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Disney Adds Safety Measures After Guest Cuts Finger Open on Popular Attraction

Visiting Walt Disney World Resort is a dream come true. With all the safety measures and careful attention to detail, the last thing a Park Guest suspects is to be hurt during a Disney experience. In this case, however, one Guest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom cut his finger open, resulting in Disney adding safety measures to a popular attraction.

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It’s a stunning day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Park just opened for Early Theme Park Entry rope drop and there is a mad rush of crowds to the most popular attractions. Of course, Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safaris are always solid choices, but most Guests rush to Pandora – World of Avatar for the fantastic attraction, Avatar Flight of Passage.

The line can be rather lengthy for this attraction as Guests prepare to climb atop a winged mountain banshee for a breathtaking 3D flight over Pandora’s otherworldly landscape.

Even though we’d recommend the Lightning Lane to avoid the wait time, the Flight of Passage line including the indoor and outdoor queue is exceptional with thousands of beautiful touches and details that immerse Guests into the Pandora world around them. There are however pieces of the queue that are now being looked at as dangerous.

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It’s common to walk along a queue and whether it be adults or children, run your hands along the side including the railings. But, keep in mind – there is a portion of Flight of Passage‘s queue that is made up of sharp wired fencing that caused a Guest to cut open his finger.

@TommyHawkins took to social media on May 10 with photos and the message, “Just stabbed my finger on Flight of Passage and drew blood, @DisneyParks, it’s clear they have tried to tape these up. My friend @AliciaStella did the same thing five mins late, the whole queue is riddled sharp wires.”

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It seems like Disney saw the post and quickly reacted to the ride injury. @TommyHawkins follows up the initial with another on May 13 to note updates to the attraction: “It appears that @DisneyParks @WaltDisneyWorld have made some attempts to make the area safe on Flight of Passage but they have missed a few areas, specifically where I cut my finger open, in happy to tell them where.”

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The leather cover over the top of the fence seems like a good move by the theme park, but as noted by Hawkins, there are still places that need to be covered.

Whether you’re at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and even Disney Springs – it’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings at Walt Disney World Resort. With this incident in mind, be aware and keep the kids in the loop to keep their hands to themselves when in the Flight of Passage queue near this dangerous wired fence.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.