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Fire forces closure of Astro Orbiter at Disney's Magic Kingdom

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A small fire broke out on the Astro Orbiter attraction at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom on October 9, 2011, forcing the temporary closure of the ride.

No guests or staff were injured in the incident, which was caused by a light in one of the decorative rings at the top of the ride melting. Astro Orbiter closed for the remainder of the day to undergo inspection, and it is not yet known whether it will reopen on Monday, October 10.

The fire briefly caused the closure of all attractions in the Tomorrowland area of the Magic Kingdom, due to the smoke emitted by the melting light. However, the rest of the land returned to normal operations soon after the incident was dealt with by Reedy Creek emergency services.

Astro Orbiter is is a family-friendly ride that acts as a visual centerpiece in the Tomorrowland area. It sees 12 rocket-themed vehicles attached to a central tower by 20-feet long arms. Riders are able to control the height of their rockets using a lever as the tower rotates.

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