TikTok videos defeating safety measures prompts Disneyland warning

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A dangerous TikTok trend that encourages riders on Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout to break the rules in order to increase airtime on the drop tower ride has forced Disneyland to issue a safety warning at Disney California Adventure.

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Do most theme park rides seatbelt system allow guests to unfastened the belt by themselves? Seems like a poorly designed safety system.

I don’t believe they are unfastening them. What they are doing is fully extending the belt and bulckling them in but preventing the belt from retracting allowing slack, then when they get to the first zero g portion they go flying. It’s why on that rides safety check the attendant will first have you pull the yellow tab and then make everyone put their hands up.

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This should end well. Stupid people doing stupid things, but for some reason when they get hurt they will try to point fingers at the park.

IROC should make a play to get into Disney. They would put a stop to that non-sense right now.


IROC should make a play to get into Disney.


It’s why on that rides safety check the attendant will first have you pull the yellow tab and then make everyone put their hands up.

I don't recall that happening at DCA. There definitely was the yellow tab check but I don't think the cast members had us hold our hands up last month when we rode. Rocket kindly requested that we do so before shooting up the elevator. I kindly refused. I may also be incorrect. There were at least three instances before taking a seat where we were asked to raise our hands for "access".

No, IROC would not make things safer. It is a program that beats mind numbing routines into operators and make them stop seeing things after a while. The two open restraints incidents I had were at IROC trained parks and both times, it was in full view of the operators. It is an anecdote, but I prefer the Disney way of training where operators spend days to learn their ride, understandi t and be able to think for themselves.

Tower of Terror in Paris and Tokyo the last times I rode them had the operator look at every restraint to make sure they touch the rider's lap. It was an issue even before Social Media, as when I worked on Star Tours in Paris, I caught two teenagers who had used their backpacks to give themselves an extra foot of space on the belt.

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I have no idea if TikTok is a security risk but I hope the US bans it simply because it has become the hub of absolute stupidity.

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Absimilliard makes a good point. If you are just training people to check all of the boxes, you stop allowing them to think critically. When a Disney op goes down the row an asks every rider to push up on their lap bar and visually verify that it's secure, they have verified that the bar is in the right position and that it works. I would argue that's just as effective as pulling on a lap bar yourself, and certainly forces the operator to look for any "cheating."

But I defer to the bull**** "consultants."

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IROC is trying to do to the hard ride side of the industry what Ellis has been doing for decades on the aquatics side. Both programs teach standards and accountability for each of their respective roles; Ride Operators for IROC and Lifeguards for Ellis.

Both programs aren’t perfect, but in general, parks who use them have better trained, more accountable and professional operators/lifeguards.

In the end, you are still dealing with humans and the smartest humans on earth still managed to blow up two space shuttles, but parks who use those programs are better off than without.

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I don't think that's a valid comparison at all. The processes are totally different. The lifeguards are trained for systematic observation, and then techniques to rescue a person. They aren't operating machines. Ride operators are trained to verify simple conditions before pushing the button. The IROC problem is that they make simple scenarios complicated. Again, compare all of the goofy requirements at Cedar Point to any Disney ride, especially the roller coasters. At Disney, the operators don't touch anything, and they observe that the rider has confirmed restraint. Then they go back to their panel, push the button and that's all. At CP, pull on this, look here, stand here, now look at the thing you already looked at again, but that's if you can see it at all because of where you have to stand. If you have to stop a train on its way out because you saw something wrong, then your system is already broken. But we've all seen it happen.

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I understand wanting to get airtime. But this is an EXTREME. The most I would understand happening is holding the bar up to not get stapled mid ride but not purposefully leaving it wide open like this. Besides how are they even filming this while I have not been to DLR I have been to WDW and remember having no phone policy’s on all the major rides. I know at my home park Valleyfair they will stop the ride and yell at people to put they’re phones away and bugs me a lot (I once stopped on Wild Thing at night because of this).

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