Individuals combing through the Florida State records recently discovered a new death that occurred at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, although this death failed to reach wider audiences through traditional publishing means.
According to the record, a 67-year-old man (identified by the District Nine Medical Examiner’s Office as Memphis, Tennessee, resident Ralph Lyles) was riding on Disney’s Star Tours ride at the Hollywood Studios when he began to complain of feeling unwell. It is believed that this individual possessed a preexisting heart condition, and the spokesperson for Disney, Sheri Blanton, claims that the man ultimately succumbed to hypertensive cardiovascular disease. Further, the Disney corporation places the blame on the man’s weight, and the official listing for his death on the Disney records is “obesity.”
This is only the latest in a string of injuries and deaths that have occurred at the Disney compound this year, which obviously causes some suspicion to fall on the safety and reporting practices of Disney World and its associated attractions like Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios.
A few of the more serious injuries experienced by visitors to the Disney parks in Orlando include:
- A 53-year-old woman who was in Magic Kingdom riding on Under The Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid when she suffered from a seizure.
- A 52-year-old woman experienced extreme dizziness after riding on the Universal Studios ride Dragon Challenge.
- A 49-year-old man rode the Rip Ride Rockit and afterwards complained of excruciating back pain.
- A 34-year-old woman who had just experienced the Wet n’ Wild ride Aqua Drag Racer left the experience with pains in her neck, back, and teeth.
The string of incidents that happen at the Disney parks and attractions is worrying. Added to this the recent memory of the young boy who was killed by an alligator while wading on the beach near a Disney-owned resort, and the trend becomes all the more disturbing. Individuals who suffer from injuries at any of the Disney parks and attractions should not be silent. These injuries are serious and, as we have seen, potentially life threatening.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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