A 12-year-old boy has died after riding Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Disney World's Disney-MGM Studios.
It's not yet known if there is any connection with the ride itself.
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster has a fairly startling "takeoff," going from 0 to 60 in a couple of seconds and then immediately into an upside-down loop, but other than those first few seconds, it's one of my favorite rides at WDW. It's very smooth, has no huge drops, and wonderful theming, starting with the ride area itself and the preshow. I've been on it about a half dozen times spread over two visits to Florida.
I'm very sorry for the family involved and will follow the investigation with interest.
Friday Update: The ride reopened today; no mechanical problems were found.
In an updated story, The Washington Post says that an autopsy shows the boy had a congenital heart defect.