Court Case threatens Disney’s thrill rides

Jason Garcia reports on a 12 year old case that’s finally having its day in court. the case pits the Walt Disney Company against a park guest who claims that the Walt Disney World Tower of Terror attraction caused him to have a stroke. As Jason points out this isn’t about any malfunction, but rather is an attempt by the plaintiff to force Disney to maintain a higher standard of care for its guests.

Disney, of course, claims they’re already meeting and exceeding safety standards and that the guest’s injuries were the result of contributing factors other than his trip on the elevator ‘free-fall’ attraction.

The lawyer in the case was successful in a similar lawsuit against Disneyland in California that forced Disney to meet a ‘common carrier’ standard of care in its attractions. That gives me cause to be concerned said lawyer will be successful in Florida as well.

However, even if he is, you won’t see Disney suddenly closing down its thrill rides. Instead there will just be more warnings before you get to ride and Disney will continue to work to meet and exceed all safety standards. That’s exactly what happened in Anaheim.

More at the Orlando Sentinel.

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