67 year old visitor dies after Star Tours ride at Disney World


In the latest report from Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services a 67-year-old visitor died after riding Star Tours in September.


Star Tours. Image Courtesy of Walt Disney World.

The man who died had a pre-existing heart condition and felt ill after riding, according to the report after riding the attraction Sept. 18.

According to the According to the Orange and Osceola counties medical examiner spokeswoman Sheri Blanton said in an email to the Orlando Sentinel that the visitor’s “cause of death was listed as hypertensive cardiovascular disease with other significant conditions contributing to death listed as obesity,”  The Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Ralph Lyles of Memphis, Tenn.

While it’s always sad when someone passes away, especially at a theme park, it is really important to follow theme park guidelines for safety. They are there for your safety. 

Under Florida law theme parks with 1000+ employees are not subject to state inspections as long as they have a full-time inspections staff. They are however required to report ride-related injuries and illnesses that send someone to the hospital for at least 24 hours and deaths.

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