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+---Topic: Space Mountain accident: Tokyo Disneyland apology started by RichKoster

Posted by: RichKoster on Dec. 06, 2003 6:56 am/pm

Space Mountain derailment at Tokyo Disneyland

Derailment may have been caused by a broken shaft connecting the roller coaster's rear cars. No one injured. Attraction closed until investigation is completed.

This is very interesting in light of the fatal accident in Disneyland (in Anaheim, California) on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad as well as Disneyland earlier this year having to suddenly close its own Space Mountain attraction because of metal fatigue on the coaster's track.

< Read the Orlando Sentinel's report about Tokyo Disneyland's Space Mountain derailment >

Posted by: MKBaughan on Dec. 06, 2003 10:33 am/pm

I read about this in USA Today yesterday... I am glad no one was hurt either.... BTMRR is still so fresh in everyone's minds, this could have been really bad... (not that it was good by any means...)  Things can happen anywhere.  Rich, your Poly count is getting higher... maybe you should change it to how many days until your next trip! :wink2:
Posted by: RichKoster on Dec. 07, 2003 4:47 am/pm

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Rich, your Poly count is getting higher... maybe you should change it to how many days until your next trip! :wink2:

Aye, that it is! (I've been watching our PoC DVD a lot lately...)

Trouble is, we haven't set a date for when we'll be back at WDW, so  until then, our clock keeps counting higher and higher.

Posted by: utilidor27 on Dec. 11, 2003 3:29 am/pm

Per chance, does this attraction use the same control system as the Space Mountain attractions in the other theme parks? If so, has anyone heard of the possibility of closure of them for "routine maintanence" anytime soon.? It would put a big damper on the holiday season!
Posted by: RichKoster on Dec. 11, 2003 8:28 am/pm

I'd like to know that, too. Note, however, that this doesn't seem to be a problem with the control system. At Tokyo Disneyland the last car in one of the Space Mountain linked cars apparently derailed -- that wouldn't be a control system problem most likely.

It might, however, be a problem with the track itself. Reportedly, the reason why the Disneyland version of Space Mountain closed was due to faulty track -- metal fatigue, perhaps.

Isn't the Space Mountain at WDW the oldest one? The Space Mountain ride at Disneyland Paris is just a bit older than Tokyo Disneyland's, if I remember the ride's timeline.

Posted by: RichKoster on Dec. 12, 2003 9:38 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

The < Tokyo Disney Resort website > has this apology about the Space Mountain derailment:

December 12, 2003

Notice and Apology Regarding the Accident at Space Mountain

Regarding the accident at the Space Mountain attraction at Tokyo Disneyland Park on December 5, 2003, we sincerely apologize for the great trouble and concern this caused our Guests and the general public.

To determine the exact cause of the accident, we are currently conducting a detailed investigation of the wheel shaft that broke.

Operation of Space Mountain will resume once the cause of the accident has been determined and all appropriate measures have been taken to confirm and assure the safety of the attraction. We apologize for the continued inconvenience and request the understanding and patience of our Guests.

The reopening of the attraction will be notified through the press and our Official Home Page.

We will continue to give top priority to ensuring safety at Tokyo Disney Resort.

Oriental Land Co., Ltd.


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