77-Year-Old Woman Dies After Riding Disney Carousel

Posted Feb 8th 2011 09:43 AMUpdated Apr 5th 2011 12:26 PM

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In a quarterly report filed by Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom to state officials in Florida, the park disclosed that a 77-year-old woman died in December after riding the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel.

A second incident on the same ride was also reported. A 71-year-old woman fell and broke a hip and a shoulder after riding the Prince Charming attraction.

In the first incident, Disney says the woman who died had a pre-existing heart condition.

Disneys says in a statement to AOL Travel News, "We were saddened by the passing of one of our guests when she became ill. We again extend our heartfelt condolences to all of her family and friends."

Major theme parks in Florida have a longstanding agreement with the state to report guest injuries on a quarterly basis, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

In the third incident detailed for the 2010 fourth quarter, a 76-year-old woman fell and injured her left leg while on the moving loading platform at Epcot's The Seas with Nemo & Friends.

(Fran Golden contributed to this article.)

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I know the Disney attractions well. There are many instances in which we were scratching our heads on safety issues... common sense things. My main concern: Tranisitional areas on and off rides in which the floor becomes a moving sidewalks, and transitions off rides go onto a moving sidewalk. No one may dispute that people must use judgement on which rides to embark on. However, there are many areas at Disney which might precipitate a fall in ANYONE, especially with low vision, elderly or not. Plenty of people use bifocal glasses and contacts, and quite frankly it can be difficult for ANYONE to discern when something different is happening at your feet than what you see above ankle height. Furthermore, there are many attractions which have you snake through those rope mazes that route the lines. There are long long stretches in which there is extremely low light. For no other reason than some "dark effect." It's an unnecessary safety hazard. When you are catering to the family experience, there will be grandparents (which they count on to drop their $$$.) They do not discourage people with low mobility to attend the attractions, in fact they cater to them and give them special priority... no waiting on lines, tons of scooters available, etc. Why not offer the common courtesy of enough light or safe transitions to the average aging person who is making the effort to walk on their own and wait on line?? The poor woman who fell from the Nemo ride is not to blame and is probably not a decrepit person with no business on the ride.... it is a really troublesome transition. My mom is extremely fit, runs and swims daily. She wears glasses like most 70-somethings. I worry about her getting off and on to those moving sidewalks. She has been fine and if she's fit enough to walk through Disney and care for kids, etc. she doesn't need to "sit on the park bench", thank you. Yet people who are not old and don't seem to have valid medical reasons other than being overweight are treated with great protection because they get on scooters instead of walking.

March 26 2011 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chasesea

What would provoke an old person to get on a ride like that? Dumb a**es.

March 25 2011 at 12:48 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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davidfflick

Grandchildren? Being young at heart? I dunno, maybe you don't have any idea what you're talking about?

April 09 2011 at 3:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
emsbill19

Hey it was't the ride that killed them, It was the 'SHOCK of the BILL' they got from the park. (Food, Tickets to get in the park, or parks. and that famous key chain, an the Mickey Mouse shirt.) After all that, they knew it took 3-4 Social Security checks to pay for it.
Disney is a joke with all the High Prices they charge. Glad I am a season pass holder to Universal.

March 24 2011 at 11:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mickie

I'm 66 and ride all rides, including roller coasters with no problem whatsoever. I have a friend who does the same. Good grief, I wouldn't be at an amusement park if I couldn't do anything.

March 16 2011 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ron

2.10.2011 @ 4:15PM by Marisol
Why oh why are all these old folks getting on rides. I'm in my late 30s and I will not ride most of the rides at amazement parks. People over 50 shouldn't ride on anything that may further aggravate any exisiting ailments, especially the heart. You can't blame Disney because at 70 something you made a poor judgement by getting on a ride


So you are making the assumption that all people over 50 have health problems?
If you don't wish to ride the attractions at amusement parks then that is your loss. I still ride the attractions at theme parks like Disney and have even taken an aerobatic ride in a glider at 58.
Nobody is blaming Disney.
Also your logic regarding health issues and age is flawed given that there was a child that died after riding an attraction at Walt Disney World due to a heart problem. But if that person died enjoying life then they died happy.

February 10 2011 at 7:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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hubbynwipey@comcast.net

note that they called it an "amazement park". omg it's AMUSEMENT park idiot. and, not everybody that's over a certain age should stop riding rides!! if you have a pre-existing condition (and there is a warning on most rides about this if applicable) and riding a particular ride is dangerous for you, don't do it! it doesn't matter about your age.

March 27 2011 at 6:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
susan c

Love your attitude! I still ride coasters at the age of 47 (almost 48!!)

March 28 2011 at 1:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jaenjain

What a great way to go, though personally I would prefer a more thrilling ride as my grand finale.

February 10 2011 at 6:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
zeke

Senior rides should be limited to the benches at the parks, let the young folks ride and listen to their screams---what a wonderful sound. We old folks don't have enough strength to scream. an you imagine a coaster full of seniors? They would all be asleep. Old guys just sit on the benchs and watch the scenery walk by. We can't do anything with it but it still looks goooooooood lol.

February 10 2011 at 5:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ernest

Cover your Ass Disney.

February 10 2011 at 10:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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spirit

Why oh why are all these old folks getting on rides. I'm in my late 30s and I will not ride most of the rides at amazement parks. People over 50 shouldn't ride on anything that may further aggravate any exisiting ailments, especially the heart. You can't blame Disney because at 70 something you made a poor judgement by getting on a ride

February 10 2011 at 4:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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