Truly shocking and terrible to hear.
Big Thunder Mountain was my very last ride that I took when I visited Disneyland last July. I rode it just before midnight on the 18th with a friend of mine who works at Disneyland. That thing is alot of fun in the dark, never ridden it at night before.
But my friend did have alot of interesting info about Disneyland which I won't discuss in depth, but I will say that she did mention that alot of the rides and attractions in the park are no longer maintained up to former Disney standards. Disneyland needs help right now. And she expected that it won't be long before we see a very large management change at the park itself.
I'm familiar with Cynthia Harris. I don't expect her to be there much longer, based on what my friend told me. Cynthia is working hard to keep the park up to good standards but it doesn't look like she will remain at the job for long. There's other people eyeing her spot and it looks like she may resign in the near future.
If that happens, you'll see some sweeping changes done to Disneyland. Mostly for the better. It is not Cynthia's fault that the park is in the condition it's in now, but her leaving will supposedly cause a domino effect which will change the entire shift of the park. One other thing to notice is in the tiki room: Alot of the animatronics no longer work. Many of the birds no longer move and some tiki faces have eyes that don't move anymore either.
This applies to just about all the rides at the park or attractions. Space Mountain has been known to be down frequently over recent years because of unscheduled maintenance. The Rocket Rods were an absolute nightmare when they were still around. They were always up and down, and one of them actually derailed. Fortunately it didn't fall off the platform, but it came close, and someone could have died that day as well. That's why this management shift needs to happen. It's not a question of if, it's a question of when.
Because I don't want to get her in trouble I'm not going to reveal her name. I know there's alot of people who claim to have inside sources and often they lie about that, but I'm not going to call her an inside source. She works there. She's a friend, we had a long talk. Take it for what it's worth.
If the one person who is most likely to take over Cynthia's place gets the job, you will most definitely see an improvement in maintenance, and I'd keep an eye on the tiki room. If he gets the job (I forget his name), the tiki room WILL change. For the better. And exactly what goes in there to improve it...well, let's just say you're already familiar with him/them.
I wont give any further details. But just some food for thought.
I hope that when management changes, things like this will no longer happen. Walt Disney would not have stood for poor maintenance. The man always demanded perfection in his parks. He just wouldn't have allowed this to happen if it were avoidable. And you can bet some maintenance workers will be driven to the wall over this one. Disneyland likes to be an entity unto itself, not investigated buy the government. But then again, all companies are that way. No one should ever lose their life at a theme park. Especially not at Disneyland, which is supposed to set the standard for others to follow.
Word has it that the guy who resurrected Disneyland Paris is being brought in to evaluate Disneyland itself, the man basically brought Disneyland Paris out of the gutter and turned it back into one of Europe's top attractions. Numbers are lacking at Disneyland right now and if he can turn the park around I'll be very pleased.
Here's hoping. And my heart goes out to all injured and especially the man who died. Good heavens what a terrible way to lose your life. It just upsets me that something like this was even allowed to happen. I hope those changes are swift in coming.