ORLANDO, FL – Orlando’s key theme parks self-reported the most severe injuries to park visitors from January 2021 through March 2021.* According to a recent report from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The incidents report range from motion sickness to hip injuries.
According to the Orlando Sentinel investigation last year, the public is not provided any details regarding theme park injuries at major Orlando theme parks. Florida’s theme park injury report also does not always clearly specify the types of injuries, and the parks sometimes downplay the extent of the accident injuries. The Orlando Sentinel states that in 2019, Universal stated that a park visitor from New York experienced “numbness” on a Volcano Bay water slide. However, the visitor had broken his neck, and he could not move at the end of the slide.
Tom Schroder, the Universal spokesman, stated to the Orlando Sentinel that the park reports what they observe or what they are told at the moment the visitor has been injured. He also stated that once a park visitor is taken to a local hospital, the hospital does not provide the park with the visitor’s “medical records or diagnosis information due to privacy laws.”
According to the news report, Florida’s theme parks do not receive as much government oversight as states like California. The report suggests that large companies have influential lobbying forces and are significant political donors in Florida, which may impact stricter injury reporting regulations.
The theme parks in Florida that are required to report injuries include Disney, SeaWorld, Legoland, Universal, and Busch Gardens. The current regulation requires these parks to report the most severe injuries where park visitors are injured on rides and are hospitalized for 24 hours or longer.
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