Anaheim, Calif. – December 6, 2023
The magic at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure was briefly interrupted when a 3.5-magnitude earthquake struck the city of Fullerton in Orange County, just 2 miles from the theme parks. The seismic activity occurred around 8 p.m. on Monday night, prompting the temporary closure of 35 rides at the happiest place on Earth.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, over 2,800 people reported feeling the earthquake, which was followed by a lighter aftershock around 8:30 p.m. Fortunately, there were no initial reports of damage or injuries at either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure. However, the quake led to inconveniences for park visitors eager to experience popular attractions such as the Matterhorn Bobsleds, Space Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Even festive rides like the holiday-themed versions of “It’s a Small World” and the “Adventureland Treehouse” were affected. The majority of attractions were closed by 9 p.m., as indicated by the Disneyland app. Only the Jungle Cruise and the Mad Tea Party remained open at Disneyland, while Disney California Adventure had a limited selection of operational rides, including “Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Mater’s Jingle Jamboree, Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl, and Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind.”
Beloved “Disney California Adventure” attractions like the Toy Story Midway Mania, Incredicoaster, and Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land were among the temporarily closed rides. Guests took to social media to share their experiences, with one visitor, Napa photographer Elise Delamare, noting, “3.5 Earthquake hits when we were in line at Winnie The Pooh, and everything is down now. They are telling us after safety protocols are passed they’ll open them back up.”
As a safety precaution, employees evacuated guests from rides during the earthquake, as reported by the “Orange County Register.”While most rides were operational by Tuesday afternoon, the Disneyland app showed that Star Wars: “Rise of the Resistance and the Jungle Cruise” were temporarily unavailable.
Despite the brief disruption, the magic of Disney prevailed, with park officials swiftly addressing safety concerns and ensuring the resumption of the enchanting experience for visitors. The seismic event serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of Southern California’s geological landscape.