An earthquake near California Disneyland on Monday prompted the temporary closure of numerous rides, compelling visitors to wait as mandatory safety protocols were enacted before attractions could reopen.
What is the magnitude of earthquake at California Disneyland?
The seismic event, measuring 3.5 magnitude, struck around 8:10 p.m. and centered in Fullerton, located approximately 2 miles north of Disneyland, as reported by the U.S. Geological Survey. An aftershock of smaller intensity occurred around 8:30 p.m.
Despite the quake’s proximity, no initial damage was reported at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure. However, in adherence to safety measures, approximately 35 rides were temporarily shut down, causing inconvenience to guests.
Accounts of the quake’s aftermath emerged on social media channels, with Shanna Fogelman writing on Instagram, “Felt like it was right under our table at Jolly Holiday.” Things were shaken up more than you’d suppose.”
By 9 p.m., most attractions at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure were closed, except for a few select rides such as Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind, Mickey’s Philharmagic, and holiday-themed versions of specific attractions.
The temporarily closed rides at California Disneyland included prominent attractions like Big Thunder Mountain, Indiana Jones Adventure, Pirates of the Caribbean, Rise of the Resistance, and more. At Disney California Adventure, closures encompassed popular rides such as Radiator Springs Racers, Web Slingers, Toy Story Midway Mania, and Soarin’ Around the World.
Despite the inconvenience caused to guests, California Disneyland and DCA prioritized safety, evacuating certain rides as a precautionary measure. Reports indicated that staff members were following safety protocols, leading to the closure of various attractions.
The Cal State Fullerton Police Department assured students via social media that earthquakes of this magnitude typically do not result in significant damage.
Although the closures disrupted visitors’ experiences, there were no damage reports at Disneyland or California Adventure. Staff diligently worked to implement safety measures, ensuring that the rides would reopen once safety checks were completed.
The closure of numerous iconic rides at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure due to the earthquake emphasized the parks’ commitment to ensuring visitor safety.