A mandatory quarterly report from major theme parks revealed the death of a middle-aged man at Disney World in Orlando, Florida amongst other oddities and injuries from theme parks around America.
A 54-year-old man died in February shortly following a ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. He reportedly had a pre-existing condition, collapsed on the ride, and eventually died while at a local hospital. A spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office told the Orlando Sentinel his death was not a case they handled, which likely indicates he died of natural causes.
Elsewhere around the theme park world, a number of severe, but non-fatal injuries were suffered by customers on rides. A woman fell and fractured her leg while boarding the Frozen Ever After ride at Epcot, and a 30-year-old man was hit in the head while riding Animal Kingdom's Expedition Everest. At non-Disney parks, a 60-year-old woman had a seizure while on the Revenge of the Mummy ride in Universal Studios.
For the first quarter running from January through March, Disney reported a total of 11 major injuries and illnesses. To make the quarterly report, the ailments suffered by park-goers must have resulted in death or a hospital stay of 24 hours or more.
If there's any lesson from this story, it's to make sure you take heed of warnings posted and announced prior to boarding a ride at your favorite theme park.