Top 7 Ride Malfunctions at Disney and Universal Studios
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Top 7 Ride Malfunctions at Disney and Universal Studios

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find us @TPMvideos. Malfunctions and breakdowns are topics that
get discussed quite frequently on this channel. It’s so intriguing when something out of
the ordinary happens in a theme park ride or attraction. Across the Disney and Universal theme parks,
fake outs or intentional malfunctions and mishaps have been built into the storylines
of various rides and attractions. Integrating intentional malfunctions are a
perfect way for show writers to raise the stakes and create suspenseful moments that
will surely keep you on your toes. So while looking at Disney and Universal rides
and attractions, make sure to keep your hands arms feet and legs inside as we count down
the Top 7 Intentional theme park Malfunctions and Fake Outs. Number 7
Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom covers 110 acres of land. Along this ride through the Harambe Wildlife
reserve, your journey is led by a safari driver as you get the chance to see dozens of wild
animals. Now any time a ride has a live cast member
conducting a tour, this really allows for the lines to be blurred as to what’s real
or what’s just part of the script. This first intentional malfunction happens
just before you make your way into the red clay pits. After spotting the elephants you’ll approach
a road closed sign {Safari Driver} Nobody told me they were closing
it Then taking the detour involved heading across
an old rickety bridge. {Safari} Well I guess we have to go for it. Now’s a good time to say goodbye to your
love ones. Just in case. Wow lean to the right. Okay good leaning everyone nice work. In the case of this planned malfunction, the
cast member really helps heighten the moment of potential danger and this used to be a
part of a larger story. When the park first opened, Kilimanjaro Safaris
used to follow a storyline of poachers making their way into the reserve. While you were in the Simba 1 ride vehicle,
the Safari warden Mr. Wilson checks in over the speaker system and upon approaching the
elephant section, you’d hear that Little Red and Big Red haven’t been seen. Then during a high speed chase, the ride ended
with little Red safe and sound and the poachers being caught. With the rickety bridge placed right in the
middle of the attraction, the original intent was a bit of foreshadowing to show that now
this second half of the journey might not goes planned. In 2012 Disney removed little red and the
poaching aspect of the story but the shaking bridge bit still remained. The effect doesn’t go off for every truck
so there may have been times when you crossed over the bridge and nothing happened. As of recently within the last year, the bridge
effect has been turned off. Now you just drive right over while hearing
more about the elephant species. Hopefully one day soon this intentional malfunction
is incorporated back into the ride. {Safari} Alright raise your hand if you fell
off. Alright just a few of you. I’ll take it. Number 6
We all love a good animatronic malfunction, right? Well this next one takes us over to Star Wars
Galaxy’s Edge at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In Oga’s Cantina you can find the DJ Rex
animatronic and this droid has a pretty rich history at the Disney parks. Before being reprogrammed as the resident
DJ of the Cantina, Rex was formerly known as RX-24 and used to pilot the Star Speeder
ship on Star Tours. Since Rex went through some reprogramming
he definitely has some wires crossed causing him to glitch and malfunction. {DJ Rex} Uh-oh. The hyperdrive is overloading. It looks like I’m losing altitude fast. Sorry folks, I’m sure i’ll did better
next time. It was my first time and I’m still getting
used to my programming. Now this is one of those intentional malfunctions
that involves Cast members. In order to get Rex working again they need
to fix the generator. {Crowd} Fix it, fix it! And when you’re dealing with a bar full
of people drinking things might get a bit rowdy. {cast member} Harder! {Rex} two two two. Hi there! Customers! This intentional malfunction is a great way
to bring some kinetic energy into the bar but it also pays tribute to Rex’s original
role as the Starspeeder pilot. Right before Rex fully shuts down he glitches
when you hear- {DJ Rex} Sorry folks, I’m sure i’ll did
better next time. It was my first time and I’m still getting
used to my programming. At the end of your flight on Star Tours Rex
used to say.. {DJ Rex} Sorry folks, I’m sure i’ll did
better next time. It was my first flight and I’m still getting
used to my programming. Hey! Pretty much the exact same piece of dialogue. And you know that famous Star Tours chime. Yea that one. Well Rex’s reboot sound is actually the
Star Tours Chime. {Rex} two two two. Hi there! Customers! And this scenario isn’t the only time Rex
malfunctions. You can also hear him muttering even more
of the original Star Tours dialogue. {Rex} Light speed to Endor! It’s really fun that all these intentional
malfunctions act as little easter eggs to his past life on Star Tours. Number 5
A unique feature of Universal Studios Hollywood is the Backlot Studio Tour which began in
July of 1964. These sound stages and sets are actually home
to real Hollywood productions, so it gives you a behind the scenes look at some movie
magic. The tour includes many staged events- {Tour Guide} Oh he spotted us. Hi Norman. We’re just passing through here. Its an action packed 45 minutes and since
its lead by a live tour guide, you can expect some surprises along the way. About halfway through the tour you’ll be
lead into Soundstage 50 which your tour guide says is a hot set. {Tour Guide} They’ve been shooting a film
in here but every time they go on break, they give us the green light to go in so you can
see what the inside of a Soundstage looks like. Not allowed to stay in here very long. The set up from the guide is written in a
way to make you believe that you’re just passing by like nothing’s gonna happen. But then your guide is abruptly interrupted. {Tour Guide} Apparently it was important to
the director to-ohhhh okay everybody hold on. What appears to be a glitch or malfunction
turns out to be the Earthquake attraction. {Tour Guide} We’re shaking. We’re shaking like anything, oh no. the ground is shaking up a bit. I hear the subway. The subway lookout. The subways coming for us. And just when you thought nothing else could
happen. {Tour Guide} Alright I think its over. Lets get out of here before the water main
breaks. The Guide plays a big role in effectively
selling what’s happening, especially during those first 10 seconds of it glitching. Then as it keeps happening you clue into its
all part of the attraction. I mean it’s an impressive set up and what’s
even more impressive is that everything in the attraction can reset within 15 seconds
so it’s ready for the next tram. Number 4
The cast of Animatronic bears in Frotnierland’s Country Bear Jamboree have been entertaining
audiences since 1971. The show is fun musical revue that uses quite
a bit of humour to deliver a variety of folk and country songs. It’s a charming classic Disney attraction. Now one iconic character is Big Al and he’s
the first example of what we’re calling attraction fake outs. Henry and Sammy begin serenading the audience
with a rendition of Davy Crocket when Big Al interrupts with- {Big Al} Blood on the saddle, and blood all
around And the only way to solve this problem is
to get all the other bears on stage to drown Big Al out with-
For a first time viewer there might be a bit of confusion like “Do we really need to
hear the song again” and I oop just kidding, now its the finale. Even if you know its coming, its still a fun
comedic moment that always gets some laughs and it’s a perfect Segway to just end the
show. {Henry} So thanks for bearing with us to the
bear end. What do you say Sammy? {Big Al} Blood on the saddle. Number 3
Although its not a ride, The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood
Studios is definitely an attraction and it’s a great example of how mishaps are worked
into a theme park experience. Now like we’ve seen in the other examples,
actors or cast members can be used to make scripted segments appear as though they’re
organic. They create quick moments of suspense making
you believe things are actually going wrong like here at the end of the boulder scene. {Director} Cutt! Jessie you alright? Jessie, what happened? Where is he guys? jessie? {Indy} I’m okay! This same moment with the boulder was also
used to create a bit of suspense in that episode of Full House. Instead of the crew rushing over, you have
hallucinative DJ breaking the moment thinking Indian Jones is her boyfriend {DJ} STEVE no! Everything in the stunt show is so meticulously
timed and planned. Another great mishap moment during the show
happens in the demonstration between Marion and one of the extras. At the beginning, the casting director selects
10 members from the audience but what a lot of people don’t know is that one of the
extras selected is really a stunt actor posing as a guest. Then when it comes to this moment in the show- {Marion} Taking a punch, is really just as
important as throwing one. You initially think a little mishap just took
place and she actually hit him then it becomes pretty obvious that it’s all part of the
show. {Director} Ladies and Gentleman that’s my
stuntman, Alejandro. With Hollywood Studios moving in a different
direction, the stunt show is one of the last remaining elements that give us a glimpse
into the making of the movies. It’s fun going to this show and reliving
those old golden days of Disney MGM Studios. Number 2
Revenge of the Mummy opened at Universal Studios Florida in 2004 and this is probably one of
the best coaster experiences in Orlando. What begins as a slow-moving dark ride turns
into a thrilling coaster experience reaching speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. Although there are no inversions it’s still
intense and the fact that a lot of it takes place in complete darkness adds to the overall
thrill. The adrenaline is pumping when all of a sudden
you come to a halt- {Ride attendant} We Hope you enjoyed your
ride. Please remain seated and keep your arms and
legs inside {Mummy} Prepare to follow your souls. Death is only the beginning. My very first time on this coaster, I remember
thinking the ride was actually done only to realize that I was just played. Well done Universal. This entire scene is really impressive with
that ceiling of flames. It gets pretty hot in there. So do you remember your first time on this
coaster? Did you actually fall for this fake-out? Comment below. Number 1
Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom takes you on a thrilling journey to the Himalayas
where you need to escape the Yeti. The roller coaster opened in 2006 and Disney
spared no detail with the theming. As you make your way up the lift and into
the mountain range, you’re faced with a broken ripped up track. Then you quickly realize what can’t go forward
must go backward. Now this whole broken track malfunction causing
you to stop is used as a distraction for what’s happening behind you. In order to get your train moving backward,
there’s a quick track switch that needs to takes place. It looks like this, switching from a curved
piece to a straight piece. Then once it’s locked and in place, the
train races backwards through the mountain. As you’re stopped for the 10 seconds, the
anticipation builds. You have no idea when you’re gonna hear
those breaks release sending you back and you also have no idea if you’ll see the
bird on a stick. That’s it right there and sometimes it flies
away unannounced and is nowhere to be found but it’s a nice surprise seeing our feathered
friend show up. So what’s your favorite intentional theme
park malfunction. Maybe even one that’s not on the list? I’d love to know! Leave a comment down below to start a conversation
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