Between Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, there were eight ride injuries reported in the third quarter of 2010, according to state records cited in the Orlando Sentinel.
1. Disney’s Animal Kingdom: A man suffered a seizure on the Dinosaur ride.
2. Disney’s Animal Kingdom: A man experienced chest pain on the ride Expedition Everest.
3. Disney’s Epcot: A woman experienced chest pain on the ride Mission: Space.
4. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon: A man collapsed and eventually suffered a stroke after riding Storm Slides.
5. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon: A woman lost consciousness in the wave pool.
6. Disney’s Magic Kingdom: A woman fell and broke her spine on the moving passenger-loading area for Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.
7. Universal Orlando: A woman broke her ankle on Camp Jurassic in Islands of Adventure.
8. Wet ‘n’ Wild: Someone experienced chest pain requiring the use of a defibrillator on Der Stuka.
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Amusement Park Jurisdiction
There is no federal agency with jurisdiction over fixed amusement rides such as theme parks. Only state and local authorities must inspect, monitor and regulate. In 2001, The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), began producing its own injuries-per-ride-cycle figure for amusement rides (roller coasters, Ferris wheels, etc.) operated at fixed site locations. Their methodology is that IAAPA asks its members each year to report the number of riders they’ve processed through the turnstiles of their mechanical amusement rides, and the number of customers they know of who were treated by a doctor for injuries caused by any of those rides. They then come up with a number of patron rides taken each year, and an aggregated count of ride-related injuries parks reported knowing about.
This reporting system does not collect any information useful for analysis of accident patterns or development of prevention strategies. No information is collected that would identify the ride, the park, the age/size of patrons involved, the type of accident, or the injuries sustained. IAAPA’s “honor-system” accounting of guest injuries that have been reported back to the amusement parks is lower than the CPSC’s estimate of the number of amusement park patrons actually treated for ride-related injuries in emergency rooms. Since it is the industry’s trade group that is putting this together, there may be an incentive to minimize the risks.