Disney Guests Concerned Budget Cuts Are Causing “Growing Safety Issue”

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Disneyland Resort is home to two magical theme parks in Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure.

Disneyland, which was designed by Walt Disney himself, has been pegged as the “happiest place on earth” for nearly 70 years and brings in millions of Guests from all over the world every year as they seek to experience iconic attractions and magical immersions.

Since Disneyland reopened amidst the pandemic, there have been many reports of ride breakdowns and attraction temporary closures.

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One Guest recently shared on their first day back at Disneyland Resort since the pandemic that three attractions were experiencing unexpected closures that lasted several hours: Splash Mountain, Matterhorn Bobsleds, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. In addition, Pirates of the Caribbean is closed for a planned refurbishment currently.

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The Guests said it wasn’t just an inconvenience, but that they were concerned this could be a “growing safety issue.”

I don’t understand why these rides are not in pristine condition. They had months and months to get them into top shape, and then tons of low rider time to work out any kinks,” User U/JTbutnotthatJT said. “While breakdowns are certainly an inconvenience, the frequency we’re seeing these days suggests it may be growing to be a safety issue, and not just an inconvenience. Disney is making tons of money. Enough of this penny-pinching. Give us rides that work consistently!!” 

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Another user who frequents the Disney Park quite often said they were noticing many of the same issues.

We visit all the time multiple times a month. Our most recent visit was this past Sunday and Monday for my bday,” User U/SpaceXMonkeys said. “A lot of major attractions that anchor lands were down: Space, RSR, Splash, Rise, Matterhorn, Indy, Big Thunder, Luigi’s, Little Mermaid, and many more that I can’t remember. All down at the same time or sometime during our visit.”

Splash Mountain was just recently closed for several weeks during a scheduled-maintenance period in January at Disneyland Resort.

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When visiting Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort, the best way to keep up with attraction closures is through the My Disney Experience app. The app maintains up-to-date wait times, as well as showtimes, and much more. Disney Cast Members at the ride attractions can also give you updates on what to expect.

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There is so much for Guests to enjoy at Disneyland Resort! Now that the mask mandate has dropped for fully vaccinated Guests, Guests can enter buildings without a face covering if they so choose. Walking up to Sleeping Beauty Castle is always a dream, especially when you get to go inside and relive the story of Aurora and Maleficent. Riding classics like “it’s a small world”, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, The Haunted Mansion, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Splash Mountain, and more will have you feeling the magic, and craving a churro! Toontown is currently gearing up for a massive change which will be revealed in 2023 with the reopening of the land, and the debut of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Plus, now at Disneyland, Guests can enjoy Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for some blue milk, or green milk, and ride Rise of the Resistance and Smuggler’s Run.

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Disney California Adventure has plenty to offer Guests as they walk the roads Walt had in Hollywood, enjoy a hand-dipped corn dog at Award Wieners, check out the new Marvel-themed land in Avengers Campus, where they can meet Spider-Man, Loki, Ant-Man, Black Widow, Doctor Strange, and so many more characters. Don’t forget to check out the glowing lights in Cars Land and ride Radiator Springs Racers. And of course, you have to ride WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure and Guardians of the Galaxy: MISSION BREAKOUT. Rock on the Silly Symphony Swings as well, and go catch Jack-Jack on Incredicoaster!

What do you think about these concerns at Disneyland Resort? Let us know in the comments below. 

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