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The 10 Strangest Lawsuits Brought Against Disney Theme Parks

5. The lion

Lion

Image: Wikipedia

In a truly unusual incident, an African lion escaped from a backyard cage and killed the next door neighbour. Who was to blame? The family of the victim alleged that it was Disneyland, who had failed to track down the owner (who was visiting the park that day) in time. They were not successful in court.

4. Segways

Segway

The case brought by several disabled visitors against Disney for refusing to allow entry to its parks when riding Segways (as mobility vehicles) is not unusual in itself. What makes the case stand out, though, is one of the statements that Disney used to (successfully) defend itself. The company pointed out that the owner of Segway Inc., Jimi Heselden, had died in 2010 after falling off a cliff while riding a Segway.

3. The Hydrolator

Hydrolator

Image © Disney

The Hydrolators, once a key part of the The Seas pavilion at Epcot, were the subject of one mythical lawsuit that may never have actually happened. Disney tour guides have told tales of a case brought by a woman who suffered from "the bends" after descending into the depths of the sea in one of the Hydrolators. There was one problem, however - the Hydrolators didn't actually go anywhere. They simply vibrated a bit to give guests the impression that they were headed to the bottom of the sea.

An investigation by Yesterland, however, suggests that this may be an urban legend.

2. The headless characters

Mickey Mouse

Image © Disney

Any Disney fan knows that the characters that wander through the parks are real. But that hasn't stopped a number of lawsuits mentioning children witnessing "headless" characters backstage, causing severe distress.

The reality of these cases is a little less bizarre. In fact, two lawsuits have cited headless characters, but there were many other factors involved too. One case involved security staff falsely accusing a family of shoplifting, and dragging them backstage. Another saw a former Mouseketeer brought backstage after being held up at gunpoint in Disneyland's parking lot. Both distressing events, regardless of the presence of beheaded characters.

1. Pooh and Tigger

Pooh and Tigger
Image © Disney

Both Winnie the Pooh and his friend Tigger have been accused of assaulting guests. In 1981, Pooh was accused of beating a nine-year-old girl by repeatedly slapping her in the face, but Disney was able to prove that his range of movement would have made this impossible. 23 years later, Tigger faced criminal charges, being acquitted of molesting guests after the character himself appeared in court to demonstrate how difficult maneuvering was.

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I worked in EPCOT at The Living Seas (now known as The Seas With Nemo and Friends). I can confirm that the story of the woman sueing over the hydrolators is true. They only moved down a foot. The case was closed very quickly.

I worked in EPCOT at The Living Seas (now known as The Seas With Nemo and Friends). I can confirm that the story of the woman sueing over the hydrolators is true. They only moved down a foot. The case was closed very quickly.

Pretty sure the brick one is true, too...I was a cast member back in the mid 90s, and my boyfriend at the time, who'd been a cast member for a few years before I started there, told me about that one, as well as the one at Epcot...

I don't see how the "Brick" one could be true, since the castle is made out of fiberglass. Always has been. And IF you really were a cast member, you, of all people, should know that a brick falling from the castle was and IS impossible. Yes, it might be true that there was some lady stupid enough to think that scam was going to work, but seriously?? You can't be that naive to believe half of these crack-pots stories. Even from a now former bf.

I believe what this former cast member was referring to as being true was the lawsuit, not the brick.

Well anyone can start a lawsuit over anything in this country.
It just runs the risk of being thrown out by the judge.
I don't doubt someone was stupid enough to try this.

April, she meant that the lawsuit was true. You just bashed her for nothing. Some people are so quick to be judgemental!

RUDE! No reason what so ever to be that harsh, especially when YOU are the one who misread the comment.

I worked at Disney during the Tigger incident and I was told by some of the managers that the person playing Tigger was a lawsuit waiting to happen because he was warned many times not to be so "handsy" with the female guests.

I work at Disney and was told the story of Denise Mooty personally by cast members that were there at the time. She most definitely DID verbally abuse them, and that's the reason she was removed from the park. It's one of those situations where kindness will get you everywhere, but rudeness and foul language will get you nowhere!

we were on "Its a small world "one year for approximately 40 minutes listening to that crazy music, Its fun for a few minutes but not 40, but we never thought of suing Disney for that, now if we had gotten hurt while on the ride, that would have been different. geesh I coulda had a trip to Disney for that 8 grand, lol

I was stuck for 10 minutes once and thought it was enough, I can't imagine 40 minutes.

we were on "Its a small world "one year for approximately 40 minutes listening to that crazy music, Its fun for a few minutes but not 40, but we never thought of suing Disney for that, now if we had gotten hurt while on the ride, that would have been different. geesh I coulda had a trip to Disney for that 8 grand, lol

There's much more to this case. The man in question in the wheelchair was inable to relieve himself and suffered the "humiliation" of soiling himself while on the ride. Mind you, everyone else was stuck too, and they were outta luck if they had to use the restroom. But because he was disabled, it was an access issue.

Actually, everyone else, except the man and his wife were evacuated. The man's boat was past the last point where the CM's could pull it backstage to evacuate the wheelchair.
The man "suffered" an "attack" of a condition related to being a parapallegic (I can't recall the name). It wasn't for soiling himself though.
Now, his wife, instead of calling for help when her husband was in distress, videotaped it. If they knew he was in distress 911 would have been called and he could have been evacuated quickly.
Here is one article from the time he filed the lawsuit 2 Years after the incident. (Google quadrapalegic man disneyland, the articles from 2011 are when he filed the lawsuit and the latimes one has the video his wife shot.)
He actually only got $4000, the other $4000 was a fine that went to the state, I believe.

the brick falling is true I was working that day and although did not personally handle the situation we all were discussing it for weeks and became a favorite story to tell new hires when we would be telling them the importance of being careful what they said or did because people love to sue Disney and any chance they think they have of doing so they will take.

As for the Three Little Pigs incident. Look at the picture provided. The pigs arms are certainly able to move in this pictures. Not sure if the costumes were the same at the time of the lawsuit.

The costumes in the photo are from later. The earlier ones the head was larger and the arms were fake.

I understand that, howevr it immediately undermines the perception of validity. Good writers realize things like that erode a readers faith in an outlets information. (Even for a blog with mostly click bait/buzzfeed style writing, TPT claims itself to be a news source and needs to worry about that). it's ridiculous to believe at one of the most photographed spots on earth, there isn't a single picture in existence to support the claim the pigs had immobile arms which could have been included. Yet because of that, I'm left questioning how well informed the rest of the article is purely because there's already evidence enough research hasn't been done.

I was tripped by a small child at Disneyland and broke my arm in two places. Several people asked me why I didn't sue Disney. It wasn't Disney's fault it was the mother of the little boy who wasn't watching him. As I was laying on the ground, unable to get up, the woman had the nerve to say, "Well she's not bleeding',gathered her family and left before the paramedics arrived.

What does the woman weighing 240lbs have to do with anything at all? What does it add to the article? It seems as though the author is insinuating that because the woman is obese it isn't possible that she was assaulted. Careless writing, tpt. Also, every time I see that lawsuit mentioned, it is with the accompanying photo-- which clearly shows movable arms. We've got to do better. Come on, y'all.

It's pretty clearly because she was suing for the alleged comments of pigs calling her mommy because of her weight and comparing her to a pig. Including the weight was completely relevant and, in fact, vital to the set up of the story.

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