Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Disney Reports Teacup Epidemic

Record Number of Patrons Falling Asleep at the Wheel

Magic Kingdom, FL – Possibly the most well known theme park ride in the country; Disney’s teacup ride is the scene of a disturbing new trend. Disney is reporting at least one incident per day involving riders asleep at the wheel.

Janice Crowley is one of the park’s safety regulators.

“People come to me to file reports about safety incidents,” explained Crowley. “I got one (report) the other day and it was just…it was bad. I went out to the ‘cups’ and there was this one; the guy behind the wheel was obviously asleep. It was just spinning around and around; I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Park officials have pointed out that the only real threat is when individuals ride in the teacup alone, as any person in the seat can take control of the wheel. Reports suggest that Disney is considering implementing what they call, “the lonely loser rule”, which forbids anyone from riding the teacups alone.

Witnesses of the most recent incident told park safety regulators that it was “just terrifying; a harrowing experience”.