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  • Ah, Disney World. It's considered the happiest  place on Earth for a reason, but that doesn't  

  • mean things can't quickly go wrong on a vacationThere's a two-hour line for everything from It's a  

  • Small World to the restroom, your little brother  is terrified of the guy in the Mickey costume,  

  • and they want HOW much for a hot dog? But those  minor annoyances of vacation aside, you can be  

  • sure that everything runs smoothly at this little  slice of heaven in Orlando, Florida. Right?

  • Well, usually. But even at Disney's vacation  haven, things can go very wrong. And over their  

  • nearly fifty-year history, there have been some  truly shocking incidents at their rides, hotels,  

  • water parks, and even on their transportationSome rare incidents are caused by negligence on  

  • the part of maintenance or ride workers, but more  often these incidents are caused by guests going  

  • rogue. And then there are the generic accidents  or health issues that no one could predict.

  • These are some of the most messed-up things  that ever happened at Walt Disney World.

  • Sometimes the chaos starts even before people  enter the park. Disney World is full of lakes,  

  • and boating enthusiasts often like to rent small  boats to surf the waves. The only problem is,  

  • they're not the only ones using the  water. A couple from Celebration,  

  • Florida was enjoying the water in 2010  when the husband darted in front of a  

  • Disney ferryboat transporting guests to the  parks. Unsurprisingly, the ferryboat won,  

  • and the wife was taken to the hospital  with fractured ribs and a collapsed lung.

  • At least they were easy to rescueunlike the people in the next incident.

  • The Disney Skyliner is one of the most unique ways  to travel to and from the Disney parks, shuttling  

  • people from some of the resort's outskirt hotels  to EPCOT and Hollywood Studios via cable car.  

  • People can enjoy stunning views of the park - at  least when it's working. It was only weeks after  

  • the Skyliner's opening in 2019 when one gondola  got stuck leaving a station, and a line of other  

  • cars got stuck behind it. The entire system got  shut down, with a backload of trapped and scared  

  • passengers having to be evacuated by the local  fire department. Not exactly a smooth opening.

  • But what about the most famous way  of traveling around Disney World?

  • The Monorail has been shuttling people from the  central hotels to Magic Kingdom and EPCOT since  

  • the resort's opening, but it's not without  its own troubled history. There are several  

  • incidents of train cars colliding, butfew incidents were more serious. In 1985,  

  • one car burst into flames while leaving the  EPCOT station, and passengers were forced to  

  • kick out the side windows and climb onto the roofSeven passengers were taken to the hospital for  

  • smoke inhalation. The culprit? A flat tire that  received too much friction from the concrete.

  • But it was 2009 when the  Monorail had its darkest day.

  • The busy monorail lines rely on tracks switching  seamlessly to avoid collisions but on July 5th,  

  • this failed to happen. As a result, Monorail  Pink slammed directly into Monorail Purple  

  • at the transportation hub, killing the pilot  of Monorail Purple instantly. After everyone  

  • was evacuated and the injured passengers were  treated, one of the biggest investigations in  

  • Disney history began. The National Transportation  Safety Board was brought in to find the culprit,  

  • three monorail employees were suspended, and the  feds put the blame on the shop panel operator  

  • for not properly aligning the switch  beam. The biggest lasting change?  

  • Guests were no longer allowed to ride in the front  cab car when on the monorail to keep them safer.

  • Disney World is a busy place and its  transportation system can be chaotic,  

  • but at least its hotels are a place of  refuge where nothing goes wrong - right?

  • Not exactly. While Disney's hotels are considered  among the best in the world, they can't prevent  

  • everything. While the theme parks have some of the  best security anywhere, the hotels are slightly  

  • easier to access - and that can mean trouble when  someone enters with bad intentions. In June 2000,  

  • Disney had one of its scariest moments whenhostage situation broke out at the Boardwalk  

  • Inn. A child and a room service waiter were  taken hostage by the boy's disturbed father.  

  • He demanded to speak to his estranged wife, and  Disney quickly evacuated the hotel and called  

  • in hostage negotiators to talk the gun-toting  man down. Bismarck Rodriguez kept the hostages  

  • well into the night, but the incident ended  without bloodshed when he surrendered to police.

  • It wasn't the only time people at  Disney feared gun-toting maniacs.

  • It was May 2018 at the Contemporary  Resort, Disney's futuristic centerpiece,  

  • when a man caused a panic. Smelling of alcoholhe went around the resort telling everyone that an  

  • active shooter was loose at the hotel. People went  into a panic, and the hotel was put into lockdown  

  • as the police searched for the culprit. They  couldn't find any shooter, and they eventually  

  • tracked the man who started the rumors to the  bushes outside where he was hiding and watching.  

  • It was all a lie. Why did he cause a panicTo get traffic for his YouTube channel.

  • All hotels have dangers, and Disney hotels are  no different. The hotels have had their share  

  • of drownings at the pool and deaths  in the rooms. But one lurking danger  

  • is nature itself. Disney World might bevacation haven - but it's still in Florida.

  • Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort is billed aslittle taste of nature in the middle of a theme  

  • park, but one family from New York experienced  that the wrong way in 1980. An eleven-year-old  

  • boy was having a relaxing day at the now-defunct  River Country water park. Soon after swimming,  

  • he became very ill and died. The culprit? A rare  brain infection called Naegleriasis caused by a  

  • single-celled organism. Disney might work to keep  its water clean, but they can only do so much.

  • The next water predator they couldn't  keep people safe from was much bigger.

  • It was a picturesque night in July 2016  at the Grand Floridian Resort, bordering  

  • the Seven Seas lagoon. A two-year-old boy from  Nebraska was playing by the water when suddenly,  

  • an alligator lunged out of the waterQuickly, the boy was grabbed by the  

  • large reptile and dragged below the waterSearch-and-rescue experts were quickly assembled,  

  • and it wasn't until the next afternoon that the  boy's body was found. The family sued Disney,  

  • but Disney argued that they couldn't be held  responsible for the presence of alligators.  

  • Disney eventually settled out of court, and  put up rope barriers around open water to  

  • protect people in the future. They even removed  alligator figures from some of their rides.

  • Phew. Things are more dangerous than expected  at Disney resorts. Time to head to the parks,  

  • where everything is secure and safe - right?

  • While Disney parks are among the  most secure places in the country,  

  • things can still go wrong. Many of Disney's rides  are rough and fast, and people are warned not to  

  • ride if they have certain pre-existing health  conditions because an otherwise healthy person  

  • could die suddenly. There's only one problemnot everyone knows. Some health conditions hide  

  • completely undetected - a tiny heart malformation  that could trigger a massive heart attack.

  • There have been multiple times  when a ride comes to a stop,  

  • and one of the happy riders simply doesn't get  off. They died mid-ride from the wild motion.  

  • It's happened at all four Disney parkson rides including Star Tours, Dinosaur,  

  • Expedition Everest, Rock 'n' Roller CoasterBig Thunder Mountain Railroad, and even the  

  • relatively gentle Toy Story Mania. In all these  cases, the investigation showed that the death  

  • was related to a pre-existing health condition  and the ride was able to continue operating.

  • But one ride at EPCOT developed  a reputation for danger.

  • It was 2003 when Mission Space promised  to blast visitors into the future.  

  • This high-tech space-themed pavilion promisedthrill ride that would give people the closest  

  • thing they've felt to the sensation of blasting  off into space. Combining a motion simulator  

  • with a centrifuge, it was an interactive  thrill ride that simulated a trip to Mars.  

  • Everyone who rode it said it was the most  intense thrill ride Disney had ever debuted.  

  • Too intense for a four-year-old boy from  Pennsylvania, who died suddenly on the ride  

  • in 2005. His parents sued, but the cause of death  was proven to be an undiagnosed heart condition  

  • and the lawsuit was thrown out. It  seemed to be clear for blast-off.

  • That is, until it happened again.

  • Less than a year later, a German woman became  sick after riding and was taken to the hospital  

  • where she died of a brain hemorrhage. Although  doctors found she had severe high blood pressure  

  • that led to her death, people were getting  more worried about Disney's newest thrill ride.  

  • This wasn't unfounded, as in  the ride's first few years,  

  • paramedics had to be called to treat  almost two hundred riders of Mission Space!  

  • People were passing out, having difficulty  breathing, or reporting symptoms of a heart  

  • attack. Most were okay soon after, but it  was clear this virtual mission to space  

  • was pushing many people to their limit. Disney  soon introduced a milder version of the ride  

  • without the centrifuge as an option, and the ride  continues to thrill daring riders to this day.

  • Not all incidents happen on intense ridesas people on a relaxing cruise found out.

  • The Jungle Cruise is one of Disney's oldest ridesknown for a slow ride through a river full of  

  • animals captained by jokey tour guides. But the  river cruise got a little wet for some riders  

  • in February 2020. Suddenly, with a boat full of  passengers, one of the ships started to sink!  

  • This was the age of social media, and soon  pictures were flooding the internet of people  

  • climbing on the boat railings to try to stay out  of the water. The local fire department showed up,  

  • the people were evacuated, and the ride  opened shortly after - with everyone thankful  

  • the jungle creatures surrounding  them were just audio-animatronics.

  • It's not just the rides that can  cause danger at Disney World either.

  • There's no better way to end a day at Disney World  than with a spectacular fireworks show, and most  

  • nights it goes off without a hitch. But one night  in 2014, those watching the Wishes fireworks show  

  • got a major scare. Falling embers from the show  traveled into Fantasyland, where they landed on  

  • the artificial grass surrounding the Seven  Dwarfs Mine Train. This created a blaze that  

  • caused the ride and everything around it to be  evacuated. While there were only minor damage and  

  • no injuries, seeing a blaze in the middle of the  happiest place on Earth scared a lot of people.

  • Fireworks can be dangerous, but what  could be dangerous about lunch at a cafe?

  • A family visiting Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe in  Tomorrowland found that out the hard way when they  

  • sat down to lunch in 2010. Their four-year-old  son sat down and nearly fell over in his chair,  

  • so he grabbed a tray of food to stabilize himselfThat caused a plate of hot nacho cheese to fall on  

  • him, burning him. The family sued Disneyclaiming that the cheese was served at an  

  • unsafe temperature. Disney settled out of courtan expensive ending to a traumatic cheese crash.

  • But it's not just the rides, fireworks, and food  that can be a hazard. Sometimes it's the guests.

  • A Florida woman was waiting in line for the  Mad Tea Party when she was suddenly attacked by  

  • another guest from Alabama, in one of the nastiest  fights ever in a Disney theme park. The attacker  

  • was arrested and sentenced to ninety days in  jail, but that wasn't the end of the story.  

  • Disney was sued not just by the victim, but by  her husband! He claimed that his wife's injuries  

  • caused him to lose her support and companionship  and that Disney was responsible for not having  

  • enough security to protect her. Disney did NOT  settle this lawsuit and quickly won in court.

  • It's not just the guests that can cause troublethough. Sometimes the cast members can go rogue.

  • The Haunted Mansion is one of  Disney's most popular attractions,  

  • filled with thousands of special effects  and props. But in 2018, there were a few  

  • less of them. A disgruntled former Disney employee  snuck into the haunted ride and stole about seven  

  • thousand dollars worth of costumes and propsBut you should always assume that while you're  

  • in a haunted mansion, you're being watched. He  was caught in the act and the authorities were  

  • informed of the stolen items. Police eventually  tracked him down and found the stolen items,  

  • which have since been returned to their  proper home with the 999 grim grinning ghosts.

  • At least those costumed characters  are always friendly, right?

  • Well, if you don't count Tigger. He was  always a little too energetic. In 2007,  

  • a teenage boy from New Hampshire was takingpicture with a cast member dressed as Tigger when  

  • the big orange cat hauled off and punched himThe cast member first claimed it was an accident,  

  • then said he was acting in self-defense and that  the boy was pulling on the back of his costume  

  • and making it hard for him to breathe. The case  was referred to the local authorities, and they  

  • decided not to press charges. Sometimes what  happens in Disney World, stays in Disney World.

  • One of the craziest incidents in Disney history,  

  • though, didn't happen in the parkIt happened in the parking lot.

  • It was 1984, shortly after EPCOT openedand a small plane came into view. But it  

  • was flying a little low, and suddenly  it crashed into the EPCOT parking lot,  

  • shattering the calm of a vacation dayThe husband and wife piloting the plane,  

  • along with their one-year-old daughter, were  killed instantly, but two other children in  

  • the plane survived their injuries. The plane was  on course for Disney from Greer, South Carolina  

  • as the family decided to fly their small plane  directly there instead of dealing with the  

  • airports. Something went wrong in the air and they  made an emergency landing, only to clip a pole in  

  • the parking lot and lose a wing. Instead of making  a smooth landing, they crashed directly into  

  • several cars in the parking lot. And suddenlyeveryone in Disney was watching the skies.

  • For all these crazy incidents, people still flock  to Disney in the millions every year, completely  

  • unafraid. That's because the notoriously cautious  Disney company learns from every crisis and  

  • takes new safety measures. Anything can happen at  Disney World - but it probably won't happen twice.

  • For more on chaos at amusement parks,  

  • check outThe Worst Amusement Park Ride  Disasters”, or check out this video instead.

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