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Originally posted by djohnsto77
A 4-year-old Pennsylvania child died yesterday after riding the "Mission: Space" ride at the EPCOT theme park at the Walt Disney World resort near Orlando, Florida. According to the police, the mother carried him off the ride unconscious and employees and paramedics were unable to revive him. The ride simulates a rocket trip to Mars and subjects riders to gravity forces twice that of normal.
LAKE BUENA VISTA -- A 4-year-old boy died after passing out while aboard Walt Disney World's ``Mission: Space'' attraction -- a ride that has caused previous concerns because of its intensity.
Daudi Bamuwamye passed out Monday afternoon while on the attraction, which simulates a rocket launch and trip to Mars. The Orange County Sheriff's Office said his mother carried him off the ride and employees helped her place him on a bench.
Paramedics tried to revive him, but he died about 5 p.m. at Celebration Hospital.
The sheriff's office said the boy did meet the minimum 44-inch height requirement for the ride at the Epcot theme park, which simulates twice the normal force of gravity.
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I've never been on this ride before, but it sounds from the report like it's quite intense. I used to live in that area and remember that accidents occurred on other rides such as Space Mountain and Disney was forced to alter the ride to make them safer and less intense. I feel really bad for the family, who could imagine a family dream trip like this turning into such a nightmare?
[edit on 6/14/2005 by djohnsto77]