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Disney World's Space Mountain closed for inspection after incident

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Published: May 21, 2011 at 2:34 PM

A 48-year-old woman was found unconscious on the Space Mountain roller coaster at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom this morning, prompting Disney to close the popular ride for inspection.

Space Mountain

The closure is routine is such situations, and no reports of problems have been heard so far. The woman was transported to the hospital. No word on condition yet.

We'll await additional reports on the woman in this incident, but let's make this another reminder to stay safe while visiting theme parks.

Space Mountain is not a fast coaster, with a top speed under 30 mph, but it is whippy, and people with medical conditions should not ride. But not everyone is aware of their health status, and on hot days (which are most days in Orlando), even healthy people can be at risk if they don't stay on top of hydration.

Update from comments: Space Mountain opened as scheduled Sunday morning. No issues found with the ride.

Readers' Opinions

From Dominick D on May 21, 2011 at 6:40 PM
I read about this on the Orlando Sentinels website. I feel bad for her, but you should pay attention to the warnings. But, you can enjoy other Space theme things in Tomorrowland or go to DHS for Star Tours. :)
From Tracy Bates on May 21, 2011 at 8:16 PM
I doubt Hydration was an issue with this one. This apparently happened shortly before 8:30 this morning, and it wasn't hot in Orlando at all. I was at the Downtown Disney this morning it didn't get warm until much later.
From Adam Dodds on May 22, 2011 at 8:58 AM
I work there. I don't know the details of what happened but I can say the people ride all the time who should not. Even though it isn't fast or have tall drops, its a rough jerky ride and people come off injured because if preexisting conditions. Even pregnant ladies ride, which scares us all who work there, but we can't say no. In fact the only reason we can not let someone ride is because of hight. The coaster is kept in top shape and there is never anything found wrong with the ride.

So listen to Robert, if you have the slightest hesitation of riding the ride, don't ride it. Even if you have ridden it before, if you are feeling sick, extremely tired or overly anxious, please don't ride.

From David Sutter on May 22, 2011 at 10:08 AM
Space Mountain reopenned today ..at Openning time with thet park. Inpection found no issues with the ride.
From Daniel Etcheberry on May 22, 2011 at 5:31 PM
The problem is that some people don't know they have a pre-existing condition.
From 94.173.9.23 on May 23, 2011 at 4:01 AM
They should rip the whole thing out and build the Paris version. Muuuch better.
From Bryan Fear on May 23, 2011 at 7:12 AM
+1 for Daniel.

I was at Knott's Berry Farm years ago on the same day a woman died on Montezuma's Revenge. She received a brain aneurysm from the ride but I'd hardly blame the ride. The ride posts warnings and its up to people to know their own conditions. In same cases, you have no idea that you have a condition until it becomes fatal. In cases like this, it's not the ride's fault nor would the rider have ever known they had one. I hate to be so dismissive but let's face it.... These things happen. That's about all you can really say, unless you're an attorney who smells money and deep pockets.

From 93.186.22.241 on May 23, 2011 at 10:47 AM
Can't stand Space mountain,awful ride. Throws you around way 2 much,hated every second I was on. Never ever again

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