Disney Guest Has Medical Issue at Epcot, Later Dies at Hospital

Sad news to share. If you were visiting Walt Disney World’s EPCOT this past Saturday, March 20, chances are you noticed the large crowds as the park was at capacity. You may have also seen a large police presence when an emergency occurred in the Future World portion of the park that evening. A Disney guest had a medical issue and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.


As reported by OrlandoSentinel: “A 66-year-old New York tourist has died after first-responders responded to a medical call Saturday night at Epcot. Robert Ostrem, of West Islip, N.Y., was later pronounced dead Saturday at AdventHealth Celebration Hospital after authorities responded to a call at about 8:30 p.m. near Spaceship Earth at front of the park, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Medical Examiner’s Office that covers Orange and Osceola counties. Ostrem died of natural causes stemming from heart problems, the medical examiner’s office said.”


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The last thing you think of when visiting Walt Disney World is something tragic happening. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ostrem family during this time.

Source: OrlandoSentinel

About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.