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Two Disney rides remain closed in wake of state citations

A ride at Disneyland and another at Disney California Adventure Park stayed closed as park officials worked to fix safety violations cited by the state.

April 16, 2013|By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
  • Disney officials said they voluntarily closed Disneyland's Space Mountain and Soarin' Over California at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim over the weekend while they review their safety procedures. Above, the front gate of the parks in 2008.
Disney officials said they voluntarily closed Disneyland's Space… (Mark Boster, Los Angeles…)

A ride at Disneyland and another at Disney California Adventure Park remained closed Monday as park officials worked to fix safety violations cited by the state.

Disney officials said they voluntarily closed Disneyland's Space Mountain and Soarin' Over California at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim over the weekend while they review their safety procedures.

Park officials said they have no estimate on when the rides will reopen.

The state's Division of Occupational Safety and Health issued fines Friday of $234,850 for six violations related to the maintenance of fire extinguishers and safety barriers and anchors for exterior cleaners and other workers on Space Mountain.

A contract employee was injured in November while cleaning the outside of the enclosed roller coaster. The inspection following the accident concluded Friday and found six worker safety violations. The violations had nothing to do with the operation of the ride, park officials emphasized.

"We have received notification of the citations and are working with OSHA to fully review them," Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said.

The citations focus only on Space Mountain but Disney officials voluntarily closed Soarin' Over California and the Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland to review the safety protocol on the attractions. The Matterhorn ride reopened Sunday.

State records show that before Friday, OSHA had issued fines of $38,860 for worker safety violations at Disney resorts in Anaheim since 2008.

hugo.martin@latimes.com

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