A five-year-old boy was in a Paris children’s hospital on Thursday after being “seriously injured” at the Disneyland amusement park near the French capital. Iban, who was with his father, fell out of a boat on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, according to RFI.
During the ride, the boy leaned back and somehow fell out of his boat and was hit by another just behind. The child’s father immediately jumped out to recover him, but not quick enough to prevent the accident, according to the Telegraph UK. Continue reading
Bob Michels and his family were headed to Disneyland when they witnessed a horrific fiery crash in Oxnard, on Saturday, according to CBS News. Bob actually jumped a fence onto the Carmax lot where a truck that drove off the highway was burning – and he pulled the driver out of the truck.
Bob’s daughter Amy shot a video on her cell phone that the huge fireball that engulfed the truck. You can watch video of the crash here. Continue reading
A woman died Friday evening in an accident while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park in North Texas, authorities said, according to Fox News.
The accident happened just after 6:30 p.m. CT on Friday at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. Park spokeswoman Sharon Parker confirmed that a woman died while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster but did not specify how she was killed. However, witnesses told local media outlets that the woman fell, according to USA Today. Continue reading
Most folks don’t realize how hard it is for Disneyland’s cast members to operate while in costume. The video above captures a total fail as an unfortunate cast member playing the role of a wooden toy soldier in a parade falls down and has to be helped to his feet. He then loses his head! Continue reading
“A California agency issued its largest fine against Disney in at least 10 years when finding that the company “willfully violated” safety regulations related to a contractor’s injury on Space Mountain, state records show,” according to the O.C. Register.
The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health is proposing a $234,850 penalty against the Disneyland Resort, according to a report issued Friday. That’s the highest penalty that the Disneyland Resort has faced since at least 2003 from the division. Continue reading
“The monorail at Disneyland was temporarily shut down after a wheel fell off and some smoke appeared,” on Monday – Presidents’ Day, this week, according to CBS News.
“Because the power was shut off as a safety precaution, a second train was stranded on the track. Passengers got stuck for about 45 minutes until that car was towed to a station. There, passengers were given front-of-line passes and free dining vouchers,” according to the O.C. Register. Continue reading
The Christmas tree on Main St., at Disneyland
Like most of us, Disneyland no longer uses a real Christmas Tree, on Main St. They switched to a giant sixty food artificial tree in 2008. A cast member told me this weekend that the switch was due to the time it took to put the lights on the real trees. Now they store the artificial tree in a big warehouse and it is a lot quicker to deploy it, although it still takes a few days.
These artificial trees are not, by the way, fireproof. Back in 2005 a similar tree went up in flames, at 3 am, at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, forcing a mass evacuation of thousands of guests. I know, as I showed up the very next day to oversee the safety of the restoration workers, from American Technologies, who cleaned up the mess. Continue reading