Not exactly exciting news for most, but three of the Disneyland Resort‘s major attractions were closed over the weekend as the company addressed safety concerns. This included Space Mountain and the Matterhorn Bobsleds in the Disneyland park itself as well as Soarin’ Over California located in the California Adventure Park.
The Matterhorn Bobsleds had already re-opened as of Sunday. However, the other two rides were still down evidently pending further review.
Apparently, the closures were the result of a citation issued to Disneyland by the State of California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). The citation was dated April 12, 2013 and had a total proposed fines amount of 234,850.00.
Of the fines, three were considered “Willful Serious” and had individual fines of attached of $70,000 each. The remaining fines ranged from $22,500.00 down to $1000.00.
The three heftier fines included a failure to implement and maintain an Injury and Illness Prevention Program, Guardrails at Elevated Locations and safety devices around Floor Openings, Floor Holes and Roofs. Officials at Disneyland will need to address these items to insure maximum penalties will not be imposed. A date of 4/22/13 has been established by DOSH for the abatements to occur by.
“We constantly strive to maintain a safe work environment for our cast members and contractors — and we are reviewing certain protocols,” Disneyland Resorts spokeswoman Suzi Brown said in response to the events.
Further reviews of safety at the Disneyland Resort are expected and other closures are not out of the realm of possibility. It should be noted, however, that the safety record at the parks of Disney are generally exceptional.