Visitors to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Southern California were shaken when 35 rides were temporarily closed due to a mild earthquake nearby.
According to the US Geological Survey, a 3.5-magnitude earthquake struck the city of Fullerton in Orange County, just 2 miles from the parks, soon after 8 p.m. on Monday night. At around 8:30 p.m., a lighter aftershock occurred. According to the USGS, over 2,800 people reported feeling the earthquake occur.
There was no initial damage or injuries reported at either theme park, but the tremor prompted delays for tourists expecting to ride their favorite rides, such as Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Matterhorn Bobsleds. Even the holiday versions of It’s a Small World and the new Adventureland Treehouse were closed.
According to the Disneyland app, the bulk of attractions were closed by 9 p.m. Monday night. At Disneyland, only the Jungle Cruise and the Mad Tea Party rides were open. At the nearby California Adventure, only Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind, Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl, and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree were open.
The Incredicoaster, Toy Story Midway Mania, and even Cars Land’s Radiator Springs Racers were among the temporarily closed rides at Disney California Adventure.
“3.5 Earthquake hits when we were in line at Winnie The Pooh and everything is down now,” Napa photographer Elise Delamare reported on their Instagram story. “They are telling us after safety protocols are passed they’ll open them back up.”
According to the Orange County Register, employees were forced to evacuate visitors on rides as a safety measure.
According to the app, the majority of rides were operational as of Tuesday afternoon, with the exception of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and the Jungle Cruise, which were briefly closed.
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