Disneyland and Disney World definitely aren’t places every parent wants to find themselves in the summer months. Between the overpriced parking, the abysmal food, and the long lines, it’s amazing that generations of parents continue to return with their cranky, overheated broods in tow. But while waiting two hours to take the kiddies on Splash Mountain is perhaps the idea of a good time to some, I can guarantee you that vomiting and diarrhea are not.
The Orlando Sentential reports that a mystery illness has been popping up in Disney World, specifically linked to “Wild Africa Trek” tour. The experience reportedly includes some face time with the various creatures of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and a meal prepared by the theme park. “Several dozens of cases” of some kind of stomach bug. according to Dain Weister, a spokesman for the Orange County Health Department, have surfaced for those who took the tour in early June. Health officials have looked into the food and the kitchen practices only to come up with no clues. No cases have required overnight hospitalization, but these charming symptoms did cause one man to head to the emergency room:
Several people have reported their illnesses on DisBoards.com, a popular forum for Disney fans. One of those who posted said he or she was “extremely sick” by midnight the day after taking the tour, with vomiting that lasted for about five hours and pain, cramping and diarrhea that endured for more than a week. Another said his wife had to take him to the emergency room because of complications.
Although a “handful” of tour excursionists from July have also turned up ill, Wesiter maintains that the illness “was confined to this one excursion.” Still, health officials aren’t even sure what exactly they’re dealing with:
“It could be food-borne, it could be water-borne, it could be something that’s passed on person-to-person, it could be something that’s picked up by surface.”
So in keeping with the core parenting principal of keeping your babies barf-free, perhaps pocket that few hundred dollars or so and schedule your family summer vacation elsewhere.