Orlando attractions

Disaster!: A Major Motion Picture Ride...Starring You!

Disaster is a moving train ride that allows park guests to experience what it is like to be caught in an earthquake that measures 8.3 on the Richter Scale.


When guests enter the building leading to the ride, they can learn a little about real earthquakes as they see pictures from the "Big One" that occurred in 1906. Soon, an attendant begins to demonstrate weather effects with the help of three nearby windows.  The attendant than asks for a few volunteers to stand in the special effects area and the remaining guests continue to the theater.


In the theater, guests are asked to stand in rows as they watch a short film.  The film demonstrates some of the techniques used in Hollywood to create the special effects seen in movies.  When the movie ends, the attendant shows guests a miniature version of the set that is used in Earthquake. 


Afterward, guests are entertained with staged effects that are produced along with the help of the volunteers chosen in the beginning.  One demonstration involves the use of a blue screen to create a submarine scene.  The other scene involves watching one of the volunteers complete a scene within a three-story skyscraper stairwell.


Finally, all guests get on board the San Francisco Rapid Transit subway train.  Here, guests travel from Oakland to San Francisco Bay.  Once the train comes to a stop, however, the rumbling begins.  An attendant comes on the P.A. system and announces that a mild tremor has just occurred. 


Suddenly, the rumbling starts once more and becomes increasingly louder.  The train begins moving back and forth despite the fact that it is underground.  Then, the street opens up and guests see that a propane tanker truck is sliding in the direction of the train.  It crashes on a steal beam and bursts into flames.  Just when guests think they are safe, a second subway train jumps track and comes flying in the direction of the train.  In addition, the water from the Bay begins to pour down the stairs. 


In all, the attraction takes about 15 minutes to complete, though the actual ride only takes about 3 minutes.  Guests must be at least 34 inches to ride, though those between 34 and 48 inches must be accompanied by an adult.  The Universal Express pass is available for this ride.