Disney's Mission: Space -- another incident
News has broken that yet another rider on Mission: Space
has become ill.
This time a 35-year-old woman lost consciousness when she got off the ride Monday night.
She was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center after experiencing tingling in her arms & hands.
I hope she recovers fully. I also bet that she had one of the conditions listed on the ride warnings and didn't opt for the "kinder, gentler" Mission Space experience. Just a guess though. I hope the press will be diligent enough to do a follow-up report on her condition and facts behind the incident. It sounds more like heat exhaustion to me.
I have an update regarding this incident now:
I think that having, "one of those conditions" becomes more important when you're not aware you even have one.
Poor Disney and the lady. Bad for the lady but Disney is not having a good year at all. What are they going to do?
I wonder if this ride will be shut down due to so many instances. Surely this is a sign to do something whether it's close it permanantly or make it safer. I heard there were improvements made but this is rediculous. Like the previous poster said, some people just don't know they have a condition til they get off the ride. I agree w/that also but if there's a minute chance, they should stay off.
How many times have you heard Walt say, "I wanted to create a place where I could ride rides with my girls". A million?
Thank you Randy, you said EXACTLY what I was thinking. No one is forced to ride any ride. I get ill on the swinging ship type rides, my mother and husband don't. I sit on a bench while they enjoy the ride. I went on MS last year knowing I get motion sick very easily. I came off fine. If I had come off sick, it would be MY fault. My mother can get motion sick and she will not ride it. I am 33 and do know my limits, I pushed it with MS, but it was my decision. People need to stop blaming everyone else when they get sick on a ride. There are things I can ride easily and some I won't go near, I know myself. As for maybe dying on a ride because of an "undiagnosed" condition, it happens. I have known a man driving down the road, had a massive heart attack and died behind the wheel. He never knew he had a heart condition. He wrecked the car he was driving. Should we pull all cars because someone may die while driving and wreck the thing?
I agree with Randy and Melissa. The rides clearly define who should and who should not ride the ride, and if you have a medical condition and you choose to ride, then if you get injured, the blame lies not with Disney, its employees, or the engineer who designed the ride; it lies with YOU.
I really find it funny that a lot of people have attacked disney for going outside of their sphere and creating a ride that isnt for the whole family. They tried something, and it worked. It is a little suspicious that it has taken the lives of two people, both of which had pre-existing conditions, and from what I've read they both knew about it, and had family that knew about it. It was the boy on RRC that did not know about it. Example, the 4yr old, let that sink it, 4 yr old, had a history of seizures. His mother knew this, and yet she had him go on it. I dont see anyone to blame but the family there. I am, as someone else said, a few pounds overweight. I did three hours on a coaster for charity. Should I have done it? Probably not. But I did it, and I felt the after effects of it later.
I think the point is not being taken. I fully realize this is a "thrill park" ride type of site. But the same "warnings" that are on Big Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain are the same warnings on RNR, yet these rides are all very different. I realize there are a lot of warnings on Mission Space, but the reality is people expect "small" thrills from Disney. If they want to be king of the thrills (something I give to Six Flags right now, which is a reason I never go there), then they need to change their advertising. Yes, Disney could be all things to all people, but they will still lose people. The thing is Disney markets themselves as a family park, much like "Holiday World". I have never been to Holiday World, but I fully expect all rides to be "family friendly". The extra danger in a ride like Mission Space is the "ride" cannot be seen. I can see Hulk and know I don't want to ride it. I cannot see Mission Space. Their ads show small children on the ride, so I think the ride must be okay for small children. But sadly, it is not.
No one really said that disney wants to become king of thrills, they just want to try and do something different. And I must step up to disneys defense (something I rarely do) and say that the warnings are MUCH different on MS then they are on Space Mountain, BTMRR, and even TOT. This one specifically says, over and over, through all points of the queue that if you are prone to motion sickness, are affected by strobe effects, and all of the others that you should not ride. It also states that you will sustain exposure to maintained G-forces, etc. etc. And let the record show that since its inception, EPCOT has not really been too much for the family fun ride as Magic Kingdom has. It has always been the City of Tomorrow, from the Living Seas, to the World Showcase. You went to MK to have fun, you went to EPCOT to learn something.
I have never ridden Mission Space myself, I haven't been to Epcot in the longest time, but I would really love to ride it. I just hope all these incidents dont force the closure of the ride before I get to ride it.
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