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Highway Patrol releases report on child’s death at Walt Disney World

You know what we haven’t heard in a while around here? A story about the Walt Disney World Transportation System. That’s a good thing in my book. Means things have started to operate a little more positively around there. Whether that’s internal forces or just good luck finally deciding to shine, I don’t know.

Today the Florida Highway Patrol released its report on the tragedy that struck in April when a boy riding his bicycle was run over by a bus. No one ever suspected the bus driver or Disney procedures for the accident; today the report attributed the cause to under-inflated tires on the boy’s bicycle.

Knowing the cause doesn’t make it any less tragic. But it does shed some light on a possible service Disney could provide to guests at Fort Wilderness – free safety inspection, tire inflation, and repair for all guest bikes. Perhaps require the inspection before issuing a permit for riding a non-Disney bike in the campground. Let guests know of the service as part of the check-in process and hopefully families will stop by the front desk with their bicycles for a check up. Think of all the scraped knees and fender benders it would prevent.

I’m not implying that Disney is any way responsible for the tragedy, just pointing out an area of guest service where Disney could exceed expectations and put safety first.

2 thoughts on “Highway Patrol releases report on child’s death at Walt Disney World”

  1. Mr. Frost:

    I think your suggestion has good intentions, but where does it end? If Disney were to offer these maintenance services for bicycles, why not for automobiles, strollers, ECVs, seg-ways and/or golf carts that are brought on property by guests? Certainly, it wouldn’t be proper for Disney to ban guests from bringing bicycles on to Disney property. However, Disney shouldn’t be in the business of offering maintenance services. It is the owners’ responsibility to make sure that they are using something that is properly maintained.


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