Disneyland rides temporarily closed after reports of smoke
Several Disneyland rides were temporarily closed Thursday afternoon after reports of smoke in an area near the Pinocchio Daring Journey ride in the Fantasyland section of the theme park, according to fire department and park officials.
More than 20 personnel from the Anaheim Fire Department responded shortly after noon to reports of smoke in a 5-square-foot area near the Pinocchio ride, said Maria Sabol, a spokeswoman for the fire agency.
When firefighters opened up a wall containing electrical conduits, they found charred wiring and wooden framing, Sabol said. The area was "producing a lot of smoke," she added.
Firefighters shut off the electricity, which forced the closure of several other rides in Fantasyland, Sabol said. Rides in Fantasyland include Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan's Flight.
The situation was brought under control in about 30 minutes, and the number of fire personnel was quickly reduced to one engine, a truck and a battalion chief, Sabol said.
Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Suzi Brown confirmed that several rides using the same power supply had to be closed when the electricity was turned off. The stoppage lasted about an hour, and by 2 p.m. all the rides were "in the process of coming back on line," Brown said.
No evacuations or injuries occurred as a result of the incident, Brown said. She acknowledged that park officials are always "disappointed when we have to close attractions," but they were pleased that the closure was for only a limited time.
The cause of the incident is under investigation, Sabol said.
-- Ann M. Simmons
Photo: Disneyland. Credit: Richard Hartog/Los Angeles Times