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ANAHEIM, Calif. (KTLA) — Space Mountain is one of Disneyland’s most popular attractions, but in recent days, some park visitors didn’t even want to look at it.

“We walked by but tried not to look,” one park-goer said. “Didn’t want to get them excited for something they couldn’t ride.”

The ride has been closed, following a critical report by Cal/OSHA over worker safety issues.

The problems started back in November, when a cleaning contractor fell down the side of Space Mountain and sustained serious injuries.

Cal/OSHA found Disneyland failed to provide “independent anchorages” for the worker’s support and safety lines.

Further investigation found numerous other problems, including failing to annually inspect Space Mountain’s fire extinguishers.

In the end, Cal/OSHA proposed a record fine of $234,000.

Though rider safety wasn’t an issue, Disneyland decided to voluntarily close down Space Mountain and two other rides for internal inspections.

In a statement, a Disneyland spokesperson said: “We constantly strive to maintain a safe work environment for our cast members and contractors — and we are reviewing certain protocols.”

The two other rides that were shut down were the Matterhorn and California Adventure’s Soarin’ Over California.

The Matterhorn has since been re-opened, but Space Mountain and Soarin’ Over California remain closed. It’s unclear when they will be re-opened.

–Chip Yost, KTLA News

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