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Back last month, we broke the news to you that one of Disneyland’s most popular attractions, Space Mountain, had closed as a precautionary measure due to OSHA citations. In case you missed it, you can read the whole article here.
Well, today, we have some good news to share with you. Disneyland’s Space Mountain has reopened! The popular attraction was able to reopen after the Walt Disney company decided not to appeal a workplace safety case.
According to the Orange County Register, Space Mountain reopened Friday evening (May 3, 2013). Disneyland’s Space Mountain was closed in April after state officials deemed that safety rules were violated after a contractor fell and suffered broken bones while cleaning the attraction’s slanted roof.
We’ve been keeping you up to date over the past few days regarding the closure of three major Disneyland attractions, with Space Mountain and Soarin’ Over California still closed. You can catch up on that here. Now, California state regulators want to fine Disney almost $235,000 for violating safety regulations which led to a worker being injured at the Space Mountain ride last fall.
The Orange County Register reported that fines have been proposed by the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health. These penalties arose from an accident in November when a contract worker slipped and suffered broken bones while he was cleaning the exterior of the Space Mountain attraction at Disneyland. Disney has not announced if they have decided to attempt to appeal the penalties.
Over the weekend, we told you that three of the most popular Disneyland attractions had been suddenly shut down due to OSHA citations. Well, although one has been re-opened, but the other two are still closed. The Matterhorn Bobsleds, Space Mountain, and Soarin’ Over California were closed due to failure to meet the state requirement of harnessed fall protection for any employee walkway with more than a 30 inch drop opposite a hand rail. The Matterhorn was able to re-open on Monday, but the other two are still closed indefinitely.
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.
I love it when my students come back from a trip to Disney World. Their memories are so fresh, so vibrant, so real! I feel like a (teeny) bit of me has made the trek to the most magical place on Earth!
Five and Six year-old kids tend to speak about Disney trips in three major themed chunks; 1. the hotel (aka pool), 2. the most daring ride they braved, and 3. the characters they met. Everything is magnified, as hand gestures bring life to memories. I’m never surprised to hear that even the “bravest of the brave ones” were scared of rides that I would consider to be pretty tame. I’m talking about a 5 year old, who barely squeaked by the height requirement, yet hunkered down under that safety restraint, and stared the thrills and hills of rides like Expedition Everest, Space Mountain, and Tower of Terror, but was completely terrorized by the antics of 626 on Stitch’s Great Escape. Bizarre as it may seem, I get it.
Today I am sharing 5 rides that are surprisingly terrifying for little ones. Of course, this is by no means a “one size fits all” list. Some kids know no terror. Some kids would laugh in the face of these rides. But, today I am sharing rides I’ve heard mentioned again and again by little ones! Let’s look at it their way, how kids see it: the scary side to otherwise tame rides!
Do you remember ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter? I do! That think freak me right out! I remember shivering as the “alien” crept around the seats. The feel of the breathing on my neck sent me into overload. It’s funny that Stitches Great Escape is housed in the same place and is now sending waves of fear over little ones worldwide! Knowing how scary it use to be has made me see the lighthearted side to the ever lovable 626. But for kids, this ride is as terrifying as it gets. As Stitch makes his escape into the audience, pouncing on seats, burping out chili dog breath, and spitting on innocent spectators! When you say it like that, it makes sense…right?
What makes it scary: This ride contains a period of little to no lighting. Stitch gets up close and personal, creating a tense feeling for little ones who probably won’t understand that the seats are automated, but instead believe that 626 is running around the theater. Also, there is a sequence of laser blasts with loud noises that might be considered frightening.