Disney carousel death one of three major injuries in 4th quarter

Disney carousel death

A carousel at Walt Disney World has led to one major injury and one death in three months. Image: Flickr / jeffchristiansen / CC-BY-SA

As a part of their quarterly injury report, Disney has reported a carousel death. The Disney carousel death was one of three major injuries at the park in October, November and December. All three injuries were to park visitors over the age of 71.

Disney carousel death due to heart condition

In December 2010, a 76-year-old woman rode the Prince Charming carousel. She reportedly exited the ride, collapsed and died. The grandmother apparently had a pre-existing heart condition which was exacerbated by the carousel. There are warnings posted at the park and at the Prince Charming Regal Carousel stating that individuals with heart conditions should not ride, even though it is one of the tamest rides at the park.

Other injuries before Disney carousel death

The 76-year-old’s death at the Disney World Theme Park was just one of three major injuries in the last quarter of 2010. A 76-year-old woman fell from a moving platform and injured her leg, and a 71-year-old woman broke both her hip and shoulder after riding the Prince Charming Regal Carousel. The park does not have specific age requirements or limitations that prevent elderly individuals from getting on the rides.

Disney carousel death reported as part of safety deal

The state of Florida does not specifically inspect or regulate the rides at major theme parks in and around Orlando. Instead, the theme parks each submit quarterly reports to the state outlining the injuries that happen at their parks. In the same time period that the Disney carousel death happened, the other major theme parks reported no injuries to guests. Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, where the Prince Charming Regal Carousel is, averages about 5 million visitors per three-month period. That means that Walt Disney World averaged a .000059 percent injury rate, including the carousel death.


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