Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Amusement Park of Death

Is Disney World turning into the sort of amusement park that only Wes Craven could love? Earlier this year a little boy died after going on a ride, and now a different thrill ride is at the center of an incident in which a teenaged girl ended up in critical condition.

The teen, 16-year-old Leanne Deacon of England, went into cardiac arrest shortly after she exited the "Twilight Zone Tower of Terror," in which an elevator shoots up 13 stories and then swings back.

USA Today reports:

"Deacon's illness came a month after a 4-year-old Pennsylvania boy, Daudi Bamuwamye, died after riding another Disney World attraction, Epcot's 'Mission: Space.' That ride is so intense that it has motion sickness bags and several riders have been treated for chest pain. An elderly, diabetic woman also died in February after riding the Magic Kingdom's 'Pirates of the Caribbean,' but the medical examiner said her death 'was not unexpected.' "

Here's a tip: Stay away from the Country Bear Jamboree. It's just a matter of time until Big Al mauls someone. Don't be fooled by that "Blood on the Saddle" song. It's a warning.


At 6:57 PM, Blogger buddyhackett said...

I probably shouldn't ask this,
but in your list of things on
the right under Shout It Out Loud
is the one under BULL MOOSE supposed
to read Buay, Busy, Busy or Busy, Busy,

I like Buay Busy Busy because it sounds
like a donkey doing something.

But I just wanted to check.

Great thing today by the way! :)

At 10:26 PM, Blogger Bigby said...

The weird/strange/interesting thing is that none of these (outside of the Big Thunder Mountain one out in CA) appear to be ride problems, but (speculating) something wrong with the rider. The question is: If I was a theme park operator, how would I prevent at-risk people from riding intense rides? And how in the world would you pick a 4- or 16-year old out as at-risk? Scary stuff...

The good news for Disney is that even with all of the pub recently, their track record is very good. They've had parks open for 50 years now, with parks all over the world, yet there have only been a handful of fatalities. When I worked for the Mouse, we pulled a guy who had a heart attack out of a 20K boat and some of the cast resusitated him (he died later at the hospital). Obviously, there was nothing thrilling about that ride, so sometimes these things happen...

At 12:43 PM, Blogger buddyhackett said...

See you got that fixed!

Glad I could help!

By the way, you're welcome :)

At 1:34 PM, Blogger Chase McInerney said...

Buddy --
I did fix it, thanks to you... I do appreciate it. By the way, I thought you were very funny in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"

At 4:25 PM, Blogger buddyhackett said...

Am I supposed to be able to delete my
comments from your blog?

Because it has a trash can by it
and it looks like I could if I wanted to.


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