Florida’s Department of Agriculture Releases Theme Park Injuries Report

Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Customer Service released an updated version of the MOU Exempt Facilities Report. The Atlantic Journal pointed it out. This encompasses our State’s large theme parks, including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Legoland, and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

The entire report can be accessed here. The list of “uh-ohs” stretches back to December of 2001. In the first quarter of 2021, there were only five incidents. A hip injury at SeaWorld. Disney World saw an ankle injury and a guest feeling sit after Kilimanjaro Safaris Expedition. A parkgoer fainted on the Hulk coaster at Islands of Adventure, and someone felt dizzy on E.T.

Only serious injuries must be reported within 24 hours. Since the laws regarding when and if parks need to report incidents are lax, imagine what else may be going on. Minor injuries happen all the time, and we all know that. Kids fall and scrape their legs. People with health conditions ignore warnings and get on a ride. Some people purposely do stupid stuff and get hurt.

Should Florida be more strict on the parks and have them file less serious injury reports?

Speaking from personal experience, I’ve had a couple of injuries at Orlando theme parks. While waiting to get into Poseidon’s Fury, I had my legs run over by an old guy riding a mobility scooter. Yup. He ran me over, stopped, then proceeded to try to back up over me.

Then there was that my shoelaces got caught in the moving walkway, and my knee got twisted. One time I ate some bad churros at the Magic Kingdom. That resulted in me suffering from an extreme sugar rush while spending an extended amount of time on the toilet.

The last time I suffered an injury was when a scare actor at ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ accidentally hit me in the groin with a chainsaw. Right in the bits. I’ll hand it to the guy for not breaking character while I swore up a tapestry of expertly woven profanity.

Have you ever been injured at a park, either on a ride or just from a freak accident? Let us know in the comments.

[Source: The Atlantic Journal]


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