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Disneyland Hotel – New And Improved!
Usually this just means new packaging. We’re often sold on things that are new and improved that are nothing more than a shining up of the previous product. I should note that I am calling Disneyland Hotel “New and Improved” on my own. To my knowledge Disney themselves haven’t referred to it that way. They will tell you they are a AAA 4-Diamond Award Hotel though… Which I would too, I suppose…
However, in the case of Disneyland Hotel it truly is new and improved with the same charm we’ve always known it to have. Disney truly went in and updated this hotel while maintaining the classic feel.
Disneyland Hotel has undergone major renovations this past few years. From the rooms, to new Suites and the pool. With very few exceptions, the new Disneyland Resort is fresh, fun and a blast to stay at. The first night we stayed in the room, my then 5 year old son went on a exploration of the room and found that when he turned a specific switch on the nightstand the mural on the wall behind us lit up with fireworks. Not only did this surprise us but he found that he could also make music play for us to go to sleep to, not that we could go to sleep after discovering this magic. Matter of fact, I’m pretty sure that we stayed up another hour to play with the fireworks and music. I’m not telling you the song that plays because you need to be surprised too!
Some big news out of Disneyland today. It is being reported that three big name attractions at the Disneyland Resort have been suddenly closed this weekend. The Matterhorn, Space Mountain and Soarin’ Over California are now closed indefinitely, after state DOSH investigators on Friday disciplined Disneyland for the accident last November where an outside contractor roof slipped and was slightly injured while cleaning Space Mountain.
The closed attractions all have at least one backstage area that don’t meet the state requirement of harnessed fall protection for any employee walkway with more than a 30 inch drop opposite a hand rail.
Right now Disney is rushing to find quick fixes for these backstage areas to satisfy DOSH.
Last September, a crew member on the set of ‘The Lone Ranger‘, Mike Bridger, tragically died by drowning in a water tank. At the time, little was known about what exactly happened, but what we do know is that he was diving alone while doing work on the tank. But now OSHA, or Occupational Safety and Health Association for California, has gonna after the production company Silver Bullet, for Bridger’s death. They’re fining the company for four large violations, and six smaller, less serious ones, amounting to the sum of $61,445. The four serious violations include failing to obtain Bridger’s medical records, not having a standby diver for Bridger during the dive, letting Bridger dive without a tether, and Bridger diving without a partner.
It’s a very sad story, and it seems as if any of these steps had been followed, his death could have been easily avoided. It’s always terrible when someone loses their life over things of this nature, and all I can hope that the production company, Silve Bullet Productions, will learn from this and will make sure things like this won’t happen on their next film shoot. Things like this should always be more carefully orchestrated. ‘The Lone Ranger’ stars Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Helena Bonham Carter, and Tom Wilkinson. It is directed by Gore Verbinski, and is due to be released July 3, 2013.
- The Lone Ranger – Extended Super Bowl Ad (thedisneyblog.com)
Unfortunately, there’s been more trouble at the Disneyland Resort in California this week. The worst part is that a hero has not come to the rescue to help this situation yet.
The Westwood High School Show Choir traveled to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California this week for a competition. While performing there, their equipment truck and trailer were stolen from the parking lot of their hotel. Westwood High School Show Choir Director Tom Gerking is hoping that their insurance will cover the tens of thousands of dollars in belongings and equipment that was stolen. Although it was not released if the group was staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels, the group was staying in the Anaheim, California area. Hopefully, the police will be able to find whoever took their stolen equipment and they will be returned to their rightful owners soon!
Did you catch the article earlier this week about a high school senior who helped save a toddler by performing CPR? Sara Jewell, a high school senior from Taft High School, was also performing at the Disneyland Resort when she heard a mother call for help near the Dumbo ride. You can read the full article here.
- High School Senior Uses CPR to save a Toddler at Disneyland (chipandco.com)
- Star Wars Land at Disneyland? (chipandco.com)