“If these boats get stuck . . . they have to send someone back in there to lighten the load on the boat. They’ve even built a platform next to that curve because they’ve had so many problems.” said Lutz, who has been on the ride when a guest or two was asked to disembark.
The boats get stuck because “layers and layers” of fiberglass have built up where maintenance teams have patched and re-patched problem areas.
Perhaps in an effort to protect visitors egos, the park insists that fat tourists aren’t to blame.
But Disneyland aware of America’s expanding waistlines. In recent years, the park has redesigned many of its costumes and started stocking them in larger sizes to accommodate ever-expanding waistlines. Adult men and women are about 25 pounds heavier than they were in 1960, and 65% are considered overweight, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.