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New Disney World Gondola System to Reopen After Terrifying Malfunction

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on October 14, 2019

Guests heading to Disney World this week will have a chance to ride on the reopened Skyliner gondolas, over a week after they were closed following a mishap that resulted in a number of park guests being stuck inside the gondola cars for several hours. Reports from the park are vague and relatively unhelpful, however firefighters from Orlando were on-hand to assist in the rescue of the trapped individuals and were able to offer additional information regarding the incident.

Additionally, guests inside of the ride were able to post about their experience on social media as well as capture the events with their phones.

What we know remains incomplete, but it appears that on Saturday, the 5th of October, a number of guests in the Disney World theme park were inside the gondolas when something happened to result in a complete shut-down of the gondola’s operating system. The gondolas are a very new addition to the park, receiving their opening day on September 29th, and are intended to provide guests of the various hotels within the park – rapid – and eye-popping transport from the hotels to the park itself.

Firefighters with Reedy Creek reported that after they were called to the scene they assisted in the rescue of at least six individuals who were trapped inside one of the high-flying gondolas. It is not clear if other guests required rescue or if the remaining people in all of the gondolas simply waited from 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., when the gondolas began to move once again.

During the three hours that the cars remained trapped, posts from individuals within them suggested that some of the gondolas had collided with one another, a statement that the people at Disney vehemently refute, although it is also true that the Disney organization has yet to offer a satisfactory explanation regarding what exactly happened on the night of October 5th to cause the cars to malfunction so severely.

At the time of this writing, it is not believed that any injuries were reported as a result of the gondola’s malfunction. It is hoped that updates to this story will emerge as the investigation continues.


James O. Cunningham

James O. CunninghamSince 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

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