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    Boy dies after riding Disney rollercoaster

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/n...l=chi-news-hed


    A boy died today after riding the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Disney MGM Studios theme park, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

    The boy, who was reported to be either 7 or 12 by authorities, was declared dead en route to an area hospital. The rescue call came in this morning about 11:20 a.m.

    According to state records reviewed by the Orlando Sentinel, this would be the seventh person to die at a Disney attraction since the Christmas season of 2004.

    The coaster, known for its fast start and pulsating Aerosmith soundtrack, is the second-fastest ride at Disney, with a top speed of 57 mph. According to the Disney Web site, "This attraction pulls between 4 and 5 big, fat, monster Gs. Space shuttle astronauts, by comparison, experience 3 Gs at liftoff.''

    The indoor ride catapults people from zero-to-60 mph in 2.8 seconds. Riders speed through a make-believe night of Southern California in a 24-passenger stretch limo. The ride climbs to 85 feet and goes by Hollywood landmarks. It includes five inversions.

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    Re: Boy dies after riding Disney rollercoaster

    oh boy...

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    Re: Boy dies after riding Disney rollercoaster

    My thoughts and prayers to that boys friends and family.
    May God keep him close.
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    Re: Boy dies after riding Disney rollercoaster

    Jeez! On Rock & Rollercoaster no less.

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    Re: Boy dies after riding Disney rollercoaster

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. What a tragic time, and and I hope God keeps him and his family close.
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    Re: Boy dies after riding Disney rollercoaster

    The article has just been updated with new info...

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/busin...home-headlines


    The boy was declared dead en route to Celebration Hospital after the 11:30 a.m. incident.

    Disney said it closed the attraction "pending an investigation. An initial review of the attraction shows the ride was operating normally."

    "We offer the family our deepest sympathies," Disney said in an statement about 2:46 p.m. "A company representative is with them providing assistance."

    According to state records reviewed by the Orlando Sentinel, this would be the seventh person to die at a Disney attraction since the Christmas season of 2004.
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    Re: Boy dies after riding Disney rollercoaster

    The Official Statement released by Walt Disney World:

    A 12-year-old male Guest was transported by ambulance to Celebration Hospital today at approximately 11:30 after riding Rock 'N' Roller Coaster. We subsequently learned that he passed away.

    We offer the family our deepest sympathies. A company representative is with them providing assistance.

    We have closed the attraction pending an investigation. An initial review of the attraction shows the ride was operating normally. We have notified Orange County law enforcement. The state Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection has also been notified and will observe the inspection and review of the attraction.
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    Re: Boy dies after riding Disney rollercoaster

    Even though this one may also prove to not be Disney's fault, this still can't be good PR for them.

    My heart goes out to this family.

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    Re: Boy dies after riding Disney rollercoaster

    Wow. It will be interesting to see the reported cause. That's horrible. No parents, or young boy, expects to get on a rollercoaster, and die, or have their son die.

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    Re: Boy dies after riding Disney rollercoaster

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    The Orange County sheriff's office said the boy was 7, but Disney officials said he was 12. The discrepancy couldn't immediately be explained. He died after he was brought by ambulance to a hospital at about 11:30 a.m., a Disney statement said.

    "We don't know if it is a trauma or medical call," sheriff's spokesman Jim Solomons said.

    The sheriff's office is investigating. State park safety officials were also notified, Disney said, and park officials closed the ride.
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    Re: Boy dies after riding Disney rollercoaster

    i just heard this on the news

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    Re: Boy dies after riding Disney rollercoaster

    OMG!!!

    My thoughts and prayers are with the boys family....
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    Re: Boy dies after riding Disney rollercoaster

    I am so sorry to hear this, on all counts. My heart goes out to their family.

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    Re: Boy dies after riding Disney rollercoaster

    Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

    Wonder what the cause is...

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