In spite of recent injuries on some of its rides and the deaths of several patrons in the past few years, Disney announced yesterday that it plans to go ahead with plans to open a controversial new ride this summer at its amusement park in Orlando, Florida, Disneyworld.
Dubbed the Hindenburg Flame-o- Rama, the ride features a giant zeppelin patterned after the doomed German airship, which crashed in 1937 in Lakehurst, New Jersey. The Disney ride is tethered on cables for safety as it rises to a height of 2,500 feet. Consumer safety advocates, however, are outraged and have said that they will pursue legal action to prevent Disney from opening the ride. The most unsettling aspect of the new ride, according to consumer advocate Ralph Nader is the decision of the Disney Corporation to use highly flammable hydrogen gas in the ride. When hydrogen makes contact with oxygen, an explosion results, as happened in 1937 with the Hindenburg. Nader said "Give me a 1970 Ford Pinto. I'd ride in that any day before getting into this deathtrap."
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