WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A boat ride at Disney World started sinking into the water on Sunday and a staffer allegedly told riders they should have remained in it.
- Passengers on the Splash Mountain log flume tweeted about their harrowing experience when their boat took on water at the Florida theme park.
- Splash Mountain is located at the Magic Kingdom theme park of the Disney World resort in Florida.
After a four-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, Orlando’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom areas were reopened on July 11, while Epcot and Hollywood Studios welcomed guests again on July 15.
Some passengers who rode the Disney World’s Splash Mountain log flume on Sunday night almost ended up swimming.
Boat riders turned to Twitter late Sunday about their harrowing experience when their boat took on water at the end of the ride at the Florida theme park.
“so we got out of our boat because it was sinking while we were stuck there,” wrote one rider, along with a video clip of the water-logged vessel. “the disney world employee decided to tell us that we should’ve stayed in the boat but it went under as soon as we all stepped out… nice”
Another log flume passenger tweeted a pair of before-and-after photos, the first showing her and her boyfriend seated in the ride with water up past their ankles, and the second of the mostly submerged boat.
A third visitor wrote that the mishap happened shortly after the ride’s climactic moment.
“A ride vehicle has completely sunk on Splash Mountain- just after the Riverboat finale scene,” their message read. “Boat is entirely under water, with its nose UNDER the log in front of it. Guests currently being evac’d PAST IT rather than an alternate route.”
All told, five guests left the ride without injury, according to a Disney World spokeswoman.
The incident was reviewed, and Splash Mountain has since reopened, the spokeswoman said.
One visitor who described the wet-and-wild scene also wrote hours earlier that he’d just gotten off the ride to find it eerily quiet.
“No joke- 80% of the animatronics are currently off,” the tweet read. “Yikes.”
The theme park spokeswoman noted that some characters weren’t fully functioning, but disputed that the number was as high as described in the tweet.
Source: Fox News