Parents sue Disney World for death of son who took ride

One year after their 4-year-old son died of heart failure while visiting the self-billed 'Happiest Place on Earth,' a Bucks County couple has sued Walt Disney World, holding it responsible for the tragedy. Full Story
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Virginia

Apopka, FL

#1 Jun 15, 2006
I'am a 67 year old woman and have been on the ride
Mission To Mars 6 times. Disney gives you a lot of time
to back away from the ride and many warnings. If you
have any health problems you are to abort the ride.
I Love my children and grandchildren and I feel bad
for these people but it is their fault, no one
forced them to go on the ride.
Chris

Trenton, NJ

#2 Jun 16, 2006
I feel awful for the parents for losing their son on a family vacation. However, I don't quite understand this lawsuit. As much as I hate Disney, the kid had a heart problem the parents were unaware of and as Virginia said, the ride does give disclaimers before every ride that say if you have heart problems, are pregnant, etc. you shouldn't ride "Mission to Mars". I dont really see this lawsuit going anywhere, but you gotta feel for that family for the loss they went through while at Disney World.
Leigh

New Hope, PA

#3 Jun 22, 2006
I have been to Epcot and been on the Mars ride in the last year. I have two small children that were not with me. However, I think it is short sighted on Disney's part to not have better requirements on this ride. I had no idea that it would be as intense as it was. It would be different if I had been at a Six Flag park and in that mode of intense rides. It should be for adults only, it just doesn't fit with the Disney theme or other rides so I think it catches people off guard. The sad part of the whole warning thing is that so many people and rides have the same warnings from a legal stance that you start to ignore them. I have been on rides that have the same warnings and are no where as bad as the Mars ride. I mean this park is designed for children and families and this ride is not a family ride.
Randy- Virginia

United States

#4 Nov 11, 2008
What if you don't know you have a heart condition
when you get on the ride? Who is responsible then?

“It's a series of tubes.”

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#5 Nov 18, 2008
Randy- Virginia wrote:
What if you don't know you have a heart condition
when you get on the ride? Who is responsible then?
you are, duh.

would you sue a resturaunt if you ordered a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and you didnt know you were allergic to peanuts?

it is your responsability to know your health problems.

“It's a series of tubes.”

Since: Mar 08

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#6 Nov 18, 2008
better yet.

if you ordered a penut butter and jelly sandwich and knew you were allergic to peanuts, would you sue the resuraunt for bringing it to you?

this case is stupid and it it is the parents trying to profit off of their sons death.
ariana

Twin Falls, ID

#7 Jan 1, 2009
i agree with you 100%! They are trying to get anything and everything out of his death that they can it's ridiculous. My sister has a serious heart condition and she doesn't ride that ride because she read the warnings. Grow up and take responsibility parents there are such thing as pediatritions that you can get that kinda stuff checked out!! It's not disney's fault it's yours for being an irresponsible parent!
KIm

Oklahoma City, OK

#8 Apr 13, 2009
I can tell you that I don't have a heart condition and before I rode this ride, I had never had any reaction to a ride before. I will never ride this ride again and although my husband and daughter loved it, from the moment the doors closed, I went into a full-blown panic attack. It was the worst feeling I have ever had and I'm certain if it had lasted a minute longer, I wouldn't have made it out alive.
and begin wrote:
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you are, duh.
would you sue a resturaunt if you ordered a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and you didnt know you were allergic to peanuts?
it is your responsability to know your health problems.
Anna

Seattle, WA

#9 Apr 15, 2009
Many people, who are in good health, still get sick from that "tilt-a-wheel" motion. And while Disney takes great pains to warn riders - what they don't say is what kind of spinning it is. I too thought I was going to get sick in one of the bags provided. All I would have needed is to be made aware of the nature of the spin effect and I would have known not to ride it. It's a simple thing to be sure the warning is clear and because this motion makes so many ill - why not just post it?
LAUREN

York, PA

#11 Dec 4, 2009
aww that is horrible i am so scared now
GIVEMEABREAK

Harrisburg, PA

#12 Dec 8, 2009
What these parents have that are suing are called mental problems. Here is a thought, if you don't want to get scared or have a thrill don't go to a theme park! I feel sorry for the child that passed away but Disney is clearly not responsible for this!!
Karen

New York, NY

#13 Jan 15, 2010
I was just on both versions of this ride...the green (less intense) & then the orange (more intense) version. I read all the info that was given to me & did the green first to be sure I could handle it ( I ride anything & was still taken back by all the warnings)...
That said, it was clear to me that this was going to be a very enclosed ride with spinning that was going to simulate going into space...I got through it b/c I have no health issues...if you have questions they are CLEAR that you shouldn't get on...
gin

Apache Junction, AZ

#14 Mar 20, 2010
KIm wrote:
I can tell you that I don't have a heart condition and before I rode this ride, I had never had any reaction to a ride before. I will never ride this ride again and although my husband and daughter loved it, from the moment the doors closed, I went into a full-blown panic attack. It was the worst feeling I have ever had and I'm certain if it had lasted a minute longer, I wouldn't have made it out alive.
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i totally agree with you! all the warnings become redundant, you see the same warnings on all the other simulator rides and those rides a 2 yr old could be fine on. but this ride is completely different! by the time you realize that it's too late. they need to make it CLEAR that it is nothing like the other simulator rides.
Amy

Damascus, MD

#15 Jul 20, 2010
They should definetly NOT be suing disney!!! I went on that ride this june and I went on the orange one (the more intense ride). WHile waiting in line, there were MANY signs posting warnings of many health concerns and that if you had any of them, you will not want to ride the ride. Even If you continue in line into the room where you watch the TV, they gave you a chance to back off, numerous times. And even when you are about to board the ride they give the warnings numerous times, saying that "If you would like to exit the ride, please see a ride operator" (there are 2 operators in there with you). And since they didnt know about this problem, then how in the world is it disneys fault?!
DWI

Egg Harbor Township, NJ

#16 Jul 24, 2010
Virginia wrote:
I'am a 67 year old woman and have been on the ride
Mission To Mars 6 times. Disney gives you a lot of time
to back away from the ride and many warnings. If you
have any health problems you are to abort the ride.
I Love my children and grandchildren and I feel bad
for these people but it is their fault, no one
forced them to go on the ride.
I am with you ! Why in the world would you let a 4 year old with heart problems do such a thing?I wonder if the park would have let him on knowing the circumstances.Any loss of a child is a horrible thing to have to face.Though money will not bring their son back. So they will profit from this poor child's fate. What's up with that ?face You the parents are at fault !
warning to parents

United States

#17 Sep 12, 2010
I just came back from disney. I had my 4 year old and asked one worker before I took him on a hollywood studio ride about it being ok for little ones. Was told it was fine and lo and behold it was horribly scary for my son. It was terrible because you couldn't get off for a good 10 to 15 minutes. I also was shocked at the violence in several different rides and don't think anyone should judge.
Kandice

Chesapeake, VA

#18 Apr 6, 2011
I went to Epcot with my family this past year for the first time. I was completely taken off guard with the Mission to Mars ride. Sure, there are warnings posted like on all the other little kiddie rides. After a while you don't pay much attention to the warnings because most of the rides there are so childish and slow. After a while you start to walk past and disregard the warnings, thinking the park is being overly cautious.

Right when I got on the Mission to Mars ride I knew I had made a huge mistake! As they were shutting the door to this small cramped ride I immediately saw a vomit bag in front of me. I started to panic due to the tight enclosed space, but it was too late. I went into a full panic attack with my two children with me. I was screaming and sobbing for them to stop the ride, I knew that I was about to die. I ended up just covering my face and praying to God to let me make it through this ride. I'm young, healthy, with no heart problems and have always been able to ride roller coasters and spinning rides. I've never experiened anything like that. This ride should be just removed from the park..it's not safe! I know that if that ride would have lasted a little bit longer there would have been dire consequences. I feel terrible for that family's loss. I wish them luck on their lawsuit.
Scarred for life

Batavia, IL

#19 Jul 25, 2011
Kandice wrote:
I went to Epcot with my family this past year for the first time. I was completely taken off guard with the Mission to Mars ride. Sure, there are warnings posted like on all the other little kiddie rides. After a while you don't pay much attention to the warnings because most of the rides there are so childish and slow. After a while you start to walk past and disregard the warnings, thinking the park is being overly cautious.
Right when I got on the Mission to Mars ride I knew I had made a huge mistake! As they were shutting the door to this small cramped ride I immediately saw a vomit bag in front of me. I started to panic due to the tight enclosed space, but it was too late. I went into a full panic attack with my two children with me. I was screaming and sobbing for them to stop the ride, I knew that I was about to die. I ended up just covering my face and praying to God to let me make it through this ride. I'm young, healthy, with no heart problems and have always been able to ride roller coasters and spinning rides. I've never experiened anything like that. This ride should be just removed from the park..it's not safe! I know that if that ride would have lasted a little bit longer there would have been dire consequences. I feel terrible for that family's loss. I wish them luck on their lawsuit.
I felt that I was reading my own quote. I thought it was just me! You described my EXACT experience to the 'T'! I tried to scream and tell them to let me out but it was too late. It took me two hours after the ride got out to somewhat be able to stand and 'come back to Earth.' When I got out I saw dozens of people passed out along the hallway. I felt so bad for a lady who couldn't walk afterwards but I really thought I was dying and could only focus on running to the nearest trash can. In my opinion, they didn't warn you any differently from most major rides. They need to let you walk past a window first in which you see the people passed out on the ground or atleast a picture of them to really get the full grasp of the reality of the ride. I felt so bad bc I had the 'Captains' role. My two kids were like,'Mom! push the button or we'll crash land!' I couldn't lift my finger much less comprehend what was happening.
Don Benson

Quakertown, PA

#20 Jul 29, 2011
I am very sad for the horrific loss of their child and I cannot imagine the pain and heartache that this family feels..however..They knew of the child's heart condition and while tragic, they alone were responsible for making the decision to go on this ride. I've been to Disney World more times than I can count over the past 20 years and no one does a better job of providing a safe, family environment for guests. There are many, many warning signs both outside and inside the ride as well as cautions within published literature and on Disney's web site. This is a sad loss for anyone, but it's not the fault of Disney.
Peter Lowry

Montpellier, France

#21 Nov 10, 2011
What a terrible tradgedy for this family.
I'm not sure what side I am on here let me tell you why. 2 weeks ago I visited the park with my wife and two kids 6 & 8. We finally wondered past this attraction which seemed like a give a go ride. However after warnings more warnings my wife said to me I'm not sure the kids will like this. I said oh they'll be fine. But as I got closer again more warnings but I thought well one crazy ride won't hurt as I had kept them away from space mountain and that fun hotel drop one. Now I fly for my job so bumps and turbulance anr in my little office every day. When I walked off this ride I was really quiet dizzy and my wife looked at me and just said that was horrible. Kids not inpressed with Dad!!! I have tried to research exactly what happens inside that little sim and it seems they spin you like a washing machine...
If my kid was 4 or had any medical condition there is no way I would put them on anything more than Dumbo. My point is it caught us a little but Disney I would not blame.

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