urban legends about disney parks death's

Saturday, October 28, 2000 9:59 PM
hi i came across this site that list's a bunch of urban legends dealing with deaths at disney parks. Does anyone know if any of these are true. Take a little time to read them they are pretty intresting and entertaining if they are false.

http://www.urbanlegends.com/death/disney_deaths.html


*** This post was edited by supermandl on 10/29/2000. *** *** This post was edited by supermandl on 10/29/2000. ***
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Sunday, October 29, 2000 5:37 AM
This is really funny, because I have a large urban legend project due for honors and I came across this a few nights ago. Sorry, though, I can't tell you anything on the Disney thing.
-Mike
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Sunday, October 29, 2000 5:53 AM
Oh my god. While reading that I just sat here shaking my head. While some of those deaths, I believe, may have really happened, I can't believe the way in which this site tells about them. Most (not all) of those deaths occured because someone was doing something they shouldn't have been doing. Like on the People Mover incidents- he "innocently attempted to change cars..." Please! Or, on the Matterhorn, "he felt a sudden, inexplicable need to stand up". Come on now. How can anyone say that because these people behaved stupidly, Disneyland (or any park for that matter) is a death trap? It just makes me mad.

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Sunday, October 29, 2000 6:21 AM

I have read these incidents on the Rollercoaster & Theme Park Accident Reports web site. I'm not sure nor can I confirm their veracity, BUT the names and dates were all the same.

As for the shock value of the site, why SHOULDN'T a place that has millions of people pass through every year have a handful of deaths occur? Statistically it makes sense.

I remember in the mid-70s a person drowned in the moat at Orlando's Magic Kingdom, so I guess anything is possible.


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Sunday, October 29, 2000 6:52 AM
I had heard from my best friend, now a Disney employee, that no person actually died inside the gates of the Magic Kingdom. A handfull did die as a result of injuries received at the park, but not actually inside Disneyland itself.

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Sunday, October 29, 2000 6:25 PM
If your trying to figure out the ones that are true go to www.snopes.com Check out the Disney legends and then click on Disney theme parks.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2000 4:07 AM
I worked at Disney for 9 years and was off one day when my friend working at Universe of Energy had someone in one of the vehicles have a heart attack and ended up not making it. She was pretty shaken about it. Supposedly there was a guy who died on the old Horizons also, but everyone thought he was sleeping so they just let him ride around several times before they realized it.
I know the ride at EPCOT with probably the most injuries is Spaceship Earth. This is due to the top of the ride, the omnimover rotates backwards for the last part of the ride. People from other countries mostly see their kids disappear and think something has happened to them so they try to jump out and find them. In doing so, they end up getting caught between the cars and dragged down the rest of the ride. This has happened with kids screwing around as well.

-Shady

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