Stuck on a Roller CoasterIf you’ve ridden roller coasters quite a bit, then at one time or another you’ve likely found your ride suddenly put on pause. I know that I have. From an incident almost ten years ago on Predator’s peak to just this past weekend on Great America’s Viper, getting stuck is not unusual. In my experience, a ride op has always trekked out to my location to inform me and the other riders that everything’s fine and we’ll get moving again soon. Note the ride op with the neon green shirt on American Eagle in the picture above. There are the very, very rare cases when the fire department has to be called in, but all of my encounters have been run-of-the-mill and lasted at most 15 minutes.

An Opportunity for Good Customer Service

Obviously, an incident like being stuck on a roller coaster can be a harrowing experience for some. It’s Drink Voucher - Stuck on a Roller Coasternice when amusement parks realize this and try to make up for the bit of unexpected drama. After a 5 to 10 minute wait on one of Viper’s trains (caused by a clean up delay), my friend and I were given free drink vouchers. I know that other parks give exit passes that you can use to bypass queue lines.

So, if you’re like me and are comfortable with roller coasters and how they work, then you may not mind being stuck for a short while. We appreciated the extra time off of our feet as we’d been zipping around the park non-stop for hours. And, the free drinks were much appreciated on a hot day in Northern Illinois.

Have you ever been stuck on a roller coaster or some other type of amusement park ride? Were you scared or worried? Leave a comment below and vote in the poll below.[poll id=”79″][poll id=”80″]

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33 Responses

  1. Matthew

    Oh wait, I was stuck on the second lift hill of the Cedar Creek Mine Ride for a few minutes.

  2. James

    I’ve been stuck four times on a roller coaster. First was thunder road at Carowinds on the lift hill for about five minutes. Second was Vortex at Carowinds for that same amount of time. 3rd was dueling dragons at Islands of Adventure. first we got dispatched out of the station and the train stopped. When they got us going again, we got stuck 2/3 up the lift hill. The total time we were stuck was about 30 minutes. The fourth time was on the incredible hulk at Islands of Adventure on the 2nd brake run. I did no get compensated for any of these incidents. The one time I did get an end of the line pass was wend my mom and I went on the new Transformers ride at Universal. We got stuck on the second floor.

  3. Ryan

    I’ve been stuck on Mean Streak, Dragster, El Toro, the mine ride at SFOT, Domionator at Geauga Lake, and The Villain at Geauga Lake.

  4. Ryan

    All of the parks were good except the six flags parks. Cedar Fair gives you exit passes and six flags gave me nothing… Just a waste of 30 minutes…

  5. Georgia

    I got stuck on the Mummy ride at Universal Orlando(not much of a rollercoaster but whatever.) We got stuck on the turntable room before the launch. We were there for about 30 minutes before they came and got us out. At least I saw it with the lights on

  6. Georgia

    I got stuck on Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios in Flordia(not technally a rollercoaster.) The first part of the ride worked fine until we got until the turntable. We waited 30 minutes until we got evacuated. Two days later, I got stuck on the Forbidden Journey for about the same amount of time. It was kinda cool to see both rides with the lights on


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