They say to keep your hands and arms inside the boat at all times for a reason. On Thursday morning, Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom was shut down after a man was injured on the ride. The nature of the injury has us scratching our heads on just how it happened, but allegedly, the man lost the tips of his fingers.
According to Click Orlando, a man lost the tips of his fingers while riding Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The ride was later reopened, and deemed to be safe. Officials at the park are going over how it all happened, and how a similar incident can be avoided. They’re still unsure of how the man injured his hand, since there really are no moving parts on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride vehicle. The only possible explanation, he did not keep his hands and arms inside the ride vehicle at all time as instructed.
We hear of accidents at theme parks all the time, and honestly, unless it’s some huge catastrophe, the accident could have been prevented. There are those incidents such as the one that just happened at Six Flags Magic Mountain, where a tree fell on the track of Ninja, causing the coaster to derail…those are just freak accidents, and no way to really predict those. The majority, however comes from something we call “stupid tourist syndrome”. It’s not meant to be a derogatory term, but it seems that whenever people go on vacation to places like Disney, they check their brains at the door.
Here’s a perfect example:
The kid jumps in the water, risking his life to grab a hat. Thankfully the ride was stopped the second that the kid hit the water, but how stupid is it to risk your life for a hat?
Here’s yet another one:
Same kind of situation, guy risking his life for a hat. People in the comments tried justifying the actions by saying things like “well maybe the hat was signed”. Does it matter? Isn’t your life a little more valuable than a signature on a hat?
People have lost limbs, fallen off of coasters, and even lost their heads (quite literally) because they ignore the simple rule-Read and follow the instructions.
Here are a few simple ways to avoid injury at theme parks:
- Observe weight and height restrictions-Yes, they suck, and yes you may be able to squeeze in or boost your kid up that extra half inch to ride the coaster, but that restriction is there for a reason. The manufacturers have determined that minimum height and maximum body size restrictions are needed for safe operation.
- Do not enter restricted areas-If the sign says “No entry” or “Employees only”, don’t go in! A young man was decapitated after he climbed two sets of fences at Six Flags to retrieve…you guessed it…a hat.
- Don’t argue with the ride operators-The ride operators have been trained to make the ride process go smoothly, and to look out for your safety. Arguing with them because you can’t ride something, or you dropped something isn’t going to help.
- Avoid loose articles on rides-Things like cell phones, glasses, keys and hats can fly off during a ride and hit someone. Remove them from your pockets, or secure them somewhere they won’t fly out of
- Don’t retrieve your lost articles-Say you loose a hat. Don’t go diving over the side to get it yourself. Do not go jumping fences, that can lead to very bad things. Instead notify someone that you’ve lost something and they will do their best to help you.
- Keep your hands, arms and legs inside the ride vehicle at all times-This should be a no brainer. If you put your limbs outside of a ride vehicle, they could get smashed against the ride vehicle and the ride track. It may be fun to splash someone sitting behind you, but keep in mind that you will ultimately pay the price