Archive for Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Walt Disney World to revamp ride

May 3, 2006


— Walt Disney World said Tuesday that it will offer another, tamer version of its Mission: Space attraction, less than three weeks after a woman became ill on the ride and later died.

The $100 million ride spins tourists in a centrifuge that subjects them to twice the normal force of gravity. The alternative ride will open this summer and will run next to the original. It will not have a centrifuge, Disney spokeswoman Kim Prunty said in Orlando.

The current version is so intense that some riders have been taken to hospitals with chest pain. Two of its 11.8 million riders have died since it opened in August 2003.

German tourist Hiltrud Bluemel, 49, died April 12, one day after she went on the ride. A preliminary medical examiner's report showed Bluemel died of brain bleeding.

She also suffered from severe high blood pressure, according to the medical examiner's office. Thirteen signs warn guests with high blood pressure or heart conditions against going on the ride.


sanctuary 12 years ago

I rode this ride on March 19. It is an amazing ride. There were so many signs warning potential riders not to get on if they had dizziness or heart problems that everyone actually started to doubt themselves, and wonder if they should be riding it. It is unfortunate that people died on this ride since they had ample warning not to.

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