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.