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Guest Loses Part of Finger on Universal Orlando Ride

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Big theme park vacation destinations such as Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort are known for their utmost dedication to safety. And yet, accidents can still happen…

Please keep your hands, arms, feet, and legs inside the ride vehicle…

That pre-ride warning seems to be as old as modern roller coasters and dark rides themselves, but it seems that people are still getting some of those body parts injured, even when they follow the rules.

We recently shared one reemerging story about a severed finger on Space Mountain at The Walt Disney World Resort. Now, another story has come out of Universal Orlando Resort concerning a damaged finger and a lawsuit.

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According to, “Universal has recently settled two lawsuits over its pair of Orlando theme parks, according to court documents,” and one of them “ends the injury claim of a woman who says she lost part of her finger riding the King Kong ride at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.”

The woman’s lawsuit states that the incident occurred during a usual segment of Skull Island: Reign of Kong when the tram stops and shakes violently.

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The plaintiff reportedly “placed her hand against the metal bracing in front of her” when two pieces of metal opened and closed on her finger, causing a “partial amputation.”

The incident took place in 2021, and the lawsuit was filed in 2022 for $100,000, mostly to cover medical expenses. A settlement was reached confidentially last month.

Neither Universal nor the plaintiff has issued a statement on the matter.

Skull Island: Reign of Kong, Universal's Islands of Adventure

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More on Skull Island: Reign of Kong

Positioned in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Skull Island: Reign of Kong is a 4-D dark ride experience that takes guests into the realm of Universal’s 2003 remake of the classic adventure film King Kong. An American expeditionary team is now stationed on the mysterious island west of Sumatra, and you are invited to join the party.

Universal Orlando Resort describes the attraction as the following:

His Rule Has Begun.

Brave the dangers of a mysterious island where few have dared to venture. On your treacherous jungle expedition, prehistoric predators and vile creatures attack from all sides. Just as all seems lost, the most colossal ape ever to walk the Earth—King Kong—hurls himself between you and certain doom. Is he your hero or the ultimate foe?

Skull Island: Reign of Kong, Universal's Islands of Adventure

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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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