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October 14, 2005 | David Haldane and Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writers
A roller coaster accident that injured 25 people at Disney's California Adventure was caused by a faulty brake valve installed and inspected just days before the July 29 crash, state investigators said Thursday. The critical report by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health said that the new exhaust valves had a higher failure rate than the parts they replaced.
August 10, 2005 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
Ride operators at Disney's California Adventure told Anaheim authorities that the California Screamin' roller coaster was functioning normally before the July 29 collision that hospitalized 17 people with minor injuries. The statements were contained in police and fire reports released Tuesday. The ride remains closed as state investigators try to determine what caused one train to rear-end another that was stopped.
July 31, 2005 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
State officials were investigating Saturday whether mechanical or human error caused the first major ride accident at Disney's California Adventure, in which at least 15 park visitors suffered minor injuries the day before.
July 14, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Disney World in Orlando reopened a thrill ride that was closed when a 16-year-old British girl almost died of cardiac arrest after riding it. Disney invited an official from the state Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection to monitor an inspection of the "Twilight Zone Tower of Terror," which the park does not typically do, in an effort to calm any public anxiety. Leanne Deacon of Kibworth, England, remained in critical condition after suffering cardiac arrest minutes after exiting the attraction.
July 13, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A 16-year-old British girl was in critical condition after her heart stopped following a Walt Disney World thrill ride, one month after a young boy died after going on another attraction at the Orlando park. Leanne Deacon had said she felt strange but was OK after leaving Disney World-MGM Studios' "The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror," said Jim Solomons, an Orange County Sheriff's Office spokesman.
June 30, 2005 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
There are few places in the world where it's not only normal but desirable to laugh uncontrollably and scream like a maniac. Those places are called theme parks, and nothing quite compares when it comes to temporary respites from reality. Nowhere else can you so thoroughly check real life at the gate -- and, while you're at it, whatever diets, budgets and codes of conduct you ordinarily follow.
June 29, 2005 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
The Matterhorn Bobsleds ride at Disneyland was temporarily closed after a 62-year-old woman visiting from Peru was hospitalized after exiting the attraction, park officials said Tuesday. Disneyland officials said they notified the state's Division of Occupational Safety and Health and shut down the ride about 6:15 p.m. Monday, after the woman complained of nausea and dizziness. The Matterhorn, one of the park's most recognizable and popular attractions, was reopened at 4 p.m.
June 20, 2005 | Richard Verrier and Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writers
Four days before a preschooler died after passing out on a popular space ride last Monday at Walt Disney Co.'s Florida park, the company's top theme park executive and two lobbyists had visited the Capitol Hill offices of Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.). The three wanted to make the case that the kind of federal safety oversight the congressman was proposing for the industry was unnecessary because theme parks are safe and already regulated by most states.
June 15, 2005 | From Associated Press
A 4-year-old boy died after a spin on a Walt Disney World spaceship ride so intense that seven riders have been taken to the hospital since the ride opened in 2003. Daudi Bamuwamye lost consciousness Monday aboard "Mission: Space," which spins riders in a giant centrifuge that subjects them to twice the normal force of gravity. The boy's mother carried him off the ride, and paramedics and a theme park worker tried to revive him. He died at a hospital. An autopsy Tuesday showed no trauma.
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