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Disneyland Found Negligent for 2010 Splash Mountain Incident, But Will Pay No Damages


A court case stemming from a 2010 incident at the popular Splash Mountain water flume attraction finally reached a court verdict last week. Disneyland was found negligent for how it handled the circumstances during a boat evacuation from the ride, but the jury also found that the injuries claimed by the plaintiff were not related to the incident in the park. So Disneyland is not responsible for his medical bills.

The lawsuit claimed that Disneyland employees overloaded the vehicle, causing it to be stuck midway through the ride, and then workers tried to unload the passengers without tying off the vehicle to keep it from moving.

Wilson, a former metal fabricator, asked for about $1.3 million to pay for past and future medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering, according to his attorney, Barry Novack.

I’ve been stuck on a ride vehicle that was overloaded by cast members before. And I’ve never seen Disney cast members ‘tie off’ any floating vehicle to keep it in one place during evacuations. Normally the just hold it in place with a foot. I wonder if this verdict means that we’ll see attractions like The Jungle Cruise forced to tie-off before unloading passengers. That could seriously slow down the load and unload times, which is already the rides chief bottleneck.

(via LA Times. Photo courtesy Anna Fox, Flickr CC-License)

1 thought on “Disneyland Found Negligent for 2010 Splash Mountain Incident, But Will Pay No Damages”

  1. Jungle Cruise boats do currently have to tie down at the load / unload dock area for both unloading and loading. When boats are evacuated mid-river, they tie-up to each other, as far as I know. They did when I worked there. Jungle Cruise is quite a different affair, as there is no current in a flume–if the engine is not going, the boat is not moving. That is not the case on Splash, Pirates, “it’s a small world”, etc. I also find it quite impossible to accept that a Splash log could get stuck from being overloaded, inasmuch as they have wheels on the bottom that ride the rails down the final drop. The only place I can see it happening is the very few places where they ride has stop mechanisms that are vertical lifts from the bottom of the flume, and the heavy log dragged enough that it couldn’t float freely over the retracted lift. But all those lifts hold back numerous logs–I can’t imagine a scenario where 200 lbs of extra weight is so sever that logs piling up behind could not push it past the brake lift. Oh, well, I wasn’t part of the jury and heard none of the evidence . . . .

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