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    Orlando Sentinel:

    https://www.orlandosentinel.com/busi...kba-story.html

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    Perhaps I'm missing something, but some of these injuries don't appear to be the fault of the rides, like the person becoming ill on Kilimanjaro Safaris or the ankle injury on Grand Fiesta Tour. As long as the theme parks properly warn guests what to expect from the rides I don't see how they're at fault in situations like these.
    Brian the Pooh

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Brian PieGuy View Post
      Perhaps I'm missing something, but some of these injuries don't appear to be the fault of the rides, like the person becoming ill on Kilimanjaro Safaris or the ankle injury on Grand Fiesta Tour. As long as the theme parks properly warn guests what to expect from the rides I don't see how they're at fault in situations like these.
      It's a good reminder for people to be safe by watching their step & respecting their personal limits.

      Of course, there are some dishonest opportunists trying to bring bogus claims. When I worked on the Submarine Voyage a guy claimed the heavy hatch door was shut on his hand. The CM who loaded the boat was disturbed by this claim, but insisted always made sure people were down the stairs before he shut the door from above. The guy wouldn't let anyone at Disney see his hand and nothing came of it, but what a pain for the CM!
      Last edited by jcruise86; 04-20-2021, 02:44 PM.

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      • #4
        Reading the article. senior citizens (sorry for the term) should be extra careful when having extreme activities. Maybe the management should review their protocols as to age requirement when riding rides.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post

          It's a good reminder for people to be safe by watching their step & respecting their personal limits.

          Of course, there are some dishonest opportunists trying to bring bogus claims. When I worked on the Submarine Voyage a guy claimed the heavy hatch door was shut on his hand. The CM who loaded the boat was disturbed by this claim, but insisted always made sure people were down the stairs before he shut the door from above. They guy wouldn't let anyone at Disney see his hand and nothing came of it, but what a pain for the CM!
          That's awful that cast members have to put up with that kind of behavior. I guess when you have tens of thousands of guests per day there's bound to be some bad apples.
          Brian the Pooh

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Sukie Norman View Post
            Reading the article. senior citizens (sorry for the term) should be extra careful when having extreme activities. Maybe the management should review their protocols as to age requirement when riding rides.
            A Youtube video claimed that Japan has a 65-year-old cut off for coasters. I hope to still be riding some coasters when I'm 70, and I if it's still smooth, I imagine I'll still enjoy Knott's Accelerator when I'm 80. (Hopefully even Cedar Point's Top Thrill Dragster!)

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post

              Like that wimpy family that sued when a man was killed because Big Thunder wasn't properly maintained?

              The Orlando Sentinel article didn't mention lawsuits, but the excellent journalist David Koenig wrote interesting anecdotes about lawsuits against Disney in couple of his books including "Mouse Tales" and "The People v. Disneyland: How Lawsuits & Lawyers Transformed the Magic." Given the power Disney exerts in Florida (contrasted with CA which has more oversight over theme parks), lawyers & potential bad publicity are two of the necessary forces that promote safety. I do feel much safer at any American theme park than I do skiing, & I still ski.

              RIP, NJ's Action Park:
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqg48h_uKYM
              If anyone has not watched this on HBO Max (free for most people with AT&T Wireless, UVerse, or DirecTV accounts), it is a fantastic watch. I don't know what I expected going into it, but it was wild.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Brian PieGuy View Post
                Perhaps I'm missing something, but some of these injuries don't appear to be the fault of the rides, like the person becoming ill on Kilimanjaro Safaris or the ankle injury on Grand Fiesta Tour. As long as the theme parks properly warn guests what to expect from the rides I don't see how they're at fault in situations like these.

                I don't believe anyone is saying these are all the fault of the parks. Disney and Universal don't have outside inspectors for their rides, so in exchange for that they voluntarily provide a list of all injuries or illnesses that happen in the park that require at require at least a 24 hour hospital stay. You wouldn't want the parks trying to decide if an accident was their fault or not, so that's why everything is reported.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post
                  A Youtube video claimed that Japan has a 65-year-old cut off for coasters. I hope to still be riding some coasters when I'm 70, and I if it's still smooth, I imagine I'll still enjoy Knott's Accelerator when I'm 80. (Hopefully even Cedar Point's Top Thrill Dragster!)
                  That's the power! By that age, I'll just sit in the bench eating popcorn while watching my grandsons having fun.

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                  • #10
                    Well my parents are in their early seventies. Their time over in riding rides seem to be over to. So join the crowd!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post
                      A Youtube video claimed that Japan has a 65-year-old cut off for coasters. I hope to still be riding some coasters when I'm 70, and I if it's still smooth, I imagine I'll still enjoy Knott's Accelerator when I'm 80. (Hopefully even Cedar Point's Top Thrill Dragster!)
                      Well that's good. That is something to look forward But, I'd rather sit and just enjoy the view

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