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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Getting evacuated from the PeopleMover

As evacuations go, it was pretty run of the mill. Except for the fact that I am afraid of heights...

If you look at the photo below, you can see the light blue cars of the PeopleMover as they are approaching the America Sings building. Right by the trees...Go on, take a good look.

That's where it stopped. STOPPED. A castmember came along and informed us that he would open our doors one car at a time and we would have to follow him up the track to an emergency exit. I sat there thinking, "You've got to be kidding me!!" I told the castmember that I was afraid of heights and he very calmly assured me that everything would be alright. I took his hand and stepped out of the vehicle. I was shaking like a leaf. He told me he had to go and attend to the guests in the next vehicle, then let go of my hand. I looked up the track to a previously unnoticed door and told myself, "You can do this" but I wasn't convinced!

I don't know how long I stood there but suddenly realized that there were other guests standing on the track waiting for me to move. UGH!!! I slowly started scooting along and my face must have given away my terror because the guest behind me kindly offered words of encouragement, "Go on, hon, you can do it..."

There was NOTHING to hold on to as I slowly made my way along the track, pressing my backside against the PeopleMover cars to reassure myself that I would not fall. It seems like an eternity has passed by the time I got to a door with the EXIT sign. Once inside the building, I could barely go down the stairs because my leg muscles had literally frozen up from fear. It took me a long, long time to recover. I vaguely remember sitting in Tomorrowland, nursing a Coke for over an hour. Whew!

Did that stop me from riding the PeopleMover again? Oh hell no, LOL!


Thufer said...

You have such amazing and thrilling memories from the park. Good story and glad you continued to enjoy the attraction.

Anonymous said...

Great story. I remember seeing that door at the top of that incline, never knew where it went, of course.

Disneyland has taught me to look all directions, and when something enticing is going on in front, there is usually something behind you they don't want you to see.

Turns out it works in other parts of life too.

JG (no profile today)

Darrin.. said...

Wow.. wonder what happened? Also.. You were quite trooper Missy!!

Anonymous said...

I thought the end of the story was going to be that you married the cast member.