members watching us, to make sure we were following his condition.
    It was pretty funny.
    She's 20 now.
    And of course, we never let my cousin forget the day she almost got us all kicked out of Disneyland.

  • #2
    Re: A Thunder Mountain ride to never forget

    Did they really have to evacuate everyone in the vehicle for that. Really?



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    • #3
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      FWIW, 15 is totally old enough to stay in a hotel by yourself. And really, it's surprising to me that no one in your party heard the announcement(s?) to turn back around. It's pretty spectacular that your aunt got them to negotiate.

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      • #4
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        Wow an evacuating an entire ride because one 15 year old didn't turn around because she didn't hear the announcement to turn around. A little much...
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          • #6
            Re: A Thunder Mountain ride to never forget

            Originally posted by ohmyjustin View Post
            FWIW, 15 is totally old enough to stay in a hotel by yourself. And really, it's surprising to me that no one in your party heard the announcement(s?) to turn back around. It's pretty spectacular that your aunt got them to negotiate.
            we were on a family vacation. what kind of parents would you be to leave your kid in a hotel room to sulk by themself while everybody else had fun?
            And no, we didn't hear it, that's why we didn't know what was going on.
            You seem angry that they let us back in the park...

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            • #7
              Re: A Thunder Mountain ride to never forget

              Since when is turning around in a ride considered ban worthy? If I'm in the back of Thunder Mountain, I usually turn around just to see the track twisting and turning behind me. That entire ordeal sounds ridiculous, and I'd really hate to be in that situation.
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              • #8
                Re: A Thunder Mountain ride to never forget

                Originally posted by ohmyjustin View Post
                FWIW, 15 is totally old enough to stay in a hotel by yourself. And really, it's surprising to me that no one in your party heard the announcement(s?) to turn back around. It's pretty spectacular that your aunt got them to negotiate.
                Not necessarily, it would depend on the hotels policy. Many hotels including all the ones I have worked at have min. age of 18, ad sometimes even 21 for guests who are in a room alone, so any minor would not be permitted to be in a room without an adult over the min. age.

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                • #9
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                  This is odd because I remember on our last trip, someone a couple rows ahead of us kept doing the same thing and we heard the same announcement made several times. They never stopped the ride however. He was a bigger gentleman, maybe that's why lol Any reason for this aside from possible whiplash or nausea avoidance?

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                  • #10
                    Re: A Thunder Mountain ride to never forget

                    Originally posted by jsmith11618 View Post
                    Not necessarily, it would depend on the hotels policy. Many hotels including all the ones I have worked at have min. age of 18, ad sometimes even 21 for guests who are in a room alone, so any minor would not be permitted to be in a room without an adult over the min. age.
                    I've never had a hotel check up on my rooms, but do they really care? I'm generally pretty trustworthy with teenagers not making a muck of things, especially when it's not in their own home.

                    we were on a family vacation. what kind of parents would you be to leave your kid in a hotel room to sulk by themself while everybody else had fun?
                    And no, we didn't hear it, that's why we didn't know what was going on.
                    You seem angry that they let us back in the park...
                    LOL that's true, about the vacation thing. I guess I wasn't really focusing on the actual issue. I'm not angry that they let you all stay, but rather extremely surprised. I know Disney takes safety seriously and for them to just forgive and forget after making an ordeal out of it is unusual in my eyes. I'm not saying the action warranted stopping the ride, but the whole story is just odd from beginning to end.

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                    • #11
                      Re: A Thunder Mountain ride to never forget

                      They have been known to do this every now and again. If they keep announcing and you don't listen, they call security. Not saying that this happened to you guys, but I'm sure there was some type of problem with the intercom system.
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                      • #12
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                        I'm not doing any of the math, but could this have been around the time there was that fatal accident on Big Thunder? If so, perhaps they were being extra vigilant in their enforcing of the rules?
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                        • #13
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                          the most shocking part of all was
                          "Your day at Disneyland is now OVER."
                          he was dead serious. lol.
                          who wants to ever hear that?

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                          • #14
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                            I was sort of expecting a tear-jerker type of story. But, none the less, a moment to remember.
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                            • #15
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                              Umm I turn around all the time on that ride... I've never heard any announcements, never been warned by security, never had anyone say anything about it. I can easily turn my head around to look behind me and there is no way I'm gonna slide out of the lap bar... That's really odd.
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                              • #16
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                                how did she turn her upper body without turning her lower body??? thats creepy


                                btw, turning back on Big Thunder is prohibited but I think that policemen were really harsh on her...
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                                • #17
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                                  • #18
                                    Re: A Thunder Mountain ride to never forget

                                    Originally posted by TL59 View Post
                                    Since when is turning around in a ride considered ban worthy?
                                    It's not. However ignoring safety warnings is. The ride operator allegedly made several warnings which were claimed to not have been heard. From Disney's perception, that person iis blatantly violating the rules and putting themselves and others at risk. That is the reason for the ban.

                                    Who is telling the accurate version of the story between Disney and the poster here, I am not going to try to guess since I wasn't there. I am merely stating the reason that they would have decided to kick someone out.
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                                    • #19
                                      Re: A Thunder Mountain ride to never forget

                                      I've been on BTMRR and been turned around almost the whole ride and never had any issues. Guess I got lucky?


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                                      • #20
                                        Re: A Thunder Mountain ride to never forget

                                        Originally posted by calsig31 View Post
                                        It's not. However ignoring safety warnings is. The ride operator allegedly made several warnings which were claimed to not have been heard. From Disney's perception, that person iis blatantly violating the rules and putting themselves and others at risk. That is the reason for the ban.

                                        Who is telling the accurate version of the story between Disney and the poster here, I am not going to try to guess since I wasn't there. I am merely stating the reason that they would have decided to kick someone out.
                                        I completely agree, and since they did say the safety warnings I don't disagree that they should have said something to us. I thought maybe they should have kept everyone else on the ride though instead of making everyone leave, maybe could have had just us leave?

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