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18 Disturbing Universal Studios Horror Stories

Theme parks are supposed to be fun for people of all ages, but as it turns out, they can also be a total nightmare if you go on the wrong day. After learning about the horrors that happen all too frequently at Universal Studios theme parks, it's a wonder that we don't hear about deadly rollercoaster accidents or dangerous park guests on a daily basis. On this list of Universal Studios deaths, accidents, and horror stories, you'll find more than a few reasons to steer clear of any and all theme parks for the rest of your life. 

Your run-of-the-mill theme park "horror story" might involve paying 10 dollars for funnel cake or having light heat stroke. Worst case scenario, you may have lost your car in the parking lot, causing you  to spend the afternoon walking through a maze of family-sized SUVs. However, the living nightmares and Universal Studios accident stories cataloged on this list put any theme park-related trauma you've been through to shame.

After you read through this list of the worst Universal Studios accidents, you'll be off theme parks for years to come, no matter how fun The Wizarding World of Harry Potter sounds.

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  • In September 2004, a 39-year-old Florida man may have fallen victim to the mummy's curse when he fell approximately 4 feet off the Revenge of the Mummy ride's loading platform onto the tracks below as he was attempting to step into the ride vehicle.

    He suffered injuries to his head and was rushed to the hospital for surgery; however, he perished following the procedure.

  • Safety Mode

    In 2019, a computer glitch caused the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit to go into "safety mode," stranding 12 riders on the ride for two hours before being rescued.

  • Tasered On Universal CityWalk

    In 2011, a 33-year-old Florida man was behaving erratically on the Universal CityWalk. Officers struggled to subdue the man, and subsequently tasered him.

    The man was rendered unconscious from the electric shock and perished soon thereafter. 

  • Dragon Challenge Strikes Again

    In 2011, a rider was struck by an object while riding the Dragon Challenge, injuring his face and leg. As a result of this and a previous incident in which a rider was blinded, Universal officials announced that the two roller coasters would no longer operate simultaneously, pending an investigation into both incidents. 

    In October 2011, officials decided to shelve the dueling aspect of the ride indefinitely.