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Disney World Ride Reopens After Teen Scare - UK Guardian Unlimited- 7/13/05


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  • Disney World Ride Reopens After Teen Scare - UK Guardian Unlimited- 7/13/05

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    Disney World on Wednesday reopened a thrill ride that was closed when a 16-year-old British girl almost died of cardiac arrest after riding it.

    Disney had invited an official from the state Bureau of Fair Rides and Exhibitions to monitor a Tuesday night inspection of the ``Twilight Zone Tower of Terror,'' which the park does not typically do, in an apparent effort to calm any public anxiety caused by its second medical emergency involving a child in a month.

    ``I think they felt, in an abundance of caution, they wanted to help the public understand they're doing everything necessary to make sure the rides are safe,'' said Liz Compton, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Fair Rides and Exhibitions.

    Florida's major theme parks are not directly regulated by the state, and instead have their own inspectors.

    Leanne Deacon, of Kibworth, England, remained in critical condition Wednesday after suffering cardiac arrest Tuesday minutes after exiting the attraction, which depicts a haunted elevator ride that plunges more than 100 feet.

    Compton said there have been three incidents on the Tower of Terror since the state began collecting reports - all requiring hospitalization but none serious. In 2003, a 47-year-old woman had claustrophobia and an anxiety attack. A year later, a 45-year-old woman suffered chest pains. In 2004, a 62-year-old man was hospitalized with the same ailment.

    Compton said those figures were particularly low for a high-use ride. The tower opened in 1994.
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