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Disneyland Resort closes Space Mountain, Matterhorn and Soarin' Over California after alleged safety violations

Space Mountain

The Disneyland Resort has voluntarily closed major rides Space Mountain, the Matterhorn Bobsleds and Soarin' Over California after being cited for alleged safety violations.

The LA Times reports that the closures were made in order to review safety protocols for employees, after California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) proposed fining the park $234,850 for six violations relating to Space Mountain. The Matterhorn Bobsleds reopened on Sunday, but Space Mountain and Soarin' Over California remain out of action.

The range of alleged offences, covered by a DOSH report, include a lack of fire extinguishers, missing guard rails and a failure to keep proper records. The report covers only Space Mountain, and does not mention the other two attractions affected by the closures.

For its part, Disneyland has stressed that voluntary nature of the closures, with spokeswoman Suzi Brown saying: "We constantly strive to maintain a safe work environment for our cast members and contractors — and we are reviewing certain protocols."

In November, a contractor was injured during the process of performing maintenance on the exterior of Space Mountain. The worker fell down the outside of the structure, breaking several bones.

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