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Holiday World mishap sends dozens to hospital

By Robert Niles
Published: June 23, 2009 at 2:29 PM
Not a great week for attractions in the Midwest. Following yesterday's news of a critical head injury that led to the closing of Kings Island's Son of Beast comes word that a water park accident at Southern Indiana's Holiday World sent 42 visitors to the hospital over the weekend.

Too much of bleach and chemicals in the park's Bahari River filled the area with noxious fumes, sickening visitors. Some were taken by ambulance to an area hospital, others drove on their own, others were treated at the scene. Everyone's been released and the ride has since reopened.

Also: It looks like part of the Mark Twain Riverboat caught fire during Fantasmic at Disneyland last night. It appears to have been quite small, endangered no one and quickly put out. Here's a picture.

Readers' Opinions

From M. Ryan Traylor on June 24, 2009 at 11:10 PM
The Mark Twain Riverboat makes me laugh. I just got home from a day at Disneyland and read this article. What was the first thing I did today at the park? Ride the Mark Twain Riverboat.

Now, I'm sure the fire was small and insurmountable, but Disney, if you can be that fast to repair something, then you better start working on Fantastmic's new Dragon.

It's still not working!! And there is still no estimated date. I asked multiple cast members and techies about Malicifent and the answer I consistently received was "we're not sure, but we hope to have it up by mid to end of summer."

End of summer? Do they realize that the show is schedule to close on August 23?

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