Deadly Disneyland - When the Happiest Place on Earth Goes Rogue. Deaths at Disneyland

 

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Injuries and Deaths in California’s Disneyland Theme Park

Though we all associate the “Happiest Place on Earth” with good, wholesome family entertainment in a safe place that’s far, far away from death, pain and danger, accidents do happen at Disneyland… actually relatively frequently. And many of them are even deadly.

With lots of complicated, whirring machinery, and tens of thousands of victims in the park at any given time, there are seemingly endless opportunities for catastrophe to strike in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. But many of the accidents that take place in the California theme park are due to “Mental fatigue” or people simply not paying attention to what they’re doing. Then there is the “stupidity factor” that comes into play all too often. That is, people doing something they shouldn’t be doing and getting hurt because of it.

All in all, Disneyland is a very safe place to visit with family and friends and the company goes to great lengths to keep it that way. But when human behavior is factored into the equation, all bets are off.

Disneyland is often criticized for its reported policy of not allowing ambulances and marked emergency vehicles into the park when needed. Their thinking is that seeing an ambulance might upset the guests and take them out of their happy “Disney” mood (and therefore spend less money). An “urban legend” has it that no one has ever died on Disneyland property because health officials aren’t allowed to declare death until the body has been removed outside the park’s gates. Though Disney Co. has never (and likely will never) commented on this assertion, claims do exist by former cast members (employees) that “no one dies on Disney property.”

Following is a list of injuries and deaths that have occurred at the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California which opened on July 17, 1955.


 

People Mover - The Slowest Ride at Disneyland can Also be the Most Dangerous

People MoverOn August 21, 1967 17-year-old Ricky Lee Yama fell from the People Mover and was crushed to death beneath the ride’s wheels. Seems that Ricky and a couple of his friends were jumping from car to car when he slipped and fell to the track.A security officer who was called to the scene looked under the car and noticed the victim’s head had been cut in two. The ride had to be dismantled to remove the body.

The vicious People Mover would strike again, but this time it would take on many people at once in 1968 when, during a rain storm at the top of a steep bend in the track, one of the car’s wheels would begin to slip. The car began rolling backwards, smashing into the front of the trailing car. Then those two cars skidded backwards causing a chain reaction as it threw passengers from the seats and into poles, bars and surrounding walls. One woman smashed heads with her daughter cutting her cheek open on the girl’s hair clip. Of course, lawsuits were filed and Disneyland settled with the 23 injured parties (amount unknown) before finally installing non-skid pneumatic tires.

In 1972, four teenagers riding the People Mover met tragedy when a gust of wind blew the Mickey Mouse cap off the head of one member of the group as the ride made its way past the Progress City Exhibit. Two of the girls exited the car by climbing over the side to retrieve the hat. They then thought it best to run along the track to hop aboard the next car. One young girl made it, the other ran out of the end of the tunnel and off the track platform before free falling to the concrete 30 feet below. But before landing, the 14-year-old hit a railing which surely added to her injuries which included bruises, cuts, a broken leg, pelvis, and hip. Three months in a body cast and an inserted steel plate and pin in her leg helped the girl eventually walk again. Naturally, she sued the park asserting that there should have been a guard rail at the end of the tunnel. The court disagreed and Disneyland prevailed.

In 1979 a similar incident occurred when a 4-year-old boy decided to crawl out of his slow-moving People Mover car to join his parents in the trailing car. At the time, the car was 30 feet above the Tomorrowland complex. The boy fell and landed on the pavement between America Sings and Mission to Mars. Fortunately the boy survived, but he did suffer a double skull fracture.

On June 7, 1980 during Grad Night celebration Gerardo Gonzales drove up to the park from San Diego and thought it would be a good idea to jump from car to car on the People Mover ride. Naturally, he slipped and was crushed underneath the ride’s wheels after being dragged for hundreds of feet. The People Mover unfortunately has no “dead man switch” which quickly shuts down the ride when something goes wrong.

It’s important to keep in mind that the evil people-eating People Mover ride “zips” along at a blazing 2 miles-per-hour. Perhaps it’s that calm sense of “Disney” peace that allows people to put their brave faces on and act carelessly around what should be a harmless attraction.

Another accident occurred on the People Mover ride in 1993, though this time it wasn’t from someone being stupid. An electrical fire broke out on the ride as it passed through Tron Tunnel near the America Sings building. Ride operators and automatic sprinklers quickly extinguished the fire before it was able to injure any park guests, though several employees suffered minor smoke inhalation.


 

Pirates of the Caribbean - Never Trust a Pirate

Pirates of the CaribbeanThe fourth of July in 1967 would see a fairly significant fire break out in the newly-opened Pirates of the Caribbean ride. An electrical short caused one of the drunken pirates – the one that leans against a light post – to catch fire and then eventually spread throughout the scene. As concerned guests began mentioning the growing fire to employees at the end of the ride, they were met with an aloof, “yeah, it’s supposed to look like that” from blissfully unaware operators. The sprinkler system would eventually extinguish the fire while some alert employees wearing waders began diverting boats and escorting alarmed guests to the emergency exits.

Another fire would break out on the ride in the mid 1970s, but this one was man-made. A rider flicked a lit cigarette into a basket of plastic fruit in the wench auction scene. The basket and its fruit subsequently caught on fire filling the ride with a cloud of thick black smoke. Though no one was injured, many guests were overcome by panic including one woman who handed her 9 month-old baby to a park attendant pleading for him to “please save my baby.”

In January of 2000, a woman was injured when the boat in which she was riding abruptly stopped as she was exiting, causing her to fall and strike her head on a nearby bench. An investigation determined a ride operator was at fault.

Update: July, 2014 - Disney World officials have reported that a tourist visiting from the U.K. recently had two fingertips severed on his right hand while on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Florida.

The tips of the 57-year-old man’s ring and pinkie fingers were cut off as he was holding onto the boat with his fingers protruding outside the vessel. The man was hospitalized after the incident but the severed fingertips were not recovered. It was not made clear what the boat struck causing the injury, but sounds like the chap didn’t heed the numerous warnings to always keep hands and feet inside the ride at all times. There’s a reason for those warnings.

The ride was closed while the accident was being investigated, but was soon reopened after officials determined the ride was functioning properly.


 

Matterhorn - Why do People do Stupid Things on the Matterhorn? Because it is There.

The MatterhornDisneyland’s first fatality would take place on the Matterhorn on May 15, 1964, when a 15 year-old kid tried to stand up near the ride’s peak. He didn’t know his seat was unbuckled by his friend when he lost his balance and fell to the concrete pad below causing a fractured skull, broken ribs, and numerous ruptured organs. Though he survived the initial fall, the boy’s brain would eventually begin hemorrhaging after Disneyland employees rushed him to the hospital. It was too late however as the young boy would die from his injuries three days later. The boy’s parents filed an unsuccessful law suit soon after.

In 1971, a fire broke out on a section of the Matterhorn’s track just as a family’s sled was racing along the rails. The family shot through the blaze with 5-foot-high flames engulfing both sides of their car. The couple inside was doused with a greasy substance that caused burns and stung their eyes. The ride’s sprinkler system eventually doused the fire, the cause of which Disney officials were never able to determine. They filed a suit which awarded them $1,000 for the medical expenses related to their injuries.

In the early 1970’s, an employee fell from one of the Matterhorn’s bobsled’s as she was leaning out of the car with a bent coat hanger to retrieve a guests’s wig that had blown off. Though the act was common practice at the time, employee Cathy Davis unfortunately leaned too far out of the sled as it violently rounded a corner and fell out the back of the sled. She plunged 50 feet from the mountain’s center without striking a single support or piece of track landing in a pile of dirt where she broke both shoulders, some ribs and her pelvis. Miraculously she survived.

Another person lost her life on the Matterhorn in 1984 when a 47 year-old woman vacationing from Fremont, Ca would fall to her death from a sled as it crossed a flat bridge on its way to a cave on the mountain’s A side. Dolly Regene Young fell from the bobsled onto her back in the middle of the track where she was struck by an oncoming sled. The ride immediately shut itself down. When employees found the lady, she was completely covered by the sled with only her legs protruding from beneath, which they said looked like the Wicked Witch under Dorothy’s house.  Investigators found her seatbelt unfastened in her seat. it is believed she unbuckled herself to attend to her child and lost her balance. Young’s family filed a $5 million suit against the theme park but settled minutes before it was to go to trial for an undisclosed amount.

Another incident was discovered when a bobsled exited the Matterhorn with an elderly gentleman slumped over his two granddaughters in the seat. Park operators eventually learned that the man had suffered a heart attack and died during the ride.

In a May 2014 incident, a Disneyland employee slipped and fell from the platform area while working on the loading dock of the Matterhorn attraction. The ride was temporarily closed while rescue personnel attended to the victim, but it was later determined that the woman received only minor injuries which were treated in a local hospital. The ride was allowed to continue operation a few hours later.


 

Splash Mountain - Did you hear a splash?

Splash MountainIn December of 2000, and 80-year-old woman fell from the loading platform as she was exiting the log flume boat and landed in the water. The woman was rushed to the hospital where it was determined she had broken her leg in the fall. An investigation determined no fault by Disneyland.

In a March 2010 accident, a man was injured when the Splash Mountain car in which he was riding became stuck midway through the ride. When workers attempted to unload the passengers without tying down the vehicle for support, it lurched forward causing the man to fall backwards striking his back on the hard plastic seat. A jury in June of 2014 found that Disneyland was indeed negligent because they had overloaded the car, but they did not award him the $1.3 million he was seeking, stating they believed that the fall was not a substantial cause of his back injury. Though the vehicle was indeed overloaded by about 200 pounds, it turns out that the man had pre-existing back problems... and he also weighed over 400 pounds.


 

 

 

Monorail - Things Can Go Wrong Even Before you Get into the Park

The MonorailOn June 17, 1966 19-year-old Guy Cleveland scaled a 16-foot fence to sneak undetected into the theme park during Grad Nite. his aim was to walk along the rail and eventually jump down in the Autopia area of the park. However the young man didn’t hear an oncoming train, nor the shouts of a security officer telling him to jump clear. Instead Cleveland ducked down into a fiberglass canopy situated beneath the track. Sadly, he wasn’t low enough beneath the train as it passed over. The bottom of the train struck him, before dragging his body some 40 feet along the track. His body was torn to pieces. The driver never saw the kid and wondered why his train had come to slow, grinding halt.

Tragedy would be narrowly averted on the Monorail ride in 1996 when a power shortage caused monorail orange to stall out on the hill over Submarine falls. An alert driver, knowing the next car was barreling towards his, jumped from his train onto the catwalk below the rail, ran to the emergency call box and shouted into the handset: “Monorail orange Emergency stop!” All other train operators immediately applied their brakes. Disaster averted… almost. One passenger, with his head stuck out of the train, was heard yelling, “If i miss the Electrical Parade, there’ll be hell to pay.” All monorail trains were soon thereafter equipped with battery-powered radios.


 

Tom Sawyer’s Island - Injun Joe’s Revenge

Tom Sawyer IslandNot really a ride, but apparently dangerous nonetheless, Tom Sawyer’s Island claimed its first victim on June 22, 1973 when18-year-old Bodgen Delaurot and his 10-year brother took a raft out to Tom Sawyer’s Island. As darkness began to fall on the park the pair devised a scheme to hide on the island. Before the ride closed and employees cleared the island, the boys climbed a perimeter fence and hid in a patch of woods near the burning cabin. Later that night, after the rafts had stopped running, the two decided to swim their way back to the mainland. The older brother, with the younger on his back, soon went under and disappeared. The younger dog-paddled until a boat came to his rescue. Bogden’s lifeless body was found the next morning. The boys’ family sued the park alleging that the attraction’s name enticed the kids to their mischief, just like Tom and Huck did in the novel. Needless to say, Disneyland prevailed in the case.

A six-year-old girl was injured in an accident back in January of 2001 when she fell while playing with a toy rifle at Disneyland’s Tom Sawyer Island playground. The girl’s finger apparently became entangled in the trigger mechanism as she slipped and fell comepltely severing the finger. Doctors were not able to reattach the finger in the hospital.


 

Alice in Wonderland Ride - And Alice seemd like such a nice girl

Alice in Wonderland RideAround Christmas time in 2000, a teenaged boy broke his leg and foot when it became entangled between the car in which he was riding and the guardrail along the perimeter of the ride. Investigators suspect the boy did not keep his foot in the car at all times..


 

 

 

Carousel of Progress and America Sings - Do You Know any Sad Songs?

America SingsIn the summer of 1974, one of the park’s newest (and seemingly most docile) attractions would claim a victim when Al Bertino, one of the America Sings designers fell from the attraction’s platforms into the stage pit crushing a Disney character.

A few days later, a fresh-faced new employee lost her life when she was crushed between the rotating panels of the Carousel of Progress. Disneyland was never able to determine exactly what caused her to get stuck in the narrow passageway between the rotating theater wall and the stationery theater wall.


 

Space Mountain - Space is Dangerous After All

Space MountainIn 1979, a woman became ill in her roller coaster car and, upon pulling into the unload dock, was instructed by personnel to remain seated in her car until it could be removed from service. Unfortunately, the ride operator above didn’t get the call and sent the rocket on another 3-minute ride. When her rocket arrived back at the station, the woman was barely holding on to consciousness. Ride attendants and emergency personnel carried the woman to a bench where her husband was to eventually meet up with her. When she failed to completely recover, the woman was taken to the hospital in a park van where she would die after remaining in a come for a week.

A year later, a Space Mountain employee charged with ensuring all safety bars are down and in the locked position became entangled in one of the cars and couldn’t get loose before it took off. She was dragged some 25 feet which caused severe cuts and bruises, a broken pelvis and ankle, and an injured back. She was awarded a $154,000 cash settlement plus $240,000 in annuity payments that awarded her for the remainder of her life.

In 1983, a drunken 18-year-old James Higgins was thrown from his Space Mountain rocket into a wall before landing in an area 5 feet below the track. When the ride was over, his friends finally discovered he had not completed the trip and alerted officials. Higgins remained in a coma with severe brain and spinal injuries for a month. Higgins was unable to recall how he fell from the car but his lawyer claimed that Disneyland was at fault for not locking the man’s safety bar. Disney said the man wriggled free from beneath the bar which the court also believed.

In 2000, nine Space Mountain riders were injured when a malfunction caused a wheel arm assembly to come loose bringing one of the rockets to a violent halt. One woman received a sprained ankle when the floor of the rocket buckled. A few years later, one of the ride’s rockets blew through the stop zone and slammed into the back of a stopped rocket, injuring four passengers. A few months later, the park closed the dangerous ride for a couple of years to rebuild the track from scratch.


 

Dumbo - When Elephants Go Rogue

DumboDumbo became angry in 1989 and tipped to a 45-degree angle spilling his passengers from their seats and dragging them along the concrete walkway surrounding the ride. it was determined that a bracket connecting the elephant to a supporting arm broke.

The following year, a 13-year-old girl was also injured by a rogue elephant when a similar malfunction caused a support arm to break loose. Following the second occurrence, Disneyland scrapped the ride and built a new one.

But a new and improved Dumbo would strike yet again in the 1990s when another elephant would come loose from its moorings and drag a woman long the walkway causing numerous injuries.


 

Skyway - Teenagers 40 Feet in the Air… What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

SkywayIn 1989 a group of teenagers began rocking their skyway car back-and-forth so violently they caused one the ride’s guide wheels to jump off the cable as the car teetered over Toad Tower in Fantasyland. Unable to reset the guide wheel, the ride had to be shut down for several hours leaving passengers dangling 40 feet in the air. Attendants and city firefighters had to help the stranded riders to safety with their extension ladders.

A Skyway operator narrowly averted disaster when the car door he was trying to slam and lock shut repeatedly boomeranged back at him. As he ran alongside the car as it approached the take-off point, the man’s hand became caught in the door latch flinging him out over Fantasyland  before turning him loose on top of the Mad Hatter shop’s roof.


 

Roger Rabbit Ride - Did you fall, or are you just glad to see me?

Roger Rabbit RideIn the fall of 2000, a 4-year-old boy was rendered a vegetable when he fell from the Roger Rabbit car in which he was riding. A subsequent investigation determined that the car's lapbar was not properly lowered and locked into position when the boy fell out of the car.

The park’s policy is that children are to be seated on the outside seat of each car which is opposite the side with the unprotected entrance/exit opening. The investigation also concluded that the boy most likely fell through the opening and was pinned beneath an oncoming car causing severe brain damage.

Disneyland was ordered to close the ride until doors could be installed on the car’s door opening and sensors applied to the underside of each car to detect obstructions.


 

Rivers of America - Boys and Rushing Water, a Deadly Combination

Rivers of AmericaGrad Nite and drinking would take yet another life, this time in the waters of The River of America. In 1983, a drunken Philip Straughan and his friend were walking through Frontierland when they decided to commandeer a motorized rubber raft from an attended dock behind an “employees only” section of the park. While speeding down the river through the darkness, their boat hit a rock throwing Straughan’s body into the water. After an unsuccessful search, his friend sped to the nearest help. An hour later park officials were able to find Straughan’s lifeless body in 4 feet of water. His blood alcohol content was measured at .19, or nearly twice the then-legal limit for adults. A subsequent negligent death lawsuit was later won by Disney. The mother was however, able to collect  a settlement from the travel bureau that was found negligent for allowing the boys to get intoxicated.


 

Mark Twain Landing - The Celebrated Jumping Cleat of Calaveras County

Mark Twain LandingAt Christmastime in 1998 disaster would strike the park when a man was killed and his wife severely injured while waiting to ride the Sailing Ship Columbia at the Mark Twain Landing. As the large incoming ship arrived at the dock, an over-zealous employee jumped from the ship and securely hitched the ship’s rope around a metal cleat before the ship had come to a complete stop. The pressure from the still-moving ship tore the foot-long cleat from its mooring post, flung it forcefully into the crowd tearing through the employee’s ankle and removing parts of her foot. But the cleat wasn’t finished with its deadly mission. The cleat then struck 33-year-old Luan Phi Dawson in the back of the head and his wife in the face. The couple was rushed to the hospital where doctors removed Dawson from life support two days later.


 

Big Thunder Railroad Becomes Big Runaway Railroad

Big thunder RailroadIn September 2003, Locomotive No 2 of the Big Thunder Railroad arrived at the station making an “unusual sound.” An initial inspection revealed nothing, so ride operators decided to give the train one last go around the track before dispatching it out for maintenance. Little did they know, a crucial guide wheel had fallen off the locomotive. Marcelo Torres and Vincente Gutierrez were placed in the front car of the train. As their train climbed through the bat cave and up the incline towards rainbow cavern, it plunged down the first drop and under the hanging possums. As the train sped around the next sharp curve, the axle disengaged and abruptly applied a safety brake, launching the train car violently into the air. The car’s roof struck the top of the tunnel as the trailing car plowed underneath it. 11 passengers were injured when the force of the impact threw engine parts into the two front passengers breaking the ribs of one and causing blunt force trauma to the head of chest of the other. Just minutes later Torres would succumb to his injuries.

In the 80’s Casey Jones would strike again when a young visiting student wriggled his way from underneath the safety bar and stood up in the traveling car. He was flung onto a ledge but sustained no major injuries.

A Romanian passenger who spoke very little English was ejected from the ride after he passed out as the train whizzed through the dinosaur skeleton. He only suffered a broken leg.


 

Disneyland Railroad - Mommie, Why are the Trains so Angry?

Disneyland RailroadThe Disneyland Railroad was the scene of a couple accidents (one during the park’s first week of operation) when the train tipped over perilously dangling its guests over the platform as it pulled into Main Street Station. Within a few short minutes, employees had the train righted and the employees evacuated.

Ten years later, another incident occurred when employee error caused the train to jackknife and nearly tumble over.


 

Storybook Land - I’m Never Never Going Back in There

Storybook LandA trainer was teaching a new employee how to throw the canal switch over to Never Neverland (the switch arm changes the direction of the boats into a different canal). However, the trainer didn’t know that there was still one boat out with passengers somewhere in the canal. As the boat arrived at the landing, the activated switch arm ripped a gash in the boat’s hull causing it to quickly sink to the bottom of the canal. Nine passengers ended up in the drink. Fortunately, the canals are not very deep and no one was seriously injured.

In March of 2005 a 4-year-old boy’s hand was injured while riding the Storybook Land Canal boats ride. The boy’s hand became crushed between the the dock and the edge of the boat causing a broken finger and severing the tip of his thumb. After an investigation by State inspectors, Disneyland was instructed to lower and repair the rubber edges and bumpers around the dock and boat. They were also told to inform passengers to keep hands inside the boat at all times.


 

Adventure Through Inner Space

Inner SpaceIn the  late ‘60s, a young lady was injured when she fell from her clamshell-shaped car. She was jumping from car to car trying to catch up to her boyfriend who was doing the same. As she landed on the ground, the trailing car ran over her causing numerous severe fractures, cuts, and lacerations.

In 1985, a couple of kids decided throwing a firecracker from inside their car would be a good idea. The firecracker set fire to the ride’s fiberglass structure before eventually also setting fire to some draperies which fell down onto four other cars, injuring some of the riders. Many other guests were injured in the mad dash to exit the area. In all, five guests were treated for smoke inhalation and various other cuts, scratches, and bruises.


 

Star Tours - The Misadventures Continue

Star ToursShortly after opening in 1987, the Star Tours ride would claim its first victim when an inattentive maintenance worker, taking a shortcut through one of the cars instead of going around, forced open one of the car’s doors only to suddenly realize that there was no platform on the other side of the car. He fell 8 feet to the ground.

In 1995, another employee fell victim when she, after being instructed to retrieve a dropped brochure, fell from the ride’s catwalk to the concrete below, fracturing her skull.


 

Submarine Voyage - Disney’s Pearl Harbor Revenge

Submarine VoyageOn Pearl Harbor Day in 1974, tragedy struck the mainland when a trainer was bringing a submarine on line while a co-worker was ready to shove off from the dock in a second sub filled with nearly 40 Japanese passengers. As the trainer’s submarine was lifting out of the water, it caught the loaded submarine and busted out two of its portholes causing water to immediately gush in. The guests, dressed in suits and almost all wearing cameras around their necks panicked as they began scrambling to escape the sinking the submarine. Some flung themselves into the water to swim to safety while others just stood up in the 3-foot deep canal and walked back to the dock.


 

Parking Lot - Beware of the Rabid Traffic Cones

Parking LotNow don’t think something as deceptively harmless as a parking lot would get off scott-free from the Disneyland injury bug. After all, there’s a lot of hard asphalt and moving vehicles out there. In fact, in the fall of 1985, 7-year-old Jennifer Reid was visiting the park with her uncle when, while searching for their car, she fell down and was subsequently run over and crushed by a large tour bus cruising through the parking lot.


 

Guest Altercations

On February 18 of 2012, an altercation broke out when a 53-year-old man became violent and struck several park employees even after being pepper sprayed while trying to subdue him. The man was subsequently subdued by several cast members as well as other park guests. The man, allegedly intoxicated, was removed from the park and face assault and battery charges for his actions. A nearby guest filmed the incident and uploaded it to Youtube which you can view below:


Lawyers Always Available to Help You

With lawyers being what they are, it naturally didn’t take long for a cottage industry to pop up related to accidents, injuries, and deaths in Disneyland and other amusement parks. Seems there are a number of law firms in the southern California area who have dedicated a portion of their practice to defending those who have been injured at the parks. Here’s one such attorney with a practice area called Amusement Park Accidents who believes that every person who suffers an injury at Disneyland due to the park’s negligence, deserves to have an experienced attorney working with them. Call us skeptical, but we wonder how often one of these attorneys has turned away a potential client when the plaintiff confessed that they were injured while doing something stupid in the park.


5 Things you probably didn’t know about Disneyland:

1. Since we humans tend to walk on the right side of the street, Main Street USA is laid out with all restaurants on the right for those wanting breakfast as they enter, and with all the souvenir shops on guests’ right as they leave? Got ya!

2. The street also looks much longer than it actually is, thanks to the “forced perspective” of Cinderella’s Castle, which is actually pretty tiny.

3. None of the shops sell gum. Makes too big a mess on the street and sidewalks.

4. Club 33 is the only place in the park that sells alcohol. But it’s private, so you’ll never get in.

5. The Enchanted Tiki Room was originally intended as a restaurant. Aha, that’s why it’s such a lame attraction.


Deaths, Injuries and Incidents Reported at Disney Theme Parks in 2014

Walt Disney World is reporting that two Disney World visitors died while experiencing two of the park’s tamer rides.

A 22 year-old woman lost consciousness and later died while on the It’s a Small World attraction on Christmas Day of 2014 while another, a 54 year-old woman, lost consciousness and never recovered after riding the Toy Story Midway Mania at Hollywood Studios in October of the same year.

Disney spokesperson said both rides were operating normally at the time and it’s likely that the rides weren’t the cause of death in either incident.

During the last quarter of 2014 Disney reported several other incidents that caused varying degrees of injuries but didn’t result in death.

A 63-year-old woman lost consciousness on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and subsequently underwent surgery to repair an aneurysm. Another, a 64-year-old woman, became entangled while exiting the Prince Charming Regal Carousel and fractured her leg. While exiting the Mad Hatter Tea Party ride, a 49-year-old man tripped and fractured his shoulder.

In other incidents, a 54 year-old man got sick after exiting the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and a elderly gentleman became nauseated after encountering Space Mountain.

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