Disneyland watch

The Los Angeles-based Theme Park Insider is all over the latest Disneyland accident in which a man was killed on the Big Thunder Mountain roller coaster.

Clearly, a dangerous pattern has been established at Disneyland. Since former Disneyland President Paul Pressler assumed control of the resort and began cutting costs, fans have complained about poor maintenance at the park, citing peeling and faded paint, burnt light bulbs and other superficial flaws. This most recent accident, coupled with the incidents at Space Mountain, will surely raise additional, far more serious questions, about Disneyland's attention to mechanical maintenance over the past several years.

That is from Robert Niles, founder and editor of Theme Park Insider and of the separate, a site with math tips and other aids for journalists. Niles works at

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