Is Disney Becoming Dangerous for Grandparents?

Disney World Accidents
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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) updated its list of reported Theme Park accidents, and so far, Walt Disney World is leading the way with the most reported accidents in 2023.

But it is not the number of ride-related accidents as much as it is who is involved.

Pirates of the Caribbean

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According to the State report, Disney World reported four accidents in the first quarter of 2023, with one accident occurring at each of its four Theme Parks: Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

On January 5, a 75-year-old woman “experienced cardiac symptoms” after riding Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland.

On February 7, a 72-year-old man experienced stroke-like symptoms after riding Kilimanjaro Safaris Expedition. The report also notes that he had a preexisting condition.

On February 25, a 72-year-old woman “felt disoriented after exiting” Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Storm Troopers

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Related: The History of Disney’s Space Mountain Accidents

And on March 29, a 67-year-old woman fractured her leg falling while attempting to enter the clamshell ride vehicle for The Seas with Nemo & Friends. Like the PeopleMover, the clamshells are constantly moving, but it is not uncommon for Cast Members to stop everything to assist certain Guests with the boarding process.

Older Guests Affected Most at Disney World


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No other details surrounding the incidents are mentioned. However, there is nothing that suggests fault belongs to the ride operators, and all of the Guests involved in the accidents are well above the U.S. retirement age. It is also unclear if these were the only accidents that befell Disney World Guests so far this year, as the Resort is only required to report accidents that result in hospital stays that last longer than 24 hours.

Disney World posts warnings for all of its attractions, but perhaps this report should serve as a reminder for all multi-generational families planning to visit Disney World to take extra care of their grandparents.

About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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