Woman Faints After Riding Space Mountain: How to Handle Disney Dizziness

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Most attractions at the Disney Parks are rather tame and accessible by guests of all ages. But there are a select few — including Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom — that have some restrictions when riding. According to the most recent quarterly report of theme park injuries. a woman passed out after riding Space Mountain. Here’s what to do if you’re ever in a similar situation.

Woman Faints After Riding Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom

In December, an 89-year-old woman fainted after riding the Space Mountain roller coaster attraction in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom, the flagship theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. According to the quarterly report of theme park injuries in central Florida — as reported by local Florida news station Spectrum News 13 — the woman had a preexisting medical condition that caused her to feel sick and then faint after riding Space Mountain.

The report did not indicate what medical condition the guest has that led to her fainting.

Space Mountain is the first roller coaster that was built at Magic Kingdom. It is a fast-moving attraction through the dark, and those with preexisting medical conditions, those who are prone to motion sickness or fainting, and expectant mothers are advised not to ride it. Below is more information about Space Mountain as well as the guest policies and warning issued by Disney regarding the attraction:

Zoom Through the Galaxy

Dip and careen into the inky blackness as a futuristic soundtrack echoes all around you. Fly past shooting stars and celestial satellites. Roar past streaking orbs of light, wayward comets and migrant meteors. Feel the pull of gravity as you’re drawn into a swirling wormhole!

Guest Policies

Supervise children at all times.
Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
Persons who do not meet the minimum height requirement of 44 inches (112 cm) may not ride.

WARNING! For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.

You can read the full central Florida theme park injury reports for quarter 4 of 2019 here.

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What to Do if This Happens to You

If you meet the requirements for riding the attraction but feel dizzy, nauseated, motion sick, light-headed, or even faint after riding it, please know that Disney Cast Members are there to help every guest at the theme parks. If you fear that you or someone around you is in need of assistance in any way, don’t hesitate to reach out to a nearby Cast Member, who will make sure you or those around you get the help they need. While Walt Disney World Resort is a place of fun and magic, guests are not immune to real world issues like dizziness, passing out, or even injuries that may unexpectedly occur.

Be sure to read the guest policies before boarding an attraction so that you meet all the requirements, as well, and ask a Cast Member working the attraction if you have any questions about how it may affect you.

If you are planning a Disney trip and you are unsure of which attractions you will be able to ride, keep in mind that you can read the guest policies and warnings about every Disney attraction online on each attraction’s official webpage, or on the official Walt Disney World app, My Disney Experience.

If you have any tips for handling motion sickness on Disney attractions, share them in the comments below.

Source: Spectrum News 13

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