I personally doubt it was either operator error or mechanical failure. I actually think this was a software problem with the system. I believe the ride cascaded (backed-up) into zone 7 (the zone just before the picture is taken) and the train was captured and released too early. It also might not have been captured… Read More »More speculation from former ride operator
OC Reg story says: There was no word from investigators as to the cause of the crash. However, some passengers reported that the purple coaster stopped about 20 to 30 feet from the docking station because an empty car was blocking the tracks. Passengers including Bromagen reported that while the purple car sat waiting for… Read More »More Speculation on Cause of Accident
Latest reports indicate that 48 passengers were on the two trains. Of those 15 were taken to the hospital with injuries. I’ve assembed this report from various people who were on the scene or heard about it from people who were there. But it seems a fairly likely scenario to me: California Screamin’ was running… Read More »Update: Disneyland Coaster Accident
This image from KNBC.com (more images with the story) shows the two roller coaster trains together. The Purple train ran into the back of the red train that sits to the right of the image. They are in a braking zone. The railing on the right of the track is an emergency unloading zone if… Read More »Images from KNBC.com of Coaster Collision
There has been a crash on California Screamin’ the big coaster at California Adventure, the second gate at Disneyland Resort. TV images and reports indicate that one train stopped partially out of the final braking zone and a second train ran into the back of it. The LA Times reports that over 60 guests were… Read More »Breaking: Crash at California Adventure Coaster
Busch Gardens in Tampa Florida is facing a lawsuit from an amputee who wasn’t allowed to ride Montu, a roller-coaster where guests sit and legs dangle as they travel through multiple loops. This time its businessman Cary Frounfelter who manufacturers and sells artificial limbs. Frounfelter was taken off the ride while his 10-year old daughter… Read More »Busch Garden Denies Amputee, is Sued
Foreclosed on in February of 2004, Joyland Amusement Park, the giver of many happy memories to the residents of Wichita Kansas, is now up for sale on Ebay. Includes a historical original Philadelphia Tobbogin 1949 Roller Coaster and 40 acres of assorted amusement park rides, eateries, and a Wurlitzer Band Pipe Organ. Anyone want to… Read More »Pssst. Hey. Wanna buy a theme park?
Dear Disneyland, There’s been a lot of celebrating going on. But I’m afraid the real real reason for the happiness has been lost amid the corporate boardroom battles, budget issues, marketing gobbledygook, and the need to appease the behemoth your legacy has become. But don’t worry, we fans remember you. We know that it’s your… Read More »Happy Birthday Disneyland!!!