Though theme parks have a variety of health and safety protocols in place, with thousands of Guests enjoying the magic of theme parks daily, accidents, falls, and injuries are sometimes an unwanted memory gained from a trip.
Disney Parks like Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as well as water parks like Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, create magic for Guests every day, but it doesn’t mean they’re not prone to incidents and accidents from time to time.
The 2021 fourth-quarter injury report for Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, and other Florida theme parks has now officially been published. Even with the multitude of health and safety measures the theme parks put in place, there appear to be instances that cannot be predicted.
The report lists all theme park Guest injuries between October and December 2021 that required at least 24 hours of hospitalization, as reported by Disney and Universal themselves.
While the report details for each injury what happened and where, it does not state any follow-up information such as further treatment, or any lasting effects. The report comes from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services every three months.
Walt Disney World reported nine injuries over the three-month period, while Universal Orlando reported one. The incidents reported were:
On October 6, a 58-year-old woman felt dizzy and fell while leaving Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
At the Magic Kingdom, a 39-year-old man had a seizure on October 9 after riding Splash Mountain.
Two days later, an 81-year-old man with an undisclosed pre-existing condition had “stroke-like symptoms” after leaving Pirates of the Caribbean. A 20-year-old woman had a seizure after riding The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh at the same park later that month.
On October 13, an 82-year-old man passed out on Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. A day earlier, a 57-year-old woman had “cardiac symptoms” after riding the Expedition Everest — Legend of the Forbidden Mountain roller coaster at the park.
On October 27, an 18-year-old man lost consciousness and fell after leaving Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios.
Two guests reported injuries after riding Avatar Flight of Passage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in December. On December 18, a 69-year-old man felt “unwell” after riding the attraction, and three days later a 69-year-old woman felt “disoriented.”
At Universal Orlando, a 27-year-old woman had a seizure after riding the Fast & Furious — Supercharged simulator at the Universal Studios park.
It appears Disney World’s reported injuries occurred across all of Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Interestingly, most of the incidents involved seizures or feeling unwell after experiencing an attraction in Walt Disney World.
We do not know what ultimately came from these situations, but the fact that only nine incidents were reported in three months is promising from such a busy Resort. For Universal to have one is also hopeful.
Remember, safety is a concern for all theme parks, and Cast Members at Walt Disney World are all on hand to assist you if your party experiences a medical incident or emergency.