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Quadriplegic Stuck on “It’s a Small World” Ride Sues Disney

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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The Associated Press reported that the lawsuit also alleges Disneyland violated the Americans With Disabilities Act because it didn’t have proper procedures in place for evacuating disabled passengers from the ride. The man is also suing for negligence, emotional distress and liability. He said Disney added “insult to injury” when Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse were sent to perform for him while he was treated at the park’s first aid station.

In Florida, 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.
1. 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.

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