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Disney reported three injuries in the 2010 fourth quarter. CC by sizemoresr/Flickr

As a part of its quarterly injury report, Disney has reported a carousel death. During the last three months of the year, Disney parks reported three major injuries. All three injuries were to park visitors older than 71.

Death on Disney carousel because of heart condition

The death at Disney World involved 76-year-old woman who rode the Prince Charming carousel in December of 2010. She collapsed and died after exiting the rise. The grandmother apparently had a pre-existing heart condition that was exacerbated by the carousel. There are signs on the Prince Charming Regal Carousel that state nobody who has a heart condition should ride it.

Disney carousel had injuries before

Along with the death at Disney World Theme Park of the 76-year old, there were two other major injuries in the last quarter of 2010. After riding the Prince Charming Carousel, a 71-year-old woman broke her hip and shoulder. Another 76-year-old woman injured her leg when she fell off of a moving platform. There aren’t any age restrictions in the park that place a maximum on the age a person can be and still ride all of the rides.

With safety in mind, Disney carousel death had to be reported

The state of Florida does not inspect or regulate the rides at major theme parks in and around Orlando. The park injuries have to be reported quarterly, and theme parks have to do this on their own. 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 gives the park a .000059 percent injury rate.

Citations

Theme Park Insider: http://themeparkinsider.com/flume/201004/1895/

Washington Post: http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/07/AR2011020702235.html

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