Walt Disney World is not planning any
policy changes following the death of a German tourist who became
ill after taking the Mission: Space ride earlier this month.
49-year-old Hiltrud Bleumel, passed out with a headache while on
Mission: Space. She was taken to Florida Hospital Celebration
Health in Kissimmee, where she died, according to a hospital
reported that there was no trauma to the patient. She had a history
of hypertension and had not been taking her medicine, according to
The death is the
second within a year related to the Mission: Space ride. A
4-year-old who died last summer after taking the ride was reported
to have had a rare, undiagnosed heart ailment.
Kim Prunty, a
spokeswoman for Walt Disney World, said it is the parks policy to
continuously monitor and evaluate all our attractions, including
As with every
thrill ride, Mission: Space is not appropriate for every guest,
Prunty said. That is why we go to such great lengths to educate our
guests about whether the attraction is appropriate for
There are 13
signs in the queue area that advise guests with a variety of
conditions, like high blood pressure, neck or back injuries, not to
ride the attraction.
in Florida are required to file a report with the states Bureau of
Fair Rides Inspection whenever a rider is hospitalized.
According to the
bureau, 12 people have been hospitalized after riding Mission:
Space since it opened in 2003. During the same period, Disney said
11.8 million guests have taken the ride.
reporter David Cogswell, send e-mail to [email protected].