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Safety railings allow first cleaning of Space Mountain's spires in over a year

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Following a 2012 maintenance incident the iconic white spires of Disneyland's Space Mountain have been less than gleaming. Now, over a year later, the park will finally address the increasingly apparent crud coating the exterior after installing a series of fall-safety railings.

The initial accident occurred when a contractor employee was injured performing exterior maintenance of the popular roller coaster attraction. California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health quickly stepped in and issued a citation, prompting the park to shut down a number of attractions involving similar safety hazards. Splash Mountain, Soarin' Over California and the classic Matterhorn mountain were among those closed by the safety scare. The incident has led to a general surge in fall safety protection at the resort, with a perhaps paranoid Disney company preemptively putting up handrails atop many buildings to avoid further legal problems.

Main Street and Fantasyland have had their skylines altered by the focus on fall safety, often to to detriment of each area's theme as generic steel handrails protrude above turn of the century storefronts or medieval parapets. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad's extensive refurbishment, originally slated to end this October, was extended into 2014 to accommodate the inclusion of more safety railings.

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