When Guests visit Walt Disney World, they typically expect to have a magical vacation and return home with memories and, likely, lots of money spent on souvenirs. That being said, there are times, like any vacation, where things can take a turn.
Whether you are at Disney World, your local mall, or just going on a walk, there is always a chance that something can go wrong, and you can be injured. Although Disney World puts in a tonne of health and safety measures that ensure Guests protection, for the most part, there are always instances that may be out of one’s control.
The Orlando Sentinel recently revealed the injury report from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Depending on how long a Guest is hospitalized after an injury (more than 24 hours), Disney must report what happened for public record which is released every three months. These reports are for July through September, but please note, there may be essential details omitted in the following, as not every detail must be disclosed.
At Disney World last month, a 70-year-old woman fell and hit her nose while leaving Journey into Imagination with Figment at Epcot. Earlier in September, a 68-year-old woman felt light-headed after riding Animal Kingdom’s Avatar: Flight of Passage flying simulator. A 72-year-old man reported feeling nauseous after getting off the Expedition Everest rollercoaster at the same park in July.
As we can see from the descriptions above, some of them may come off sounding like not much happened. For example, “A 72-year-old man reported feeling nauseous after getting off the Expedition Everest rollercoaster at the same Park in July” sounds like a very small issue and one that I experience from time to time as well. That being said, we must remember that this means the “nauseous” feeling was one that caused the Guest to have a 24 hour or more extended hospitalization.
We also do not get to know what the outcome of each situation. For the Guest who “hit her nose,” there is no clarification if it broke if surgery was needed, and how severe the injury was. Luckily, there have only been three reports over the past three months which means that the majority of Guests have been able to enjoy a safe trip to the parks. If ever something happens, rest assured that Disney has a first-aid team handy at each Park to immediately help in any situation.
You can read more about safety at Walt Disney World Resort on the theme park’s official website here.
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