Chicago tourist allegedly punches Tower of Terror ride op for invalid FastPass

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A Chicago tourist who was angry she didn’t have a FastPass to Tower of Terror ended up punching a Disney World cast member in the face and began pushing buttons, which the employee warned could have affected the ride, according to a sheriff’s report.

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ApolloAndy's avatar

Does the person running the FastPass podium actually control the ride in any way? Not that a guest should EVER push button on ANY podium, nor should they punch someone in the face. I'm also surprised that no criminal charges are being pressed, but I've heard that Disney pressures their employees to keep things out of the public eye.


Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

Jeff's avatar

I think that's probably a fib. The FP panels seem to only tell the host the guest is good or not good, and what reservations they actually have. I think they can also grant in expiration or non-legit cases at their discretion. Honestly, we've been able to talk our way into non-premium attractions for benign reasons, like meeting up with someone who couldn't get the same pass as us. I think you have to be a serious dick to get to a hostile place with a Disney ride host.


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Jeff said:

I think you have to be a serious dick to get to a hostile place with a Disney ride host.

In most cases, you could have stopped at "hostile place".

Lord Gonchar's avatar

yawetag said:

In most cases, you could have stopped at "hostile place".

This comment makes me want to punch someone.


Assuming this occurred at the Fastpass/Standby “merge” point just before the pre-show, I’m 99% sure all that panel could do is open the doors for the preshow rooms.

Any “ride control” buttons would be nowhere near an area a guest could access.

Yeah, but the story is much more dramatic if buttons were violently pressed.


ApolloAndy's avatar

And I certainly don’t blame the op and/or the company line for saying “it could have created an unsafe condition.” You sure as hell don’t want to say “well, some panels really aren’t that dangerous to mash on.”


Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

Does the ride op there have an e-stop button of any type? If so, that could be "dangerous" in some eyes.

Jeff's avatar

The ride op there is nowhere near the boarding of the ride. Guests just go into a small room to watch a short video, then walk through a "basement" queue until they get to the actual ride boarding area.


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