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Atomie
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at the Disney-MGM theme park in Florida has been closed for the time being, following the death of a 12-year-old rider.

It's the latest in a string of tragedies that have stung Walt Disney World in recent years.

Authorities said Michael Russell, of Fort Campbell, Ky., had ridden the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster with his parents and 7-year-old brother. As the family got off the ride, the father noticed his son was limp.

http://www.wdsu.com/news/9447942/detail.html

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Donna T
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According to all the reports, the rides, themselves, did not actually cause the deaths of these people. Each of them had underlying health issues that actually caused their deaths. Granted the ride may have been a catalyst, but how many people have ridden and NOT died.

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I love Disney, I'm a huge Disney fan. I've never had a problem with the Rock n' Roller Coaster. Having ridden it several times, with no problems, (and I'm a big fat guy) I have to wonder if sadly, it was just the little guy's time to go.

Mission: Space, however ... ugh, I rode it ONCE and have vowed to never ride again. That ride gave me the scare of my life - I had chest pain, nausea, dizziness and double vision for 4 full days after riding it. I don't know what exactly the mechanics of the ride are, how they give you that feeling of being "crushed," but it was not a pleasant experience at all.

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The mechanics of the ride is a simple thing that NASA also uses. It's called a centerfuge.

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