Monday, 15 April 2013

Space Mountain closed: 3 Disneyland attractions under safety review

Space Mountain closed: 3 Disneyland attractions under safety review, Space Mountain and three other Disneyland attractions closed over the weekend. After the California theme park received several citations, state regulators ordered temporary closures during a review of safety protocols, according to an April 14 ABC News report.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health issued citations Friday, which led to closures of Space Mountain, Soarin' Over California and Matterhorn Bobsleds.

Disneyland spokesperson, Suzi Brown, said the attraction closures were voluntary and took place "out of an abundance of caution."

The actions taken by park officials do not appear to be related to mechanical failures on any specific ride. Additionally, the three rides including Space Mountain did not close due to any reports of accidents involving park guests.

The three safety review came on the heels of an accident months ago in November involving a contracted maintenance employee who was performing work on the outside of Space Mountain.

A partial description on the citation said Disneyland park officials failed to fix "known fall hazards," without elaborating on the incident.

"Furthermore, Disneyland Resort failed to have approved anchorages or approved tie-backs for contract employees to attach to when performing scheduled exterior building maintenance," read more of the description.

With the park coming up on a busy season, it's good officials are taking necessary steps to ensure the safety of all park guests.

The Matterhorn reopened Sunday, but there was no timeline given about the other two Disneyland theme park attractions.

Of note: Space Mountain is closed at the Anaheim location, not at Walt Disney World (WDW) at Lake Buena Vista in Florida.

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