Disneyland attractions close AGAIN after SoCal’s largest earthquake in decades

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Disneyland earthquake

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Update 7/5/19:

Another earthquake hit southern California on Friday, this one an even higher magnitude than the last. The earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.1, was centered just 11 miles from Ridgecrest, CA in Kern County. Although it occurred over 170 miles from Anaheim, guests of Disneyland were still able to feel the earthquake, and many Disneyland attractions were shut down temporarily for seismic inspection for the second day in a row.

Original article published 7/4/19:

Southern California was hit with the largest earthquake in decades, prompting several attractions at Disneyland Resort to temporarily close for inspection.

According to the LA Times, the 10:33 a.m. earthquake was recorded in Searles Valley, a remote area of Kern County about 100 miles from Los Angeles and 170 miles from Anaheim, the home of the Disneyland Resort. Despite being around a 3-hour drive from the earthquake’s center, Disneyland was among the southern California areas affected by the quake, so much so that it prompted several of the theme park’s attractions to temporarily close for seismic inspection.

Disneyland announced the attraction closures (which included the Matterhorn Bobsleds, Autopia, Indiana Jones Adventure, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Disneyland Monorail, and several others) via the Disneyland App, some of which you can see in screenshots below:

As it was felt in Los Angeles and the surrounding area, the earthquake was slow and steady and lasted around 30 seconds. This is the largest earthquake recorded in Southern California since the Northridge earthquake of 1994, which was recorded as a magnitude of 6.6, killed dozens of people, and caused billions of dollars in damage. So far, this earthquake has not caused nearly as much damage or injuries, according to Los Angeles officials. Los Angeles Times also reports that it is unlikely there will be significant damage in an urban area as a result of the earthquake given that it was centered in such a remote part of California and occurred around five miles underground.

Still, it can be pretty shocking to experience a southern California earthquake while visiting the Happiest Place on Earth. Here’s how some Disneyland fans reacted to the earthquake on Twitter:


Were you at Disneyland today during the earthquake, or have you ever felt an earthquake while visiting a theme park? Let us know in the comments!

Source: LA Times


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    matthew cerra

    I am currently visiting Las Vegas, and I I noticed the shaking by the pool – but I teach middle school kids about this stuff. I checked the usgs site to confirm.

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      Wow good for you.

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    Ryan Cameron

    I was on Smuggler’s Run in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the time of the quake. The ride was just coming to an end, and instead of the cabin doors opening as expected there was some slight shaking and Hondo character said something about stowaways and the video footage looked like moved to a new landing position. Honestly thought it was a glitch in the ride. Didn’t realize any extra snaking was not part of the ride until I saw reports on facebook about it after the fact.

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    I was just about to go in the preshow for Guardians when my dad said the ground was shaking. I turn around and the armor by the screen was shaking. I freaked out. I had just got walk off Hyperspace too.

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    In Tokyo Disney this would’ve been just a small blurb and they would’ve not even reacted to some ‘slight shaking’ and made a bunch of jokes about it.

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    I live in Anaheim and… didn’t feel anything, ha. I think it’s the building I live in. I’ve felt tiny quakes nearby a few times while my partner was at home and he didn’t feel them and vice versa.

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    I was at Disneyland today and was walking around Galaxy’s Edge but didn’t feel it at all.

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    I was in Carsland and we didn’t feel a thing or have any disruptions in rides. It was a nice quiet morning over on the California Adventure side.

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    Gregory Dimino

    I don’ live in an earthquake prone area or visited one. However I did get to be in an earthquake when the 5.8 rare earthquake hit Virginia in 2011. I was at teacher orientation for my 1st day as a special ed teacher. I remember the ceiling and the school building shaking. I also remember the presenter being from California realizing it was an earthquake and bracing herself in the doorway. I also remember it did sink in right away what was happening as we were close to Quantico and their testing they do at times. Also remember when we evacuated the building could not make a call as the cellular network went down. I also saw on the news that day that it was felt up and down the entire eastern seaboard as far north as Toronto. It definitely a unusual and unexpected experience.

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