Padding will be added to the ride vehicles of Mater's Junkyard Jamboreeby Leah Zanolla
Sep 18, 2012
Modifications are planned for one of the rides in the newly opened Cars Land at Disney California Adventure. In October, padding will be added to the seat backs on Mater's Junkyard Jamboree. In the attraction, guests ride in trailers pulled by tractors that spin around, causing guests to slide around in the seats. Mary Niven, vice president of Disney California Adventure says they "heard from guests that it was uncomfortable." On July 25, work crews added a "non-skid material on the seats of the vehicles to prevent guests from sliding about." The new padding will go on the backs where guests' shoulders would be.
Injuries have been reported from the ride, but a Disneyland spokeswoman said the padding was already planned before the reports were made. According to the Orange County Register, "The reports include a 28-year-old woman who said she suffered whiplash while going on the ride June 17, and a 9-year-old girl hit her mouth and chipped her teeth on the vehicle on June 29. It is unclear how those incidents allegedly occurred. The state found no wrongdoing with Disney on those two; the third report has not been completed."
This isn't the first change to be made to one of the Cars Land attractions. In August, Luigi's Flying Tires had giant beach balls removed, reportedly due to injuries and to help speed up the loading process. The beach balls were a festive extra component to the ride and could be hit with the ride vehicles or thrown to other guests; the removal did not affect the ride itself.
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree is expected to remain open during these modifications.
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