Safety Closures Reach the Island
by, 05-03-2013 at 11:45 AM (4042 Views)
For the past two years, Disneyland began proactively overhauling the fall-protection systems on its attractions to improve employee safety. But three weeks ago, after being hit with large fines relating to a worker slipping down the roof of Space Mountain, the resort went into “full panic mode” and immediately closed Space and two other high-profile rides.
From now on, as soon as any potential fall hazard is detected, a ride won’t open. Disney, said one cast member, “will go above and beyond what is needed. Guests should prepare for unexpected closures and alterations anywhere on our property. And I fear we will see beloved attractions or icons disappear. Rather than pay for the corrections, TDA (Team Disney Anaheim) will use this as a excuse to close them. This also might affect rehabs and the building of new attractions or venues.”
Over the past week, the south end of Tom Sawyer Island was shut down, so guests cannot walk on to the Fantasmic stage. In addition, the cast member reported, “Tom and Huck’s Treehouse has been shrouded in scaffolding as engineers check the structural integrity and how it could be rebuilt to DOSH standards. It was reported that the stairs were too narrow and the railings too short.”
Let’s hope Disney can come up with a solution short of chopping down the treehouse.