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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Outrage: Disney Claims Ride "Safe" Despite Death

Posted by a4g @ 6/15/2005 06:44:00 AM

After the death of a 4-year-old rider on Monday, Disney World officials have reopened a controversial ride.

The $100 million ride, one of Disney World's most popular, was closed after the death but reopened Tuesday after company engineers concluded that it was operating normally.

The ride, Mission: Iraq, simulates the "jaw dropping thrills and gut-wrenching excitement" of a suicide bomber's first mission. You are Abdullah Al-Bin Dhuri, a young Saudi male, recruited to "destroy the hated soldiers of the Great Satan, Allah willing" by blowing up your fellow Arabs in a typical Iraqi marketplace populated by stunningly lifelike animatronics and sprinkled with Disney magic.

The ride, which is so intense that riders have been taken to the hospital with chest pains, and missing limbs, is one of Disney World's most popular.

The ride was inspired by Disney's "continuing commitment to inclusiveness and understanding," said a company spokeswoman. She cited the re-editing of Aladdin to remove lyrics offensive to Muslims, the failure to designate Jerusalem as Israel's capitol in its Millennium Village exhibit, and Michael Eisner's 2003 smear of Steve Jobs as a "Shiite Muslim."

The spokeswoman was unable to comment on the rising controversy with the Muslim community over the park's upcoming "Roger Rabbit's Koran Spin" attraction, which prominantly features the holy book of islam getting "the dip."

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