Accident: Skyliner Closed; Guests Trapped for Hours

Riders aboard the new Skyliner gondola ride at Walt Disney World were stranded for hours late Saturday night after an apparent malfunction, according to witnesses. The aerial transportation system will be closed while Disney investigates the incident, the company said in a news release early Sunday morning.

There were no reported injuries, a Walt Disney World spokeswoman said. It was “unexpected downtime” on the Skyliner, the spokeswoman said Saturday.

Chris Edenfield said he had been stuck on the ride for “hours” with his disabled mother.

“There’s a fire truck [and] paramedics unloading the people ahead of us; we’ve been stuck up here for hours waiting,” he said. “We’ve cracked open the emergency kit awhile ago for water; it’s just a nightmare right now.”

Disney World’s Skyliner gondola transportation system lost power on Saturday night, stranding riders for hours. (Courtesy CruisingTheParks.com)
Disney World’s Skyliner gondola transportation system lost power on Saturday night, stranding riders for hours. (Courtesy CruisingTheParks.com)
He said his mother was having a hard time.

“She got sick awhile ago, throwing up because of her nerves, but I gave her one of the bags [of water],” he said.

Photos posted on the Twitter page Waltparks show several of the gondolas smashed together, although it’s unclear if any riders were on those.

The system features nearly 300 cabins that Disney says travel at about 11 mph. Their peak height is about 60 feet off the ground.

Riders also said they were asked to open the emergency kits, social media posts show.

Story courtesy of the ORLANDO SENTINEL

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