What do the busiest airport in the world and the happiest place on earth have in common this holiday season? An inability to keep the lights on, apparently.
Last week, Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia endured one of the most bizarre incidents in its history, as a fire in an electrical equipment room cause the entire transportation hub to lose power for several hours. Backup generators were also affected by the blaze, leaving thousands upon thousands of passengers stranded with no idea of when they would finally find themselves airborne.
This unprecedented event spawned a great many questions about the quality of the nation’s busiest airport’s infrastructure and it’s preparedness for such an event.
Now, in an odd bit of confluence, Disneyland in Anaheim, California is experiencing their own power problems, with guests finding themselves unable to enjoy many of the park’s signature attractions.
“A major power outage is affecting attractions in parts of Disneyland in Anaheim Wednesday, a busy time for the park during the holiday season.
“A Disneyland spokesperson said power is down in Toontown and Fantasyland, and crews are working to restore it.
“They added that guests are being escorted off “about a dozen” rides, including the popular Monorail.
“‘We’ve determined that the issue is with a Disneyland Resort transformer and our team is currently assessing and working to restore power,’ the statement read.
“Officials did not provide details on estimated restoration time.
“The outage happened as Disneyland was near capacity for the day.”
Aside from the obvious concerns about the park’s electrical maintenance and infrastructure, there are other worries to contemplate as well.
America is under an ever-increasing threat from radical Islamic terror groups due to the Christmas holiday and the recent decision to move our Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Should heavily trafficked areas such as the Atlanta airport and Disneyland find themselves so easily susceptible to widespread power outages, how are these locations’ equipped to deal with a violent incident during times of incomplete electrical coverage?