Can Disney Kill You?
Motley Fool - 7/5/06

Can Disney Kill You?

A 12-year-old boy died after riding the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Disney-MGM Studios in Florida last week. A grieving Tennessee family will never be the same. The initial autopsy report claims that the boy had a congenital heart condition, but that is obviously no consolation to the parents facing this insurmountable loss.

It's also not going to be any consolation to Disney. Media channels have pounced on the chance to revisit stories detailing fatalities that have taken place on Disney's rides since last year. Even if nearly every case has pointed to a medical pre-existing condition, the smearing is legitimate. I'll be heading out to Disney World for the umpteenth time, and even my usually centered wife wants nothing to do with the coaster ride that we have ridden countless times before.

The timing is lousy for Disney. It's bad enough that high fuel prices had some families scrambling to hit regional parks closer to home this summer. Now Disney has to cope with the fallout of this latest horrific episode.
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