Theme Parks

Disney, Universal report injuries and illnesses in parks this year

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Are theme parks actually safe?

With millions of annual visitors, and very few reported incidents, the answer is a resounding yes.

But once in a while, mistakes happen. In order to avoid state inspections, Orlando theme parks are required to report any ride-related injuries or illnesses requiring an immediate hospital stay of at least 24 hours to Florida officials each quarter.

So how do your favorite parks measure up? Check out the reported injuries and illnesses at the biggest Orlando theme parks that have occurred so far in 2016.

Disney World

Disney reported a total of seven ride-related illnesses during the first three months of the year. Two incidents occurred on Hollywood Studios' Great Movie Ride—a popular dark ride that moves at a leisurely pace.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, on the Great Movie Ride, an 80-year-old man with a history of motion sickness temporarily lost consciousness and a 41-year-old man with a pre-existing condition had numbness and felt dizzy.

At Magic Kingdom, a 17-year-old girl temporarily lost consciousness and fell after riding Space Mountain, one of the park’s fastest coasters.

Three incidents occurred at Epcot center among adults older than 55.

Universal Orlando

Universal, which is scheduled to open the highly anticipated “Skull Island: Reign of Kong” later this summer, reported just two injuries from January to March. 

Though Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey has garnered a reputation for inducing nausea, it was different wizard-themed ride that led to one reported incident. At Universal's Islands of Adventure, a 43-year-old woman with a pre-existing condition reported feeling weak after riding the Flight of the Hippogriff, a roller coaster.

And on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, a 57-year-old woman had motion sickness.

You might get wet at these parks but you probably won't get sick. SeaWorld and Wet 'n Wild reported no incidents so far this year.