Victim in Disneyland crash mourned, another victim set to leave hospital

Posted Monday, September 8, 2003 5:07 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The victim in Friday's Disneyland crash on Big Thunder Mountain is mourned, while another victim is set to leave the hospital.

Read more about the victim and mourning family from The LA Times.

Read more about the hospitalized victim and his account from AP via The San Francisco Chronicle.

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Monday, September 8, 2003 5:45 AM
Im suprised that this happened at Disney Land. I have never heard of a death becuase of a ride like that at the worlds most profitable theme park chain. Always a sad time when a beloved or not loved coaster takes someone's life.

formally known as Flying DutchMan, Alpengiest is the best!

Monday, September 8, 2003 6:09 AM
Accidents can happen anywhere and this is far from the first one at a Disney park. Just goes to show that you never know when it's going to be your time to go. My thoughts are with the family of the victim.
Monday, September 8, 2003 6:57 AM
Well, all that can be said with any degree of certainity at this stage is what a sad occurence this is. Thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased.

The Runaway Mine Train (at DW, not DC) was the first coaster I ever rode and I hold this ride in affectionate regard.

"Similar rides at Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris were closed temporarily but reopened after officials determined they did not have the same design or manufacturer, Tucker said." (San Fran. Chronicle)

How different is the one in DW from the one in DL. I thought they were clones. Who manufactured them, was it the same manufacturer in both cases?
*** This post was edited by BeyondOblivion 9/8/2003 11:56:26 AM ***

Monday, September 8, 2003 7:06 AM
I think the manufacturer is Vekoma, not Arrow.

I'd rather be in my boat with a drink on the rocks,
than in the drink with a boat on the rocks.

Monday, September 8, 2003 8:06 AM
According to rcdb all of the Big Thunder Mountains are Vekomas and the same model number. Of course 1) there is a chance that this isn't correct, 2) critical details may vary.
Monday, September 8, 2003 9:05 AM
For some reason I thought the manufacturer of this BTMRR was WED, the people who built both American Space Mountains.

Regarding MillenniumForce29's comment, there have been many accidents and even a few deaths at Disneyland in its near-50 year history. In fact, just 5 years ago there were 2 accidents in as many days at the park, with one being fatal.

This is all just very sad and my heart goes out to the family of the 22 year old man killed. Just sad.

Monday, September 8, 2003 9:07 AM
Pretty sure Disneyland's is Vekoma and Disney World's is WED. They have different layouts, same visual style but definitely not clones.
Monday, September 8, 2003 11:16 AM
Looking at RCDB, the designer of the rides was WED. The manufacturer was Vekoma.

[edited for clarity ;)]

*** This post was edited by J2S 9/8/2003 3:58:13 PM ***

Monday, September 8, 2003 11:45 AM
I hope by "the designer of the rides was WED, which is Walter Elias Disney." You mean WED Ent. which later became Imagineering and NOT Mr. Walt Disney. Walt never designed any rides and infact he was never alive for ANY part of the work on the Big Thunder rides. Tony Baxter is the man who designed them.

But yes... WED stood for Walter Elias Disney and was the name of the designers then, if that is what you ment.

Monday, September 8, 2003 5:03 PM
My heart goes out to the family and hope they can msake rides safier for all.

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