The most magical kingdoms on Earth are unfortunately not spared from mistakes taking place. Though the Disney theme parks, resorts and ships are almost perfect in every way in how they operate, every now and then a blunder or error temporarily disrupts the magic.
In this edition of Disney In Depth, I’ll provide some commentary on a variety of funny and regrettable videos found on YouTube that even make Goofy appear less clumsy.
An eye for Mickey’s eye
Don’t you hate it when your eye pops right out of its socket? The big cheese himself suffered from losing his vision. User jynxmayo caught a performance on the Disney Cruise Line, featuring Mickey Mouse. Right at the twenty-second mark Mick’s loose eye falls right off, but he quickly takes note of his sight issues by covering up the open spot – and preventing the kids from suffering any nightmares. Here is a wonderful example of the Disney Cast Members responding to a problem quickly and efficiently, as Mick likely wanders off to eye surgery.
Tweedle Dee or Dum down
Well, if you thought Mickey losing his eye was a big issue, how about witnessing one of the psychedelic folks from Alice in Wonderland literally losing his head? Well, the Queen of Hearts may not be responsible for this incident, but one of the Tweedle’s heads was not screwed in well enough. That motto not only applies to his personality, but what develops at around twenty-six seconds into user Wesley Groos’ video. Tweedle slips while dancing with his buddy and Tigger along Main Street U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom, recovering as quickly as possible, considering that unfortunate fall.
Squirrel holds up the Monorail
One of Walt Disney World’s monorails cannot arrive to the station safely, as a squirrel blocks its path, in this video picked up by CNN from user Eric Shelton. Even the repeated honking makes no difference. After a while the squirrel must get the picture, because he runs down the track toward the station. The poor little guy is panting, as the narrator indicates, and moments later he jumps out of danger. Cheers to the driver who kept everyone – but especially the woodland creature – safe and sound.
Munchkin goes nuts during Great Movie Ride malfunction
If you thought weird things happened in Oz and Munchkinland when everyone is dancing around, consider the idea that the weirdness level only magnifies when the little guys are “off.” During the Wizard of Oz scene at Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Great Movie Ride, the vehicles come to a complete stop when the attraction breaks down. But not everything has halted. Our first glance of a Munchkin’s “problem” comes at eleven seconds during this clip from user r0v2967, and throughout this three-minute video we hear funny lines. The Cast Member asks if anyone in the vehicle needs special assistance around the one-minute mark, and some Guests say, “he does,” referring to the Munchkin. “That is definitely clear,” responds the Cast Member.
Ariel cannot transform
It’s hard out there for a mermaid, especially when evolving into a human takes longer than expected. For Ariel from the Voyage of the Little Mermaid show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the last scene in which her “fin” is supposed to slide right off does not go according to plan. So much for smoke concealing the transformation process. Poor Ariel has to basically wiggle and rip off her fin. You always have to applaud performers for continuing on, as if these little troubles never unfolded. Thanks to user imagineer1802 for catching this moment.
Mrs. Potts rolls around
The Angela Lansbury-voiced tea pot from the Beauty and the Beast live show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios falls down (out of frame) in this clip from user bengraphics. Mrs. Potts’ round figure certainly does not help lifting from this awkward position. So it’s a Disney Cast Member to the rescue to save Potts from just reclining. Applause as she returns back to her normal routine of scurrying around the stage.
Lincoln falls asleep to his own speech
One malfunction at the Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom was caught on video by a Guest in 1992, and submitted to ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos. User Cybertosh shares with us this clip, in which the Abraham Lincoln audio-animatronic cannot listen to himself recite a speech any longer. Lincoln slowly descends into a sleeping position, but still manages to talk despite this “technical difficulty.” Sure, listening to the “robot presidents” can be tiresome for attendees every now and then, but it is certainly concerning when the one on stage prefers to take a nap.
Young Padawan aims to join forces with Vader
This video by user erndog714 circulated as fast as the Millennium Falcon can soar across the Star Wars universe, already viewed more than 4.5 million times. At the Jedi Training Academy at Disneyland Park – this show is also held at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – young Guests have the opportunity to fight Star Wars villain Darth Vader himself, using their lightsabers. One padawan girl chooses a different option… to head to the Dark Side and bow to Lord Vader. Maybe this does not constitute as something going wrong, but certainly nobody could have envisioned this to happen. “Let me show you where the Sith Academy is in,” quips the Jedi master.
This is Brett Nachman, signing off. Return back next week for another edition of Disney In Depth. Catch alerts for upcoming editions of the column by following me on Twitter. Have a good week!