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Thursday, April 25, 2013

So What Was With All The Disneyland Ride Closures Last Week?

So while we were on our way driving down to Disneyland 2 Saturdays ago, my Twitter feed from @MiceChat began to go crazy with sudden ride closures - Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, the Matterhorn, California Screamin', Soarin' Over California, all closed by Disney after being cited by OSHA the previous Friday to the tune of a $230,000 fine after a contracted maintenance worker was injured in a fall from the Space Mountain roof last November. Those were some mighty big rides and mighty big closures. The rumors were flying. Were we getting a bit jittery about our trip and some poor timing? Not a bit, we were on our way to Disneyland and while those rides are great, we go there more for the experience, not necessarily the rides. We've been on those attractions dozens of times to the point where I can pretty much take them or leave them. None are deal breakers. (On the other hand, my heart would sink if Pirates of the Caribbean were unexpectedly closed during a trip)
But by Sunday morning when we first made our entrance into the park things had calmed down and most of the rides were back up and running. The exception was Space Mountain where the original OSHA infraction occurred and currently remains closed though reopening is, I guess, expected soon. And Soarin" Over California which was closed on 5 of the 6 days we were in the parks, opening the last day before we left.
If you go to Disneyland just for thrill rides - you are missing out. Those are complimentary pieces to the total Disneyland entertainment package - big pieces for sure, but Disneyland is capable of giving so much more. But that's just me after spending so many days in Disneyland. I can find multiple ways of keeping myself content and entertained and getting on a 'mountain" attraction is no longer a necessity.

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