It’s been brought to our attention that the first “brand new” Double Dumbo spinner in New Fantasyland is experiencing major technical problems due to extremely poor design.
It turns out the pit beneath the Dumbos was built too shallow and the vehicles are hitting the bottom and edges of it. The fiberglass of the brand new attraction carriages is being scraped away daily and causing the ride system to have stoppages and closures frequently. Also, the water effect has had to be shut off while they try to fix the problem. (To clarifying, it is off when clogged, on when it is unclogged, which reportedly happens repeatedly and has needed overnight work to fix.)
Way to go Walt Disney World. Way to value engineer that experience with the lowest bidder. Golf clap. Further, the attraction continues to operate with guests despite this obvious design problem damaging the attraction and surrounding structure. No one working at the park seems to question it as an obvious safety hazard to do so. You know, should a Dumbo leg break-off mid flight or the extra tension cause the failure of the ride system. Operations Cast Members can be fired for e-stopping an attraction with passengers without a good reason, because an attraction that stops is a higher risk for injuries than an attraction that is operating normally. This attraction is e-stopping due to this problem – therefor guests are being put at a higher risk of injury by the continued operation.
UPDATE: We looked back in the files.. you can clearly see the start of the Dumbo kneecap erosion in Disney’s publicity photos for the opening of Double Dumbo released recently. Click to supersize.