Another Sad Death on a Disney Roller Coaster, this time Expedition Everest

Update: Death likely caused by heart attack suffered while on the attraction. (12/19)

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A man died after riding the Expedition Everest Roller Coaster at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park this morning. Guests and theme park staff tried to revive the man, but

The man had no pulse when paramedics arrived, Jones said. There was no apparent trauma and "no obvious signs of any cause," Jones said. The paramedics transported him to Celebration Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Expedition Everest is not a particularly fast or rough roller coaster. However, it does feature an 80 foot drop, an unexpected section where you go backward, and a few sections of tight g-force inspiring helixes.

Via the USA Today coverage we learn that

Deputies said Reed appeared to be conscious 50 seconds before the ride ended, because his photograph was taken at one point.

Unfortunately the photo is taken before the big drop and before the most punishing of the g-force helixes. I’ve embedded a video of a complete ride through below the cut.

This is the first reported death related the Expedition Everest attraction. The attraction is currently closed for inspection. What’s not known is the presence of any pre-existing condition that might have contributed to the sad death of this guest. That will come at the autopsy.

Our condolences to the man’s family. This is not how any vacation should end. (Link)

Photo courtesy of JR-Popfan via Flickr Creative Commons License


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4 thoughts on “Another Sad Death on a Disney Roller Coaster, this time Expedition Everest

  1. Tim Jennings

    Firstly my condolences to the Guests family at this most testing time.

    Having been a long time Guest Relations Cast Member and having had to pass on such sad news to families following the passing of loved ones during a trip to what truly is/are the happiest places on earth, I understand that this is a moment no words can take away the pain. Please believe that I am sure the thoughts of all Cast Members are with you.

    God Bless.

  2. Mom of one

    You have to be careful when you are an adult, I watched the video of the ride and that ride was very mellow compared to some I have been on at Cedar Point and he must have had a really bad heart or been right on the edge of a heart attack. It is awful, if I went on a ride with my six year old son and something happened to me he would be mortified.

    Mom

  3. Mom of one

    You have to be careful when you are an adult, I watched the video of the ride and that ride was very mellow compared to some I have been on at Cedar Point and he must have had a really bad heart or been right on the edge of a heart attack. It is awful, if I went on a ride with my six year old son and something happened to me he would be mortified.

    Mom

  4. Debby

    Condolences to the family of the EE rider. EE is not nearly as traumatic as Rockin’ Rollercoaster, Tower of Terror, and Space Mountain. With signs posted that anyone with pre-existing heart conditions should take heed before entering these rides apparently is not strong enough to warn those with conditions. It was his choice! May God grant the family peace at this sad time.

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