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Harry Potter Theme Park Ride Records First Significant Guest Injuries

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According to the Orlando Sentinel, the popular Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride has experienced its first significant guest injury during the first quarter of 2011. A state record filed by the theme park shows that Universal Studio’s one-year old and very popular Harry Potter ride injured two people. The theme park reported a 60-year old man suffered a brief loss of consciousness and a 57-year-old man suffered chest pains. The incidents occurred between January 1 and March 31, according to the theme park’s report to state regulators. Florida’s theme parks voluntarily submit tourist injuries reports to state regulators in order to avoid state ride-safety regulations, which may negatively affect the theme parks or their tourism. No other tourist injuries at Universal Studios were reported for the period.

Walt Disney World reported three injuries for the same period. A 29-year-old woman experienced symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction aboard Splash Mountain. An anaphylactic reaction is a life-threatening type of allergic reaction. Symptoms develop rapidly, often within seconds or minutes. Symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction include abdominal pain, coughing, difficulty breathing, fainting, hives, itchiness, nausea and vomiting. It is unclear what may have caused the allergic reaction. A 75-year-old woman broke a knee while on the load platform for Peter Pan’s Flight ride, and an 8-year-old boy fell in the Honey I Shrunk The Kids Movie Set Adventure. An Orlando injury lawyer can provide guidance if you have been injured while visiting one of the many theme parks in Florida.

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  1. crazyaquariusgurl says:
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    wow really? tell em a real injury no allergic reactions to a ride? and elderly that cant take g force…did someone lose a limb? no think its fine

  2. crazyaquariusgurl says:
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    wow really? tell em a real injury no allergic reactions to a ride? and elderly that cant take g force…did someone lose a limb? no think its fine

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    My kids did much better on the Harry Potter ride than me – I was seriously nauseated on it. I was told not to look at the “sneak” picture they took as it was apparently taken at the point I had to hold back my lunch. I imagine there will be more reports soon.

  4. Ed Normand says:
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    Sadly we do have “real” injuries including a woman who suffered a stroke and brain damage from a vertebral artery tear. This hard working mother and wife is now disabled for life and her physicians, including her neurologist, clearly document the injury was ride related. Frankly, this is much worse than losing a limb as the commentator alluded. Google about the professional baseball pitcher hurt on this ride. If he can get hurt in his top shape there must be dangers not indicated on the warnings. We are all for fun rides but when profit comes at the expense of others there should be accountability.