Readers, if you have ever visited the Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks, you might have heard something in the pre-ride announcements about how pregnant women should not ride. One of those rides is the glorified Go-Kart track, the Tomorrowland Speedway at Magic Kingdom Park.
While most days, Guests might just scratch their heads as to why that is–or even elect to ignore the warning completely–it appears that one woman might have given future Guests reason to better consider it, which is officially worded as: “Expectant mothers should not ride.”
According to FloridaPolitics.com, “A 27-year-old woman went into labor after exiting the Tomorrowland Speedway at the Magic Kingdom last month.”
It should be noted that any further context of the situation remains unclear, including how far along this woman was in her pregnancy, the status of her and her newborn child, and the extent of her labor progress remains omitted from this report which claims to be based on a state Theme Park injury report released by the State on Tuesday, October 18. It is one of six medal emergencies reported by The Walt Disney World Resort that occurred from July through September of this year. This report, unfortunately, included the natural death of an 83-year-old Guest who lost consciousness while riding the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.
The Tomorrowland Speedway is a family-friendly attraction and Tomorrowland landmark that allows even the smallest of Guests to get behind the wheel of their very own race car. Its gas-powered vehicles are limited to very slow speeds, but due to the expected natures of the drivers (who have to be at least 32 inches tall and must be accompanied by someone at least 14 years of age if under either the age 7 or 54 inches tall), sudden starts and stops, as well as relatively harsh jerking motions from track limits and bumper-to-bumper collisions are liable to occur during your experience.
According to the Walt Disney World Resort website, the following warning is listed for the Tomorrowland Speedway:
“For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.”
We at Disney Fanatic advise all would-be Disney World and Disneyland Guests to please heed all health and safety warnings that pertain to them and their individual situations in determining whether or not to experience any and all rides and attractions. We will also continue to update our readers on Disney Parks news and stories as more developments come to light.