Disney World Update: 8 Guests Hospitalized After Theme Park Incidents

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According to a new report from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, eight guests were hospitalized for at least 24 hours after visiting Walt Disney World Resort.

While theme parks in general are extremely safe – and Disney, in particular, takes extra care to ensure the wellbeing of its guests – not even the power of Mickey Mouse can prevent the occasional accident.

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Over the years, we’ve reported on several incidents at Walt Disney World Resort and other Disney theme parks. The majority of these are extremely minor, such as random trips and falls. However, we do occasionally hear of more alarming cases, most of which come as a result of a guest’s existing health issues.

This week, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services released its roundup of incidents that have occurred at Walt Disney World in the first quarter of 2024. All theme parks in Florida are required to disclose any incident that requires the hospitalization of a guest for longer than 24 hours, which means that this list definitely isn’t an extensive report of every injury or health scare that occurred on Disney property in January, February, or March. However, it does give us an idea of what’s happened at the parks over the past few months (and where).

Incidents at Disney World So Far in 2024

The ride with the most incidents was Spaceship Earth. According to the report, a 73-year-old man passed out after riding the classic EPCOT dark ride, which takes guests on a journey through the history of human communication. A second hospitalization occurred due to injuries sustained while getting on or off the ride.

A little girl looking up at Spaceship Earth inside of EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort.
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Also in EPCOT, a separate incident occurred on Frozen Ever After – the immersive water ride inspired by Frozen (2013) in World Showcase’s Norway Pavilion. A 44-year-old woman had a seizure while riding the attraction.

At Hollywood Studios, a 68-year-old woman experienced shortness of breath while riding Slinky Dog Dash in Toy Story Land. The roller coaster first opened in 2018 and was also the scene of a seizure in 2019.

Slinky Dog Dash at Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios
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Moving on to Magic Kingdom, a 46-year-old woman apparently felt nauseous and experienced head pain on the park’s newest attraction, TRON Lightcycle / Run. Its neighboring attraction, Space Mountain, also caused issues for a 32-year-old guest, who fainted on the indoor roller coaster.

At Animal Kingdom, a guest sustained injuries while getting either on or off Kilimanjaro Safaris. Beyond Walt Disney World Resort’s theme parks, an incident also occurred at Blizzard Beach (which experienced multiple weather-related closures this year before closing its seasonal refurbishment on March 16, 2024), where a 29-year-old man passed out on its premier attraction, Summit Plummet. This sees guests quite literally plummet down a near-vertical 12-story drop.

Space Mountain at sunset at Magic Kingdom
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For the sake of each guest’s privacy, this quarterly theme park incident report doesn’t provide many details or updates about each incident. “The following report is a compilation of data collected from the exempt facilities and reflects only the information reported at the time of the incident,” the FDACS report says in its introduction. “Due to privacy-related concerns, the Department does not receive updates to initial assessments of a patron’s condition.”

Other Theme Park Incidents in Florida

Disney World wasn’t the only theme park resort to feature in this edition of Florida’s quarterly injury report. While SeaWorld Orlando, Legoland Florida, and Busch Gardens didn’t report any incidents, Universal Orlando Resort reported two: a 56-year-old guest experienced “an altered level of consciousness” on Doctor Doom’s Fearfall at Islands of Adventure, while another 38-year-old guest had the same experience on Transformers: The Ride 3-D at the neighboring park Universal Studios Florida.

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