On my overnight vacation to DLR yesterday (even though I only live thirty minutes away haha), at least three attractions broke down while we were on them, including Space, Pinocchio, and HM. My brother and I were evacuated from Space RIGHT before the train leaves the loading area. The lights went on, they brought a little levy to pull us out, and we left; no free fast passes, but oh well.
While on Pinocchio, the ride stopped RIGHT when were passing through a set of crash-doors, jamming the doors. The lights went on and we were told to sit tight over the intercom. And of course, we were stuck in a creepy scene; Stromboli's wagon, right when we were beneath the giant birdcage. I HAD NEVER SEEN the dead marionettes in this scene. Seriously, there's a mangled marionette beneath Pinocchio's cage, and you can see the legs of another hanging...okay, they're probably not intended to appear dead, but it was creepy. It's interesting seeing how much of the ride is painted on canvas/wood, not to mention how simple the paintings and figures really are. Kudos to black-lights.
Eventually, cast members got to us and were laughing at our unfortunate position between the doors. They had to push our cart through so we could get out. Even then it was a tight squeeze. We were walked out through the first two scenes (sadly, I wish we could have seen the rest of the ride via walk through). I'm very curious as to why we had to stay on a certain side of the track...is there something wrong with the other side, or do they want to keep that open for cast members? I have to say, the coolest part of this was seeing the figures up close. It was EERIE being just centimeters away from the Pinocchio figure near the beginning. I was able to snap a picture of both him and Stromboli, but I can't figure out how to post them...anyways...
Life went on for a few hours, and we made our way to HM. Of course, it broke down while we were waiting in the foyer. They gave us the option of going away and coming back later, or to wait an unspecified amount of time until it came back. We waited, and in about ten minutes, the ride was up and running. The doom buggies stopped about three times during the ride to allow wheelchair-guests to board. However, in the graveyard, the ride literally stopped for a little over ten minutes. We're really not sure why, but again, it was cool seeing the animatronics a bit longer than we usually would have. We later found out from a friend that the park had undergone some random power surges earlier in the day, putting several rides and the hub out of power temporarily. Hmm. Interesting. We do know that Pinocchio had shutdown due to a problem with a vehicle. I'm assuming Space was a result of the power surge, and HM had something else wrong with it.
- The harmonica-playing raccoon is back on Splash. Unlike other animatronics, he's moving quite well, obviously the result of much maintenance in his absence. Unfortunately, Brer Bear still isn't moving, Mr. Bluebird doesn't move, the three cancan dancers aren't moving, one of the three alligators in the finale is still missing, the baby possums don't move, the handcar isn't running, many of the bees swirling around the beehives are motionless, thus revealing their wires, and the roadrunner is still missing. Some of the lights are out, too. One of the geese in the opening is hidden in darkness, the dog in the rowboat is barely visible (luckily, he's moving), Brer Turtle is hidden in darkness, and the brown chicken in the Laughing Place is hidden.
- The gorillas and baboons on the Jungle Cruise were broken, left either motionless or awkwardly looking down. The gorilla with the gun was frozen and looking downwards; his gun was still firing though haha. One detail I've come to appreciate are the eyes on the bull elephants. Wow. They're really creepy haha.
- The sheriff on Radiator Springs Racers is stuck. He's awkwardly leaning to the side in one position. His eyes and mouth still move though.
- This being my first time experiencing DCA 2.0, and I must say that it looks wonderful. Such a huge improvement in what we had just a few years ago. I really enjoyed Cars Land and Buena Vista Street in particular. And this was my first time riding Toy Story Midway Mania in a while; I had forgotten how fun it was.
- Star Tours is still going strong, and it still looks fresh. Although I've experienced every location (not every combination), this is the first time in a while that I've gotten something other than Hoth or Coruscant, so that was a plus. Darth Vader, Kashyyyk (probably spelled it wrong; even though I'm a huge fan), Leia, and Naboo may just be my new favorite combination.
- The deaf, old man is still missing from the Haunted Mansion. For the first time in a while, the attic lighting didn't ruin the sheet of glass in the grand hall. Nice. And I must say, the ghosts looked rather realistic yesterday. It brought a smile to my face when I heard my mom's voice notice a hidden detail for the first time. That's what makes HM so special.
- Didn't get to see the new effect on Indy. I'm going again this weekend, so hopefully I'll see it.
- Holly and Mia from Dance Moms were in line behind us on Pirates. Heck, they were even on the boat behind us, front row. As much as I wanted to take a picture with them and say hi, I didn't, because I'm sure they had been harassed by fans all day (we saw this happening). They were very polite though. When Holly bumped shoulders with my mom after Pirates, she apologized very politely. Awkward how they all look terrible on the show haha.
And that's really it. Regardless of the break downs, broken animatronics, and whatnot, it was a very fun trip. I'll still give it five out of five stars.