Some park goers had a scary boat ride at the Disney World theme park in Florida on Thursday when their Jungle Cruise boat suddenly began taking on water and sank.
The frightening event was documented on Twitter and pictures showed riders on the popular ride wading in murky water as they waited for the employees and first responders to rescue them. Another photo showed a lone employee left on the almost fully submerged ride.
“Our boat on the jungle cruise sank today. Fun times! #wdw” a rescued rider tweeted.
“The water in the boat was about a foot and half. Happened about noon. We went from floating to sunk in about a minute,” the same Twitter user explained. “Everyone was fine and we were rescued in about 20 minutes.”
The ride is located in Disney World’s Adventureland area and lasts about 10 minutes… if the boat doesn’t sink. Described as a “journey that you won’t soon forget,” the ride consists of a trip to see the backside of water, playful animatronic elephants and head hunters but the magic comes from the ship’s skipper’s corny jokes.
— Matthew Vince (@synewaves) February 27, 2020
A Disney spokesperson told PEOPLE that all the guests were rescued safely and enlisted the help of the Reedy Creek Fire Department. Disney staff members worked with the resued guests to ensure the rest of their time at the park was magical and the ride has since reopened.
Life imitates art! It is interesting timing because Disney and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has started promoting the new movie based on the classic ride. The film also stars Emily Blunt and is set to hit theaters this summer on July 24. We’ve only seen the trailer but we guess the threat of a jungle cruise boat sinking or at least coming close to sinking is pretty high. Perhaps the filmmakers will use the actually sinking Jungle Cruise boat as inspiration.