Folks visiting the Disneyland Resort in California over the weekend had to endure a few surprise ride closures. According to the Associated Press, Space Mountain, Soarin’ Over California, and Matterhorn Bobsleds were voluntarily closed over the weekend. Disney made the move to address particular fall hazards for workers concerning a November citation involving known fall hazards and anchor points. Anyone who has ever worked at height knows how important those anchor points are.
According to NBC Los Angeles, Disneyland is facing more than$200,000 in fines relating to the citation and has until April 22 to remedy the situation, which reportedly includes unsafe ladders. Still it is important for visitors to realize that the safety closures are not related to ride dangers.
According to OSHA, falls are among the leading cause of workplace fatalities, so it makes sense that Disneyland would close Space Mountain and the other rides to address these issues. Matterhorn is already opened again, and it is unclear how long the other two rides will be off duty.
Of course, Space Mountain being closed is a big hit for anyone for a thrill ride, and Soarin’ is a great experience over at California Adventure (it’s sister attraction at Disney World’s Epcot in Orlando is also popular).
While both rides are a loss for tourists and guests at the theme parks, when it comes down to it worker safety is more important. With any luck Disney is able to correct the situation quickly and get back to the business of entertainment.