Each year, millions of tourists enjoy park rides and shows at Florida theme parks like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, to name a few. A whirlwind of walking, rides, food, water and sun is exciting, but sometimes theme park guests end up seriously injured.

Two recent accidents at Universal Orlando led to a change in the operation of the Harry Potter ride. The "Dragon Challenge" attraction, which consisted of two suspended-seating roller coasters passing by each other in a near-miss is being reviewed by Universal after riders were struck by unknown objects. One injured roller-coaster rider lost an eye after being struck on the Harry Potter ride.

In rare circumstances, theme park guests have been killed on park rides or in accidents involving theme park buses, monorails and other park transportation. While theme park resorts are designed to be exciting and attention-grabbing, sometimes the spectacles have proven too distracting or too dangerous for park guests.

What Can You Do To Prevent Injury and Illness at a Florida Theme Park?

While resort visitors are on theme park rides and park property, the theme parks and amusement parks have a duty to prevent hazardous and dangerous conditions on the premises. An Orlando premises liability attorney can further explain the duties of theme park owners and operators. In the meantime, here are some of the most important tips gleaned from park employees and past guests of Sea World, Busch Gardens and other Florida theme parks.

First, stay hydrated. Resort employees note that many guest illnesses and emergencies occur when park visitors are severely dehydrated, get heatstroke or heat exhaustion. Also, lather up on sunscreen and re-apply after a few water rides or every few hours. Sun burns can ruin a theme park visit.

Second, follow park directions and instructions from ride attendants. If the ride's stated boarding restrictions apply to you such as height, age, mobility or general health requirements, heed the restrictions. Some rides have unanticipated twists and turns, and in the case of a ride evacuation, riders must be capable of exiting through the ride's emergency routes, which could include climbing stairs or ladders.

Third, keep an eye on your surroundings and  keep an eye on your children. Alert attendants to problems like broken restraints, electrical sparks, and other dangerous conditions that you might notice while on theme park rides or while enjoying other attractions.

If you are injured at Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Orlando or another Florida theme park, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact an experienced Florida amusement park attorney to discuss your case.

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