Disneyland Shuts Down Three Rides Over Safety Concerns

Oliver VanDervoort - Author

Aug. 23 2017, Updated 1:21 a.m. ET

Disneyland has announced that they have shut down three rides at the park over safety concerns. Among the rides that were temporarily taken offline was the ultra-popular Space Mountain attraction.

The park has run into a spate of trouble over the last few months. Back in February a family launched a lawsuit against theme park saying that one of the actors employed by the park was racist. The actor in the White Rabbit suit refused to hug or otherwise touch two children who were black.

The family claimed they watched the White Rabbit interact just fine with white children that were around. Now Space Mountain, the Matterhorn and Soarin’ Over California have been shuttered after the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health office issued seven different citations.

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The citations were in connection to an injury that was suffered by an employee at the park. Among the citations that were issued was a finding that there weren’t any fire extinguishers on Space Mountain and that there was no guard rail on the elevator work on that ride.

Disneyland actually only closed the Matterhorn for about one day. The citations were issued on Friday and that particular ride was closed on Saturday and reopened today. It isn’t clear how long the other rides might be shut down.

The park was quick to point out that the shutdowns were all voluntary, that they were not ordered by the state and that the company always has the best interest of its employees and guests in mind first and foremost.

Suzi Brown, spokeswoman for the resort added that the company is currently working hard to review certain protocols and make sure that any safety hazards are being dealt with promptly.

It hasn’t been all bad news for Disneyland this week, as they opened their new Iron Man tech exhibit.


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