Disneyland has confirmed that its Alice in Wonderland attraction will be out of action for several weeks as work is undertaken to install safety barriers.
Alice in Wonderland has been closed since July 15 after the California Department of Occupational Safety and Health informed the park that handrails should be present on an elevated, outdoor section of the ride. Although Cal/OSHA inspectors did not enforce the closure, Disneyland voluntarily closed the ride to allow the handrails to be added.
Unusually, Alice in Wonderland is not listed on Disneyland's website as being among attractions currently undergoing refurbishment and no reopening date has been announced - although the park says it will be back in operation "within a few weeks". The work may be complicated by the need to ensure that the safety rails do not interfere with the external appearance of the popular attraction.
Located in the Fantasyland area of the park, Alice in Wonderland opened just three years after Disneyland itself, in June 1958. The ride carries guests in on-rails, caterpillar-themed vehicles through scenes from the famous Disney animated movie. The plot sees riders following the White Rabbit down into Wonderland, with the action briefly moving outside before a climactic "Mad Tea Party" scene.