The Theme Park Injury Report has been updated to include the fourth quarter of 2021, which covered October through December. Generally, amusement parks and fairs are subject to inspection from Florida. However, “permanent facilities that employ at least 1,000 full-time employees and maintain full-time in-house safety inspectors” are exempt from state inspection. To remain exempt, operators must report serious medical incidents quarterly to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the MOU Exempt Facility Report.
“Serious medical incidents” are defined as any incident requiring at least 24 hours of hospitalization.
Universal Orlando Resort reported only one serious incident during the fourth quarter. On December 2, a 27-year-old woman had a seizure at Fast & Furious – Supercharged at Universal Studios Florida.
Walt Disney World reported a total of nine serious medical incidents:
- 10/6/21: Toy Story Mania!, female, 58, guest felt dizzy and fell while exiting the ride
- 10/9/21: Splash Mountain, male, 39, guest had a seizure after experiencing the ride
- 10/11/21: Pirates of the Caribbean, 81-year-old guest with pre-existing medical condition experienced stroke-like symptoms after being on attraction
- 12/10/21: Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, 57-year-old female guest with heart symptoms after leaving attraction
- 10/13/21: Kilimanjaro Safaris Expedition, 82-year-old male, guest passed out while seeing attraction
- 10/22/21: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, female, 20, guest had a seizure after experiencing the attraction
- 10/27/21: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Staring Aerosmith, 18, male guest passed out and fell after leaving the ride
- 12/18/21: Avatar Flight of Passage, male, 69, guest felt ill leaving attraction
- 12/21/21: Avatar Flight of Passage, female, 69, guest felt disoriented after being lured
To reiterate, these are not all injuries sustained at theme parks, only those considered more serious and requiring hospitalization.
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