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A woman has accused a Walt Disney World employee of raping her at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort after luring her there with a Friends and Family hotel rate and free theme-park passes, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

The man charged with sexual battery is a Disney reservations clerk, now on unpaid leave pending the outcome of a criminal investigation. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is investigating whether the man booked rooms for other visitors with his employee discount and provided them with free admission to Disney parks with his employee pass, to determine if there might be other victims.

The woman first spoke to the accused when she called Walt Disney World reservations to inquire about hotel reservations and theme-park tickets. During the conversation, she mentioned that she was unemployed and wanted to spend her income-tax refund check on a vacation for her children. The man began sending her text messages and offered to book her a room under his Friends and family discount, saying that he was raised by a single mother and understood what it was like to want things, reports the Sentinel.

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Adding to recently updated injury reports and a bus crash injuring five people last month, a Disney worker died Monday morning from massive head injuries he suffered on Sunday while working at the Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The 52-year-old man was repairing “The Little Dip” portion of the Primeval Whirl roller coaster when a co-worker called 911, according to a Sun Sentinel report, which published the call transcript released by Reedy Creek Fire District, Walt Disney World’s municipal fire department:

“We need somebody right now,” a co-worker told a 911 dispatcher. “One of our maintenance guys got hit by a moving vehicle…He got in the way of a moving vehicle.”

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The Orlando Sentinel reported that Disney filed updated guest-injury reports with the state, revealing a death in December on the Prince Charming Regal Carousel in the Magic Kingdom. A 77-year-old woman with a pre-existing heat condition collapsed and died on the Carousel.

The Sentinel states that this was one of three incidents reported to state authorities for the fourth quarter of 2010 in accordance with an agreement in which “the parks avoid state ride-safety regulation in exchange for providing basic details about guest injuries.”

The other resort injuries involved a 71-year-old woman who fell and broke a hip and shoulder following a ride on the Magic Kingdom Carousel, and a 76-year-old woman who fell on the moving loading platform to The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot.

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Resort Torts are piling up at Disney. Disney’s Magical Express bus collided with a tractor trailer in Orlando early this morning, injuring five people, including the bus driver. The bus provides transportation to and from the Orlando airport.

The accident follows last week’s reports of two lawsuits filed against Disney: A San Diego, California family whose 4-year-old son was scalded by nacho cheese sauce at Orlando’s Magic Kingdom last March; and a quadriplegic who was left in his wheelchair on a stalled boat of the “It’s a Small World” attraction for about 40 minutes during an evacuation of other park visitors on the ride.

Two months ago, a tragic Disney bus incident involved a 69-year-old tourist, who was hit and killed by a Walt Disney World bus filled with passengers, in the parking lot of Disney’s Port Orleans Resort.

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Resort Tort: Walt Disney World has been sued again, this time by a San Diego, California family whose 4-year-old son was scalded by nacho cheese sauce at Orlando’s Magic Kingdom last March.

The boy was falling out of an unsteady chair when he grabbed a food tray on the table, containing a paper cup of scalding nacho cheese, which splashed onto his face, reports USA Today. The lawsuit claims he suffered “permanent scarring, pain and suffering,” and his parents suffered “serious emotional distress.” The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the family spent months trying to resolve the case out of court, but was not successful.

Disney was also sued last week by a quadriplegic who was left in his wheelchair on a stalled boat for about 40 minutes during an evacuation of other park visitors on the ride.

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Walt Disney Co. has been sued in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, by a quadriplegic who was left in his wheelchair on a stalled boat for about 40 minutes during an evacuation of other park visitors on the ride.

A report of the incident said that while stuck, the man suffered a type of sudden and potentially life-threatening high blood pressure attack that affects people with spinal cord injuries. In the report, the man is quoted as saying that the attack “feel like an ice pick going through your temples.” In the lawsuit, he alleges that Disney employees did not call paramedics when this happened.

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Tragedy has already struck, as Orlando begins one of its busiest tourist seasons.

A 69-year-old tourist from Massachusetts was hit and killed early this morning by a Walt Disney World bus filled with passengers, in the parking lot of Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, reports Central Florida’s News 13. The report states that troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol said the man stepped in front of the bus and the driver did not have time to stop. They said the man was not in a crosswalk and the bus had the right-of-way.

In April of this year, a 9-year-old boy was killed by a Disney bus while riding his bicycle. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. and Disney bus driver David R. Rich are facing a wrongful death lawsuit by the boy’s mother. The boy was riding his bicycle when the bike was pulled under the rear wheels of the bus on Big Pine Road in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. He was wearing a safety helmet, riding on the sidewalk. The lawsuit filed in Orlando’s Circuit Court points to sidewalk conditions and the park bus system for the death.

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Between Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, there were eight ride injuries reported in the third quarter of 2010, according to state records cited in the Orlando Sentinel.

Disney - Where Dreams Come True.jpg1. Disney’s Animal Kingdom: A man suffered a seizure on the Dinosaur ride.
2. Disney’s Animal Kingdom: A man experienced chest pain on the ride Expedition Everest.
3. Disney’s Epcot: A woman experienced chest pain on the ride Mission: Space.
4. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon: A man collapsed and eventually suffered a stroke after riding Storm Slides.
5. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon: A woman lost consciousness in the wave pool.
6. Disney’s Magic Kingdom: A woman fell and broke her spine on the moving passenger-loading area for Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.
7. Universal Orlando: A woman broke her ankle on Camp Jurassic in Islands of Adventure.
8. Wet ‘n’ Wild: Someone experienced chest pain requiring the use of a defibrillator on Der Stuka.

Resort Torts are cases of civil liability for negligent or criminal acts that arise out of a resort, vacation or recreational setting. These can involve aspects of hotel and motel safety, cruise ship litigation, pleasure boating and jet ski incidents, amusement and theme park liability, aquatic, diving and swimming incidents, foreign travel and medical emergencies, gaming and casinos, aviation (commercial and general), rental car liability, moped, bicycle and motorcycle safety, buses and tour guides, travel industry liability for crime victims, and medical care provided to vacationers. Resort Torts can encompass a vast array of types of cases but they all have one thing in common: tourists, business travelers and locals alike are all exposed to risk while traveling, vacationing or engaging in resort or pleasure activities. Click here to contact a board certified civil trial specialist with 25 years of experience representing victims of negligence in personal injury matters.
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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. and Disney bus driver David R. Rich are facing a wrongful death lawsuit by the mother of the 9-year-old boy killed by a Disney bus. The boy was riding his bicycle in April of this year when the bike was pulled under the rear wheels of the bus heading south on Big Pine Road in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. He was wearing a safety helmet, riding on the sidewalk. The lawsuit filed in Orlando’s Circuit Court points to sidewalk conditions and the park bus system for the death.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the lawsuit states that pedestrians often must step off the sidewalk and onto the roadway or an unpaved wetland area to avoid other cyclists and pedestrians. Railings and steep gullies stop people from stepping toward the interior of the park when trying to pass others, according to the complaint.

“Consequently, contact between a pedestrian and a bus or vehicle was reasonably foreseeable to occur and therefore cause serious injury or death to the pedestrian,” the lawsuit claims.

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SeaWorld Orlando and Walt Disney World are both being sued in personal injury lawsuits involving employees at the theme parks who were killed on the job. The monorail driver killed in a train collision in July 2009 is suing Walt Disney World; the husband of a killer-whale trainer drowned by an orca last February is suing SeaWorld.

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As the Orlando Sentinel reports, Florida law gives employers near-ironclad protection from lawsuits prompted by injuries and fatalities occurring on the job. Former Governor Jeb Bush and Florida’s business lobby had championed an overhaul of the state’s workers’ compensation laws seven years ago, but critics say the system is slanted too heavily in favor of businesses.