ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train caught fire at Walt Disney World on Saturday despite the fact that the ride has only been operating for six short months.

Luckily, the dwarfs weren't reduced to Charcoal, Scorchy, Melty and Burny because only a small portion of the ride caught ablaze.

Guests who were aboard the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the time were all safely evacuated after the blaze broke out and nobody was hurt during the incident.

The fire took place around 10:20 p.m. ET and had been totally extinguished by 11 p.m. The ride was closed for an hour and reopened at midnight.

You can see some footage of the blaze shot by park visitors in the short video below:

Although Disney has a pretty stellar safety record for a theme park that has been operating for over half a century, this isn't the first time tragedy has struck at the heart of the 'happiest place on earth.'

Below is a list of the most bizarre and tragic accidents to take place at Disney parks around the world.

Sailing Ship Columbia Fatality

The Sailing Ship Columbia can hardly be described as a thrill seekers ride of choice, but it is still responsible for an unlikely fatality that tragically occurred on Christmas Eve 1999.

The culprit was a rope that was fastened to a metal cleat on the hull of the ship while it was docked. Subsequent reports revealed that the cleat was not actually strong enough to halt the ship's forward momentum, and one fateful day it broke loose.

The full weight of the ship pulled against the metal fastening and tore it from the vessel with violent velocity. It struck three people waiting on the harbor and Luan Phi Dawson was killed by the blow. His wife was also seriously disfigured in the accident while their children looked on.

The family eventually received a settlement of $20 million from Disney because the park was judged to be entirely at fault.


Pirates of the Carribean: The Finger Harvester

When they say you should keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle, you better listen because the Pirates of the Caribbean ride has claimed more than a few fingers in it's time!

The latest incident happened in July this year when a male guest from Britain lost the tips of two fingers while he was going down the log flume. The 40-year-old man admitted he had his hands outside the vessel, but he isn't alone.

Just weeks before, a 12-year-old boy lost four digits on the same ride in Orlando, Florida.

After multiple inspections, the ride has been deemed safe and the passengers' wandering hands were ruled to be the cause of the eye-watering injuries.


Big Thunder Mountain Rock Slide

It's not just the American Disney Land resorts that have been plagued with bizarre tragedies: their European sister in Paris has also been home to a fair few mishaps.

In 2011 a mass of fake boulders and other fiberglass scenery broke off Big Thunder Mountain, and struck carriages carrying 26 unsuspecting passengers.

Five people were injured and one man was treated for serious head injuries, but thankfully there were no fatalities.

Sadly, this was not the case in California back in 2003 when one carriage disengaged from the rest of the runaway train ride and one man was killed.


Horrific Roger Rabbit Ride Tragedy

The cartoonish smiling faces outside the Roger Rabbit ride will never look the same to me after reading about what has to be one of Disney's most shocking accidents.

A four-year-old boy named Brandon Zucker tumbled out of one of the vehicles in the ride back in 2000 and the details are not easy reading. Bradon's tiny body was crushed in a way that didn't allow him to breathe for a prolonged period of time, and by the time he was recovered Brandon was severely brain damaged.

Brandon survived until 2009, but he was unable to walk, speak or communicate in a significant way after the accident.

An inquiry into the horrific accident revealed that staff hadn't called the emergency services for five minutes because they were following the official park policy of reporting accidents to a central office.

Brandon's tragic injury encouraged the park to revise this rule and now emergency services are contacted immediately after an incident.


Mission: Sickness

It seems like the average American citizen isn't really cut out to be an astronaut!

The highly-sanitized space travel experience offered in Mission: Space caused 194 guests to require paramedic treatment between June 2005 and June 2006.

The most common complaints were dizziness and nausea, but 25 people passed out, 26 suffered severe breathing difficulties and 16 reported chest pains and irregular heartbeats.

In May 2006, Disney altered the ride to offer a less-intense experience without the centrifuge.


Will this latest mishap put you off visiting Disney Land?

(Source: Bustle, The Daily Mail, LA Times and Wikipedia)


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