Latest theme park injury report includes incident on new SeaWorld roller coaster
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A 12-year-old boy hurt his left leg on the Ice Breaker ride.

A child was injured on SeaWorld’s new roller coaster before the ride officially opened to the public in February, according to a new state quarterly injury report released Friday.

The 12-year-old boy hurt his left leg on Ice Breaker, which the park calls a family-friendly thrill ride.

The state report doesn’t say how severe the boy’s injuries were and provides few details other than his injury occurred Feb. 7, which places the injury during the park’s pass previews before the ride’s Feb. 18 official grand opening.

Under state reporting requirements, the boy would have been hospitalized for at least 24 hours in order for SeaWorld to disclose the incident. SeaWorld did not immediately respond for comment Friday morning.

The new state theme park injury report shows all the incidents from January through March — a busy time at Florida’s big theme parks that covers New Year’s Day through the start of Spring Break. Nearly two dozen incidents were disclosed by Disney World, Universal, SeaWorld Orlando and its water park, Aquatica Orlando. No injuries were reported at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay or Legoland Florida.

At Aquatica, a 26-year-old man dislocated his right shoulder going down the Ray Rush slide and a 12-year-old girl cut her right index finger boarding SeaWorld’s Manta roller coaster.

At Disney World, seizures were reported by a passenger on Animal Kingdom’s Avatar Flight of Passage and at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith in Hollywood Studios.

A 47-year-old woman “experienced a cardiac event” on the attraction in the holding area of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance before she boarded the ride vehicle at Hollywood Studios.

While at Epcot’s Soarin’ Around the World, a 73-year-old woman appeared to have a stroke and an 82-year-old woman had chest pain. A 63-year-old woman fell climbing off her horse at the Magic Kingdom’s Prince Charming Regal Carrousel and fractured her hip. A 72-year-old woman passed out on Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover.

A 55-year-old man appeared to have a stroke after exiting Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in Epcot.

At Universal, three guests reported injuries, which included a 77-year-old who had hip pain and a 66-year-old who felt motion sickness after they both rode Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal Islands of Adventure.

A teenager’s falling death last month at an International Drive attraction in Orlando isn’t listed since the quarterly injury report only applies to Florida’s big theme parks, not the smaller attractions which are inspected by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Fair Ride Inspection division.

Disney, Universal and SeaWorld are required to self-disclose the most serious ride injuries among their guests every quarter as a deal they made to avoid state inspections. The report, however, isn’t always accurate and sometimes can be misleading. For instance, in 2019, a water park guest broke his neck and was paralyzed at the end of a slide — an injury disclosed as “numbness” by Universal on the park injury report.

For the first time, the state theme park injury report came with a disclaimer Friday.

“The following report is a compilation of data collected from the exempt facilities and reflects only the information reported at the time of the incident. Due to privacy-related concerns, the Department does not receive updates to initial assessments of a patron’s condition,” the report said.

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 .

One comment

  • MLP

    April 15, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    FYI, Harry Potter Forbidden Journey is at Universal Islands of Adventure not Universal Studios! 2 separate parks.

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