State releases safety report for major theme parks

ORLANDO, Fla. — According to the latest quarterly report released by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, there were seven reported incidents at Orlando area theme parks for the period of July through September.

In September, a 69-year-old man was found unresponsive at Roa’s Rapids attraction at SeaWorld Orlando’s Aquatica water park.


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In July, Disney World reported that a 72-year-old man felt nauseous after riding Expedition Everest.

Disney also reported two incidents in September.

In one incident, a 70-year-old woman fell and hit her nose while exiting “Journey into Imagination with Figment” at Epcot; in another incident, a 68-year-old woman felt lightheaded after riding “Flight of Passage.”

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Universal Orlando reported two separate incidents at its Islands of Adventure theme park.

On July 7, a 7-year-old girl reported experiencing back pain after riding “Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.”

On July 8, a 47-year-old woman had an “ankle deformity” while at the Dr. Seuss’ If I Ran the Zoo play area.

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Busch Gardens reported that on Sept. 6, a 36-year-old man complained of “leg numbness” after experiencing the Rambling Bayou lazy river at Adventure Island water park.

According to the state report, Legoland did not report any incidents.

The report, which is released every three months from the state agency, includes visitor injuries and illnesses at Florida’s major theme parks that require a hospital stay of at least 24 hours.

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Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.