Well, this is pretty terrifying! Dozens of guests were left stranded high above the ground when the Sky Tower ride at SeaWorld got stuck during a busy Monday afternoon on Dec. 21…and it wasn’t exactly the easiest situation to rectify.
It’s some peoples’ worst nightmare: Being stranded on a ride while enjoying a day at the theme park. For more than 50 SeaWorld attendees, this was reality on Dec. 21 when an observation tower ride got stuck in mid-air. Read the park’s statement here.
“We are working closely with Orange Country Fire Rescue to quickly and safely remove all guests from the ride,” SeaWorld tweeted. “We are in constant communication with the guests and team members on the ride and all passengers are safe. The safety of our guests and team members is SeaWorld’s top priority.”
The passengers were stuck for almost two hours before they were safely rescued, but luckily, nobody was injured during the terrifying situation. Of course, with social media being what it is today, at least one rider was Periscoping live from inside the tower. “While I was on the phone the break [sic] was released and we enjoyed a slow trip to the bottom,” one passenger explained after emergency crews released a brake to help the ride descend down.
The Sky Tower is meant for viewers to get a full, birds-eye view of the park, rising to 400 feet above the ground. But this time, the ride stopped unexpectedly, and the guests were trapped with the song “Winter Wonderland” constantly playing on repeat. HOW brutal does that sound?! Thankfully, everybody was okay, and hopefully crews are checking things out so this doesn’t somehow happen again! Interestingly, the same ride at SeaWorld’s San Diego park had a similar problem back in 2014, when dozens of guests were trapped for four hours. Yikes!
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked that this ride has gotten stuck?!