Brian Pierce (captain_slinky) wrote in disneyland,
Brian Pierce

Disneyland’s Matterhorn, Space Mountain, Soarin’ Closed Indefinitely Due to OSHA Citation

You guys all read this, right? After FIFTY YEARS, in a scene reminiscent to the "Shut It All Down" scene from Ghostbustrs, the folks at OSHA decided that the lack of secondary back-up hand rails on back-stage areas that went over heigts of more than 30 inches. The inspection was prompted by an accident last November where an outside contractor (hired to clean The Matterhorn) slipped and suffered from what were reportedly "Slight Injuries".

Let that sink in. Back stage (no guests are at risk). Fifty Years. One "slight" accident 5 months ago. Th situation wasn't severe enough to get the inspectors there for almost half a year, but it IS severe enough to force the immediate and indefinite closure of three major attractions right in the middle of the busiest Spring Break season.

Sounds like SOMEBODY forgot to grease I few palms down at the OSHA offices, or maybe somebody had an axe to grind?
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Danggggg! No wonder they were closed yesterday. I was wondering why that was. That's a bummer!
I hope they reopen soon. My pass expires in a month :x
I don't think Disney is exempt from safety codes. It would be extremely unfair if they were. You say "no guests are at risk" but the Cast Members deserve every bit as much concern as guests do. Yeah, it's disappointing when you visit the parks and your favorite attraction is closed, but if it's closed because they're making improvements, how can you really complain?

Why do you think this is a vendetta on OSHA's part? This isn't really a big deal - the attractions will be up and running soon, and better than before :)
You may have taken my post the wrong way, and I'm sorry. The paranoia tilt was meant as a joke based on several popular conspiracy theories, and was not intended to be taken seriously :)

I know that the safety and quality of the ride is severely impeded by not being able to immediately produce five years worth of maintenance records for Space Mountain's air conditioning system to the Cal/OSHA inspector, and can hardly wait to have it up and running better than before! I, like most Disneyland Guests, just can't enjoy myself while I'm worried about those AC Maintenance Records!


In reality it was all just a standard procedure; When Disney receives a report from OSHA with ANY suggestions for improved safety, Disney immediately shuts down the ride and fixes it as quick as possible then upgrades the fixes so they look pretty and even EXCEED the expectations of OSHA (Alice In Wonderland being one of the more famous recent incidents). But having Space Mountain, Matterhorn, Big Thunder AND Soarin' suddenly go down on a Spring Break Weekend was just too much to NOT spark some creative paranoia :)

Sorry for the confusion :)