Incidents at Disney Theme Parks

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After the recent tragedy at a Disney park involving an alligator killing a toddler, Disney has found itself in some hot water, again. I say again because there has been several frightening incidents at multiple theme parks – worldwide. Below are some of the more intense incidents.

Disney California Adventure

Hyperion Theater

– On April 22, 2003, a 36-year-old stage technician fell 60 feet from a catwalk in the Hyperion Theater, prompting an investigation by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA). The victim did not regain consciousness following the incident and died on May 18, 2003. In October 2003, Cal/OSHA fined the Disneyland Resort $18,350 for safety violations related to the technician’s death.

– On September 25, 2011; the flying carpet prop used during “A Whole New World” in Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular malfunctioned while flying throughout the theater, causing the carpet to flip over and suspend the actors playing Aladdin and Jasmine upside-down. The performance was immediately stopped and the theater evacuated. No injuries or deaths were reported.

California Screamin’

On July 29, 2005, 25 guests were injured when one train rear-ended another and 15 guests were transported to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. An investigation determined that the faulty brake valve which caused the collision, though it was installed and tested shortly before the accident, was of a less reliable make than the valve it replaced.

– On July 22, 2011, 23 people were rescued from California Screamin’ by firefighters when a person’s backpack fell out of one of the trains and landed on the track, causing the orange train to stop just after the loop but before the next block brake. It re-opened two days later after the train was winched up the next hill, had its damaged wheels replaced and allowed to complete the circuit.

– On May 2, 2016, another passenger using a selfie stick caused park officials to shut down and evacuate the attraction for over an hour. Selfie sticks have been banned at Disney parks since the same ride was shut down due to one in June 2015.

Mickey’s Fun Wheel

– On October 2, 2014, 45 riders got stuck on Mickey’s Fun Wheel for 90 minutes before being rescued. No injuries were reported.

Disneyland Park

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

– On March 10, 1998, a 5-year-old boy was seriously injured when his foot became wedged between the passenger car’s running board and the edge of the platform after the train temporarily paused before pulling into the unloading area. All of the toes on his left foot required amputation. This led to Disneyland making improvements to the ride, although the family maintains the park would not acknowledge this injury as the reason.

– On September 5, 2003, a 22-year-old man died after suffering severe blunt force trauma and extensive internal bleeding in a derailment of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster that also injured 10 other riders. The cause of the accident was determined to be improper maintenance. Investigation reports and discovery by the victim’s attorney confirmed the fatal injuries occurred when the first passenger car collided with the underside of the locomotive. The derailment was the result of a mechanical failure which occurred due to omissions during a maintenance procedure. Fasteners on the left side upstop/guide wheel on the floating axle of the locomotive were not tightened and safetied in accordance with specifications. As the train entered a tunnel the axle came loose and jammed against a brake section, causing the locomotive to become airborne and hit the ceiling of the tunnel. The locomotive then fell on top of the first passenger car, crushing the victim. Some people blamed the new cost-conscious maintenance culture brought in by Paul Pressler and consultants McKinsey & Company in 1997, which included Reliability-centered maintenance.

Indiana Jones Adventure

– On June 25, 2000, a 23-year-old woman from Spain exited the Indiana Jones ride complaining of a severe headache. She was hospitalized later that day where it was discovered that she had a brain hemorrhage. She died on September 1, 2000 of a cerebral aneurysm. Her family’s subsequent wrongful death lawsuit against Disney stated that the victim died due to “violent shaking and stresses imposed by the ride.” In an interlocutory appeal (an appeal of a legal issue within the case prior to a decision on the case’s merits), the California Supreme Court held that amusement parks are considered “common carriers” similar to commercially operated planes, trains, elevators and ski lifts. This ruling imposed a heightened duty of care on amusement parks and requires them to provide the same degree of care and safety as other common carriers. Disney settled the lawsuit for an undisclosed sum after the interlocutory appeal but before a decision was rendered on the case’s merits. The victim’s medical costs were estimated at more than US$1.3 million.

It’s a Small World

– On November 27, 2009, the ride broke down while a guest with quadriplegia was on the ride. The guest was stuck in the ride’s “Goodbye Room”, the final setting of It’s a Small World, for between 30–40 minutes before being evacuated. As he suffered from medical conditions that were aggravated by the “blaring music” and inability to exit the ride, he sued Disney for not having adequate evacuation procedures for disabled guests on that ride, and for not providing the proper warning developed for those who could not evacuate during a ride stoppage. On March 26, 2013, a jury awarded the man US$8000.

– On the night of February 28, 2015, a small fire broke out in a backstage area of the park relatively close to the attraction. The flames were reported around 9:20PM, and were said to have been caused by the fireworks show that was rescheduled earlier that evening due to rain. A park spokeswoman said that the flames were contained by around 9:48PM, and no injuries were reported. The attraction reopened on March 1, 2015.

Matterhorn

– On May 15, 1964, a 15-year-old boy from Long Beach, California was injured after he stood up in the Matterhorn Bobsleds and fell out. It was reported that his restraint was undone by his ride companion. He died three days later as a result of those injuries. This was Disneyland’s first fatality.

– On January 3, 1984, a 48-year-old woman was killed when she was thrown from a Matterhorn Bobsled car and struck by the next oncoming bobsled. An investigation found that her seatbelt was not buckled. It is unclear whether the victim deliberately unfastened her belt or if the seatbelt malfunctioned.

Rivers of America

– On June 1973, an 18-year-old man drowned while attempting to swim across the “Rivers of America”. He and his 10-year-old brother stayed on Tom Sawyer’s Island past closing time by hiding in an area that is off-limits to guests. When they wanted to leave the island, they decided to swim across the river even though the younger brother did not know how to swim. The victim attempted to carry his younger brother on his back and drowned halfway across. His body was found the next morning. The younger brother was able to stay afloat by “dog paddling” until a ride operator rescued him.

– On June 4, 1983, an 18-year-old man from Albuquerque, New Mexico, drowned in the Rivers of America while trying to pilot a rubber emergency boat from Tom Sawyer’s Island that he and a friend had stolen from a restricted area of the island during Disneyland’s annual Grad Nite.

Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin

– On September 22, 2000, a 4-year-old boy fell out of the ride vehicle and was dragged underneath the car, causing serious internal injuries, cardiac arrest and brain damage. On October 7, 2000, Disneyland changed its emergency policy and began instructing ride operators to call 911 first, instead of the Disney security center, in order to speed emergency staff to any incident on park property. Records showed that more than five minutes passed between the time the victim fell out of the ride vehicle and emergency personnel were contacted. A Disney spokesman claimed that the timing of this policy change and this incident were coincidental. An investigation ending in December 2000 concluded that a lap bar had malfunctioned and the victim was placed in the wrong seat in the ride vehicle, too close to the opening. Three months after the incident, the Permanent Ride Amusement branch of California’s Division of Occupational Safety instructed Disney to install additional safety features on the ride. In January 2002, Disney settled with the victim’s family, based on the cost of the victim’s continuing medical care and suffering; Disney was not required to accept blame. The victim never fully recovered from his injuries and died in January 2009.

Space Mountain

– On August 14, 1979, a 31-year-old woman became ill after riding Space Mountain. At the unload area, she was unable to exit the vehicle. Although employees told her to stay seated while the vehicle was removed from the track, other ride operators did not realize that her vehicle was supposed to be removed and sent her through the ride a second time. She arrived at the unloading zone semi-conscious. The victim was subsequently taken to Palm Harbor Hospital where she remained in a coma and died one week later. The coroner’s report attributed the death to natural causes: a heart tumor had dislodged and entered her brain. A subsequent lawsuit against the park was dismissed.
In 1983 an 18-year old man from Quartz Hill, California, fell off Space Mountain and was paralyzed from the waist down. A jury verdict found that Disneyland was blameless in the accident that left the teenager partially paralyzed. During the trial the jury was taken to the park to ride Space Mountain, and several of the cars were brought into the courtroom to demonstrate how they work.

– On August 2, 2000, nine people suffered minor injuries when a wheel on a Space Mountain car became dislodged and the ride’s safety control systems caused the train to stop abruptly. This was Space Mountain’s first mechanical problem since its opening in 1977.

– On April 2013, Disney voluntarily closed Space Mountain, the Matterhorn Bobsleds, and Soarin’ Over California due to OSHA-related issues so employee safety protocols could be reviewed. Downtime for each attraction differed, with Space Mountain being closed the longest at one month. The safety review stemmed from seven OSHA fines that were initiated from a contractor injury in November 2012, where the worker fell down the outside of the Space Mountain building and broke several bones. OSHA fined Disney $235,000, and also fined the contracting company $61,000 for safety violations.

Disneyland Hotel and parking structures

– On September 3, 1994, a 74-year-old man jumped to his death from a 9th floor balcony of the Disneyland Hotel. This was the first suicide known to be committed at the Disneyland Resort.

– On July 6, 1996, a 23-year-old man either jumped or fell to his death from the 14th floor of the Disneyland Hotel. He was not a guest of the hotel, and had climbed over several balconies.

– In 1998, a 23-year-old Walt Disney Co. employee jumped from the 14th floor but survived the fall.

– On May 2, 2008, a 48-year-old man jumped from a 14th story balcony of the South Tower of the Disneyland Hotel, known as the Wonder Tower, to his death in a parking lot.

– On October 17, 2010, a 61-year-old man from Hickman, California jumped to his death from the top floor of the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure. He left behind a note citing “personal issues” for his suicide.

– On April 2, 2012, a 23-year-old man was found near the northwest corner of the Mickey & Friends parking structure, and was pronounced dead at the scene. At the time, it was investigated as a suicide, but there were no witnesses that saw him jump.

Walt Disney World

Monorail

– In February 1976, a monorail train crashed into the train ahead. One driver and two passengers were injured.

– On June 26, 1985, a fire engulfed the rear car of the six-car Mark IV Silver monorail train in transit from the Epcot station to the Transportation and Ticket Center. This fire pre-dated onboard fire detection systems, emergency exits and evacuation planning. Passengers in the car kicked out side windows and climbed around the side of the train to reach the roof, where they were subsequently rescued by the Reedy Creek Fire Department. Seven passengers were hospitalized for smoke inhalation or other minor injuries. The fire department later determined that the fire started when a flat tire was dragged across the concrete beam and ignited by the frictional heat.

– On August 30, 1991, a monorail train collided with a diesel maintenance work tractor near the Contemporary Resort as the tractor drove closely in front of the train to film it for a commercial. Two employees were treated at a hospital for injuries.

– On August 12, 1996, an electrical fire occurred on a train pulling into the Magic Kingdom station. The driver and the five passengers on board exited safely. Two bus drivers who witnessed the fire and assisted were overcome by smoke and treated at a nearby hospital.

– On July 5, 2009, during a failed track switchover from the Epcot line onto the Magic Kingdom express line, Monorail Pink backed into Monorail Purple at the Transportation & Ticket Center station, killing the 21-year-old pilot, Austin Wuennenberg, of Monorail Purple. One employee and six guests who were also on the trains were treated at the scene and released. OSHA and park officials inspected the monorail line and the monorail reopened on July 6, 2009, after new sensors and operating procedures were put in place. An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board showed no mechanical problems with the trains or track but did find that the track used in the switchover was not in its proper place for the track transition. The NTSB also noted that Purple’s pilot attempted to reverse his train when he saw that there was going to be a collision. Disney placed three monorail employees on paid administrative leave as a result of the incident. On October 31, 2011, the NTSB issued its findings on this incident, citing the probable cause as the shop panel operator’s failure to properly align the switch beam before the monorail train was directed to reverse through it. As a result of this incident, riding in the cab is no longer allowed.

– On July 13, 2014, due to a power failure possibly caused by a lightning strike, the monorail system was temporarily disabled. Most trains were restarted and returned to stations safely. Disney cast members were unable to restart the Gold Monorail on the TTC to EPCOT line. Reedy Creek emergency personnel successfully evacuated 120 people from that train. Fire officials confirmed the malfunction was weather-related.

– On October 10, 2015, a mechanical failure stranded guests aboard a monorail traveling between the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Firefighters were able to rescue all the passengers about two hours after their arrival. No injuries were reported, although a number of the riders reported on social media they had been stranded for hours.

– On November 18, 2015, Monorail Coral was being towed by a tug for an unknown reason, possibly under a test for a new automated system. The monorail separated from the tug, then crashed into it, causing damage to the body of the monorail and shattering the windshield. All monorail lines were shut down after the accident.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

– On January 28, 2016, an Orlando-area attorney announced that he had been retained by a family involved in a biting incident at the park. According to the attorney, in October 2014, a snake fell out of a tree onto a group of guests in a public area of the theme park. The animal bit an eight-year-old boy that it landed on, causing the boy’s grandmother to suffer cardiac arrest and die soon afterwards. The attorney claimed that the snake had escaped from the park’s facilities, but Disney officials, while acknowledging the biting incident, stated that the snake was not part of their collection and was wild. They further stated that the snake involved was non-venomous, and that a park nurse treated the bite with an adhesive bandage and the family continued its visit afterwards.

Dinosaur

– On April 30, 2005, a 30-year-old man from Mooresville, Indiana, lost consciousness shortly after exiting the ride and died from a heart attack moments later. An investigation showed the ride was operating correctly and was not the cause of his death; he had an artificial pacemaker.

– On May 29, 2013, a woman found a loaded pistol on Dinosaur. The gun was reported to the ride attendant, who in turn reported the incident to authorities. The owner of the gun stated that he was unaware of Disney’s policy against weapons and had a concealed weapons permit.

Expedition Everest

– On December 18, 2007, a 44-year-old man from Navarre, Florida, lost consciousness while riding the coaster. He was given CPR on the ride’s loading platform and was later pronounced dead at the hospital. An autopsy by the Orange County medical examiner’s office concluded that the victim died of dilated cardiomyopathy and that the death was considered natural.

Kali River Rapids

– On May 29, 2007, five guests and one cast member were injured when an emergency exit platform malfunctioned. The guests were exiting a Kali River Rapids raft during a ride stoppage triggered by a monitoring sensor. The raft was on a steep incline and the emergency exit platform was designed to allow guests to easily access the emergency stairs from the incline. After an investigation determined that the platform “disengaged and slid”, it was removed and an alternate evacuation procedure was adopted. The six people were taken to local hospitals for minor injuries and were later released.

Primeval Whirl

– On November 27, 2007, a 63-year-old employee died from a brain injury sustained four days earlier when she was hit by a ride vehicle after falling from a restricted area of the ride platform. On May 23, 2008, OSHA fined Walt Disney World US$25,500 and charged the company with five safety violations. The fines were: $15,000 for three serious violations; $7,500 for still missing a handrail that had been previously reported; and $3,000 for not responding to OSHA requests within the requested time period.

– On March 13, 2011, a 52-year-old employee sustained head injuries while working on the ride and was airlifted to a local hospital, where he later died. The ride was undergoing maintenance and was closed to the public at the time of the incident.

Festival of the Lion King

– On March 21, 2016, a small electrical fire originating from beneath one of the puppet floats broke out during a performance of Festival of the Lion King. The fire was quickly extinguished and no one was hurt due to the incident. The show resumed performances the next day.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

– On June 29, 2006, a 12-year-old boy visiting from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was found to be unresponsive after the ride came to an end. Though his father administered CPR until paramedics arrived, he was declared dead on the way to the hospital. The ride was shut down for the investigation and reopened a day later after inspectors determined that the ride was operating normally. The victim had died as a result of a congenital heart defect.

Tower of Terror

– On July 12, 2005, a 16-year-old girl from Kibworth, Leicestershire, United Kingdom, complained of a severe headache and other symptoms after riding the Tower of Terror. She was taken to an Orlando hospital in critical condition, where she underwent surgery for intracranial bleeding. On August 6, 2005, she returned to the United Kingdom via air ambulance. While she had reportedly ridden the attraction several times previously during her visit with no ill effects, she had been in pain for a few days prior to the incident. She had a massive stroke leading to cardiac arrest. After an examination by both Disney and state inspectors showed no ride malfunction, the ride was reopened the next day. The girl returned home safely after spending six months in the hospital due to two heart attacks and surgery. On February 13, 2009, the victim’s family sued Disney for negligence in the ride design, failing to adequately warn riders, and not providing proper safety restraints. They were seeking at least US$15,000.
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!

A number of incidents involving the show’s performers have occurred since the live-action show’s premiere in 1989. In 1990, OSHA fined the resort $1,000 after three performers were injured in three separate incidents.

In one incident, a performer fell 30 feet when a restraining cable failed.

In another, a performer fell 25 feet when a prop ladder collapsed unexpectedly.

A third performer was pinned by a malfunctioning trap door. At the time, OSHA cited Disney for failing to provide adequate fall protection, including padding and other equipment.

Later, while rehearsing a new, safer routine, another performer fell 25 feet onto concrete.

In a rehearsal on August 17, 2009, a 30-year-old performer died after injuring his head while performing a tumbling roll. Performances for the next day were canceled out of respect for the performer.

Toy Story Midway Mania!

In October 2014, a 54-year-old woman lost consciousness on the ride and died. The death was not believed to be related to the ride.

Disney Springs

– On April 22, 2010, a 61-year-old woman from Celebration, Florida, suffered a collapsed lung, fractured ribs, and back pain due to a boating accident near the Treehouse Villas. The rented Sea Raycer that her husband was driving collided with a Disney ferryboat. The Orange County Sheriff’s report states that the Sea Raycer crossed into the ferry’s right-of-way.

Epcot

Body Wars

– On May 16, 1995, a four-year-old girl with a known heart condition passed out during a ride on the Body Wars attraction in the Wonders of Life pavilion. The ride was stopped immediately and paramedics took her to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy was inconclusive as to whether the ride had aggravated her condition.

Mission: Space

– From June 2005 to June 2006, paramedics treated 194 Mission: Space riders. The most common complaints were dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Of those 194 guests: 25 people passed out, 26 suffered difficulty breathing and 16 reported chest pains or irregular heartbeats. In May 2006, Disney altered the ride by offering a less-intense ride experience that did not include the centrifuge. Statistics reported to the state of Florida since then have shown a decrease in the number of health complaints filed by riders.

– On June 13, 2005, a 4-year-old boy from Sellersville, Pennsylvania, died after riding Mission: Space. An autopsy by the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office, released on November 15, 2005, found that the boy died as a result of a pre-existing, previously undiagnosed idiopathic heart condition called myocardial hypertrophy. On June 12, 2006, a lawsuit was filed against Disney by his parents, claiming that Disney should have never allowed a 4-year-old child on the ride and didn’t offer an adequate medical response after he collapsed. On January 11, 2007, the lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice.

– On April 12, 2006, a 49-year-old woman from Schmitten, Germany, fell ill after riding Mission: Space and died at Celebration Hospital in nearby Celebration, Florida. An autopsy determined that she died from a brain hemorrhage caused by longstanding and severe high blood pressure; there was no evidence of trauma attributable to the ride.

Spaceship Earth

On August 14, 1999, a 5-year-old boy was seriously injured after exiting a ride car at Spaceship Earth. He was treated for an open compound fracture at the Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Magic Kingdom

Astro Orbiter

On October 9, 2011, a fire broke out in the centerpiece of the attraction structure. Authorities reported that the fire was caused by a light bulb that shorted out and started to smolder. The incident occurred shortly after the park had opened for the day, and no guests were aboard the ride when the fire was discovered. The attraction re-opened the following day.

Backstage

On February 11, 2004, a 38-year-old employee dressed as Pluto was killed at the Magic Kingdom when he was run over by the Beauty and the Beast float in the Share a Dream Come True Parade. The employee had worked at the park for 8 years. Disney representatives commented that no incident of these circumstances had ever happened before to a cast member and that no guests had seen the incident. This led OSHA to fine Disney US $6,300 for having employees in restricted areas.

It’s a Small World

– On August 18, 1994, a 6-year-old girl from Miami, Florida, fell out of one of the ride’s boats while it was in the loading area. Orange County authorities believe she was then struck by an incoming boat. The girl suffered a broken hip, a broken arm and a collapsed lung, but was expected to recover fully. The ride was closed for an inspection and re-opened the following day.

– On December 25, 2014, a 22-year-old woman lost consciousness after riding the attraction. She later died. The young woman had a pre-existing condition.

Main Street

– On August 11, 1977, a 4-year-old boy from Dolton, Illinois, drowned in the moat surrounding Cinderella Castle. The family sued Disney for US$4 million and won; however, the jury found the plaintiffs 50% liable for allowing the boy to climb over a fence while playing and reduced the award to US$2.0 million.

Pirates of the Caribbean

– In February 2005, a 77-year-old woman from Minnesota lost consciousness and died after riding the Pirates of the Caribbean. A medical examiner’s report said the victim was in poor health and she previously had several ministrokes. The report concluded that her death “was not unexpected.”

– On August 6, 2009, a 47-year-old employee playing the role of a pirate in the “Captain Jack’s Pirate Tutorial” show slipped on a puddle on the stage and hit his head on a wall. He was taken to Florida Hospital Orlando with injuries including a broken vertebra in his neck and severe lacerations on his head that required 55 stitches. He died August 10 due to complications.

– On July 10, 2014, a 12-year-old boy from the United Kingdom was hospitalized after losing the tips of his ring and pinky fingers on his right hand while riding the Pirates of the Caribbean. The guest had his hand outside of the ride vehicle at the time of the incident. The ride was shut down briefly for inspection and later reopened after it was deemed safe.

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

On December 12, 2010, a 77-year-old woman with pre-existing conditions collapsed after exiting. She later died due to the incident.

Space Mountain

– In 1998, a 37-year-old man was hit on the head by a falling object. His left arm was paralyzed, and he suffered from short-term memory loss (losing his job in the process). Two objects were discovered at the bottom on the floor of Space Mountain, a camera and a candle from Frontierland.

– On August 1, 2006, a 7-year-old boy fainted after riding Space Mountain and was taken to Celebration Hospital where he died of natural causes. The victim was a terminal cancer patient visiting the Magic Kingdom as a part of the Give Kids the World program. The medical examiner’s report showed that he died of natural causes due to a metastatic pulmonary blastoma tumor.

– On December 7, 2006, a 73-year-old man lost consciousness while riding Space Mountain. He was transported to a hospital and died three days later. The medical examiner found that the man died of natural causes due to a heart condition.

– On July 7, 2015, a 55-year-old woman from Kingsport, Tennessee died of cardiopulmonary arrest and septic shock after losing consciousness while on the ride. According to the medical examiner, her medical history showed a history of hypertension and congestive heart failure.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

On November 1, 2014, falling embers from Wishes fireworks show landed on the artificial grass exterior of the ride, causing a fire near the bridge that the coaster travels on just before entering the mine. This caused the ride and the area around it to be evacuated. There were no injuries reported and the ride reopened later that evening.

Splash Mountain

– On November 5, 2000, a 37-year-old man from St. Petersburg, Florida, was critically injured while trying to exit the ride vehicle while it was moving. He told fellow passengers that he felt ill and attempted to reach one of the attraction’s marked emergency exits. He was struck by the following ride vehicle and died at a local hospital.

The Haunted Mansion

In February 2007, an 89-year-old woman fell and broke her hip while exiting a ride vehicle.

Typhoon Lagoon

Wave pool
On August 4, 2005, a 12-year-old girl from Newport News, Virginia, felt ill while using the wave pool. Lifeguards talked with her after noticing her sitting on the side of the pool; she said she felt fine, but passed out shortly thereafter. Though lifeguards performed CPR on her until paramedics arrived, she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at the local hospital. The autopsy showed that she died due to arrhythmia caused by an early-stage viral heart infection.

Resort hotels

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

– On July 14, 2015, a three-year-old child was found at the bottom of a resort pool after becoming separated from his parents. Officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office reported the child was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

On June 29, 2000, a waiter and a child were held hostage by the child’s father in a hotel room over domestic issues. During the hostage situation, other guests were evacuated and given alternative accommodations in the resort. The man released the hostages and handed himself over to authorities in the early hours of June 30, 2000.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

On March 22, 2016, a death occurred at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The monorails service was temporarily suspended while Orange County Sheriff’s Office investigated. Investigators announced that they believe that the person took their own life. According to multiple sources, the person jumped to their death inside the central A-frame tower.

Disney’s Fort Wilderness

– On August 22, 1980, an 11-year-old boy from New York died after swimming in the River Country water park next to the campground. The cause of death was amoebic meningoencephalitis, traces of which were found in the water.

– In 1982 and 1989, two boys drowned at River Country.

– On October 10, 1986, a 8-year-old boy was attacked by an alligator when he and his siblings were wandering near the lake’s edge while watching ducks.

– On May 23, 1987, a six-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool. The family later sued, stating that resort should have had more than one lifeguard on duty to monitor the crowded pool, and that the pool should have had a safety line between the shallow and deep ends.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

– On June 14, 2016, a two-year-old boy from Elkhorn, Nebraska, was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon at 9:15 PM by an alligator after he and his family went to a movie night on the beach. The boy’s body was found intact at approximately 1:45 PM the following afternoon, in the vicinity of where he went missing; he was found 12 to 15 yards (11 to 14 m) from the shore in about 6 feet (1.8 m) of water. The medical examiner ruled that the child died of “drowning and traumatic injuries.” Reuters reported that the resort would put up signs warning guests about alligators.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

– On March 10, 2013, a 13-year-old boy from Springfield, Missouri, died after drowning in the resort swimming pool. He was swimming in the Hippy Dippy pool with a group of children including his younger brother and a cousin around 9:30 PM when the incident occurred. There were no lifeguards on duty at the pool beyond 8 PM, but it remained open for use. He was pulled from the water by his father and another guest at the hotel, who attempted to revive him by performing CPR. The boy died at the Florida Hospital Celebration Health three days later.

Doubletree Guest Suites

– On June 13, 2010, a dead body was discovered at the hotel. The manner was originally unknown, but was later declared a suicide.

 

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