Disneyland’s Space Mountain Closed Due To Man Climbing Out of Vehicle
Disneyland’s Space Mountain attraction is temporarily closed today due to a southern California man, in his mid 20’s, climbing out off the ride’s vehicle while it was still in motion. The man had to be guided to safety by employees, according to police and theme park officials.
The man was uninjured and was able to walk on his own and was ushered to the Disneyland first aid station. He was later taken to the hospital just for precaution.
According to Disney officials, the uninjured man walked on his own to the Disneyland first aid station and was later taken to the hospital for a precautionary examination.
The man, who has cognitive disabilities, climbed out of the moving vehicle during a slow-moving portion of the ride, in the dark. Once the ride operators realized he was not on the ride, they stopped the coaster to locate him.
Initial reports indicated that the man had fallen out of the ride, but that turned out to not be the case, said Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt.
“He didn’t fall out,” Wyatt said. “He had to maneuver himself around the safety mechanism.”
Anaheim police did not have the man’s name or age because there was no injury and no police report was filed, Wyatt said.
Disneyland officials said they immediately contacted the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, the state agency that inspects amusement park rides. Space Mountain remains closed while DOSH investigators inspect the ride, Disneyland officials said.
Disneyland officials said the ride vehicle’s lap bar restraint remained engaged and that the man “used force to maneuver his way out of the vehicle.”
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