Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

US man wins Disneyland ride payout

The It's A Small World ride at Disneyland in Anaheim, California (AP)
The It's A Small World ride at Disneyland in Anaheim, California (AP)

A disabled man has been awarded 8,000 US dollars (£5,276) by Disneyland after the It's A Small World ride broke down, stranding him for half an hour while the theme song played continuously, a lawyer said.

Jose Martinez did not medically stabilise for three hours after the ride in California broke down in 2009, David Geffen said.

Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said the Anaheim theme park believes it provided appropriate assistance during the incident, and is disappointed that the court did not fully agree.

Mr Geffen said Mr Martinez uses a wheelchair and suffers from panic attacks and high blood pressure, which was aggravated by a need to urinate.

Mr Geffen said half the award was for pain and suffering, and the rest was for a violation of disability law. Ms Brown said the violations have been addressed.

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