To remain exempt from major inspection, Central Florida theme parks must list all of their quarterly incidents and injuries with the state. This quarter’s report (July – September 2019) covers a total of 14 incidents/injuries. There were nine accidents at Disney World, three at Universal Studios, one at Sea World and another one at Legoland. The report only calculates hospital stays over 24 hours and deaths.
About Theme Park Injuries
According to the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), almost 10,000 people sustained amusement park injuries. However, this statistic is only the amount of people who needed to go to the ER. Therefore, the number must be higher. Also, almost 4,000 people were injured on inflatable amusement park rides (inflatable slides and moon bounces) and another 4,000 hurt on public water slides.
A majority of those injured are children. The ages of the injured are between 10-14. Children are also the victims in three-quarters of those accidents where a rider falls or is forcefully ejected from an amusement park ride. Over 50 people died from amusement parks.
Florida Theme Park Quarterly Injury Report Revealed
Walt Disney World
According to a report filed with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Walt Disney World had the majority of incidents in the quarter. At Magic Kingdom, there were three injuries. In July, a female guest age 69 had a seizure on Under the Sea and a 75-year-old man fell loading onto Tomorrowland Speedway. He suffered multiple abrasions and contusions. Then in September, a four-year-old kid had a seizure after riding Peter Pan’s Flight. At Hollywood Studios in August, a 40-year-old male had a seizure and fell after riding Star Tours. In July, Epcot had a 34-year-old guest become seriously ill after riding Mission: SPACE. Also in July, Animal Kingdom had three injuries – an 83-year-old male injured his hip while entering Na’vi River Journey, two guests had seizures after riding Expedition Everest.
At Universal Studios in August, a 65-year-old male experienced back pan on Revenge of the Mummy and a 62-year-old female at Islands of Adventure had extreme motion sickness after Dr. Doom’s Fearfall. Then, a 47-year-old male experienced numbness after riding Punga Racers at Volcano Bay.
A 56-year-old guest suffered an elbow injury. However, the report did not provide any additional information.
A 34-weeks pregnant guest, aged 32, complained of lower back pain radiating to her abdomen after riding Masters of Flight.
Get Justice For Your Injuries
Amusement parks have a legal responsibility to keep patrons safe. However, when someone is injured, the property should be held accountable. This includes reasonable preventative steps to deter injury. It is important to not personally determine your amusement park industry. Therefore, call the dedicated professionals at The Michael Brady Lynch Firm. We can help. The Michael Brady Lynch Firm has over 30 years of combined experience litigating personal injury and wrongful death claims. Our legal team is available to consult with individuals who have suffered an injury at any of the amusement parks or local fairs in Florida or also around the country.