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    Editors Note: Multiple Disneyland Attractions Closed by DOSH for Safety Reasons

    Ongoing discussion of the Cal/OSHA (DOSH) closures of multiple Disneyland Resort attractions. This ordeal began on April 13th with the closure of several attractions at the Disneyland Resort and is ongoing with additional attractions now under scrutiny. Please read this entire post with updates from multiple days.

    April 13, 2013 (9am):
    Rough Day For Disneyland: Space Mountain, Matterhorn, Splash Mountain, and Sorin' Over California were all closed by DOSH for inadequate fall protection. Meanwhile Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage remains closed because of a fire on the Seafarer. Ouch!
    Splash reopened after its DOSH inspection. Subs has reopened as well and is operating short one vehicle.

    April 13th at (4pm):
    Three E Ticket attractions at the Disneyland Resort have been suddenly closed this weekend. The Matterhorn, Space Mountain and Soarin' Over California are now closed indefinitely, after state DOSH investigators on Friday disciplined Disneyland for the accident last November where an outside contractor cleaning the Space Mountain roof slipped and was slightly injured. The closed attractions all have at least one backstage area that don't meet the state requirement of harnessed fall protection for any employee walkway with more than a 30 inch drop opposite a hand rail. Disneyland is rushing to find quick fixes for these backstage areas this weekend to satisfy DOSH, and several other E Tickets were delayed in opening by several hours Saturday morning for inspections. The rest of the Anaheim attractions will be inspected for DOSH compliance in the next few days, and more temporary closures are possible.
    April 13th (9pm):
    Matterhorn will reopen on Sunday, April 14th, but will require additional down time to comply with DOSH/OSHA edicts.

    April 19th (9am):
    Cal/OSHA closed California Screamin’ Thursday, but there is both good news and bad news for Disneyland's ride closure saga. First the good news; DOSH inspectors arrived at Soarin' on Thursday morning and blessed the temporary fall protection proposals for maintenance workers, and Soarin' should be reopening within days. The bad news; Space Mountain's fixes will take much longer, and April visitors shouldn't count on Space Mountain being open. More bad news, after the DOSH inspectors finished at Soarin' they paid a surprise visit to California Screamin' and demanded to look at several elevated evacuation platforms throughout the track. California Screamin' was shut down suddenly by DOSH at 1:45 P.M. on Thursday afternoon and was kept closed for the rest of Thursday per the inspectors findings. DCA's managers scrambled to rewrite evacuation and maintenance procedures for the big coaster on Thursday night, and then train those new procedures to all CM's for a hopeful reopening on Friday.
    Here's a link to some of the violations leading up to today's closures: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/citations..._315531715.pdf
    Last edited by Dustysage; 04-19-2013 at 10:45 AM.
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    Re: DOSH closure

    This ought to be a fun thread I have mixed emotions. On one hand many of these attractions have been operating fine for years. Then again something must be wrong to close them right??

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    Re: DOSH closure

    here is a link to the micechat fb page

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    Re: Editors Note: Multiple Disneyland Attractions Closed by DOSH for Safety Reasons

    Sometimes people including MiceChat give the Disney lawyers a lot of crap. But it's instances like these closures that are the reason why all these safety measures need to be put into place.

    Disney is going to have to come up with quick fixes for now. Which is going to create a lot of complaining online by the fans. If the Park had already been warned this must reflect badly on new President Michael. Kind of dropped the ball here. Should of been spending more time doing his job rather then does perfectly timed photo ops serving Popcorn to the Guests. But again why is Disneyland being targeted. I refuse to believe Knotts isn't in some kind of violation for some of its rides.

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    Re: DOSH closure

    I wonder how long they will be down for and if I should be thinking of canceling my trip for next weekend.

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    Re: Editors Note: Multiple Disneyland Attractions Closed by DOSH for Safety Reasons

    Space Mountain
    Splash Mountain
    Matterhorn
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    Thunder Mountain
    all down at the same time...

    How long was Alice closed for? Wasn't it several weeks?

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    Maybe the Gumball Rally will be a little easier this year.

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    Re: Editors Note: Multiple Disneyland Attractions Closed by DOSH for Safety Reasons

    Wow, crazy.

    So there are two scenarios:
    - Disney was told by DOSH some time ago to fix these issues which they have failed to do.
    - DOSH just decided to close 4 major rides with no warning

    I'm guessing it's the first scenario. On the plus side, maybe Space Mtn and Soarin' will get a much needed rehab.

    We were going to go to the park tomorrow to use our passes one last time (that our kids have only used once) but decided not to. Glad we aren't now. Guess we paid $300 for them to visit once. What an awesome use of $$ ... sigh.


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    Re: DOSH closure

    So does this mean all these big E-ticket money-makers are going to get giant Alice in Wonderland-style, ugly barriers that take away from the theme?

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    Re: Editors Note: Multiple Disneyland Attractions Closed by DOSH for Safety Reasons

    Hopefully this gets resolved. I would hate to be one of those people who spend a lot of money to get in only to have many of the headliners down at once.

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    Re: Editors Note: Multiple Disneyland Attractions Closed by DOSH for Safety Reasons

    Great...the day before my trip

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    Re: Editors Note: Multiple Disneyland Attractions Closed by DOSH for Safety Reasons

    Question - I'll be in the park this next week on Wednesday and Thursday - do these things take a long time to fix or will they likely fix the problems by them?

    this sucks a lot for an upcoming trip :/

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    Re: Editors Note: Multiple Disneyland Attractions Closed by DOSH for Safety Reasons

    Can MiceChat explain if Splash is closed or not? People are reporting its still opened.


    EDITORS NOTE:
    Splash reopened after a lengthy DOSH inspection.
    Last edited by Dustysage; 04-19-2013 at 09:19 AM.

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    Re: DOSH closure

    If Splash IS down, that would make every mountain in Disneyland closed...jeeze

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    Re: Editors Note: Multiple Disneyland Attractions Closed by DOSH for Safety Reasons

    If this story is true, it's a head-scratcher. DOSH doesn't suddenly change its worker safety regulations and Disney's lawyers aren't dumb -- both sides have to have known about the potential violations for some time. It's hard to understand how Disney could have let the situation go so long and risk a mandatory closure.

    It'll be interesting to see the backstory on this one.
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    Re: Editors Note: Multiple Disneyland Attractions Closed by DOSH for Safety Reasons

    Just checked - subs are open now.


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