ORLANDO, Florida – Should a theme park in a language other than English alert you to possible dangers of driving?
A lawsuit by a Guatemalan family against Universal Orlando Resort says yes.
The family's 38-year-old father suffered a fatal heart attack two years ago after undertaking "Skull Island: Reign of Kong". Jose Calderon Arana, who had previously had heart problems, did not speak English, and his family said in a lawsuit for unlawful capital punishment that was filed this month that Universal was negligent because it showed no warning signs in Spanish.
"Universal knew of the large numbers of tourists in their premises who do not speak English," said the lawsuit filed this month before a state court in Orlando.
Skull Island was at the time of Calderon's death Arana open for about half a year in 2016. Using Animatronics and 3D On the screens, the voyage recreates a trucking expedition through the carnivorous island, inspired by the recent reruns of King Kong movies.
Calderon Arana, who ran a large farm owned by his family, did not feel well on the Skull Island drive after walking – his wife said he had an upset stomach, according to the lawsuit.
He did one He paused on a bench while his wife and son took another ride, and when they came back, he collapsed and was hospitalized he was later found guilty, claiming that Calderon Arana received aid only after the collapse.
A sign at the entrance of The Ride says in English, "Warning, this ride is an expedition through the rugged terrain of King Kong's natural habitat – the truck's motion is dynamic with sudden accelerations, dramatic tipping and jarring actions." It warns that people with heart problems or abnormal blood pressure, back or neck complaints and expectant mothers are not allowed to ride. In addition to the English text, every situation has an accompanying drawing.
Lou Pendas, family lawyer, said it was not unreasonable to have warning signs in English, Spanish and French so visitors could make informed decisions should go on the ride. Orlando was the most visited travel destination in the United States in 2017.
Although it is difficult to estimate what percentage of Florida theme park visitors do not speak English, local tourism figures show that 6.1 million of the 72 million Metro Orlando visitors from 2017 arrived outside the United States , Slightly fewer than 900,000 visitors came from three Latin American Spanish-speaking countries – Mexico, Argentina and Colombia – and more than 820,000 tourists came from Portuguese-speaking Brazil.
US. Census data also shows that more than a quarter of Floridians speak a language other than English at home.
"This is not a crazy request or expectation, it's pretty simple these days," Pendas said. "They ask for international travelers, this is a Mecca for tourism, which is a very basic thing to consider for the safety of customers."
In an e-mail, Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said that the amusement park resort does not give any information on pending legal disputes. The official blog of Universal Orlando Resort has Spanish and Portuguese translations.
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