Disney settles lawsuit over Bucks boy's death

ORLANDO, Fla. - Walt Disney World has settled a wrongful-death lawsuit with the family of a 4-year-old boy from Sellersville, Bucks County, who died after going on one of its rides, court records show.

Neither a lawyer representing Daudi Bamuwamye's parents nor Disney would elaborated on the terms. The court file shows a joint motion for dismissal against Disney filed Jan. 11, and approved that day.

The file says the parties settled the dispute in mediation on Oct. 26, but does not include specifics.

Daudi died after riding "Mission: Space" on June 13, 2005. An autopsy determined that the boy died of a heart condition linked to natural causes.

The condition is an abnormal thickening of the heart that can throw contractions out of coordination. People who have it are at risk for sudden death throughout their lives, especially in stressful situations, a medical examiner said.

The suit alleged that Disney did not properly warn the public of hazards associated with the ride and should have done more to help when Daudi became unconscious after riding.

"Mission: Space," which opened in 2003, simulates a trip to Mars and spins riders in a centrifuge that subjects them to twice the normal force of gravity. The ride has motion sickness bags and signs warning people with heart, back and neck problems.