Disneyland has had lots going on this week and there’s still more Disneyland news coming! A disabled man has won a lawsuit against the Disneyland resort awarding him $8,000 this week.
Jose Martinez, a fifty-two year old paraplegic resident of Los Angeles county, went to the amusement park with his wife on November 27, 2009. The couple reported enjoying their time at Disneyland until they decided to ride the infamous “It’s a Small World.” While their boat was leaving the goodbye tunnel, the ride temporarily stopped moving, but the music kept playing. Cast members began removing other guests from the ride, but due to his disability, cast members were unable to help him exit the ride. The fire department was not called immediately to come assist the guest in exiting the ride so the man sued the Disneyland Resort. Martinez filed his lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California. The court awarded the man $4,000 for negligence and $4,000 related to other access violations this week.
Suzi Brown, a spokesperson for Disney commented, “Disneyland Resort believes it provided all appropriate assistance to Mr. and Mrs. Martinez when the ride temporarily stopped and is disappointed that the court did not fully agree.” According to Martinez’s attorney David Geffen, the Martinez’s visit “went from an experience that he doesn’t get as often as other people…. His disability vanished during that time and then it came and hit him hard and right in the face as soon as the ride broke down.”
Do you agree that Martinez should have been awarded money for being stuck on the ride? Be sure to let me know what you think!
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