A man fell 20 feet while in line awaiting his turn on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
According to MSNBC, the 20-year old man was in line for the amusement park ride on a second story level, when he joked with his friends about falling from the barrier on the landing. He next put his foot atop the barrier, climbed up onto it and lost his balance, falling 20 feet.
The man, whose name has not been released, was taken to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries, then released.
Boston.com reports that Disneyland spokesperson Suzi Brown confirmed the report that a man had fallen while in line. She said the man was with a group of his friends and there was definitely some horsing around involved.
There was also some unconfirmed speculation that the man had been drinking.
This brings to light an issue that is not often addressed, but is a concern just the same. While recent laws have been passed to ensure the public’s safety on amusement park rides, not much has been done with regard to the safety of guests while in those lines awaiting their turn.
Obviously this ride at Disneyland had clear barriers to prevent people from falling (the man in this case created his own misfortune) but some rides pose very obvious danger. Take note of the stairways; often slippery and made of cement, that lead to slides in water parks. These very clearly pose danger if people aren’t vigilant about personal safety and the safety of those around them. There likely should be some laws in place that dictate safety standards on these lines leading to rides.
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