Guest Dies After Riding Star Tours at Walt Disney World

A 67 year old man, Ralph Lyles of Memphis, TN, rode Star Tours last week and unfortunately passed away from heart issues after riding Star Tours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.  The ride is a thrill ride with various warnings for guests with certain conditions or concerns for their safety on the attraction.  The medical examiner appears to believe that the condition was pre-existing and the attraction aggravated the condition, resulting in the complications that lead to his death. Our hearts go out to the family as they deal with this difficult time.


About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!