Category Archives: Accidents

Five-year old boy injured on Disneyland Paris Pirates ride


Disneyland Paris Pirates of the Caribbean Ride

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

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Looking back at the Roger Rabbit ride accident that badly hurt a 4-year old


Brandon Zucker

Brandon Zucker was 4 years old when he tumbled out of a vehicle on the Roger Rabbit ride at Disneyland in 2000. The details are gruesome; it’s enough to say that Brandon’s little body was cramped into a position that didn’t allow him to breathe for several minutes, along with other injuries. He was left severely brain-damaged, unable to speak, walk or interact in meaningful ways, according to the Los Angeles Times. Continue reading

Disneyland horse freaks out during training and hurts a 13-year old girl


Disney horses

At Disneyland, a horse was in training to become a buggy horse. It was with three trainers, but became startled for an unknown reason and got loose from its reins, according to PerezHilton.

Authorities said while the horse was loose, it hit a 13-year old girl causing minor injuries, and she was taken to a hospital, as reported by the O.C. Register. Continue reading

What we can learn from Disney’s revised Cal/OSHA citations


Space Mountain at Disneyland

Citations originally issued on April 12, 2013, to The Walt Disney Co. dba Disneyland Resort, were amended on May 8, 2013 by Cal/OSHA, from $234,850 down to $82,025, according to Cal/OSHA’s website.

The investigation was launched as the result of a serious injury to an employee of HSG Professional Window Cleaners, Inc. that took place on November 21, 2012 when the worker was performing maintenance on the exterior of the Space Mountain attraction. Continue reading

Space Mountain reopens


Space Mountain 2013

“After a three-week closure to complete safety work, the popular Space Mountain attraction at Disneyland  in Anaheim reopened Friday evening,” according to the L.A. Times.

Disneyland did the right thing – they did not challenge the immense Cal/OSHA fine they received when a contractor fell while cleaning the roof of Space Mountain.  His fall protection harness apparently failed.  He hit the lip of the roof and did not fall down but he did suffer a few broken bones. Continue reading

Disneyland shuts down rides due to safety violations


cal osha

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has prompted Disneyland to shut down Space Mountain, Matterhorn, and Soarin’ Over California due to inadequate safety features, according to MiceChat. Continue reading

Disneyland must pay $8K to disabled man who was trapped on “It’s a Small World”


“Jose Martinez won one for a lot of people today: A federal judge awarded the California man $8,000 in damages from Disneyland, after he had to sit in the “goodbye room”of the “It’s A Small World” ride for 30 minutes, while park officials repaired it,” according to NPR.

Martinez, who suffered a spinal cord injury at the age of 16, became stuck on the ride on Nov. 27, 2009, and filed an official lawsuit in 2011. He suffers from chronic problems with diabetes, hypertension, and anxiety disorder, according to court records, as reported by CBS, which also reported that: Continue reading