Boy dies after riding Rock 'n' Rollercoaster at Disney-MGM

Posted Thursday, June 29, 2006 5:11 PM | Contributed by jonrev

A 12-year-old boy from Kentucky died Thursday after riding the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Disney MGM Studios, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Michael Russell complained about being ill after the ride and fainted, according to a Orange County Sheriff's Office representative.

Read more from WKMG/Orlando.

Thursday, June 29, 2006 5:24 PM
It's so sad all these tragedies happen to kids.

I feel bad for Disney when they get some bad wrap in the news when they didn't do anything wrong.

Wonder if this is another law suit for Disney to face?

Thursday, June 29, 2006 6:02 PM
Kenmei's avatar My sympathies go out to the family. This sounds eerily familiar to the Mission Space accident that earned so much attention. It's a shame it has to happen to anyone, but particularly with a child the loss is heartbreaking.
Thursday, June 29, 2006 11:06 PM
The Mole's avatar A friend of a friend (no really, this isn't a joke) was working there today as his first day on Rock'n'Rollercoaster as exit dispatch. Yes, he saw the kid dead. I didn't ask any further, but he was really down.

My sympathies go to the family and all those involved in this horrible accident.

Thursday, June 29, 2006 11:24 PM
^The boy died at Celebration hospital, not at the rides exit. Your friend did not see the kid dead.
Friday, June 30, 2006 12:17 AM
^ You should get the point... Dead or not, it will be really uncomfortable to deal with.
Friday, June 30, 2006 12:34 AM
I think it would have been better to keep those comment's to yourself mole. Not trying to be picky but it would save us all a headache. To witness something of this sort would be horrible.
Friday, June 30, 2006 12:52 AM
Why does that give you a headache? He was relaying a story? Sorry you have to hear that there's a human side to the story ...
Friday, June 30, 2006 1:06 AM
^^^^ It's very possible that his friend saw the boy passed out, previous to him dying.

Regardless, I'm sure it was an incredibly sad situation and I feel for the victim and his family.

Disney hasn't been having the best of luck with these "pre-existing conditions" rider issues.

Friday, June 30, 2006 1:40 AM
FYI, Disney has never and never will pronounce any one dead on their grounds. They wait until the individual is off of their property until that is ruled.

The boy may have truly been dead when the exit dispatcher saw him, but he wasn't declared until he was at the hospital.

Friday, June 30, 2006 6:08 AM
Since all of their deaths have been due to preexisting conditions, I'm willing to bet that this one was from one too. People really need to pay attention to warning signs even if it Disney.


Friday, June 30, 2006 6:14 AM
Gemini's avatar If it is a pre-existing condition, you're assuming the kid knew he had it.

Disney has never and never will pronounce any one dead on their grounds.

*** This post was edited by Gemini 6/30/2006 6:17:19 AM ***

Friday, June 30, 2006 7:29 AM
Heard on the news this morning that the boy's dad said he was in good health, but you never know.
Friday, June 30, 2006 8:19 AM
The Mole's avatar Sorry about the controversey, I'm not trying to share opinions or such, just trying to show it from another side. I relayed what I heard without thinking, and for as much as a teen knows, that kid he dealt with was dead. If he died at Disney or not the thing is that in FL all deaths must be pronounced at a hospital, so the kid legally is dead at Celebration.

Sorry again, but again, I'm more sorry for those involved in this, including parents and Disney officials.

Friday, June 30, 2006 8:23 AM
The same thing happens when people play sports. A few weeks ago a perfectly healthy hockey goalie dropped in the second period and died from a heart attack :( He never smoke or drank or anything. It can happen anytime your heart starts working hard, and there may not be any warning signs. I feel really bad for this kid and his family, it's tough to deal with this sort of thing. And of course Disney has to deal with this too, and it was no ones fault. No one could have known.
Friday, June 30, 2006 9:24 AM

The boy died at Celebration hospital, not at the rides exit. Your friend did not see the kid dead.

He was *declared* dead at Celebration Hospital. That's not the same thing as he *died* there. Typically, first responders or paramedics don't make that call---almost always, the victim isn't declared until s/he arrives at a hospital, and often after some efforts to resuscitate upon arrival.

I've read two versions of the story reported in reputable outlets. One said he walked off the ride and then fainted. The other said he was limp when the ride stopped. I think we'll have to wait a while to hear the full story.

Friday, June 30, 2006 10:56 AM
The ride IS a vekoma...
Friday, June 30, 2006 11:32 AM
^That has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AT ALL to do with the kid dying. You're a complete ass for even bringing that into the equation. Disney has a lot of Vekoma-made roller coasters-for example Expedition Everest being their latest.
Friday, June 30, 2006 12:01 PM
^^ Suppose your going to blame Gionvanola now for that lady who died on Goliath some years ago? Good lord, how insenstive can you get?

The most tragic thing about this is that as others have stated, sometimes random heart murmurs / attacks / strokes / embalisms <sp> just. Happen. My heart goes out to the family and to any who had to witness this tragedy. Mole, hope your friend feels better soon... there really isn't any thing about these incidents that are fun.

-Robert "Escher"

Friday, June 30, 2006 1:06 PM
When I went to the hospital two weeks ago after riding a certain yet to be named coaster, I was having extreme heart palpitations. After getting bloodwork done, a chest X-ray, EKG, and back home, an echo (sound) cardiogram, everything has come back normal. I tried to point out to the doctor at the hospital I was at that I'm a healthy 35-year-old male who goes to the gym 3-4 times a week, and that I do some pretty hardcore cardio.

So he brings up Jim Fixx, a legendary runner who published a book on running. He later died from a heart attack. So at first I'm agreeing with him that anything can happen at anytime to someone, even if they do live a healthy living. What he failed to tell me, is that Jim Fixx had a bad family history of heart disease with people having heart attacks at a relatively young age. He also didn't mention that Jim Fixx had three heavily blocked arteries. And the one thing I haven't been able to confirm that my Dad told me (he owns the book) is that Jim Fixx refused to get a stress test, because he believed he was in perfect health.

So my point is that either a) that the ride did cause the fatality due to forces that the kid couldn't handle or b) that even though the kid was healthy, there was something underlying that the parents didn't know about

My little editorial: It used to be that when you went to the doctor for a physical, that you had a full physical. They checked your reflexes, you dropped your drawers and coughed etc. My HMO probably puts so much pressure on the doctors at my practice to spend as little of time with the patients as possible that they only treat the stuff you come in for. I've never had a full physical since I changed over to this practice many years ago. So what aren't they catching when you go there? Obviously, I don't know the kid's family background, or his doctor's arrangement, but I think we should be concerned about the lack of time spent with patients now a days.
*** This post was edited by Intamin Fan 6/30/2006 1:10:18 PM ***


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