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  • [Question] Do you feel safe on Disney attractions?

    With the recent accident at Six Flags Ninja ride, I was wondering how safe do you feel on Disney rides? I know that their safety records are excellent, but sometimes things happen out of human control. (I think the Six Flags accident involved a fallen tree branch)

    Have you ever skipped a ride just because you didn't feel good about it?
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  • #2
    Re: Do you feel safe on Disney attractions?

    Im confident in my safety on rides as long as its not at a fair operated by a Carny. Ninja had a tree/large branch land on its track.

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    • #3
      Re: Do you feel safe on Disney attractions?

      ORWEN: I never feel safe on any ride more thrilling than It's a Small World. You'll never catch me on Tower of Terror, for example.

      ORGOCH: That's 'cause yer too dang big ta even FIT inside that thing!

      ORWEN: And I have a little sister who should never feel safe after making nasty comments like that one...

      (Sounds of crashings and smashings followed be a deadly calm...)

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      • #4
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        Baring a crazy accident, like the tree falling, is so random and unlikely that it doesn't affect how I feel about ride safety. Now if I was in that car when it happened...
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        • #5
          Re: Do you feel safe on Disney attractions?

          I have never felt unsafe on a Disney attraction
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          • #6
            Re: Do you feel safe on Disney attractions?

            What makes me feel unsafe at Disney has more to do with my own health restrictions rather than the safety of the attraction itself.
            considering the huge amount of people who have ridden each ride, the number of fatalities at Disneyland is very small.
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            • #7
              Re: Do you feel safe on Disney attractions?

              Traveling in a car is more dangerous than any ride. Just about everything has a small unsafe aspect but you wouldn't be able to do anything in life if you avoid every single potential danger.

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              • #9
                Re: Do you feel safe on Disney attractions?

                I felt unsafe on Splash Mountain when a CM put three extremely overweight men about 300+ lbs each in the same log as my parents and I (both of them aren't necessarily skinny either) and noticed the water was about 4 inches from the top of the log a lot of the time. I kept having a vision of us going down a drop and then sinking because of the weight. Because of all of the weight we went down the drops a lot faster and got a lot wetter. By wetter I mean I looked like I jumped into a swimming pool fully clothed. I wrote an email to Disney after that trip and mentioned that incident and inquired about a weight limit per log and she said that shouldn't have happened and apologized. That hasn't prevented me from ever going on Splash Mountain again, though. I am just a bit more picky about which log I'm placed in.

                Other than that I don't think I have ever felt like my life was in immediate danger or anything. I don't ride certain rides, like California Screamin', but that's just me being scared of rollercoasters in general. I think the incident at Six Flags wasn't the ride itself. It was just a freak accident involving the surrounding trees. Nothing you can really do about that except cut them all down.
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                • #10
                  Re: Do you feel safe on Disney attractions?

                  Too safe.
                  Give me that little ferris wheel on the north side of Knott's Camp Snoopy that is so old I worry we'll die. Give me a 20-second earthquake warning as my Mickey Fun Wheel cage is 20 seconds from the apex, with no chance of unloading for five minutes.

                  John Waters said, "I love roller coasters and will drive hundreds of miles to ride one if I've read that somebody has recently been killed on it! My fantasy death is to be on coaster that goes flying off the track into a crowded cotton candy stand."

                  Of course, I actually want it perfectly safe, but the fear can be fun. That's why some coasters have that subtle decapitation threat at the bottom of some hills. Part of the thrill of skiing and whitewater rafting for me is the actual danger mixed with the natural beauty, but I don't want that on rides--just the manipulated fear with unnatural beauty.

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                  • #11
                    Re: Do you feel safe on Disney attractions?

                    Originally posted by DrFink View Post
                    Because of all of the weight we went down the drops a lot faster and got a lot wetter.
                    You went down the drops at the same speed. The extra mass at the same speed (momentum) took you further into the splash zones, displacing more water, and thusly more water coming into the log. Gravity is a constant, and you don't fall faster because you are heavier.
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                    • #12
                      Re: Do you feel safe on Disney attractions?

                      I always feel safe.

                      Well, on Goofy's Sky School I am terrified the whole time, and there is a part of me wanting to scream- "I'm going to die!", but deep down, I know that I'm fine.

                      On the other hand, I will go on very few rides at the fair, or some other amusement parks I've been to. But calling Disneyland an amusement park just seems wrong, somehow.

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                      • #13
                        Re: Do you feel safe on Disney attractions?

                        Years ago my cousin and her husband owned WestCoast Shows, which supplied carnival rides and games to both county fairs and State Fairs all over the western half of the US. She and her husband absolutely FORBID myself or any of the family to ride any of the rides as they felt they were not as safe as they should be due to the fact that they were put up and taken down and moved constantly. (Also heaven forbid if we even talked to a carney...that would get a huge chewing down as they would go into what types of persons usually were hired for those temp jobs.) We were told if we wanted to ride roller coasters and those types of rides to ONLY ride them at amusement parks and boardwalks were they were a permanent fixture. They went on to explain that those rides were safer as they did not move and while they did inspect their own rides every time the went up and came down, the odds were just better that the permanent rides were safer. They also numerous times mentioned how safe they felt Disney was as they knew I and my family went often. I figure since they were "in the industry" they would know best. To this day I refuse to go on a local or state fair ride.
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                        • #14
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                          I feel confident on any theme park ride because they do daily maintenance. But you won't see me on any carnival ride lol.
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                          • #15
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                            I'm not worried about Disney rides... I'm more worried about how crazy crowds can get in Disney parks..
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                            • #16
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                              I figure for the most part, I'm safe. I've been involved in one catastrophic ride failure at a carnival, but I'm still willing to ride those as well. The choice is ride and accept that you're lashing yourself to a giant machine full of moving parts with a (hopefully) reasonably accommodated safety requirements or not ride at all.

                              OK, maybe"lashing yourself to a giant machine full of moving parts" may not have been the most comforting turn of phrase.
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                              • #17
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                                Originally posted by whoever View Post
                                You went down the drops at the same speed. The extra mass at the same speed (momentum) took you further into the splash zones, displacing more water, and thusly more water coming into the log. Gravity is a constant, and you don't fall faster because you are heavier.
                                But doesn't that deal with "terminal velocity" ??

                                The log never reaches terminal velocity, so couldn't it possibly go faster with more weight up to that point? Of course, I was only mediocre in science class, so I could be terribly wrong.
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                                • #18
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                                  I feel safe on Disney rides since I don't think any of them are scary. The only pause I have is when I am about to be upside down on Screamin'.

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                                  • #19
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                                    Since working Attractions and talking to other CMs in Attractions, I know what causes accidents and most of the safety features. Every attraction has blind spots but the fact that an attraction has a blind spot doesn't necessarily mean it's unsafe. Some attractions don't have intrusion alarms that trigger Automatic Emergency Stops but most of these attractions are typically monitored by CM. Your average attraction doesn't have a restraint sensor but every restraint attraction has a restraint/belt check. Some Emergency Stops can't immediately stop a vehicle in motion due to simple physics but this is probably safer in the long run. CM rotations not only help CMs stay sane but also ensure that multiple eyes and ears monitor an attraction and its vehicles. Guests reporting unusual noises, smells, and sights also help us keep you safe. Several CMs are bilingual/bilingual enough that in the event of an emergency evacuation it's not like the non-English speakers are doomed. With the exception of Pirates, Small World, and possibly Splash Mountain, your average actual emergency attraction evacuation can be completed in less than 10 minutes.(I've never seen an actual emergency evacuation where every exit on an attraction was utilised but based on the number of emergency doors in each dark ride I know it can completed quickly if it had to.) Every attraction that you think is unsafe probably has a CM or sensor monitoring it. And in the rare event that there's no camera, sensor, or other supervision then there was probably a CM who checked your restraint to make sure you'd stay put and safe.

                                    Goofy's Sky School usually makes me nervous but the reality is Attraction CMs walk the track every morning and night during opening and closing procedures so the should spot any structural deformities. 3rd shift Maintenance cycles the attraction for at least 2-4 hours after park closing and wouldn't sign the Resort Maintenance sign-off card if they saw any deformities in the steel track. Any rapid temperature changes that would cause steel warping would probably also cause Goofy's Sky School to go 101 since the steel is far more resilient than the motors and electronics. And in the one in a 200 billion chance of a derailing the probability of de-railing at the very top is extremely low due to the lower speeds at the top and the fact that the top edge portion of track composes a small portion of the ride in terms of time and track length. In addition, the Gazebo, restrooms, and trees from Paradise Garden Grill combined with the exit covering at Goofy's would help cushion the fall of any vehicle that derailed near the top edge.

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                                    • #20
                                      Re: Do you feel safe on Disney attractions?

                                      Originally posted by poltergeist View Post
                                      But doesn't that deal with "terminal velocity" ??

                                      The log never reaches terminal velocity, so couldn't it possibly go faster with more weight up to that point? Of course, I was only mediocre in science class, so I could be terribly wrong.
                                      Acceleration is the same. Momentum is the only thing that differs between a heavier log and a lighter log.
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