8. The Tower of Terror almost malfunctioned
I knew a guy who was in charge of equipment safety, checking all rides, and pretty much making sure no one will die on a ride (I didn’t know his exact title). His wife was the manager of the restaurant I worked at at the time. One day he came in and was very tense and out of his place. I asked what was wrong and he told me he was working on tower of terror and realized one of the cars was one bad bolt and nut away from disaster. He told me if the ride went on for another 3-4 turns the car could have failed.
I don’t know how much of what he told me was exaggerated or what not but it was definitely freaky to hear…
I also have a buddy that works cleanup now and tells me surprisingly many people throw the ashes of loved ones from rides and/or in the water. He said it sucks because ultimately they identify every time that happens and those ashes end up getting swept up and thrown in the trash.
9. A woman overdosed on cocaine
Disneyland Cast member of 4 years at Tower of Terror.
Had a woman OD on cocaine at the front desk of the Disney California Adventure Tower of Terror. It was peak season and I was faced with closing my attraction with like an 80 minute wait (I was the working lead). Instead I rerouted the line through an emergency gate with the held of every manager and security cast member. Never stopped loading guests with paramedics consulting a woman who had two much cocaine. (I found out afterwards from my friend in security).
Other fun things during my time: I got punched in the face on christmas. Saw babies left in strollers while their parents rode. Piss, shit and vomit like every day. Kids having sexy time during Grad night. Drunk guests doing the dirty. I have been groped by both women and men (I am a guy). Shit those four years were hell.
10. A couple tied their kid to a fence
I did the management intern program in 2006. I got a call while managing over at Everest. Its seems that the person measuring up front had a husband, wife and child walk up trying to ride. The child was wearing one of those child pet leashes they have where it connects to a strap around the chest. Completely all over the place.
Well The cast member told them that the child was to short to ride. So they offered them a pass that allows one parent to cut the line and ride then another pass to let the other parent cut the line. So someone could sit with the kid.
They didn’t want to do that as they both wanted to go together and get a picture done. Then then walked the kid over to a fence and tied him to the fence and went to ride the ride. I show up and security and my boss are all standing around a child tied to a fence.