The happiest place on earth has its dark side.
Since October of 2014, two people have died on two rides in Disney Theme Parks, according to a Florida state report.
The first death occurred in October when a 54-year-old woman lost consciousness after riding “Toy Story Midway Mania!” at Disney Hollywood. The second happened on Christmas Day when a 22-year-old woman with a pre existing condition lost consciousness during the “It’s A Small World” ride.
Though the exact cause of their death is not disclosed, officials assert that due to the fact that both rides move at a slow speed it is unlikely unrelated to the rides at their parks.
“That’s just where they happened to be at the time,” says Jerry Aldrich, Orlando theme park consultant who dealt with safety related issues when he worked for Disney, to the Orlando Sentinel. “In ‘A Small World,’ I wouldn’t think that would cause you a spike in blood pressure or anything like that.”
The Orlando Sentinel reports that each of the rides were operating at normal speeds at the time of incidents.
Each quarter, the Florida Bureau of Fair Rides releases a report on the injuries that occur at major theme parks. The reports are part of an agreement with the state which exempts the parks from public regulation.
According to the newspaper, the last death related to a ride at one of Orlando’s theme parks occurred at Typhoon Lagoon’s Surf Pool in August 2012, “when a 54-year-old man collapsed in the water and died of a heart attack.”
According to the New York Daily Mail, Disney reported “nine serious injuries, while Universal Orlando had five incidents and two more at SeaWorld."