A 20-year-old man waiting in line for the The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride at Disney's California Adventure Park fell almost thirty feet Wednesday night. The man fell after leaning over a railing as he waited in line for the ride.
According to Anaheim Police Department officials, the man had been drinking and was walking to the top of the attraction around 10:30 p.m. when he climbed over a rail, while in the queue line, on the second platform and joked to friends about someone falling over, Anaheim police spokesman Sgt. Rick Martinez said at a Thursday morning press conference.
In a separate statement from Disney, spokeswoman Suzi Brown said, "The guest was standing in line with friends on a second-floor platform when he climbed over a barrier to the area below and lost his balance and fell approximately 25 feet."
"The guest was transported by ambulance to the hospital. We understand his injuries were minor and he has been treated and released," Brown said.
The incident happened around 10:30 p.m., the Metro Cities dispatcher said. It caused Disney to shut down the ride briefly while paramedics attended to the fallen park-goer, Martinez said, adding that the ride reopened soon thereafter.
MetroNet of Anaheim, which dispatches for the Anaheim Fire Department, received a call at 10:31 p.m. Wednesday reporting that a man had fallen at the Disney attraction. He was treated at UCI Medical Center and was released.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is a ride that brings visitors to the top of an elevator shaft, then drops them 183 feet. The Disneyland website says, "Join thrill-seekers at the mysterious Hollywood Tower Hotel for the ultimate adrenaline rush. For the longest 2 minutes of your life, rise and fall at terrifying speeds in the hotel's haunted elevator."
The California Adventure Park is adjacent to Disneyland in Anaheim.