Space Mountain Reopens At Disneyland Park Following Safety Violation Closure

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Space Mountain was reopened Friday after three weeks of being shut down following unsafe working condition violations. Reuters

One of Disneyland’s iconic rides is officially up and running again. Less than one month after Disney’s Space Mountain ride was closed in April due to multiple safety violations, the roller coaster reopened for Anaheim, Calif., park guests as of Friday evenings.

The AP reported Monday that the ride reopened despite the Walt Disney Company’s decline to appeal the workplace safety case; the company is reportedly planning to continue to meet with state agencies regarding the citations.

The two other Disney rides closed due to similar the safety violations, Matterhorn Bobsleds and Soarin' Over California, at Disneyland’s sister park, Disney California Adventure, have also reopened.

The three attractions were closed by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health on April 13 after serving the park with six citations and one notification of penalty. The park accumulated more than $234,000 in fines due to safety violations.

One of the park’s violations, hazardous window cleaning operations, allegedly resulted in a November 2012 accident when one Disney employee fell from inside the Space Mountain ride, resulting in unspecified serious injuries. Other fines, including employees’ inability to locate fire extinguishers, ventilation issues, lack of guardrails to protect workers and reported floor and roof openings, were also cited.

Upon the attraction’s closure, Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said the park’s safety procedures were planned to be reviewed.

“We constantly strive to maintain a safe work environment for our cast members and contractors, and we are reviewing certain protocols,” Brown said.

Guests of the theme park expressed their joy on Twitter this weekend after learning the headliner attraction was once again open.

 

 

 

 

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