There were 17 injuries or illnesses that required a hospital stay of 24 hours at Central Florida theme parks from April to June of this year, according to the state’s most recent quarterly report.

The incidents ranged from motion sickness to back pain and seizures. The injuries occurred on guests ages 5 to 81.

Walt Disney World, the largest theme park in the world, reported the most injuries with 11, followed by Universal Orlando with four and two at SeaWorld.

Legoland Florida and Busch Gardens had no incidents during the second quarter of the year.

Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom reported four injuries including a 34-year-old man with an eye irritation after riding Expedition Everest and a 19-year-old female with an existing condition suffered a seizure on Kilimanjaro Safari.

Two of the incidents occurred at Disney’s newest attraction, Pandora – The World of Avatar. A 31-year-old female felt dizzy and briefly lost consciousness on the Flight of Passage ride, while a 79-year-old with an existing condition became ill on the ride.

The injuries reported at Universal Orlando included two cases of motion sickness on Harry Potter rides and a 47-year-old female fainted on the Incredible Hulk Coaster at Islands of Adventure. A 45-year-old man suffered back pain after riding the Kala Serpentine Body Slide at the new Volcano Bay water park.

At SeaWorld, a 54-year-old man experienced a shock to his arm while riding Journey to Atlantis and an incident was listed on a 5-year-old boy at Aquatica, but no injury was reported.

Florida theme parks are required to file the reports for times a year to remain exempt from state inspections. The incidents are reported to the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Affairs.

About The Author

The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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