Walt Disney World announced yesterday that a woman passed away at a local hospital a day after coming off Mission: Space feeling nauseated and dizzy.
The unidentified 49-year-old was visiting from Germany became the second guest to pass away after riding the enclosed, centrifuge-like flat ride, joining a 4-year-old boy who died from a heart condition possibly triggered by the ride experience.
Park officials contacted the Florida Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection yesterday to report the woman's condition prior to her death, and around 4:45 in the evening when her condition appeared critical. It was then that Disney World decided to close the ride while the park and bureau inspected, tested, and monitored Mission: Space before determining that the ride was running normally and reopening the attraction this morning.
The park stated that high blood pressure, among other health concerns, may have led to the woman's decease.
An official statement from Disney World read, "...Our concern is for the guest's family. We offer them our deepest sympathies and assistance during this difficult time."
The $100-million Mission: Space debuted late in the 2003 season at the Walt Disney World complex's EPCOT as one of the park's most expensive attractions.
Not more than a month after the grim news that Myrtle Beach's historic Pavilion amusement park would be opening for its final season this year, a new amusement park has secured its funding and construction will soon begin.
Hard Rock Park, a new business venture by the owners of the ever popular rock 'n' roll restaurants, has secured the $400-million that is needed to construct the new theme park at Myrtle Beach. HRP Myrtle Beach Operations LLC, the developers of the new park, sold nearly $255-million worth of bonds, securing the future of this project.
The Hard Rock Park project had been mostly quiet since its initial planning release in 2003. However, since the announcement of the Pavilion's upcoming closure, the park's developers have given this project a kick-start and seem to desire having the park close to being ready to attract the guests next season who would have been going to the Pavilion.
The Hard Rock Park is being billed as a "totally immersive, full-day attraction, appealing to visitors of all generations" by the operator of the park. Plans for the new park include 40 rides and attractions, an ampitheater, shows, state-of-the-art sound systems, retail stores, and restaurants.
The park is to be laid out in different sections, each promoting a different aspect of rock and roll. Designers will be working with some legendary rock artists to ensure that every detail of the park is close to perfection. Also planned is a Hard Rock Hotel that will open sometime after the park's initial opening.
Construction on the park is expected to begin this spring and owners are predicting that the it will entertain more than 30,000 guests a day during peak season.