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Little Girl Experiences Frightening Near-Death Experience While Riding Classic Magic Kingdom Attraction

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Walt Disney World Resort has easily become one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. Not only because of each Disney Park’s family-friendly atmosphere but because of how safe the Resort is.

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And truly, it is! Out of each pillar or key behind Walt Disney World’s success, safety is the highest priority. As a result, severe injuries and even deaths, while possible, are incredibly uncommon.

However, one anonymous Disney World Cast Member recently shared a story in an online forum detailing a very frightening near-death experience.

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The Cast Member was working in Magic Kingdom at the time, on the Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid attraction.

While unloading Guests from the Magic Kingdom attraction, the Cast Member heard frantic screaming and orders to call 911. When they looked over, they saw a little girl that looked to be about ten, eleven, or twelve years old.

Reportedly, “her whole arm and side of her neck” was swollen as she had been “bitten or stung” by something while on the slow-moving ride, causing an allergic reaction.

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Immediately, the Cast Member shut the ride down and had another Cast Member call emergency services while they helped the Guest off of the ride vehicle.

The girl’s mom hadn’t been aware of any allergies, and the little girl was understandably terrified, as she was “still breathing and awake, but crying and hyperventilating.”

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The attraction was held at a standstill for around 10 minutes as they waited for emergency services to arrive. After paramedics arrived, they were later told that the little girl had thankfully recovered.

The kicker?the Cast Member writes, “Guests had the audacity to complain about the stall.”

Luckily, everything turned out okay during this Disney World accident, thanks to the Cast Member’s level head and quick decision-making.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.