Amusement Park Accidents
Disney officials recently announced new attractions at their Magic Kingdom Fantasyland amusement park and plan to keep three of their parks open for 24 hours in May as part of their "Monstrous Summer" promotion. For 24 hours starting on May 24 at 6 a.m. and continuing until May 25 at 6 a.m., three of Disney’s parks will be open for guests to enjoy at least one of the new attractions and see sneak peeks of Pixar’s Monster’s University film scheduled for release this summer. The Fantasyland expansion has doubled the size of the park and will include the Princess Fairytale Hall, the Fantasy Forest and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster. Officials said that the expansion would allow guests to feel like they are a character in a Disney movie.
Legoland Florida is a newcomer to our state’s crowded amusement park scene and is located in Winter Haven. The new amusement park recently announced that there were six accidents during the first ten weeks since the park opened. Fortunately, none of the accidents resulted in serious injuries for the guests, but the news shed some light on amusement park incidents at Florida theme parks that sometimes get overlooked in the news. Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham has first-hand knowledge of amusement park accidents. He and other Orlando amusement park accident lawyers help ensure that our state’s many theme parks take guest safety seriously by raising awareness about lapses in safety measures and maintenance protocols that endanger guests and workers.
An accident at the I-Drive attraction at the Magical Midway Thrill Park claimed the life of a worker recently after he fell while working on the ride. The accident investigation is ongoing, but early reports state that the accident occurred around 2 p.m. while he was working on the I-Drive at the Orlando-area amusement park at 7001 International Drive. The 30-year-old victim was at around 90 feet in the air and wearing a safety harness while working on the ride when he fell, according to Battalion Chief Mark Smothers with Orange County Fire Rescue. Smothers did not know why the man fell, but he said that the man fell around six feet before being caught by the safety harness he was wearing at the time of the accident.