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    Once again, the Wheelhouse of the Mark Twain is closed to Guests

    performerinwaiting and I went to DL this morning to ride in the Mark Twain wheelhouse. The cast memeber informed us that last week and family was up there and one of their party (an unsupervised child is what we were led to believe) fell down the stairs, so they closed the wheelhouse to guests. BUT, they are now installing handrails and a gate so in about 3-4 weeks it will reopen to Park guests. If you've ever ridden up there it's a small enough area as it is, but with the railing and gate it is going to feel even smaller than before. One of the sacrifices to increase space was the small desk that was used to sign the guest book and hold the river pilots licences.
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    Re: Once again, the Wheelhouse of the Mark Twain is closed to Guests

    Thanks for the update, Tomrules55. I'm still hoping to make it up there someday.

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    Re: Once again, the Wheelhouse of the Mark Twain is closed to Guests

    Thanks for the update. I'm not surprised they're changing the stairs/railing. Last year when we went up there, it was a bit tricky coming down from the wheelhouse, with the small stairs, and no railing. I'm very glad they're going to improve it, as opposed to just closing it to guests!

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    Re: Once again, the Wheelhouse of the Mark Twain is closed to Guests

    Thanks for the update. We tried last time we were there and it was closed for similar reasons from what we were told.

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    Re: Once again, the Wheelhouse of the Mark Twain is closed to Guests

    I've always wanted to try that. I have a Pilot's Certificate. Now I would like to earn it. lol

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    Re: Once again, the Wheelhouse of the Mark Twain is closed to Guests

    This was closed for safety reasons in the past, as it's a big open hole over a 8+ foot drop, and children have fallen down the open hole and been taken away by paramedics.

    But the Mark Twain Wheelhouse is also a Guest Compliment Machine and management didn't like the idea of not getting those compliments in to bolster their annual reviews, so the Wheelhouse was always reopened quickly after the DOSH inpsectors came out and found the steep ladder to be in good condition and outside of their bounds of regulation due to it's grandfathered status.

    A second serious injury within a year means management got their hand slapped over this one and now they're going to install a fence and gate so the Guest Compliments can come rolling in again.

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    Re: Once again, the Wheelhouse of the Mark Twain is closed to Guests

    One day I'll build up enough courage to ask to get a ride up there. But it kinda doesn't feel right to ask for special treatment. Oh well...

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    Re: Once again, the Wheelhouse of the Mark Twain is closed to Guests

    I asked on Thursday and they told me the same thing - installing new handrails.

    They said to check back again in 2 weeks when they expect it to be completed.

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    Re: Once again, the Wheelhouse of the Mark Twain is closed to Guests

    Quote Originally Posted by Villains Fan View Post
    Thanks for the update. I'm not surprised they're changing the stairs/railing. Last year when we went up there, it was a bit tricky coming down from the wheelhouse, with the small stairs, and no railing. I'm very glad they're going to improve it, as opposed to just closing it to guests!
    love your glass is half full attitude about this! you're right, I'm just saddened a bit when changes are made and it's at the expense guest experience as a whole. But, the new railing will keep it available to all, then....well...I guess I'm OK with it, but I wish guests would take more respondsibliity for their actions and treat this unique opportunity with more respect and not be part of the cause these kinds of accidents ( that I was led to believe was the problem) that now require allterations to the original concept.
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    Re: Once again, the Wheelhouse of the Mark Twain is closed to Guests

    Pfft. Nobody ever falls in Disneyland and this new railing is to degrading to the original theme and charm of Disneyland. Remove the ugly railing!

    (If you haven't gotten the reference to the Frontierland Bridge by now, please note my intended sarcasm above)

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    Re: Once again, the Wheelhouse of the Mark Twain is closed to Guests

    When the castmember was telling us this I was like really?! AGAIN!
    So after 2 full days in a row of walking around disneyland and a four hour practice, I finally understand why my doctor told me to take it easy on my knee I still cant wait to do it again

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    Re: Once again, the Wheelhouse of the Mark Twain is closed to Guests

    Quote Originally Posted by TrevorD View Post
    Pfft. Nobody ever falls in Disneyland and this new railing is to degrading to the original theme and charm of Disneyland. Remove the ugly railing!

    (If you haven't gotten the reference to the Frontierland Bridge by now, please note my intended sarcasm above)

    sarcasm noted. move along
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    Re: Once again, the Wheelhouse of the Mark Twain is closed to Guests

    That is a shame. I liked the style of that railing..made it seem more "authentic" to me. Ugh.

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    Re: Once again, the Wheelhouse of the Mark Twain is closed to Guests

    Quote Originally Posted by explodingboy View Post
    That is a shame. I liked the style of that railing..made it seem more "authentic" to me. Ugh.
    ummm, the railing is being added to the wheelhouse, not sure what you mean
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    Re: Once again, the Wheelhouse of the Mark Twain is closed to Guests

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    sarcasm noted. move along
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