One of the main things that the great sunny city of Orlando is known for is its theme parks. Being the home of the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios Orlando, and SeaWorld, there is something for everyone coming down to Orlando, not least of which are the roller coasters of the theme parks. Unfortunately for many, both children and adults alike, there is a huge fear of roller coasters. This fear is so prominent that even those traveling from another state, or even another country, to go to an Orlando theme park, will be reluctant to ride a roller coaster. To put this fear into perspective, the chances of anyone dying on a roller coaster are 1 in 300 million. So please, do not let your fear of dying prevent you from riding a roller coaster in Orlando or anyplace else on Earth. To put this into even more perspective, here are ten things way more likely to kill you than a roller coaster.
1. Dying in a Motor Vehicle Crash
According to the National Safety Council (where many of these statistics come from), one’s chances of dying in a motor vehicle crash are 1 in 113. That means that one is literally more likely to die from driving to and from a theme park than from actually riding one of their roller coasters.
2. Death by Dog
You have a 1 in 114,622 of being killed by a dog that either bites or strikes you.
3. Death by Furniture
Your chances of dying from a fall from a piece of furniture such as a bed or chair are 1 in 4,238. That means that the furniture at the Orlando hotel you’ll be staying at is more deadly than the roller coasters you will visit.
4. Death by Hippo
Every year approximately 2,900 people are killed by hippos in the continent of Africa alone. In comparison, between the year 1990 and 2004, there were a total of 52 deaths related to any type of United States theme park ride.
5. Death by Jellyfish
Every year jellyfish kill anywhere from 20 to 40 people. Keep in mind that that is only within the Philippines! You’re more likely to die by jellyfish at one of Florida’s many beaches than by a roller coaster.
6. Death by Vending Machine
Vending machines kill about thirteen people every year after falling down upon them. That statistic doesn’t even include the amount of people who die from eating too much from said vending machines. In comparison at the most four people die from roller coasters per year.
7. Death by Coconut
About 150 people die from coconuts falling down from their trees per year.
8. Death by Football
Every year approximately twelve people die from playing football in either high school or college. That’s three times the likelihood of death by roller coaster.
9. Death by Bee
Stings from bees kill about 100 people per year (and that’s only within the United States). That’s twenty times the likelihood of dying thanks to a roller coaster!
10. Dying from Anything
An average person’s chances, no matter their age, health, or anything else, of dying from anything on any particular day, is 1 in 41,667.