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State of Florida report shows Popular Disney World experiences lead to seizures, loss of consciousness, and chest pain for Guests

The State of Florida’s quarterly theme park injury report has been a mainstay in the Sunshine State for years, but it’s become more noticeable following a tragic accident involving a 14-year-old boy who fell to his death at ICON Park on International Drive in Orlando in March of this year.

The young teen fell from hundreds of feet above the ground while riding the theme park‘s Orlando FreeFall drop tower attraction and slipped out of his seat to the ground below.

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But establishments such as ICON Park are bound by different statutes than amusement parks such as Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, and Universal Studios Orlando because of their size. In Florida, amusement park owners with fewer than 1,000 employees must submit to state inspections of each amusement park ride twice per year. Larger amusement park establishments must submit a report with each amusement park injury incurred by park visitors. That report must be submitted to the state every quarter, and the information contained within it is then included in the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ theme park injury report.

According to the most recent theme park injury report released only days ago, Guests of the Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort experienced seizures, had chest pain, and even lost consciousness after enjoying various theme park attractions over the last three months.

The most current report highlights 18 separate injuries and/or illnesses that occurred at the largest theme parks in the state. It’s important to note, however, that these theme parks are only required to report injuries that result in the need for a minimum of 24 hours in the hospital, leading many to question how many serious injuries actually occur at these locations.

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According to the report, a 23-year-old Guest at Disney World had a seizure while riding the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on April 5, 2022, and a 47-year-old woman had a seizure after riding Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway eight days later on April 13.

Then in May, a 67-year-old woman lost consciousness after riding Avatar: Flight of Passage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Pandora. Then in June, a 44-year-old man lost consciousness while on the Kilimanjaro Safaris ride. A 70-year-old woman reported feelings of weakness and dizziness after experiencing the safaris attraction.

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Disney World also reported incidences that included a 35-year-old man with a pre-existing condition who experienced chest pains after riding Magic Kingdom‘s Jungle Cruise. Also, a 61-year-old woman with a pre-existing condition had “stroke-like symptoms” after riding the Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid attraction in Fantasyland.

Universal Orlando reported a total of five injuries and illnesses during the same three-month period of time. SeaWorld Orlando, Legoland Florida, and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay reported no injuries during the second quarter of 2022.

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!