After a three-week closure to complete safety work, the popular Space Mountain attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim is expected to reopen this weekend.
Disneyland voluntarily closed the 36-year-old ride April 13 after state regulators, investigating the injury of a contract worker, found violations related to safety procedures and equipment for maintenance staff.
Disney officials said Friday that they could not give an exact date for the reopening of the ride but hope to have it operating this weekend. The Disneyland website that shows ride closures at the park lists Space Mountain as closed Saturday and Sunday but not Monday.
The problems with Space Mountain began in November when a 37-year-old contract worker cleaning the ride's roof fell and was injured when his harness malfunctioned. The worker slid about 20 feet before coming to a halt on the lip of the large, ridged roof. A month earlier, a machinist was critically injured when he was hit by a speeding vehicle during ride tests before the park opened.