Flashback Friday: Quality Control

(Thanks Mommy for the idea)

For this week’s Flashback Friday, it’s another trip to Disneyland. I’m telling you, I really, really love that place. I can’t help it.

We like to tell people that we seem to have become quality control for Disneyland. We’ve had family members removed from It’s a Small World, evacuated from Winnie-the-Pooh, I keep them on their toes with all my food allergies and an experience I had when I was little became part of the training for the Matterhorn. What can I say? We like being different. Here is one experience I had last year.

My mom, dad and me at Disneyland. February 26, 2010 (Photo taken by my brother)

It was the last day of being 27-years-old and we celebrated at the Happiest Place on Earth. One of my favorite rides is Big Thunder Mountain and I have the privilege of saying that I have sat in every seat on that ride in one night. Grad Night was fun. Anyway.. back to last year. We decided to ride the rollercoaster and I scream a lot on that ride and mimic the mountain goat when we go by. When the ride was over, my backpack didn’t want to come up off the floor very well. As my mom was getting out behind me she noticed that something had fallen from my backpack and into the opening where the safety bar comes down to hold you in the seat. She bent down and tried to pull it out while the next group was getting on. A cast member noticed what she was doing and we showed him that something had gotten lodged. It was my metal canister of sunscreen.

The cast member immediately emptied the car and told the other cast members. They backed up the train and placed it out-of-service. I broke a ride. Well, at least part of a ride. My dad and brother were standing out side the ride wondering what had happened to us. It took two cast member a couple of minutes to get the can dislodged from the opening. The cast member who managed to get the can out gave it back to me and I apologized profusely. I could not believe that I, of all people, had to break part of one of my favorite rides the day before my birthday. I still have the can with the dent and I laugh every time I open my medicine cabinet and see it.

Throughout the rest of the day, that car sat back on the tracks at Big Thunder waiting until it could be inspected properly. It still amazes us today at how fast that cast member reacted and pulled, not just the people in that section of the train, but the whole train. People have died on that ride out of their own stupidity. I trust the rides at Disneyland with my life because I know they get inspected on a daily basis because they truly care about each and every guest that passes through those gates. I will never forget that moment or any of the ones we’ve had for quality control. I know that I could never thank any of the cast members enough for making me and my family feel safe. We do our best to keep you on your toes.

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