The Orlando Sentinel reported that Disney filed updated guest-injury reports with the state, revealing a death in December on the Prince Charming Regal Carousel in the Magic Kingdom. A 77-year-old woman with a pre-existing heat condition collapsed and died on the Carousel.
The Sentinel states that this was one of three incidents reported to state authorities for the fourth quarter of 2010 in accordance with an agreement in which “the parks avoid state ride-safety regulation in exchange for providing basic details about guest injuries.”
The other resort injuries involved a 71-year-old woman who fell and broke a hip and shoulder following a ride on the Magic Kingdom Carousel, and a 76-year-old woman who fell on the moving loading platform to The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot.
Disney World reported 24 guest injuries for all of 2010, while Universal Orlando reported three and Wet ‘n Wild reported two. SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa bay reported no injuries, despite bringing in approximately 10 million visitors per year, combined.
In 2001, The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), the amusement park industry trade group, 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.