According to a recent report, senior citizens are getting wrecked at Orlando theme parks


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Long lines, excruciating heat and mobs upon mobs of happy children can tear down even the most robust individuals, and so, it should come as no surprise that according to a recent quarterly injury report to the state of Florida, a large portion of theme park injuries are happening to our nation's elderly.  

Harry Potter & the Forbidden Journey took down three victims so far this year. As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, "a 69-year-old man described feeling chest discomfort, a 51-year-old man with a pre-existing condition had difficulty moving his extremities and a 76-year-old woman experienced 'altered mental status.'"

Disney's Magic Kingdom claimed a 64-year-old man's ankle after he stepped out of a car at the Indy Speedway, and over at Tomorrowland Transit Authority, a 77-year-old man with a pre-existing condition felt weak and disoriented. Also, it's worth noting that a 72-year-old woman riding Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom, experienced temporary memory loss. 

In total, Walt Disney World reported six injuries for the first three months of the year, while Universal reported seven. There were no reported injuries at Legoland, Wet `n Wild and SeaWorld.

Injuries were only reported if they resulted in a 24 hour or more hospital stay. 

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