'Mission: Space' Ride Reopened at
Disney World After Death of Boy, 4
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Agnes Bamuwamye knew something was wrong after she and son Daudi, 4, strapped into the "Mission: Space" ride at Walt Disney World. The boy's body was rigid and his legs stretched out, so she took his hand to reassure him as the rocket-ship ride spun them around, submitting them to twice the normal force of gravity.
When the ride ended, the boy was limp and unresponsive. She carried him off the ride, and paramedics and a theme park worker tried to revive him, but he died at a hospital. An autopsy found no trauma, but more tests will be needed to determine the cause of death, officials said.
The $100 million Epcot ride, one of Disney World's most popular, reopened Tuesday after company engineers concluded that it was operating normally. The ride re-creates a rocket launch and a trip to Mars.
An audio recording and a video warn of the risks. Signs advise pregnant women not to go on the ride. Motion-sickness bags are offered to riders. One warning sign posted last year read: "For safety you should be in good health, and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness or other conditions that can be aggravated by this adventure."
Since the attraction opened in 2003, seven people have been taken to the hospital for chest pains, fainting or nausea.
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