The most magical place on earth isn’t always the safest. Even in the best of times, Walt Disney World Resort (and every other theme Park on the planet) experiences accidents and injuries.
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Today, Tuesday, May 23, 2023, the Florida Department of Agriculture released its quarterly MOU Exempt Facilities Report.
The report shows four separate incidents filed in the first quarter at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Pirates of the Caribbean
The first injury stated in the report is from January when a 75-year-old female reported experiencing cardiac symptoms while on Pirates of the Caribbean.
The following incident in the report mentions a situation a month later in early February. On the “Kilimanjaro Safaris Expedition,” a 72-year-old male Guest with a preexisting condition had stroke-like symptoms after experiencing the Animal Kingdom ride.
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Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
A few weeks later, at the end of February, a 72-year-old female Guest felt disoriented after exiting Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney Hollywood Studios.
The Seas with Nemo & Friends
Lastly, near the end of March, a 67-year-old female Park Guest fell when entering the ride vehicle on The Seas with Nemo & Friends. Her fall resulted in the woman fracturing her leg.
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The Report and Ron DeSantis
This report, called the MOU Exempt Facilities Report, is submitted by theme parks quarterly instead of state inspections. It is intended to show the public that the parks are safe places to visit.
It also includes one incident at Sea World Orlando and two at Universal Studios. However, Busch Gardens and Legoland had no incidents to report.
This quarter saw some of the lowest injury counts despite the injuries listed in recent history.
Recently, Governor Ron DeSantis and the state government have decided to get involved with how the parks and their transportation systems are operated and maintained. A recent bill deals with several minor changes to the operations of the Florida Department of Transportation, including mandating state inspections of the Walt Disney World Monorail System.
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It goes into effect on July 1, 2023.
There were also talks of requiring state inspections of Walt Disney World Resort rides. However, those plans seem to have been abandoned. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to announce this week his intention to run for president in 2024. Perhaps that endeavor will take his focus off of Disney World.