Legoland Florida’s seven-year streak of staying off quarterly reports of Central Florida theme park injuries has ended.
Major theme parks in the region are required to report any incidents that result in a hospital stay of at least 24 hours to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) as part of an agreement to avoid state inspections.
In the report covering July to September 2019, Legoland reported that a 32-year-old woman — who was 34 weeks pregnant — complained of lower back pain “radiating to her abdomen” after riding Lego Movie Masters of Flight on Sept. 13.
The flying theater attraction is similar to Disney World’s Soarin’, but toned down for Legoland’s younger audience, with a height requirement of 40 inches. The ride debuted in March as part of the Winter Haven park’s Lego Movie World.
“The Lego Movie Masters of Flight rider requirements posted at the entrance of the ride advise guests to be in good health and free from a variety of health conditions including pregnancy,” Legoland Florida spokesperson Chloe Boehm told Orlando Rising in an email. “For medical privacy, it is up to guests to inform us of any special circumstances or medical conditions, and we advise guests to comply with their doctor’s recommendations before experiencing certain rides. While we cannot comment on any specific matter, our highest priority will always be the safety of our guests.”
Before this incident, the last time Legoland had made it into the report was a pair of guest injuries in January 2012.
In all, 14 injuries were included in the latest report, nine of them at Disney World. These included two incidents involving Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom: on July 5, a 41-year-old man had a seizure after riding the roller coaster, while a 45-year-old woman reported having a migraine and vomiting after experiencing the ride on Sept. 22.
Several of the reported injuries involved pre-existing conditions, such as a 4-year-old girl who had a seizure after riding Peter Pan’s Flight at Magic Kingdom.
Universal Orlando reported three injuries during the quarter, including a 62-year-old woman who experienced motion sickness on Doctor Doom’s Fearfall at Islands of Adventure.
SeaWorld Orlando reported just one injury: a 56-year-old woman who hurt her elbow on Aquatica’s Ray Rush.
No incidents were reported at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
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