To be honest, due to the bobsled car's design, you'd still be fine without your safety belt.
Curious to know if anyone's thought of, or actually understands the responsibilities of a CM working Matterhorn's station?
Do they rely entirely on a visual inspection to see that the seat belts are fastened?
My car flashes a warning sign if I am sitting in the driver's seat and my seat belt is not engaged.
How hard would it be to install a warning flasher on the front of the sled, that flashes if any of the seat belts are not fastened?
And even a tiny transmitter to send that fact to the dispatch system, preventing the sled from being dispatched even if nobody noticed the warning flasher?
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Dolly's Dip: The Matterhorn Bobsleds - Discovering The Magic Kingdom
Then again, maybe it is.
Disney should never make anyone ever feel uncomfortable and unsafe before the ride starts, especially on a roller coaster type ride. Cast members who've let this slide till the last second should be reprimanded and transferred to a slow-moving ride.
if anything was done wrong it was that the cast member could have showed a little more interest and at least explain to you that you weren't in any danger. As said before the Bobsled cannot dispatch with out all the restraints securely locked in place. When you look at the bobsled you may notice a row of lights behind seat 3 and seat 6. There are three green lights, each representing a seat in the bobsled. when the seat belt is locked and in place the corresponding light will light up solid. At the last check point the CM will look at these lights to confirm that each seatbelt is locked in. If every light is lit the CM can dispatch the bobsled. If one light isn't lit then the CM should check the corresponding seat and assist with the guest. If the CM member fails to see the unlit light and tries to dispatch anyway the console will beep very loudly to let the CM know to check again and the bobsled WILL NOT MOVE. So there was no danger. The CM may not have reacted right away because they knew this. You didn't. The best they could have done is try to explain quickly that everything is alright in the short time they have with you at each check point.
Every coaster at DL moves through the station regardless if you are buckled or not. Its to keep the flow going and prevent backups since the station can't fit every train that is racing down the track. So what you experienced wasn't really out of the ordinary. They wait for the last check because thats where a CM is who can give you full attention on your belts. I myself have waited for the last check to buckle a few times due to geting myself adjusted. And a train will never leave the station without everyone buckled.
The only sad thing is that the CM didn't try to reassure you that everything was part of standard procedures. But then again, coasters at DL are a game of getting sleds out as quickly and safely as possible so I could imagine those CMs don't have much time to spare with the the fast paced multitasking they have to do.
Anyway I am also having trouble seeing a problem. The ride didn't start, you got the belt on before it did. I think what happened is when you couldn't get it out you started to panic and as the sled moved closer you pulled the belt harder which just locked it, and it didn't release. Same thing happens when you tug on a car seatbelt really hard, it locks. But as others have said the CM's knew you weren't in any danger and didn't think the ride needed to be stopped. They knew it would be fine so they aloud the sled to continue until the last point. They wouldn't have dispatched the car if your belt wasn't fastened.