They tried it: Disney World’s Big Thunder coaster rolls out kidney stones

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Does your insurance cover amusement park visits? Maybe it should. For years, David Wartinger’s patients told him stories of passing kidneys shortly after riding roller coasters . “Most urologists wouldn’t be surprised by this,” said Wartinger, a professor emeritus within Michigan State University’s Department of Osteopathic Surgical Specialties. Jarring motions and vibrations often jostle stones stuck on the outer area of kidney, enabling them to be passed. But one patient’s story prompted Wartinger to look at roller coasters more seriously. The patient told Wartinger he rode Big Thunder Mountain Railroad inside Disney World’s Magic Kingdom three times in…

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Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is an indoor/outdoor mine train roller coaster located in Frontierland at several Disneyland-style Disney Parks worldwide. The ride exists at Disneyland Park (California) and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and at Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Park (Paris) as Big Thunder Mountain. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is also the name of the fictional rail line the roller coaster depicts. Theme Although the details of the backstory vary from park to park, all follow the same general story arcs. Some time…

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