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  1. Joeybats

    This feels like a shakedown lawsuit. While I feel for the family who suffered the loss, I do have to point out that the movement on Kong is relatively mild which brings up the point that this man was most likely a ticking time bomb and perhaps a bumpy ride on a bus may have done the same thing.
    I also have to point out that once Spanish is added to all signs what must be added next? Mandarin,Russian, French, Portuguese, Greek and Gaelic? To just mention a few. Although tourists come from all over the world to visit Orlando there is also the responsibility on the tourists part to take extra caution if they don’t speak the language. As an American if I went to Pakistan to visit and demanded that all signs be in English as well they’d laugh me out of the country.

    1. Mike

      Well said. I couldn’t agree more.

      1. Anne

        Exactly. I’m a 2nd generation Cuban-American; however, this is the United States which is a primarily, English speaking country. You can’t go into a new country and expect everything to be in your language. Spanish speakers still don’t make up even half of the US, so until then there shall be no reason for such accommodations.

        1. Cathy

          Condolences to the family. USA means what? Who and how was he able to get through the entree , find the location, and probably stood in line if he did not understand any English or what was going on How did he find the ride or did someone guide him . I had to learn a second language while living in Europe It was either learn or be left out. The pictures did not reflect a warning or caution ? How many of us have stood in line to ride and saw the caution sign ?I guess all languages need to be added. Let’s not be selective

          1. Marcelle Leimbach

            After just making a comment I have one other suggestion that could work. On the English sign make a notification for foreign speaking guests…. Write the Coumtry of origin and tell the guest to ask an attendant. That could work.

        2. Lisa

          100% agree with joeybats this is a ridiculous lawsuit and where does it end?? I don’t go to other countries expecting signage to be in my language why do people expect that to be the case here? People disgust me with their greed and self entitlement

          1. Joy Kieleski

            Thank you .my thoughts exactly!!!

          2. Abby Harrison

            According to an Internet search there are 6500 different languages spoken in the world. I asked Alexa how many she spoke and she said 7700! So are the theme parks responsible for adding all of those languages as well?! This lawsuit is another money grab! Just by looking at the signage for the ride tells you it isn’t going to be a calm ride! Were they expecting a merry-go-round?! Get a real job and stop these frivolous lawsuits!

        3. Anthony Verno

          Just because you sue someone doesnt mean you will win the lawsuit. In any lawsuit the only winner is the lawyer. Ive been to US many times and I had open heart surgery so I use common sense when riding on any ride.

        4. Shonna

          This is the US. Its main language is English. We should have to adjust our warning signs to fit other countries. Just like if we go overseas and go to a theme park I wouldn’t expect them to do it . We should have to learn the language of that warning sign.

        5. SStephen Maxwell

          Yes I can see where they are coming from but it would be difficult to put all languages on info bords

        6. Miles

          I don’t think it was universals fault because of the signs language but since Spanish is the second most spoken language in the us I feel it should be commonplace for them to have Spanish and English signs

          1. Mickey Payne

            Most everyone has a phone, which Google and MSM have translation apps. I live in Poinciana Florida and even here there are NOT Spanish English dual translation except for a few things.
            I speak American.
            ” When in Rome, do as the Romans do”
            Plenty of Spanish Speakers work in theme parks. If the family had a question about rides, they should have gone to guest relations or asked any of the Spanish workers in the park.
            Why didnt they do that, unless they knew he was probably going to dye anyway, and just want compensation?

        7. Marla Singer

          Strangely enough, other countries DO provide signs in English. We are actually the only country that goes around traveling to other countries and demand signs in tourist areas have English too!

        8. Pixie

          You guys are all disgusting and selfish.
          No wonder people hate Americans.
          Why is everyone acting like being SLIGHTLY more accommodating after A DEATH is such an affront
          ITS A DAM SIGN
          Selfish and stupid.

          1. Kecia Coleman

            I don’t think it’s being selfish as much as being reasonable. Do you know how many languages there are in the world? There’s no way to list signage in ALL languages. So when the one person who speaks something other than English or Spanish gets harmed or killed, then what?

          2. Carrie

            You seem to have a lot of hate in your heart.

        9. Tiffany Mattingly

          They even have it on speaker in English and spainish about the warnings of all health conditions that you may have or expecting to have. I have health problems and i still go on some of the rights so does my dad but we know which rides to go on in the parks it’s called common sense to know your limits. I know I do I don’t ride all the rides because I know my health I have asthma and anxiety I’ve been going to universal studios since the early 1990s.

        10. Earline D Brown

          I agree with previous comments. It would be nice to offer warnings in other languages but english should be the parks only legal obligation. If a visitor has medical issues it should be there responsibility to know what rides may be potentially harmful. If there is a picture demonstrating that this ride is a threat to your heart & you know you have a heart condition you should be asking questions, not suing afterwards.

      2. Bob Torres Smith

        I am seeing a lot of people saying things such as, ” If you go to a theme park in America, where the main language is English, you should learn English first.”
        I would like to point out that learning a new language is hard. I can say this as a native English speaker who has been learning Spanish for 5 years and am mostly fluent.
        Yes, there were pictures, and maybe this ride was not that crazy, but we should be inclusive and put more commonly used languages such as Spanish, Mandarin, German, etc. on so that more people can understand the signs. Pictures do not always make sense.
        I am not saying these people should have sued, but if you want all sorts of people, you should at least have their language on a sign.

        1. Sophia Hummel

          I have the same opinion with Joeybats. A lot of people around the world come to the Universal Orlando, almost people don’t speak english and i believe in their own country they have ride like in the Kong too. So i believe they know the risk if you ride like that also, and if you have heart problem, vertigo etc that relation with that you should not take this ride also. It is mean you will put your life in danger. And i believe they just don’t care about their health. If they care about their health, they will not take that ride. Bottom line the problem not the language. Who sued that has money problem.

        2. Murgi

          Language is hard … therefore you justify capitulation? As pointed out above there are 6,500 languages in this world. If you translate a few but not all … then you can and will get sued. In addition, if you did translate them all … there would be no rides, just signs.

        3. Parodi’s.this is rediculo-us. I’m sure he went there with family member that read and speak. One of then should have told him the warnings. And if they did and he didn’t listen ah well he caused it. So I think there should be no lawsuit. Cause I don’t see one. My condolences to the family. Have a safe and great 2021

        4. Melissa

          I’ve been studying Spanish for 4 months and can understand it. Probably because I took 2 years of Latin. This guy had family with him and NOBODY spoke even a smidge of English? It’s horrible the man died but a simple English to Spanish on google would have translated the warning sign. It’s all about accountability for ones actions.

        5. Jhuandah


        6. Anonynurse

          QR code printed on the sign to take them to Google Translate.
          No need to learn a language, just scan a code and read it in your native language.

          Adding a QR code for Google Translate would be generous. If I’m visiting other countries, I don’t expect English to be printed everywhere. Google Translate would’ve been great when I was a Navy Brat.

          I feel for the family’s loss, but this lawsuit needs to be dismissed. There are pictorial signs in addition to the written out advisories. Plus, I highly doubt that none of them understood English, none of them understood the pictorial signs and none of them were aware of Google Translate.

      3. Ted

        Joey’s comment says it all.

      4. Maureen

        It’s called the USA and America, we speak, read and write English as our primary language. I don’t like Disney, but this is ridiculous.

        1. Mrs MERLIN D CLARK

          If the sign “should” have a Spanish translation it should have countless others too for the many international visitors. Is there a sign big enough? When you travel to another country it’s your responsibility to learn the basics of the language predominantly spoken there, especially ‘danger’ messages. If you don’t, ask someone before you get on the ride. There have been other theme park accidents in other parts of the world. Alton Towers, England, for example. Thus it is bound to happen, on a rare occasion, that’s why there was a sign and you need to be able to read it.

        2. Boeyjats

          Please re-read for context.

        3. franklin

          >I don’t like Disney, but this is ridiculous.

          That’s good because the lawsuit mentioned in the article involves Universal Studios.

      5. Quinnton

        I do feel for the family but If he would have taken a english class so he could learn it or understand it there wouldnt be any issue and probably his death could have been prevented so it was his own fault. Y even get on the ride in the first place if u dont speak english?

        1. Randall Dean Owens

          Last time I went to Disneyland in Anaheim, there were announcements in Spanish, Japanese and maybe a couple others. As long as I can remember, safety announcements like “keep your seat belts on and your arms and feet in the car at all times” have been recorded announcements. I believe the park now has Spanish signs as well due to the majority of Hispanics in CA.

      6. Ana Feliciano

        I feel the responsibility equally lies on the patron. Perhaps theme parks can offer a system where foreigners can press a button and get the expectations of the ride but blaming others has to stop somewhere. Buyer beware policy.

        1. Jodie Hood

          #1. Speak english if you come to the us. #2. Most people have a cell phone translate it. #3 make up a paper in different languages. If they cant understand that warnings and dangers they shouldn’t be there. And there for are SOL

      7. Conscious guy

        That’s because ignorance is contagious. Shakedown or not having the 2nd most popular language on the signs is something most places already adopt. Clearly that’s something that needs to be on there.

        1. Anonynurse

          Conscious Guy, you are aware that there isn’t just ONE Spanish language – right? Besides, there are pictorial signs giving warnings that reach a far broader audience covering people from all over the world.

          There’s always Google Translate and it doesn’t make you pay per word. You can even take a picture and import into Google Translate while in line.

      8. Joy

        I totally agree!

      9. KCole

        This! I also empathize with what happened to this man and the grief his family has endured. However it is each person’s responsibility to ensure their own safety as well. If I visit, work, live or enter a healthcare facility in a place where my language is not widely spoken, I bear a responsibility to learn at least the bare minimal of the language spoken there. It is not feasible to list signs in every other language spoken. Any person injured or killed that speaks another language will be able to sue? This is wrong and as sad as it is I feel the rider was at fault for getting on and not being able to read the warning.

      10. brittany Kihl

        I think a simple solution to any international traveler whose first language is not English, is to create a scan code. Within the scan code you would receive all necessary information and warnings once you choose your preferred language. All you would need is one person in the family to have a working smartphone and you would be good. Sad to hear about the family’s loss. Peace & light to all.

      11. Cat

        No. Just, No. No Spanish. We’re in America where the language is English. No one is excluded from speaking other languages, but we can’t cater to hundreds of ethnicities by translating every bit of public text, not should it be done for only one! Learn English in public, speak whatever you want in private.

      12. Isledymnd

        My thoughts exactly. All based can’t be covered language wise. People have to be responsible for themselves & not always blame others.

      13. Jsroz

        Well translate in to all languages. People are full of caca

    2. Ellen


      1. Michaelevan Hammond

        That’s funny, when you go to Spain….you can’t find signs in english anywhere

    3. Denise

      I have ridden this ride and it did not cause his death. He probably was having heart problems that he ignored and just happen to be on that ride when the big one hit

      1. Tsalk

        If I go to Spain and go to an amusement park, I don’t expect the signs to be in English. I expect them to be in Spanish. Yes learning a second language is hard…I too am learning Spanish. But this person had to have been travelling with at least one English speaking person. How else would he have gotten to the parks, made it through the entrance and gotten around Universal if he spoke no English? I just don’t understand the mind set. I’m sorry. If you are coming to the US for travel you should not expect things in your language. Not even Spanish.

      2. Terry

        This is a slippery slope… so no this law suit should go no where

      3. Kat

        I could totally have read this wrong, didn’t they sat CVA (CerebroVascular Accident)? AKA: stroke. Either way, a CVA cannot be stopped or predicted any more than a major MI (Myocardial Infarction-heaet attack)- but a VA us more likely to be caused by severe jostling (or minor if you have a clot ready to form in your brain). This is not about signs, neither health issue us going to be stopped by signs, people feel invincible. They want money, pure and simple. I worked EMS for 15 years, CVA’s happen EVERYWHERE! The dude was likely not fit or had high cholesterol and it sadly was his time.

    4. John

      “I also have to point out that once Spanish is added to all signs what must be added next? Mandarin,Russian, French, Portuguese, Greek and Gaelic? ”

      Exactly. As stated it is an international destination. Once you start down that road you might as well require warnings signs to be in EVRY SINGLE LANGUAGE in existence. Otherwise are you saying a person who speaks one language is more important than another?

      And at the end of the day does it matter? News flash, no one pays attention to the signs ANYWAY. The signs only exist for legal cover and nothing more. As someone who has worked at parks running attractions I can tell you that almost no one reads nor cares what is on the sign. You only have to see how many parents try to get their too-short children onto the ride to know that.

    5. Rick

      Very well said, it is a responsibility of tourists at least have a notion of the english language that is basic around the world !!

      1. RacistXenophobeHunter

        So by your logic if you go to China you should know basic Chinese since it’s the most native spoken language in the world, right? Dumb argument.

        1. Lee Maynor

          But it’s a correct one. Should I have need to go to China, I would learn rudimentary bits of the language, such as CAUTION, WARNING, STOP, DANGER… It only makes sense. If I go by choice rather than necessity, then yes- I would learn more of the language or ensure I had a native speaker at hand. That’s just basic sense.

      2. AngieLaLa

        Also, it is a known fact that you shouldn’t ride on rides if you have a condition like this. Poor guy could have died walking back to the car…would the family still have sued?

    6. Nicholas

      I mostly agree with you, but their point about it being a tourist destination is right. It’s common for them to have signs in the most common languages. In Europe and Japan I’ve seen English signs in tourist areas. Many things can be helped with images that are easy to understand.

      But I don’t think the theme park should be held liable here. It’s common sense to be careful when you have a weak heart.

      1. Chris

        Better make sure it’s also in Russian, Portuguese, French, Dutch, German, Arabic etc. So because one person didn’t get his language on the safety info he can sue? If I go to Germany and can’t read the German safety can I sue also??

    7. Tricia

      If you go to a country learn to speak the language it’s your responsibility.

    8. Im confused would the signs have prevented is death ? Who reads a sign and decides after a hour inline maybe i wont.

    9. Jamie

      I couldn’t agree more. 10 years ago, there may have been an argument that predominant languages should be represented in warning signs. But today, all you need to do is have ccess to Google and a smart phone, and you can have text translated into any language you want. This is definitely a case of contributory negligence.
      I think the only argument here would be if the rude was so dangerous it would cause harm to a reasonably cautious person. I have not been on the ride myself. I get extreme motion sickness, and have friends ride rides and tell me if I could handle it before going on.if he has a medical condition, he should be doing the same thing, and using Google to translate warning signs.
      If he was with his family, did nobody with him see the signs nor could translate? Perhaps the family should sue all bilingual members of it’s own party for negligence? Or perhaps that just defeats the purpose of this shakedown.
      There is real negligence out there, and real reasons to sue. I just can’t see a rational jury awarding anything here, and they shouldn’t.

    10. T

      Well then according to you I guess those theme parks and US states who advertise worldwide for tourists around the world should stop cause they don’t speak English. Their money is good enough but not them? If you don’t translate for them then don’t advertise there. Plus in Pakistan just like India a lot of the country does speak English as a second language since they used to be English colonies. In addition, Pakistan has many dialects and languages not just Urdu. No thought in your answer, just diarrhea of the mouth.

      1. Lisa A Leyde

        Other countries advertise themselves as a world wide tourist destination so do they all need to print everything in my native language? All ANYONE in his party has to do was open Google and ask it to translate the sign, universal Orlando has exceptional cel service so that’s not even an excuse. Not one person in his party could read it?? How did they even find universal? Freeway signs in Florida are all in English. Or how did they find the ride? The universal map is also in English

    11. SJ


    12. Leanne


    13. Victor Velazquez

      Old argument against spanish signs..we spanish people have heard those for generations and understand why they are made…people in SOUTH AMERICAAA…CENTRAL AMERICAAA…SPAIN…YES MEXICICO THEY SPEAK SPANISH…? ?..CUBA…PUERTO ??…DOMINICAN ??…ARUBA…OH YES SPANISH…LOL…

    14. Michelle

      I totally agree it does sound very shaky. I mean even @ Walt Disney World everything is explained in both languages as your entering the rides & honestly the boards as your walking through to each ride is very explanatory. I remember this 1 time .. there was a Spanish speaking family who was reading the English signs.

    15. Erica Ann Chambers

      Well I was going to say the same thing. I feel for the family and the kids. Yet coming from first generation of German immigrants they didn’t ask for anything,not was it handed to them. I have I have fibromyalgia and Road the same ride December 1st through the 4th of 2020 I took precaution because I knew it was going to be loud and it wasn’t as bad compared to Walt Disney World Toy Story Mania. Yet my thing is why are we a nation of a “giant melting pot” having to keep on bending over backwards for everyone else..

      1. Chris

        YES!!! I say this all the time! No other language demands this.

      2. Sallylly

        Erica Ann Chambers: I agree w/you totally. Am sick n tired of having to bend over for the inclusion of the spanish language in American society. Hispanics are quite vocal about respect being shown, however they have no regard for the ppl that they
        disrespect by spkg spanish in American stores, offices etc. I see & hear it chronically in stores, drs’ offices, etc. The personnel may spk English to the patient, customer etc BUT will audibly spk spanish to each other in your presence.The ppl who came to America around the turn of the century built up our country at a time when that’s what was needed. But they did not demand & expect handouts; they were truly in need of a new life & were were GRATEFUL to be given the opportunity to be here & they ASSIMILATED with pride. Despite all of that they did not get language accommodations for their native tongues. Making matters worse is that Americans can’t & don’t defend ourselves; if we do, we’re considered racist.I feel like a foreigner in my own country. It is pathetic & not right!.

        1. linnet

          Aprendo español para hacer a los gringos enojados hehehe

    16. Musamettin

      Turkis as well

      1. Ann

        Well. They won’t get anything if the current law doesn’t require them to have Spanish speaking signs.

    17. LUCKY ONE


    18. Rhonda

      I’m pretty sure Universal does an ride spiel in Spanish. All he had to do was use Google translate and took an photo of the sign and it would have translate the sign to Spanish.

    19. Cathy

      Ditto what Joeybats commented.

    20. John

      This is America. You want too come here for what ever reason. LEARN OUR LANGUAGE ENGLISH or DON’T COME. WE DON’T GO TO OTHER COUNTRIES AND SURE AND CRY IF SOMEONE DIES AND DEMAND CHANGE. WHY NOT because that country would laugh us out of it.

    21. Diego

      Maybe have visitors download an app with safety warnings in different languages when they enter. Just have a video looping in different languages at the entrance explaining the app.

    22. Tammy

      I agree. I think it opens up too many other law suits. We can’t put up so many warnings in so many languages. At some point I have to be responsible for my health. As a parent I have to make judgment calls to keep my child safe.

    23. David

      Well, said and I agree. Just because you can’t read or speak English don’t mean your command sense don’t apply. If you have a medical condition why would you take a risk.

    24. King

      Orlando and Florida
      all together has way to many Spanish people in the state for them to not have at least Spanish signs

    25. DL

      Pakistan isn’t an international tourist destination. Cancun is, and most important signs are at least in both English and Spanish.

    26. Marcelle

      I was planning almost the same thing. This lawsuit is ridiculous. As stated they have symbols to represent items on the list. If they add Spanish then other nationalities will expect the same which would be reasonable except the signs then would be confusing.
      If they couldn’t speak or read English then ask a park attendant. They have at least one or two at each ride entrance. I know this personally as I have back problems and have had to ask the attendants just how bumpy the ride is.

    27. Blackblack

      This is a shake down. Old guy got on a tide had a heart attack and passed to to over stress of main heart value. Its sad to see people try to get comped for a tragedy! Point blank period.

    28. David

      Maybe they should learn to read and speak English since this is America.

    29. Lynne Mohl

      Right on!!!!!

    30. Fred

      There are English signs in Pakistan. There are English signs all around the world. Your argument seems drastic. Adding Spanish to a sign for a country where many people speak Spanish is not unreasonable.

    31. John

      Wholeheartedly disagree. If your business is to attract crowds from all over the world for entertainment then you should be cognisant and respectful of all people and not just warn the locals of dangerous areas.

      1. Htk

        Nah this is a shakedown.

    32. Michael Gehrum

      Amen !

    33. Kenneth Rohloff

      I agree. It’s not the Park’s fault, period.

    34. charltonc2

      Spanish is the second most spoken language in America. Universal is also located in a heavily Spanish speaking state. Many signs have Spanish languaged replicas.

    35. Jace

      You do know when Americans.. only English speakers visit other countries… “they spew out “why don’t you speak English.. if you’re selling to tourists should speak their language.”
      So honestly… this argument doesn’t do anything when others yell out they can’t read it or understand the locals…

    36. Angel

      You are absolutely correct. Beside amusement parks are all over the world. Why would someone to think that a ride would be any less dangerous in one country than another. I would not stand in the middle of an active road in any country. I dont need a sign to tell me that

    37. Marcus Yoder Miller

      Well put. Nothing else need be said.

    38. Ian

      Ah subtle racism at its “finest”

    39. Dane

      Nice try but Spanish is a language native to Florida before your Mayflower descendents arrived. Spanish signs will be placed next up next to English signs as this decade begins moving foward.

    40. No

      Very well said

    41. Peter

      One possible solution would be to include a multitude of languages in the info section for each ride on the universal studios app. That way they don’t need a million signs at each ride.

    42. Tammy Jones

      I agree somewhat, but even if they were a ticking timebomb the family could of been spared the emotional terror. Spanish is coming close to a 7niversal second/ first language. Just sayin

    43. SirStephenH

      13.5% of Americans (over 20% of Floridians) speak Spanish so it’s not too much to ask that it be required on warning signs and only warning signs, which is all they’re asking for. The slippery slope argument is a false argument and you know it.

    44. Ken

      Well said. 🙂

    45. Mike

      Agree with you! These people are ridiculous. Hope they don’t get a payout!

    46. Mylena V Tapia

      Well said!

    47. George

      Perfect, on point!

    48. Liz


    49. Mark Lee

      Yep, whoever thought it was a good idea to post ANY sign or public notice has never considered the negative aspect of the consequences.
      Requiring it would result in unaffordable costs to even the largest of retailers – both brick-and-mortar as well as online merchants. Why? Because demands for non-Spanish languages would be demanded. It’s a can of worms at the very least.

    50. Nina

      I really feel you. But is not even the english or spanish… everyone who go to Universal before know they have the signs at every single entrance of each ride talking about (vascular, pregnancy, phones… etc) … Let me stfu cause honestly I don’t want to sound cold heart about this situation. My condolences…

    51. Dana

      Totally agree ?

    52. Margaret Locken

      Absolutely. There must have been at least one person in their party who spoke English. Otherwise they couldn’t order food, drinks or anything else.

    53. Janice laceance

      Signs are pictured. He probably would have ignored the print as well. Are u planning to put up ALL languages or just Spanish?? That would b a law suit for racism !! People will do anything for $

    54. Dana


    55. Michael

      Why didn’t they just use their damn phone to translate.

      Most Android devices you can just use the camera hold it up to the sign and a translate live.

      He can also use translate to English or any language to any language with an Android device It’s pretty freaking easy and I’m guessing they’re a family so their kids probably knew how to do it.

    56. HG

      I’m Latino and in this country we speak English! When I’ve traveled to other countries it was my responsibility to learn a few words to get around. I agree that it’s a shake down.

    57. Ruth

      You are right about a ticking time bomb. However as a person with heart complications, there are specific warnings and if you can’t read them, you are set up for trouble. I fully read the warnings because they are different for each attraction. This is fully justified, they are asking for signage for pete sake.

  2. Mike

    It’s ridiculous. If you come to our country, you need to learn our primary language. No one catered to my Italian grandparents when they came over from Italy. Universal should not be accountable for this.

    1. Bethany Washington

      Spanish is the second most common language in the US though. It’s in all highschools in the nation. Especially in Florida. They even had Spanish language signs in the hotels and on the wet floor signs. It’s also on packaging all over US Walmart’s, food lion, and Harris teeter. Like the family said it’s really not that big of a stretch to see and have Spanish in the US. French is the third most taught language. Prevalent near Canada to have French and English packages. In Hawaii they have bot English, Hawaiian, and Japanese all over the place.

  3. DJ

    WOW! People just have to try to get money in any way they can. As I recall you don’t need to read to understand Theme Park warning signs… They have images next to the words!

    1. Dee

      Unfortunately, the United States does not have an official language at all! That said, we leave ourselves open to these types of lawsuits and there will always be people out there who will try to take advantage.

      1. Lisa P

        While the U.S.
        doesn’t have an official language Florida does and it’s English.
        The English as Florida’s Official Language Amendmenton the ballot as Measure 11, was on the 1988 ballot in Florida as an initiated constitutional amendment

        1. Nan

          Because as usual this is a Florida problem. That ride in Universal Studios in California has a spanish tour as well as an English one. Also it’s a shame the man died but I suffer from motion sickness (that was triggered permanently after riding the Transformers ride at Universal Studios) and can’t handle jump scares or sudden loud noises and the Kong part of the tour doesn’t even remotely affect me or trigger a panic attack. I don’t think the lack of signage was the problem and more the man was not in a condition to be at Universal in the first place.

      2. Larry


    2. Think its a crock of s…t people need to stop looking for angles get a job wk for ur money instead of always looking for hand outs geezz-zzz

  4. Sue

    No, if you go to a foreign country you should learn enough of the language to get around or have someone with you who does speak the language. And if you do it Spanish then you would have to do in all languages. Besides they usually have warning pics that anyone with common cents should be able to comprehend. This is just a lawsuit to gain money.

    1. DL

      If you cater to international tourists you need to cater to their languages. In other international tourist destinations, like Cancun, Dubai, and Paris, most signs are at least in English and their native languages, many in multiple languages.

  5. Paula

    Let’s make everything as safe and clear as possible. Warnings could be visual and auditory in multiple languages. This would be very easily accomplished.

    1. Paula is dumb

      Give me a break, like anybody wants to wait 2 hours in line to listen to warnings in 50 languages.

      1. Josh

        I would like to point out that universal offers maps in multiple languages right at the front gate. Inside it lists the rides and their various warnings.

  6. Ck

    This is a tragedy. But please, if you’re going to come visit American theme parks, understand our language. At least the warning signs. I would expect the same if I were in a foreign country to recognize their language and warnings. Money hungry much?

  7. Eileen

    A lawsuit that sticks to requesting that such translation be visible make sense due to the parks location and volume of Spanish speaking guests. It should end there. It’s a way to enhance accommodations. However this country is an English speaking country and the company was in no way negligent. Guests have and should be held accountable to personal responsibility.

  8. Lisa P

    I agree with Joeybat! Do we need huge billboards with every language and then if one is left out there will be a lawsuit! Obviously the man had a medical problem, I doubt his heart problems started they day. Why can’t people be responsible for themselves anymore! Everyone is sue happy!

    1. SJ


  9. Jordan Davidson

    While the family has my sympathy for their loss, you can’t just demand signs for Spanish! There’s audio throughout the ride queues and the attraction vehicles for cry it out loud that goes over the rules and warnings in both English and Spanish and if you can’t here those then learn the global languages before going out of town to the theme parks and all that.

  10. John

    It’s just another ridiculous lawsuit. English is the only language that needs to be posted. I bet there’s an app that will translate English to Spanish.

  11. Richard

    What a money grab.

  12. Christi JOHNSON

    How the hell could they be required to put it so all international travelers are covered? That’s why they have pictures and if I had a heart condition I’d damn well ask! The warning signs would have to be as big as a billboard to cover all languages, ridiculous!

  13. Dennis

    What r we gonna have Chinese n Russian signs too

    1. Amanda

      This ride is not the Hulk. It is a bus ride with a movie. I was quite disappointed with Universal because this ride was so lame. The signage about heart conditions is merely to cover legal bases. It’s sad for the family but the burden of proof that this ride actually caused his death is lacking. No sign would have saved him. Family just wants to cash in.

  14. Cathy Scott

    Uh, no. Primary language of the host country is sufficient. Companies should not be required to bear the burden of cost of multiple translations and signage.

  15. Rene J Rojo

    My dad came legally to the United States in the 60s. My mom came illegally in the late 60s. Both were so proud to finally arrive in America (and my mom did everything in her power to become a US citizen asap and did). And you know what? In their new country, they learned the language of the country. This lawsuit is ridiculous. I hope it’s dismissed

  16. Christine

    Theme parks are voluntary and at your own risk. . . .

  17. Roy

    There just isn’t enough space on every theme park sign, menu, soda, bottles, and microwave mac n’ cheese, to translate to every language on the planet. If you have to do it for Spanish speakers, you have to donit for everyone. Someone from Vietnam, Mongolia, or Poland will ride it next and say they had an injury because they had no idea that a moving ride could result in a migraine or a sprained thumb.

    1. Bethany Washington

      That the thing though. ITS already English and Spanish on millions of stuff in the US. So it’s not a stretch.

  18. William

    So I will also say this article is very false in one thing, Universal does have warnings in other languages. At the front of each park are maps in many different languages, and every map has a key to show what ride has what warnings. This does leave responsibility to guests but it’s also there to help alleviate of having signs in every language. Also since most guests won’t grab it, the app works the same way.

  19. Anthony Kees

    The ride is very tame. Close your eyes and it’s basically just a car or plane ride. Anyone who dies from this kind of ride should not be going to Islands of Adventure in the first place.

    Sympathy goes to the family. But fault should not be placed on the company, unless they denied him medical treatment or something (which they didn’t).

  20. Roy

    Thank you, this was my point as well. Other countries call is arrogant Americans if we so much as ask for anything to be translated to English, but if we don’t cater to any other nationality, ethnicity, gender, and for love love of all things holy don’t forget to include their sexual orientation.

  21. Jason

    Universal pictures ( which they have) and an app (which they have) Should be sufficient. Pick ONE language. When you start putting 2,3,4 languages in things it gets MORE confusing. The message gets lost in the clutter. If someone has a known food allergy, they learn the word for that food in order to avoid it. If someone has heart conditions, they should learn the symbol. The infographic usually speaks for itself.

    1. Denise Basem

      Just put a large TV screen with multiple languages showing location, health & warning signals in words & pictures Done with just 1 push of a button. We have the technology for this so use it. Universal is an attraction for worldwide & tourists customers. This business should have signs in multiple languages. There’s no harm in that. Upgrade.

  22. Tricia

    Well said Joeybats. Learn the language before you go visit it’s your responsibility to learn it.

  23. Jeremy

    Even the smallest, slowest attraction can cause a death. Every entrance has attraction warning signage no matter which attraction you go on. Wether it’s in English or not you should at least look at the sign before entering. That’s just the neglect of the family for not caring for their loved one and wondered why he chose to sit down instead of going on the next ride with them.

  24. Leanne

    No! Absolutely not!! You come to America you should know the English language. Universal studios should not be sued over this.

  25. Leanne

    Do you know how many languages would have to be listed on theme parks. Way too many!!

  26. Catherine Davy

    You’re in my Country. SPEAK ENGLISH or leave. Ignorance of speech is not legal.

    1. Sophia Hummel

      I have the same opinion with Joeybats. A lot of people around the world come to the Universal Orlando, almost people don’t speak english and i believe in their own country they have ride like in the Kong too. So i believe they know the risk if you ride like that also, and if you have heart problem, vertigo etc that relation with that you should not take this ride also. It is mean you will put your life in danger. And i believe they just don’t care about their health. If they care about their health, they will not take that ride. Bottom line the problem not the language. Who sued that has money problem.

    2. Boeyjats

      Catherine Davy:
      “You’re in my Country. SPEAK ENGLISH or leave. Ignorance of speech is not legal.”

      Your own grasp of English seems a touch shaky. Also, there’s no need to yell, so ease up on the caps lock. Willful ignorance of other languages (or ignorance of speech, as you put it) is technically legal, but xenophobia is such a poor look.

      Get a grip.

  27. Monty Keegan

    This is dumb. How how about signs in Mandarin, French, Russian, and so on than.

  28. Denise Basem

    Just put a large TV screen with multiple languages in words & pictures showing location, health & warning signals Done with just 1 push of a button We have the technology for this So use it. The business should have signs in multiple languages There’s no harm in that. Stop making a fuss Just Upgrade

  29. rroe

    Enough of the “Politically correct” stuff. Maybe the parks now need to post signs not only in Spanish, but Korean, Japanese, Russian, French. Get over it…..This is America. Learn the English or don’t get on the ride if there’s a sign you can’t read. Do you really expect the parks to cater to everything ever money hungry Attorney wants? This is once again about money, money, money. Many people go to Disney everyday with the soul thought of finding something to sue them for. Complete BS!!!

    1. Yes indeed.My Grandfather is Portuguese. He could not speak a lick of English. But he refused to speak Portuguese. Where is the pride of migrating if you want to bring the old country with you. USA we speak English .
      Thanks to the founding fathers.

  30. Lisa

    So when they was planning this trip everything that they saw was a Spanish right you got to look at it when you plan the trip you know how to read English so why would you give it a try you can’t read the signs you can’t understand what they say that’s a bogus lawsuit because when you plan a trip to Walt Disney park you know what you and for you can’t sit here and tell me that as they was playing this trip everything was in Spanish for them I don’t think so total that having a lawsuit is saying that the signs wasn’t in Spanish is a bogus lawsuit I think when you plan the trip you didn’t have a Spanish speaker worker or somebody translating things to you in Spanish to the whole trip so that right there should be looked at

  31. Joe

    Apparently a lot of you people haven’t been outside the US. All over Europe, major places for tourism offer signs in not only the native language of the country but also English. If you go to Barcelona, you’ll see the signs in three languages, Catalan, Spanish and English. Majority of signs at Disneyland Paris are in both French and English and definitely all the safety signs. So while this lawsuit may be frivolous attempt at a money grab, if the end result enhances the experience for more travellers then why not. We have the ability and technology available. There are always ways.

  32. Lori

    I may have missed it but was he traveling alone? Was he not with others who may have had a better understanding of English or the picture signs they have up? Wouldn’t someone in his party have noticed and/or questioned whether he should ride or not? As others mentioned, the parks have maps at the entrance in multiple languages that also post warnings.

  33. Nikki

    Argh this is annoying… While I feel terrible for the man, what about all other languages?!? What about people coming from the middle east or an Asian county? They deserve their language on the sign too. At what point do people take responsibility for their own actions? If you know you have possible conditions and you can’t read the sign, ask about it. These theme parks do have people from all over to visit them so chances are if there isn’t a worker who can explain I’m sure a fellow traveler could. And maybe not at the time of this accident but definitely now, the majority of ppl have access to a smart phone, download Google translate.

  34. EMcG

    If you see a WARNING Sign and you can’t read it ask a Cast member what it says. If you don’t know what kind of ride you are going on ask a Cast member. If you know you have a medical condition you would not go on a ride that would harm you. If you don’t know you have a medical condition then that is your fault if something happens.

  35. Evan

    English is not recognized as the “offical” language spoken in the USA. In 1780, a proposal was presented to the Continental Congress by John Adams to declare English the official language but his proposal was deemed a threat to individual liberty. The debate has been going on since then, with the issue still far from any resolution.

    Traveling to foreign countries is scary and exciting, throwing in a language barrier makes things stressful. Signs in popular tourist destinations should have every language available. Because this world is an out to get you world and the more you cover your butt the problems lessen and people cannot win cases like this. They have a case, they will get paid and the company will change their signs. That’s how the system works.

    1. Lisa A Leyde

      English is actually the official language of Florida. State amendment passed in 1988. Also, at the entrance of universal there are multiple signs and maps in many different languages showing which rides have safety advisories

  36. Mk

    I know a lot of people from Guatemala my girlfriend is from there. While some come here and learn English the majority do not and do not even attempt to learn it. Even after many years here dont know a single word in English. Should we put signs in Spanish probably due to the large population in the United States but this is nothing more than a shake down lawsuit that can’t be allowed.

  37. I think it’s a croc of s …t everyone always looking to sue unreal wk for ur money stop looking for hand outs.geezzzzz

  38. Think its a crock of s…t get a job stop looking for hand outs n earn ur money also common sense you have bad heart don’t go on scary rides like that all over the world peeps always looking for a angle geezzzz

  39. Maureen

    It’s called the USA and America, we speak, read and write English as our primary language. I don’t like Disney, but this is ridiculous.

  40. tom Lester

    whats next? EVERYTHING written in EVERY LANGUAGE? This IS a BS lawsuit, nothing more.

  41. Noen

    Google translate does an excellent job of translating the written word.

  42. Jeremy

    Putting aside form the lawsuit, they should put the signs in Spanish. Every other major theme park in the area I been to has warning signs in Spanish. It’s the second most predominant language spoken in the states. I remember Buch Gardens has warnings over the intercom in English and Spanish.

  43. Andrae

    Have a sign so big before going into park that it has all languages andit is so big no one cant say they didn’t see it. Warning fir all rides. I can see someone else cashing in if there language is not up

  44. Chris

    Ridiculous. Then can we add every language? Common sense tells you not to get on a ride like that if you have medical issues, not a sign. Sounds like these people are trying to make a quick buck….

  45. Dominic

    No real opinion on the lawsuit itself. But to me it just seems like good business sense to have multilingual sinage. Espwcially if you know a large percentage of your customers primarily speak a certain language.

    1. Mary Xiao Johnson

      Idiot this is not England and America does not have just one language. Also just because you are second generation doesn’t give you permission to choose for everyone else , be thankful you don’t have to flee in a small boat like your ancestors did and shut up .

      1. Jobel

        This is totally people wanting money. I send my condolences to the family but come on. English is know by a lot more countries than just America and a lot of countries know English even if its only a little. If they post warning signs in Spanish, I vote they post warning signs in EVERY LANGUAGE. If you can not read pictures of warning signs which is a universal language, you probably shouldn’t be traveling or riding at all. Its a theme park, thrill rides are a thing in theme parks.

      2. Elle Arrowày

        Honestly after everything we have seen this year, we should all just be more accountable for each other and help. Not hurt or judge. If it was your kid, you would do anything! You know it

  46. Jmar

    If the sign had been in 30 different languages, does it ever deter anyone from getting on the ride? I think not.

  47. Bernardo lozano

    Perhaps you just add the language of the people who were here before white people took it away. We alway go (invade) to other places and impose our beliefs and what not. Hell we go to other countries to patrol and police them without learning their languages and many times end up killing some due to a language barrier. Yet we are going be like wah wah wah and in reality does this language thing really affect your day to day life? Hell no. Will it affect you at all? Probably not. If it saves another life maybe we can put our Trumpist feelings about foreigners aside for a minute and accommodate. Or not and next time there is another death tell that family that their loved ones life was not worth all the trouble of adding their language to the caution signs.

  48. Edward

    I can sympathize with these folks, however in thinking about this it would then Require “Warning” signs in the other 235 languages and dialects from around the world therefore leading to a list so large that the entryway would then be blocked?! I’m just being facetious here but in reality it is placing parks like Universal in jeopardy of lawsuits from every country around the world. And if this person knew of their issue then they placed themselves in the position of a cardiac issue occurring and if they didn’t then it would have happened anywhere at anytime? My prayers are with him Andy his family tho!

  49. André D

    With People of Hispanic or Latino Origin making up 26% of the Florida population, there is no question that Florida theme parks should have all of their safety signs also be translated into Spanish. Why did it have to take a death to start the conversation? This is not a matter of translating into every language.

  50. Gencha

    It does not look like a calm ride, for starters. That should be enough of a warning. Common sense is not common anymore. Sad that he died, but he needed to take precautions himself and his party.

  51. CJ Brown

    Bilingual Warnings have been at Disneyland since Jack Wagner’s “Remain seated please, permanecer sentados, por favor!” was piped thru speakers at the Matterhorn …. and Jack Wagner’s voice can also be heard at Walt Disney World whenever the Monorail doors are closing, “Please stand clear of the doors. Por favor manténgase alejado de las puertas!”

    Visiting Disneyland Paris? You’re going to hear spiels in French and English! At Tokyo Disneyland? You’re going to hear spiels in Japanese and English! (see how Disney friendly this is? it’s also more inviting for Park Guests visiting from another Country!)

    It’s just in the best interest for increasing / improving Tourism (Park Guests relations) to offer signs and verbal spiels in more than ‘english only’ (vs that ‘well this is ‘murica gosh darn it!’ mentality)

  52. TM McKeny

    When does this end?!? What if the guy had been from Polynesia and spoke Tahiti? Would they be demanding Tahitian be out on all signs? Even if the signs weren’t in Spanish, they usually have universal pictures depicting those with conditions that shouldn’t go on the ride. Not to mention, if you know you’re going to a country where you don’t speak the language, it might behoove you to at least learn important medical terms especially if you have a condition. Plus, i don’t have to soak French to know that if I have a serious medical condition, it’s probably not a good idea to get in a roller coaster at Euro Disney in France.

  53. Michael

    People go through theme parks all the time and common sense would say your going on thrill rides with special effects and more and if u have any kind of health condition you should know your limitations. There is more out there then just Spanish and you mean to tell me out of the entire group that was with this man that no one spoke English. I find this hard to believe I have been to Universal and never heard park employees or announcements in anything other than English. Your in America in a theme park just be prepared this is common sense. This guy probably had condition that he was unaware of .

  54. Cynthia

    Does Universal provide guide maps in Spanish? Are the ride requirements and warnings on these maps? Are there pictoral warnings in the ride ques and at boarding?

  55. Karen Ramirez

    This is an English speaking country. If theme parks start to translate ride precautions to Spanish, then later on it will be expected to be translated to French, Italian, Korean, etc. People need to understand that English is the primary language of the United States and they have to put in the effort to learn the basics, at least. Same if people migrate to France, Russia, Portugal, etc; it is expected for them to learn the language. And this lawsuit is ridiculous; people just want money and they find anything to sue for. When going to theme parks, people know that rides have warnings of not to ride them if individuals suffer from cardiac issues, are pregnant, have back problems, can cause dizziness, etc.. It is common sense. So I do not believe the defendant should get any monetary compensation nor legally obligate the theme park to translate their instructions to Spanish.

    1. Andrea

      I feel sorry for the family. But people must understand if you have health conditions, and you go to a theme park/amusement park, and you don’t read the warning signs at all entrances to the rides, it is not the parks responsibility if you have a health condition and shouldn’t be on that ride.You go to theme parks at your own risk. And I am sure someone in this group spoke English. I agree with many who wrote in, do we need every language telling us about the ride! And. It is in English and. Some repeat it in spanish. People just want to sue. And this ride is so slow moving.

  56. Matthew

    Don’t they have maps printed in multiple languages so those from around the world can read and know? It also had warnings on there in their own language. They already provide in many different languages as no one can have EVERY one on a sign on EVERY attraction. That is also why the UNIVERSAL pictures to help show that anyone should understand.

  57. Adri

    I work for a latino owned business here in the US. My boss is from another country and Spanish was his first language. I am hispanic but do not speak Spanish myself. A good percentage of our customers speak spanish and sometimes people will get frustrated or rude with me for not being able to assist them in their language. My boss always tells me that we live in the United States where English is the language of our country and I have no obligation to speak Spanish. I would like to know how long they have lived here or if they were tourist. I know a lot of people who have lived here for many years, some 20+ years and have not tried to learn english. Regardless what language the signs are in if they had someone with serious health issues they should not ignore signs just because they are in English. Google translate is a great tool and easy to use. I don’t think anyone should be required to provide translation. I’m sorry for the families loss but hope the lawsuit does not pass and I do not think the amusement park has any fault at all.

  58. Nine

    I absolutely agree with this. Requiring signs to be in spanish, come on they will have to consider adding all languages at this point. People need to take precautions. You need a translator if you do not understand English.

  59. Sherriann Cebula

    This is my comment….if you choose to live in America, learn to read and write English. This is the language of this country.

    1. Savvy Consumer

      No, it is not. This is NOT an English-speaking nation. English is ONE of the languages spoken here. I think this lawsuit us a money grab, but your ignorance as to what language you THINK should be spoken here is just laughable. Spanish was spoken here before modern English was, and the languages of the Creek, Blackfoot, Algonquin, Seminole, Cherokee, Crow, Lakota, Sioux, Apache, Pueblo, Modoc and other indigenous tribes were spoken long before that. Just because you speak some butchered conglomeration of language of conquerors and colonizers doesn’t mean it’s an “official language.”

      Think on that the next time you order a hamburger (German), some frenched fried potatoes (France) or dab them in some ketchup (China.)

  60. Shamz

    This is ridiculous.. this countries first language is ENGLISH. Next they will ask for all languages. If you can’t read English then maybe you shouldn’t be here or maybe you should walk with a translator. Smh

  61. J

    They don’t have the signs in other languages because they would have to include more than just Spanish on them if that were the case. At the gate, you can ask for and they will offer a map and safety guide for the park. That guide has translations for many languages. You can’t blame them for you not taking adequate safety precautions for conditions that you know that you have.

  62. Sombody

    They have pictures on the signs its self explanatory. I bet you they know what the middle finger sign is.

  63. Robert Benjamin kurth

    So do they need to post signs in every language that visits these parks? They couldn’t possibly post signs for every language spoken that visit these places. This is an unfortunate tragedy that no one could possibly predict could’ve happened.

  64. Jobel

    This is totally people wanting money. I send my condolences to the family but come on. English is know by a lot more countries than just America and a lot of countries know English even if its only a little. If they post warning signs in Spanish, I vote they post warning signs in EVERY LANGUAGE. If you can not read pictures of warning signs which is a universal language, you probably shouldn’t be traveling or riding at all. Its a theme park, thrill rides are a thing in theme parks.

    1. Kathy B

      Ridiculous lawsuit. Anything could set off the heart attack. Was he healthy young old? If you come to or live in the Us learn the language. That simple. Certain people are just lazy and just expect us to learn their language. Fed up.

  65. Andrew

    And as a former theme park employee (Universal Orlando and Disney) the VERY LAST thing a guest is going to do is read a damned sign, regardless of language. And if they do happen to read it they disregard it thinking they know better. Anyone with a known heart condition should know that a high octane thrill ride isn’t exactly the best thing for them. It isn’t up to the parks to decide who is healthy enough to ride and who isn’t. If he didn’t know he had a heart condition, well, again, not the park’s fault. People just don’t want to ever admit they did something they shouldn’t have done and faced the consequences.

    1. Paul

      I also have operated attractions at Disney and agree. Guests don’t usually read the warnings. In my experience, the pictures on the sign are sufficient enough to at least prompt a concerned person that doesn’t read English to seek out more information. Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing if having the warning in Spanish would have made any difference in the outcome for this family. Accommodating with more languages on the signs won’t prevent all incidents. I think this comes down to taking personal responsibility for your own actions. A very small percentage of guests even glance at the warnings, let alone take them seriously. A guest that actually did read a sign once asked with me about a high blood pressure warning at an attraction that produces sustained g-forces. They believed that the medication they were taking to control their blood pressure would protect them, but wanted me to confirm their opinion. I answered that I just wasn’t qualified to answer that kind of question and suggested that if they were concerned that they should consult their doctor or a medical professional. I could only confirm that the ride produced forces that may put them at risk of experiencing elevated blood pressure (like the sign indicated). They proceeded to immediately get in line anyway.

  66. tyrone harding

    This is the U.S.A. which is primarily English. If I went elsewhere they would’nt change the language to benefit me. It would probably be best to have your own translator. This lawsuit would open up pandoras box. Chinese,French,etc… would have to be added.

  67. Jake

    Yet another amazing example of why we need a National Language. Petition your Senators and Congress people and lets put this one to bed.

  68. Lily

    Give me a are we going to have every sign in 40 languages? This is the USA, google translate the sign, or just don’t ride a ride emitting scary music and light effects. Common sense, go home.

  69. Pat

    No. They should not be required to put the signs in Spanish. If you dont speak English get a translator app. Not our responsibility, or Universal’s. We could not expect nor would we get that in any other country we visited. People need to assume responsibility for their own actions. It is not always someone else’s fault.

    1. Leo K

      I understand where you are coming from. English is my second language as well but that’s not even the point. People keep forgetting that life is made up of choices and choices brings consequences and risks. Nobody forced him to go to another country to have fun at a park. He made that choice! If the sign is english, spanish, or even in an alien language is not the point. The issue here is that everyone excepts everything handed to them. Life doesn’t work that way. When you drive you are taking a risk. Should all the road signs be in every language? If I am a not from here rent a car and drive around without understanding traffic signs and die in a crash should my family sue the rental company, the sign makers, DMV, US government for making traffic laws that only people who live in this country understand? No, you know why, because I made the choice to come here, rent a car and drive. Nobody put a gun to my head….this is the problem that I see in the world today. People think that every action does not come with an equal and opposite reaction but the fact is that it does….sorry, it is unfortunate but it does…..

      When I went to Italy, Suriname and many other countries I did not speak and I knew the risks. I diminished these risks by using a pocket translator on my phone. I mitigated the risks on the choices I made.

      Now playing devil’s advocate….if Disney chooses too, Disney can accommodate by putting a QR code on the warning sign where the person can scan the sign with their phone and choose the language to view that sign.

      Bottom line life is made up of choices and with every choice there are consequences.

  70. Kathy McCavanagh

    This is the US. We speak english. There are people from many other countries here and we do not accommodate their language needs. If they plan to live in this country they should be expected to adapt this culture, not give up their own but adapt to ours. If I go to other countries there are no accommodations made if I don’t speak their language. If I chose to stay there I would expect to have to make some changes not expect anyone to change on my account. That’s just common sense.

  71. MB Montgomery

    When we American’s go to another language speaking country, we take it upon ourselves to learn the language or get a translator. Throw this stupid lawsuit out of court.

  72. Chandlure

    A lot of countries HAVE English signs, even if it isn’t their native language.

    It hurts no one to add the three main languages Americans use: English, Spanish and Chinese to signs. We are supposed to be a country that respects differences, and works to make others feel welcome.

    1. D

      Are you deft? Why go to an English-speaking country if you can’t understand the language? That’s just plain dumb.

  73. Amelia Rene

    I could see this…. IF Universal didn’t have guide maps in Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian, German, and several others that ALL include information on rides that could be dangerous for your health. If you got to the ride, you probably had a map. Just saying….

  74. Garth

    How about coming up with a universal warning symbol that all countries could adopt. The symbol would mean something like “if you don’t speak the local language ask about what the warning is”.

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  76. Tired American

    Feel bad for the family. But this is America. The land where you can sue to anything and everything! You can throw common sense out the door by blaming someone except for yourself.

  77. Jessica redmond

    When you enter a theme park and buy a ticket, you are fulfilling a contract between yourself and the park. You are going there to be thrilled not bored. If you arent in shape to participate and do so anyway thats on you not them.

  78. How many languages would you need to post?
    If I go to Germany there are signs common to European countries that are not written in all languages but have a commonly understood meaning.
    We would not have enough billboards to post every conceivable language.

  79. Jhuandah

    Yes, English may be the dominant language but it is not the native tongue of “America” there is no native language. Unless anyone speaks Native American dialects, The top 5 languages spoken here in The USA are English, Spanish, Mandarin, Tagalog(philippines dialect) , and Vietnamese. Arabic, and French following behind. So warning signs should at least be in these 5 languages to accommodate Citizens who speak a second language.

  80. Charlie

    Well I went to Mexico and I did not see one sign that was in English nothing at all . We already accommodate no English speaker people way way more then Mexico like it’s no were to be found

  81. Marie

    What happens if you can’t read? Should someone be there to explain?
    Blind? Should braille be there?
    Imagine going to Russia and demanding signs be in English or Japanese?

    1. charltonc2

      Many places have signs in braille

  82. charltonc2

    Spanish is the second most spoken language in America. Universal is also located in a heavily Spanish speaking state. Many signs have Spanish languaged replicas.

  83. Rafael

    Signs don’t need to be displayed in any written language. As long there’s safety hazard signs conveying the danger it poses to ones safety. This symbol or signs are international, every country has them.

  84. GZ

    I do not agree that signs should also be in Spanish. The reason I believe this way is because if we do we’ll have to put it in every other language under the sun to avoid other lawsuits.

    This is a perfect example as to why we should have English as our national spoken and written language! It is not racism or prejudice to have our national language as English. This is predominantly an English-speaking country and we should proclaim it so. When are we going to start standing up for ourselves America? The world needs to quit pushing us around and realize that this is the USA not the country there from where another language is spoken and written. Do you really think another country would do that for us? No way!

  85. Anna

    I absolutely think signs or warnings should be in other languages not just English. Wether it is an audio that customers must listen to or signs posted. People need to be warned. It seems careless to think that just because we are in America people should be able to speak and read English. It is an opressive way of thinking – language opression – which is pervasive in this country. Disney is a worldwide attraction and not all of its’ visitors speak the language or will think of looking up the meanings of signs. It is callous for Disney to ignore such things that have an easy remedy.

  86. JJ

    Omg… I keep seeing this is usa English is our language they should learn it….well 1 historically the American language was the different dialects of native Americans 2 the travelers from Europe brought English with them and forced the American natives to learn it 3 so add brochures in different languages in paper and appt form that spells out dangers of each ride. They cover their butt from being sued and still offer info to all people with different language needs. Problem solved no one gets left out. Like no more hate just fix the problem. Or yall force more people to convert to English like y’all did the natives just sayn

  87. Pete

    A Multi-BILLION! dollar company should have covered their butts a Multi-BILLION times more than the average company… I side with the family… Life is priceless and should be treated accordingly… To all of you that are complaining… have a heart, because you know damn well if it was your family you would be fighting for them… English/Spanish I really don’t care, safety should be totally understandable in any language and labeled universal at universal!

  88. Steve Harris

    Get real, there is risk in most everything in life. In addition to the excellent language argument (you can’t explain risks and liability claims in multiple languages everywhere) people should know you assume your own risk whenever you enter an attraction, park or event. Disney, Universal or MGM is not trying to kill anyone. If you are adverse to risk, stay home!

  89. Tim

    If the outlet malls can have recording in Mandarin, Japanese and Spanish, then so can the theme parks give warning messages based on the number of visitors based on ethnicity.

    1. Arthur

      They already do at the entrance and on the maps and brochures. They post all the ride warnings in several languages including Spanish. They also have a warning sign which is a “universal” symbol for danger. It has also come to my attention that the argument that he did not understand English is false. This is simply a shakedown.

  90. Sarahking

    There is a warning sign about people with heat issues or any other heal issues. Ive rode that ride recently and it is not that bad. He made poor decision. Sorry for the lost but they were warn. They wont win that lawsuit.

  91. Pamela

    I’m sorry for this family’s loss; however, when I travel to other countries I don’t expect that country to speak or have signs in my language. If you add the signs in Spanish then since I’m Italian I would like all the signs to be in Italian as well.

  92. Cinnamin Lambros

    Unfortunate accident but ANY foreign language speaking visitor should prepare themselves with questions about which rides to avoid if they have medical conditions or limits. This country is a host to visitors from all over the world you can’t expect them to post warning signs in 50 different languages on scene….that’s just ridiculous. I can’t stand it when people expect this country to accommodate them ! I would never go to another country and not learn how to speak the language enough to get by. My god people….take some responsibility.

  93. WolfDShadow

    All Universal has to do is bring in one of their maps that is in Spanish which contains the same warnings as on the signs in English and the case will be closed. The parks provides maps in multiple languages of commonly visited tourist which can be gotten near the entrance of the parks clearly marked either outside or inside their guest relations of every themepark I have visited infact some parks even have looped recorded spiels that are played while you are waiting in line that are both in English and in Spanish so it’s more likely he ignored the warnings so the family and the lawyer is passing the buck on the themeparks. Some themeparks work hard to cover up when people get injured or die in their parks including settling out of court but this sounds like a open and shut case in favor for Universal which if they really wanted to be nasty could counter sue the family over the bad publicity since they can’t force guest to take a map or read the warnings.

  94. Mark

    Also all signage that is a for a warning isn’t just in English it almost always has a visual que to indicate that there is possible danger. Just use common sense.

  95. Dean

    While in principle it makes sense that a non-English speaker should have known better, this is going to come down to whether or not Universal–who operates a ride that they already know is dangerous for people with certain health conditions and who knows enough to put up a warning sign in English and who is well aware of the millions of paying visitors who speak Spanish not English–made a reasonable effort to ensure the safety of their guests. Maybe they did and maybe they didn’t, but this isn’t a question of what language is spoken in the US, it’s about the level of effort in relation to their revenue from Spanish-speaking visitors. Do you think they did enough? I predict Universal to pay damages AND start translating ride warnings.

    1. Frieda Sarimino

      And then people will find something else to sue about. Like “These two rides both have the same warnings, but clearly one is more dangerous for those with health risks. You need to put triple warnings on the more intense ride.”
      Where does it end?
      Here’s a litmus test: If the guy was going to be receptive to a warning because he understood the implications and wanted to protect his personal cardiac risk, wouldn’t he have noticed the symbol? He wasn’t looking. His family looked after the fact.
      I think whether there was a translated warning or the existing symbol, the day would’ve ended the same either way.

  96. Terrance Carroll

    Why does Universal need to be responsible, he obviously had heart problems that probably became exasperated due to all the walking around required at amusement parks, doesn’t make them responsible for his death. People always want a quick paycheck.

  97. Dumbo

    What would they do if visiting Universal in Japan? Prepare for the trip by researching what to expect. No different going to Uni in FL.
    There’s heart symbols on all this type of ride in question. He didn’t seem deterred by this, probably would’ve rode if there were bilingual signs anyway.

  98. Joe Espizedo

    These people need to grow up. Your in America, maybe the family should learn how to read and speak english. Stop trying to sue because you have no money.

  99. Janette

    It will need to be a Big Board, for all the Chinese, Japanese, Russian, etc etc etc that do not speak English either. There will also need to be proof that it was that ride that caused his death. It could’ve been already onsetting and that last Burrito took it’s toll. People are so quick to sue. I usually ask if I’m not sure on certain things in other countries, but he was at a park where alot of people speak both English & Spanish.

  100. Nicole

    I think it is interesting that nobody seems to have pointed out the fact that at the entrances to both Universal parks in Florida there are park maps in multiple languages (not just English, Spanish and Chinese), that include information about what the images on the warning symbols mean in those languages. The family did not need a phone or a translator to understand the warning symbols when they are explained in their own language though they may not have known to look at the map for the information.
    The images are for those who can’t read the sign, but if they want international tourists, then they should include the 3 most commonly spoken languages in the world on their warning signs even though it is not legally required. As a person who has travelled to other countries, I don’t expect to see information in English in foreign countries but I appreciate it when they are there. When one moves to another country they should learn the language, but why she somebody learn English just to spend a couple of days at a theme park?

    1. Sonia

      I just ride last week
      But I don’t understand
      This ride is not rollercoster
      And every sign is easy to understand
      I’m Korean

  101. Lorri

    I understand the need to take all precautions but does that than open up the necessity to post signs in all languages. My point is if we travel abroad we are required to learn or translate the visiting country’s language. However, I think Universal should step up and offer a settlement as a show of good faith.

  102. J

    No company in the United States should be required or even mandated to have signs in any language other than English. If the person can not read or understand the sign that’s on them to learn it and be responsible for their own choices. Absolutely Not on the company to hope the individuals can read or take the blame for the individuals choices. Education is on the individuals to know, not on the company. This is a incredibly stupid lawsuit. I hope the lawsuit loses.

  103. gary kleinberger

    You know the kong ride is not too rough but you never know. So i think it cant hurt to have french and spanish warnings signs posted. The 2 most common . Many people have heart problems that can be triggered by even a small bump. If the ride looks bumpy and you know you have health problems dont ride. Overall likely that guys family will win.

  104. Martha Gaines

    Sorry for the families loss.
    With that being said, welcome to America now speak English or travel with someone who does.
    Companies can’t be expected to accommodate every language.

  105. Tom

    If you come to America speak English first.

  106. Parker

    If anyone thinks this guy didn’t know English then you truly are a moron. He knew the language because he was at the park. I mean think of it like this, if you hear another language at the parks then that’s cause it’s a curtisy. The parks DO NOT have to have any bilingual language but they do for a curtisy for others

  107. KM

    This is just another frivolous law suit for people that do not want to take responsibility for themselves.
    Everywhere in this world is a destination for ones choices weather it’s a Amusement park or the city dump that being said ,
    Do we require Every thing to have every language in there Description and policies that’s ridiculous !
    If your not sure ASK !
    If it’s in a language you don’t understand ASK !
    These type of law suits are of there own doing, people
    Only do this for
    Trying to SCAM THE SYSTEM .

  108. Linda

    This is America. English is the language. Used to be a requirement for everyone who came to this country to learn to speak and read English. Need to go back to that requirement. I agree this is a ridiculous lawsuit. That ride is not rough and a bumpy bus could have caused the same outcome for him. Obviously not a healthy person

  109. Alison

    Don’t they have the park maps in EVERY LANGUAGE!!!!

  110. Kristen

    Approximately 6500 languages in the world…are we going to require them all be posted, everywhere, for everything? It is always hard when someone gets hurt or killed. The reasonable thing to do is look at the event, what caused the injury or death, and find the root cause. In this case, the person was somewhere that he could not read or identify the appropriate warnings. I expect that there were ride attendants there, who were providing visual instruction for safety as well (motioning, etc…). It would be a lawsuit for discrimination if they did not allow people who cannot read or speak the language to ride, even though that probably is the real risk factor, and root cause. Although I expect the park will end of paying for this, it really is not the fault of the park.

  111. Anthony J Cavaliere

    It is up to the park customers to translate warning signs into their native language, if they can not read English. What us wrong with these people, too lazy to use Goggle Translate?

  112. ember

    i agree it is such an american thing to expect that they would need to have a stupid sighn in english if nobody ask that from us

  113. Corae

    Not sure if I missed if someone else stated.., oh I’ve been seeing this coming from the late 80s. Why only cater to one other language? So is the lawyer just asking for Spanish or he wants all the other languages of folks who visits and migrates ?

  114. Dana

    Personally, I think the whole issue is a bunch of crap. Universal, or any theme park in the US should never HAVE TO make sure they have signs in ANY other language besides English. This is America. I am sad about the boy but, it was not Universal fault that this happened.

  115. KEC

    Spanish Language maps are available with a key showing what each of the warning symbols means. My expectation would be that someone with a condition that could cause any issues would make themselves aware of the appropriate rides. If they could not do this because the condition was not known to them, no amount of signage would have helped.

  116. Ted

    This is the United States of America where the language is English. You ever been to another country where they have made exceptions for you not knowing their language? HELL NO!

  117. Korfhage

    Learn how to speak English. You are in the USA.

  118. Bxmamipr

    As a Hispanic American, these people make me sick! My grandparents came here, adjusted to the country, language, and culture, and spent their lives in the Air Force to include fighting in wars. These people come over here and demand everyone speak Spanish, and are first in line trying to get Medicaid and Welfare. I am all for making a better life, but if you go to another country, you learn their language, and make a living. This country is not obligated to support you, when so many Americans are starving. I would never go to another country and demand that they all speak English and support me. What a bunch of entitled POS’s. I work at a major insurance company and witness people demand that I speak Spanish, and them and their 10 million kids are all on Medicaid.

  119. yrlak

    No os deseo ningún mal, pero ojalá viajeis al extranjero y la gente sea igual de egoísta que lo estas siendo vosotros. Yo he estado en Orlando y lo que menos hay allí son estadounidenses (recordar que America es un continente, no un país) siendo su mayoría hispanohablantes. Teniendo en cuenta la zona en la que se encuentra el parque y que al final no deja de ser un sitio totalmente turístico, no esta demás que los carteles de precaución o con información muy importante estén en español. ¿Acaso no reparten en la entrada los mapas del parque en español? No se si la demanda tendrá sentido o no puesto que allí tenéis las peores leyes. Gracias por hacemer ver que cuando tenga que tratar con alguien de habla inglesa en España debo discriminarle e ignorarle, incluso echarle en cara que aunque este de turista debe conocer el español. Un saludo y dios bendiga America

  120. Ruth

    They should definitely have to! Even basic shopping stores as Walmart and Target have all of their pertinent signs in both languages!

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