Posted Thursday, May 6, 2004 8:08 AM | Contributed by scubasteve673042
n the past eight months, six people over 55 have been taken to the hospital for chest pain and nausea after going on the $100 million Mission: Space ride at Epcot, which is meant to simulate a rocket launch. Disney says many of these guests had pre-existing heart conditions that should preclude them from riding.
Read more from WKMG/Orlando.
So, 2 unexplained trips to the hospital in 8 months since the ride was built, out of how many riders? No, this isn't just sweeps journalism...is it?
Also in my paper today was a story about local high school parents upset that their kids trip to Disneyworld coincided with Gay Days and Disney's refusal to release Michael Moore's new "fakeumentary" on George Bush and the effects it might have on WDW with Governor Bush. Of course, I am just glad there aren't any more serious problems in the world for journalists to report on right now.
*rim shot* OOOHHHH!
Anyway, you're screwed if you do, screwed if you don't. People are mad that there are too many warnings, and then people are mad that their not enough.
I know this 2x from family experience. My brother in law and I rode just about every coaster possible throught Pennsylvainia and Ohio last summer, and about 2 weeks later he had a massive heart attack. Turns out he had a condition he wasn't aware of and we can only be thankful he wasn't on a ride at the time. He survived, but although a lifetime lover of coasters, he has stated that he is "DONE" riding forever. Some people aren't this lucky, nor can they read the signs. Sort of like the pre flight emergency instructions on a plane....you see thme all the time, but do you REALLY pay attention? The nwhen you need them the most, you wanna kick yourself for not paying attention.
HOW on Earth (or in Space) are parks to determine the physical health of all the patrons, and then PREVENT those in less-than-optimal health from riding all of the rides? The SFNE incident certainly helps "highlight" the fact that not all *pre-existing medical conditions* are readily apparent (whether the man's CP was a contributing factor or not has yet to be determined)....and how does one know if a CERTAIN condition precludes one from riding safely....that sure is an AWFUL lot to put on the shoulders of someone you're paying, what, about 7 bucks an HOUR....oh, and be sure to check all restraints, deal with unruly guests....and don't forget to smile! :)
*** This post was edited by rollergator 5/6/2004 9:43:02 AM ***
But for us old farts, it's hard to know how those forces will affect us. I'm in excellent health. I don't know of any pre-existing conditions. But the fact remains that there COULD be some that I'm not aware of.
Ultimately, it's up to me, the individual, to assess my ability to ride. The park cannot be responsible for knowing my condition to ride, especially if there is a condition that I'm unaware of.
I would hate to see parks begin restricting riders because of their age. I hear a park in Japan does this.
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