Multiple injuries reported at Disney World, Universal 2023 Q1
Central Florida theme parks – including Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlandoand others — must list all incidents and injuries with the state quarterly to be exempt from greater scrutiny.
THE 2023 First Quarter Injury Report published, which spans from January to March this year, and notes a total of seven events at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Orlando. Only injuries resulting in a hospital stay of 24 hours or more or death were recorded.
Walt Disney World Injuries
Between January and March 2023, Walt Disney World noted four injuries or incidents that occurred on their property. The first was at the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Magic Kingdom Park on January 5, 2023. A 75-year-old guest experienced heart symptoms after riding the attraction.
The second is in 2023. took place on February 7, Kilimanjaro Safaris located in the Disney Animal Kingdom Park. A 72-year-old guest with a pre-existing condition experienced stroke-like symptoms after riding the attraction.
On February 25, 2023, a 72-year-old guest felt disoriented after riding the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park.
Finally, on March 29, 2023, a 67-year-old guest fell while boarding the ride Nemo & Friends at EPCOT on The Seas, breaking his leg.
While not considered an injury, there have been other incidents at Walt Disney World recently, including the arrest of a Florida local in Disney Springs – the shopping and dining area of Walt Disney World. The man was taken into custody after he made “derogatory comments” to Disney Cast Members, yelled at children and then threatened Orange County Sheriff’s deputies.
Another Disney guest, who was from New Jersey, was also arrested and charged with exposure after he was caught smoking, using pornography, exposing himself and masturbating while on a ride at EPCOT in Walt Disney World.
And late last year, a California guest visiting Walt Disney World was hospitalized after another Disney guest bit off his middle finger during an argument at EPCOT. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office report, released nearly four months after the Dec. 13, 2022 brawl, a fight broke out between two guests during the Harmonious fireworks show at EPCOT over blocking the view. The fight involved punches, kicks and bites.
Injuries at Universal Orlando
Between January and March 2023, Universal Orlando noted two injuries or incidents that occurred on their property.
The first injury report was on February 11, 2023 at the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit attraction, where a 64-year-old man suffered a headache.
And on March 12, 2023, a 47-year-old man reported abdominal pain after riding the Jurassic World VelociCoaster.
SeaWorld Orlando Injury Report
The only other injury reported at Central Florida theme parks occurred at SeaWorld Orlando, where a 70-year-old man became dizzy and light-headed after riding the Cookie Drop. This case was reported on January 8, 2023.
When visiting Central Florida theme parks, if you witness anything unusual or if someone is injured, be sure to report the incident to a nearby cast member or employee.