Theme park injury report details rare emergencies during busy holiday season

Orlando, USA - May 8, 2018: The panorama of Universal City Walk near the entrance of the Universal Studios theme park
It's a small number compared to the thousands of visitors who go to Orlando theme parks every day. 

An 81-year-old man suffered what appeared to be a stroke after he got off Pirates of the Caribbean, the popular water ride at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

The next day — Oct. 12 — another medical emergency happened at Disney World. A 57-year-old woman “experienced cardiac symptoms” after she rode Expedition Everest, the roller coaster at Disney’s Animal Kingdom that is known for its G-force as it travels both forward and backward.

Disney disclosed the two visitors’ issues in the latest theme park injury report released this week by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Several guests had seizures at Disney and Universal theme parks, the report said. According to the report, others felt unwell or passed out, which listed 10 incidents from October through December 2021 during what was a busy time for Orlando’s theme parks. It was the start of Disney World’s 50th anniversary, followed by the holiday season. The 10 people who felt ill or hurt enough to be hospitalized for at least 24 hours is a small number compared to the thousands of visitors who go to Orlando’s theme parks every day.

The report doesn’t provide many details about what happened or update the visitors’ condition now.

A 27-year-old woman had a seizure on Fast & Furious — Supercharged, the car chase simulator ride based on the movie franchise at Universal Studios.

At Disney’s Magic Kingdom, a 39-year-old man had a seizure after riding Splash Mountain, and a 20-year-old woman had a seizure after she rode the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

An 18-year-old man passed out and fell after exiting Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Disney’s Hollywood StudiosHollywood Studios. An incident also happened at Kilimanjaro Safaris Expedition where an 82-year-old man passed out during the car ride at Animal Kingdom.

Other guests reported feeling disorientated or unwell after riding Animal Kingdom’s Avatar Flight of Passage or Hollywood Studios’ Toy Story Mania.

SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, and Legoland did not report any incidents.

Gabrielle Russon

Gabrielle Russon is an award-winning journalist based in Orlando. She covered the business of theme parks for the Orlando Sentinel. Her previous newspaper stops include the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Toledo Blade, Kalamazoo Gazette and Elkhart Truth as well as an internship covering the nation’s capital for the Chicago Tribune. For fun, she runs marathons. She gets her training from chasing a toddler around. Contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter @GabrielleRusson .


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