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    Question Disneyland vs. The Big One

    The Big One as in Earthquake, that is.

    Does anyone know how safe DLR would be in case of an earthquake? Is it all built to code? Would you want to be going over that first drop into the pitch-black grotto of Pirates just as The Big One hits Los Angeles?

    I've often wondered about this.
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    Re: Disneyland vs. The Big One

    Well - Disneyland survived the Whittier Earthquake of October 1987 and it survived the Northridge Earthquake of Janu<ry 1994. It also survived the Sylmar Earthquake of February 1971.

    In the Northridge quake, an "A" did topple down and cause substantial ($$$) damage to Anaheim <ahem> Angel Stadium. That place is about two miles from Disneyland.

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    Re: Disneyland vs. The Big One

    Quote Originally Posted by okerry View Post
    The Big One as in Earthquake, that is.

    Does anyone know how safe DLR would be in case of an earthquake? Is it all built to code? Would you want to be going over that first drop into the pitch-black grotto of Pirates just as The Big One hits Los Angeles?

    I've often wondered about this.
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    There are no guarantees.

    As with every structure in California, the results depend on the strength of the quake, type of fault, distance from epicenter, exactly to what code the construction was done at the time it was built, etc.

    Attraction operators have specific procedures to follow in the case of the apparent strength of the earthquake (amount of shaking and external observations). In all cases the ride is to be shut down until it can be evaluated, but of course shutting down varies a lot according to the nature of the ride. Some are obviously more vulnerable and take longer than others to come to a safe state. In case of extreme damage and power failure guests might be left in a difficult position as they would be with any sudden ride shutdown. In such cases, damage might make evacuation more difficult and with widespread effects the availability of emergency personnel would be stretched.

    If you want absolute safety, don't live or visit California - or Washington, Oregon ...

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    Re: Disneyland vs. The Big One

    Thoughts of the Sun Wheel coming apart and rolling down the pier just enetered my head.

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    Re: Disneyland vs. The Big One

    I am totally clueless on this, and I live in California. I have never seen them retrofit any of the buildings like SM or Innoventions. And this is one thing I do worry about as I would like to assume these buildings have been retrofitted, but I can't know for sure. Also, Peter Pan's track is held up by thin wires, so that is one ride I wouldn't want to be on in a quake.

    This is one area that DCA is much better than DL with as all the buildings there are built to code. If a quake hits, I hope I am in Tower of Terror!

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    Re: Disneyland vs. The Big One

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mad Hatter View Post
    Thoughts of the Sun Wheel coming apart and rolling down the pier just enetered my head.
    If you had the knowledge that you wouldn't get hurt, that could actually be sort of fun! And a definite "E" ticket.

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    Re: Disneyland vs. The Big One

    Quote Originally Posted by Disneyland Daddy View Post
    Well - Disneyland survived the Whittier Earthquake of October 1987 and it survived the Northridge Earthquake of Janu<ry 1994. It also survived the Sylmar Earthquake of February 1971.

    In the Northridge quake, an "A" did topple down and cause substantial ($$$) damage to Anaheim <ahem> Angel Stadium. That place is about two miles from Disneyland.

    FYI.
    Believe it or not, these were actually smaller earthquakes compared to the Big One. I have heard this quake will last for 4-5 minutes!

    And I do believe -- I think during the Northridge Quake -- that one of the DLH towers received minor damage. If I recall some of the plaster cracked and fell from one of the towers...

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    Re: Disneyland vs. The Big One

    I would worry more about freeway bridges and less about DL during a quake.


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    Re: Disneyland vs. The Big One

    Quote Originally Posted by Disneyland Daddy View Post
    If you had the knowledge that you wouldn't get hurt, that could actually be sort of fun! And a definite "E" ticket.
    Actually, it's an Eeeeek ticket

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    Re: Disneyland vs. The Big One

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyIPresume View Post
    Believe it or not, these were actually smaller earthquakes compared to the Big One. I have heard this quake will last for 4-5 minutes!

    And I do believe -- I think during the Northridge Quake -- that one of the DLH towers received minor damage. If I recall some of the plaster cracked and fell from one of the towers...
    During the Big Bear Quake in 1992, the Bonita Tower suffered damage....if memory serves me....

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    Re: Disneyland vs. The Big One

    I remember after the Northridge quake in 94 that the Submarine Voyage was closed for 3 or 4 days. Not becuase of any structural damage, but because 30 years of dirt and sediment that settled on the bottom of the lagoon became stirred up. You couldn't see 2 feet out of the porthole!

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    Re: Disneyland vs. The Big One

    Quote Originally Posted by Disneyland Daddy View Post
    During the Big Bear Quake in 1992, the Bonita Tower suffered damage....if memory serves me....
    The reason I remember this is because there were two newlyweds that were down in the parking lot being interviewed wrapped up in blankets.....imagine.........being in your wedding night and thinking the earthquake was 'YOU'. HA

    I could be off with the actual quake, but I do recall watching it on the news the day it happened - and I went to work the day of the Northridge quake - so it couldn't have been that one. I do think it was the Big Bear quake - that was early on a Sunday Morning.

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    Re: Disneyland vs. The Big One

    I remember during the San Francisco quake back in '88 or '89 I was going to college at UC Davis at the time. I was doing my laundry and my clothes were in the dryer when the quake hit. It felt like I was on a boat rocking back and forth. The laundry room was near the pool, and when I went back to get my clothes about 3 feet of water was missing from the pool. It must have sloshed out during the quake...

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    Re: Disneyland vs. The Big One

    Back when the Disney Campground was still there, my girlscout troop was spending the night and there was an earthquake early that morning. If memory serves, they evactuated the hotel but everything wound up ok. Some of the rides (splash mtn and the like) either didnt open that day, or opened later in the day, but the park opened like usual and all was well.
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    Re: Disneyland vs. The Big One

    I wouldn't want to be stuck an any ride I could nto get out of on my own...like roller coasters...BTHR I could get out of...SM..IDK, but screamin would suck! The sunwheel would suck as well...

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