The Crush's Coaster attraction at the Disneyland Resort Paris' Walt Disney Studios has reopened following a serious accident on October 11, 2012.
Radio Disney Club reports that a maintenance worker was hurt in the incident, and is currently in hospital with non-life threatening injuries. It is rumoured that one of the roller coaster's cars ran over the man's hand, causing extensive damage. However, this is yet to be confirmed by official Disneyland Paris sources.
Crush's Coaster was swiftly reopened to the public, returning to action the very next day. An investigation is underway into the causes of the incident, although the short period of the closure suggests that Disneyland Paris is confident that the coaster remains safe for riders.
Installed in 2007, Crush's Coaster rapidly became one of Walt Disney Studios' most popular rides. At its heart, it is a spinning roller coaster manufactured by German firm Maurer Söhne, similar to those at many other theme parks all over the world. In order to create a unique experience, though, Disney located the coaster almost entirely indoors, and installed extensive theming elements around its circuit.
The ride's backstory is based on Pixar’s Finding Nemo, with riders taking an “underwater” trip on East Australian Current with Crush the turtle, his son Squirt and Nemo himself. After queuing through a recreation of Sydney Harbor at sunset, guests board turtle shell-themed vehicles. These can hold four guests each, with two starting seated in a forwards-facing position, and two facing backwards.
The bulk of the coaster itself takes place in near-complete darkness, with only screens showing riders’ animated companions lighting the way. The circuit features a number of twists and turns, which are designed to cause riders’ vehicles to spin rapidly.