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    Accident at Animal Kingdom on Kali River Rapids

    Accident at Animal Kingdom on Kali River Rapids

    May 29, 2007
    UPDATED 3:20PM EST



    PHOTO: WESH 2 News


    MiceChat.com has learned that six individuals, five guests and one Disney employee were injured at the Kali River Rapids attraction at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park today. Five guests were taken to Celebration Hospital and the Cast Member was transported to Dr. Phillips Hospital.

    One of the rides' sensors caused the flumes to stop as it was traveling up a steep incline, which prompted an evacuation at about 10:20 a.m., said Bo Jones, deputy fire chief of the Reedy Creek Improvement District. It is the platform that’s designed to help transfer guests from the ride to the exit stairs that malfunctioned during the evacuation.


    Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Polak could not be specific in the details but mentioned that the injuries were not life threatening. She said it was not immediately clear what happened to the Kali River Rapids ride, but somehow it malfunctioned where guests transfer from floats to a walkway.


    The attraction will remain closed for the rest of the day while workers investigate the ride according to a park official.


    Disney's attention is on the care of the guests and Cast Member as "nothing like this has ever happened," Polak said.





    PHOTO: Local 6 News.


    More on the story as it develops.


    More on the story: Wesh 2 News Florida, Local 6 News, Orlando Sentinel, Press Release via WFTV 9 - Florida.
    Original Discussion thread: Accident on Kali River Rapids

    Thanks to WDW Monorail for alerting MiceChat's News Team and contributing to this story.
    Last edited by BigPigletFan; 05-29-2007 at 11:21 AM.

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    Re: Accident at Animal Kingdom on Kali River Rapids

    oh my goodness! Hope everyones ok! :-(

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    Re: Accident at Animal Kingdom on Kali River Rapids

    "all minors"? I have an idea about what happened....
    Correction: the injuries were minor. Not necessarily the victims.
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    Re: Accident at Animal Kingdom on Kali River Rapids

    Quote Originally Posted by sediment View Post
    "all minors"? I have an idea about what happened....
    I hope that's not the case but it honestly would not surprise me.

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    Re: Accident at Animal Kingdom on Kali River Rapids

    Sometimes I wish that I can be on a ride when it breaks down. I have been on Hanunted Mansion and Snow White when they have broken down.

    On the other hand, I don't think I want to be on a rafting ride. Those big rafts are heavy! I hope all the kids are ok...?
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    Re: Accident at Animal Kingdom on Kali River Rapids

    Quote Originally Posted by sediment View Post
    "all minors"? I have an idea about what happened....
    Correction: the injuries were minor. Not necessarily the victims.
    At the risk of being told to get off your lawn,
    A Reedy Creek fire official said rafts on the Kali River Rapids ride were stopped for some apparent reason Tuesday.
    After the ride was stopped, a platform was lowered to remove the guests off the attraction. During the process, the platform apparently malfunctioned causing injuries to six people.
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    Re: Accident at Animal Kingdom on Kali River Rapids

    On a more frivolous note, how does this affect people getting their VMK quests stamped?
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    Re: Accident at Animal Kingdom on Kali River Rapids

    Hope everyone is ok, also hope it's back open in the next couple days. I was really looking forward to that ride.
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    Re: Accident at Animal Kingdom on Kali River Rapids

    One Disney employee may have suffered a bone fracture and the five guests suffered other minor injuries such as bruises and neck and back pain, Jones said.

    The injured people included three teenagers, one 21-year-old and two people in their 40s.
    From the Sentinel

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    Re: Accident at Animal Kingdom on Kali River Rapids

    Quote Originally Posted by flynnibus View Post
    From the Sentinel

    From a risk management perspective, what do you suppose the injured can expect from Disney? Free passes for life? A quick settlement? And what about the CM?

    Speedy recovery to all involved.




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    Re: Accident at Animal Kingdom on Kali River Rapids

    Lawyers are drooling at this. Personal Injury vs a Multi-Billion dollar company...

    Disney will settle with them quickly if a piece of equipment failed. Sounds like some sort of platform probably failed, causing the people to get knocked off, fall, etc. I'm not a lawyer, but I assume Disney is already trying to woo them with a free stay, etc. But the lawyers will be out for cash as well - so figure on some settlements

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    Re: Accident at Animal Kingdom on Kali River Rapids

    This story sounds like it is something too little to even worry about. These injuries are too minor, and it's probably just because people were sitting in the same place for so long, or they hurt themselves when they tried to get out of the rafts. I don't believe the ramp can "malfunction" all that much.
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    Re: Accident at Animal Kingdom on Kali River Rapids

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill View Post
    This story sounds like it is something too little to even worry about. These injuries are too minor, and it's probably just because people were sitting in the same place for so long, or they hurt themselves when they tried to get out of the rafts.
    Then why would the CM have been hurt? This isn't scraps or bruise from the ride stop.
    Last edited by flynnibus; 05-29-2007 at 12:39 PM. Reason: typo

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    Re: Accident at Animal Kingdom on Kali River Rapids

    CMs get hurt on a daily basis. The CM was probably trying to help the guest get out of the raft, guest put too much weight on them, CM twisted and fractured something. Happens all the time.
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    Re: Accident at Animal Kingdom on Kali River Rapids

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill View Post
    This story sounds like it is something too little to even worry about. These injuries are too minor, and it's probably just because people were sitting in the same place for so long, or they hurt themselves when they tried to get out of the rafts. I don't believe the ramp can "malfunction" all that much.
    Orlando Sentinel is reporting the following:

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

    Disney spokeswoman Kim Prunty said the company conducted safety checks of the ride and did not find any problems. It did determine, however, that the platform used to evacuate people from the ride vehicles "disengaged and slid."


    That sounds pretty much like a "malfunction" to me.
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