Published: May 3, 2006 at 3:37 PM
This sounds like a good option, since the original intensity is still available for those who want to ride at that level.
To me, the recent death on this ride reflects different factors than many of the fatalities & serious injuries reported on other rides. The ride, operating as it should with no mechanical or operator error, activated underlying (unknown?) medical issues in a rider who was not attempting to defeat a restraint or otherwise "misbehave" on the ride -- such that the person DIED.
Most of the warnings I see, hear, and read in ride queues warn about possible harm to persons with medical conditions, pregnant women, etc. -- but how many of these rides have an actual record of people DYING when there was no mechanical malfunction or operator error to point to?
Maybe rides such as these, where death has actually occurred, do need a new level of warning along the lines of "This ride has caused death in apparently healthy persons." -- I haven't followed up, but did the German woman know of her pre-existing condition?
And, yes, I know you could argue that people should know their health status -- but again, to me the situation here is somewhat different, in that the ride operating correctly has resulted in the death of a rider who was not trying to behave unsafely on the ride.
I'm out of shape and getting more so with every passing year, but I love coasters, ride them every year, and probably wouldn't have thought twice about Mission: Space since I've ridden plenty of gravitron-type rides throughout my life. But it really gives me pause that someone died on this ride while all was operating correctly, and that level of risk I'd like to know about.
However, since people can tune out warnings, especially when our litigious society results in warnings about so many things, maybe -- & hopefully -- Disney's response will alert riders to the intensity of the ride in a better way than putting up a new type of warning message.