Amusement Park Accidents
Guests heading to Disney World this week will have a chance to ride on the reopened Skyliner gondolas, over a week after they were closed following a mishap that resulted in a number of park guests being stuck inside the gondola cars for several hours. Reports from the park are vague and relatively unhelpful, however firefighters from Orlando were on-hand to assist in the rescue of the trapped individuals and were able to offer additional information regarding the incident.
Spokespeople for the Orange County Fire Rescue released a statement last week relating to an accident that took place at Walt Disney World to a contractor who was employed performing either maintenance or construction at the popular tourist attraction when the accident took place.
It was early in March that a fatal incident happened to a worker who was in the process of trying to load a cherry picker into the back of a pickup truck while on the property of Epcot, the popular Disney tourist spot. The investigation into the incident remains ongoing, however recent findings suggest that the individual who died was not wearing the proper safety features when the fatal industrial accident occurred.
In what was suppose to be the vacation of a lifetime for the Perez family to the “Happiest Place on Earth”, quickly took a turn for the worse after their 11-year-old was involved in a horrible foot & leg crush injury accident at Universal Studios in Orlando earlier this year.
Walt Disney World is once again at the center of a murky incident that resulted in the death of one of their employees. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, an emergency call was placed somewhere around 9:15 in the morning that directed them to 1153 Century Drive, close to Pop Century Resort. The reports did not indicate what the caller told the dispatcher, and it is not clear just what the responding officers and medical teams believed they were responding to.
A thirty-three year old vehicle technician employed at Disney World was fatally injured earlier this week in a tragic industrial accident near one of the theme park’s resort hotels.
Visitors to the Daytona Beach Boardwalk on Thursday, June 14th, experienced a tremendous shock when something happened to one of the most popular roller coasters in the area that caused a car to jump the tracks and badly injure several passengers as well as forcing emergency rescue crews to use numerous ladders in order to rescue numerous stranded people. According to the Daytona Beach Fire Department, the incident happened at close to 8:30 in the evening, during the time when hundreds—if not thousands—of people were enjoying the balmy ocean breezes as well as the thrill of the various rides at the park.
The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, which takes place along Lake Buena Vista, is a popular event for both casual and serious runners as well as those who just enjoy spending more time in the Disney universe. This past Sunday, nearly 15,000 people attended the event, which begins at Magic Kingdom and ends at Epcot after taking runners on a 13.1 mile course.
In an update to last week’s story about the riders of Universal Orlando Resort’s Hogwarts Express who became trapped within the train as it made its way from King’s Cross Station in London to Hogsmeade Station, it seems that the city of Orlando has allowed the previously unmentioned 9-1-1 calls made from within the trapped train to be released. The initial report on the incident was made primarily using statements from the management from Universal Studios and did not include any mention of the 9-1-1 calls.
Would-be wizards and warlocks were alarmed on Thursday afternoon after the shuttle transporting them from King’s Cross Station in London to Hogsmeade Station in Orlando suffered from a technical malfunction which resulted in the magic fans of all ages being stranded for over an hour in a hot compartment without air conditioning. No amount of wizard training prepared the guests of Universal Orlando Resort’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter for this very non-magical moment, and it is reported that in the resulting situation several people became faint due to the heat and lack of water.