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About 120 guests evacuated from Disney's monorail after power outage


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About 120 guests evacuated from Disney's monorail after power outage

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jul 14, 2014

An estimated 120 passengers were rescued from the monorail at Disney World in Florida after it was halted between the Magic Kingdom and Epcot by a power outage while heavy storms rolled through the area on Sunday evening.

Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Whaler said "weather caused the power outage, but it did not appear a lightning strike was responsible," reports CNN.

It took firefighters around 90 minutes to rescue the overheated passengers who were all stuck in cars without air conditioning about 30 feet off the ground. Firefighters managed to pry open a top hatch to gain access inside and then escort passengers out through the doors. The riders were lowered to the ground by a lift.

"I kind of wanted to go through the top, I thought it'd be fun," passenger Lily Mock, 15, shares with CNN. "I just kept saying this is the most exclusive ride, having to evacuate the monorail."

Mock's mother, Melissa, shared the same excitement from the Disney evacuation as her daughter. "It was the single most exciting thing that's happened to us since we've been visiting in 30 years," she tells CNN.

It remains unconfirmed whether Disney World's monorail was restarted overnight. 

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.