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butsy113 09-08-2013 01:03 PM

Snake on Space Mtn
 
Here's a crazy story for ya! This happened a few weeks ago. A co worker of mine sent her son to FL with a large group of friends and 3 parents. They rented a condo off site and were visiting Cocoa Beach, Universal, Disney, etc. before starting college this fall. While riding Space Mountain a snake literally dropped out of the ceiling right into her sons lap!! He was bitten in the groin area. The ride was shut down for 2 hours and they did find the snake.

Disney got him sent off to the clinic, but the next morning it was very swollen red and had an obvious infection that needed debridement. He texted pictures of it that morning. Right in the middle of all the red, swollen, pus filled tissue was 2 perfect fang marks. They ended up flying him home early and he has now had 2 surgeries and is doing fine.

My co worker said she wasn't surprised there being a snake, after all it is FL, and if this was going to happen to anyone it would happen to her boy. He is a freak accident magnet!

Deb & Bill 09-08-2013 01:06 PM

Yikes, I hope it didn't cause him problems starting school.

Maybe the real reason I don't do Space Mt (other than motion sickness). Don't like snakes at all.

DizBub 09-08-2013 01:51 PM

Ok, the question is just how a snake got into Space Mountain and how did it manage to crawl up to a place overhead that it could drop into someone's lap? While the ride was moving? If this could happen on SM I'm not feeling real confident in any other rides either. :scared1:

Hope the kid will be ok.

com_op_2000 09-08-2013 02:01 PM

If this could happen on SM; what about BTMR or Splash Mountain?
What about a real gator joining JC? Any water body in Fla can have one.

Hunclemarco 09-08-2013 03:00 PM

Wow! I hope he's ok.
At the moment, in the 15 times i've been to disney, i haven't seen a snake yet...and i hope that my "luck" continues. I can't deal with them. I'm OCD already concerning them...now i'll have all that much more to think on while we're there! LOL. I agree with Deb above!

butsy113 09-08-2013 03:12 PM

We work at a hospital so he was well taken care of and is doing well. They just had to make sure it was completely cleaned out and get some antibiotics in his system.

Just wanted to share because its one of those stories I wouldn't believe if I didn't know the people and had seen the pictures. Disney called his mom daily for almost 2 weeks checking up. I'm sure they thought she was gonna sue or something, but like she said, it's just a freak accident

fabulousfive 09-08-2013 03:12 PM

Wish I hadn't read this. Is it really true? Maybe I'll just pretend it isn't. :)

JimMIA 09-08-2013 03:32 PM

Was the bite from a venomous snake? It would seem so, if you saw fang marks -- non venomous snakes (and some venomous snakes) don't have fangs.

If it was just infected -- as opposed to necrotic -- it could have been a "dry" bite from a venomous snake. The most common venomous snakes in the US are all pit vipers, and they have to load up to give a wet bite.

A snake falling from the beams inside Space Mountain would probably have other things on its mind! :scared1:

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For those asking how the snake got up there, most snakes are pretty good climbers, but they also fall a good bit.

DreamerWDW 09-08-2013 03:43 PM

WOW:scared1:

I'm glad he's ok now. I'm hoping I don't think of this story next time I ride it!!

luckyman_apd 09-08-2013 08:55 PM

You'd be surprised how common snakes are....everywhere. I had one great me at the front door (of my house) on Friday. Of course it was non venomous. Took off faster than I could get even have a reaction. I'm sure one falling into a lap would startle it to bite, but biting is a last resort for a snake. They're instinct is to run first, but I'd imagine that is hard for a snake in a bobsled.

turkey1031 09-08-2013 09:09 PM

I'm extremely afraid of snakes. Might make me rethink going on space mountain. I know the chances of happening again as slim but...

lugnut33 09-08-2013 10:25 PM

Disney has taken Villains week too far by bringing in Kaa.

DebbieB 09-08-2013 10:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by butsy113 (Post 49508026)
Here's a crazy story for ya! This happened a few weeks ago. A co worker of mine sent her son to FL with a large group of friends and 3 parents. They rented a condo off site and were visiting Cocoa Beach, Universal, Disney, etc. before starting college this fall. While riding Space Mountain a snake literally dropped out of the ceiling right into her sons lap!! He was bitten in the groin area. The ride was shut down for 2 hours and they did find the snake.

Disney got him sent off to the clinic, but the next morning it was very swollen red and had an obvious infection that needed debridement. He texted pictures of it that morning. Right in the middle of all the red, swollen, pus filled tissue was 2 perfect fang marks. They ended up flying him home early and he has now had 2 surgeries and is doing fine.

My co worker said she wasn't surprised there being a snake, after all it is FL, and if this was going to happen to anyone it would happen to her boy. He is a freak accident magnet!

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Hollywoodhaha 09-09-2013 01:38 AM

I work at space and have never heard of this happening. And no, no one has ever been decapitated on the ride either. Nor have they lost an arm from putting their hand up.

luv2sleep 09-09-2013 02:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hollywoodhaha (Post 49514173)
I work at space and have never heard of this happening. And no, no one has ever been decapitated on the ride either. Nor have they lost an arm from putting their hand up.

So the original post is completely fake?


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