January 1975--Three youths are shot in Tomorrowland in the
park's first reported large-scale gang fight.
January 1979--An employee working on the Matterhorn
attraction slipped while trying to release a bobsled during a
breakdown. His foot went under the track and the sled ran over
it, tearing the top and pulverizing the bones. A co-worker
removed his own shirt, wrapped the injured foot, and called for
March 1985--A 17-year-old girl breaks both legs and
fractures an arm after she falls from her wheelchair onto a
moving platform at the Haunted Mansion ride.
February 12, 1990 6:08 p.m.--Nayeli Diana Placentia's an
8-year-old girl was hit in the back by an apparent stray bullet
as she rode the Disneyland Railroad in the Fantasyland section
of the Anaheim park. The train was pulling to a stop at the
Videopolis train station
Anaheim Police Lt. John Cross said the shot apparently was fired from
outside the park but there were no reports of shootings in the
area. February 13--Surgeons removed a medium caliber bullet that
embedded in the lower right portion of Nayeli Diana Placentia's
March 31, 1990--A 13-year-old Canadian girl is injured when
a support arm on the Dumbo Flying Elephant Ride collapses.
October 1990--A construction worker at Disneyland is
critically injured when he falls 30 feet from scaffolding in the
Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
January 1991--An 11 year old boy is thrown from the Mad Tea
Cups and struck by a second cup. He sustained a fractured spine,
shoulder injury and nerve damage in one arm.
August 1992--A 5 year old boy who fell into the waters of
Jungle Cruise. The boy was boarding the boat when an attendant
allegedly became distracted while helping him on board.
August 1994--A jury awards $21,120 to a boy who fell into the
waters of Jungle Cruise
January 1993--During a performance of Fantasmic, a
four-year-old and a 21-year-old got struck in the eye by a
burning firework, and a 16-year-old said a bright blue light
came toward him, and people started shouting, "Get it off!
You're on fire!" He arrived at the First Aid station with red,
swollen eyes, purple burn marks on his neck and holes "just like
acid burns" in his jacket, according to the accident report.
February 1993--Two children are treated for scratches and
bruises at the Toontown attraction after a chandelier at Goofy's
Bounce House comes loose and falls on them.
April 17,1994--A visitor falls 20 feet from the Skyway ride,
tumbling into a tree.
June 1994--A 15-year-old boy trips and falls 15 feet off the
monorail at the Disneyland Hotel. The Santa Maria boy suffers a
fractured elbow and other injuries.
January 1995--A 41-year-old woman going down the Chip 'n
Dale Tree Slide struck her left knee on a decorative acorn on
the side railing. The woman had to have arthroscopic surgery and
a kneecap replacement.
February 1995--A musician is severely hurt by an
out-of-control float in the Lion King Parade. The float smashed
the employee into an iron fence.
April 19, 1995--Robin Paulson, 49, alleges that she and her
four children were grabbed, shaken, kicked and punched, by at
least five Disneyland guards.
July 1995--A 17-year-old Anaheim girl working as a hostess
on the Star Tours ride fractures her skull after falling onto
the concrete floor. She had been ordered to climb out on a
darkened catwalk to retrieve a fallen brochure.
August 17,1995--Billie Jean Matay and her daughter, Denise
Bennett, and the three children were robbed after visting the
park. The family was climbing into their sport- utility vehicle
to go home when, she felt what she later realized was a gun
against her neck. Matay said the two robbers, who were not
caught, got away with jewelry, credit cards, $165 and driver's
licenses after holding the family captive as long as 10 minutes.
May 17,1997 5:30 p.m.--The Gullywhumper (Keel Boat) loaded
with 49 guests (normal maximum capacity is 32) began rocking
from side to side while on a routine trip around the island. The
Gullywhumper tipped over, dunking a boatload of guests into the
Rivers of America. Several guests were treated for minor
injuries at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange. Following the
accident, the Gullywhumper was removed from the water for
November 1997--A crane being used during renovation of the
Matterhorn mountain topples in the early morning, injuring one
construction worker. The park was closed at the time.
An untrained supervisor tried to stop the
Sailing Ship Columbia
by tying down a mooring rope. The cleat ripped off the hull,
flying into the crowd, killing one person.
January 1998--David Fackler, 5, suffered a serious foot
injury at the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. His toes are later
November 28,1998--Deborah Bynum of San Diego alleges a brain
hemorrhage was caused by the Indiana Jones ride
June 21, 2001--Deborah Bynum settled a lawsuit out of court
December 24,1998--A 4-year-old boy from the Palos Verdes
Peninsula was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange after he
fell off the carousel. He suffered from a concussion.
February 22,1999 8:20a.m.--Three Disneyland employees were
injured in a behind-the-scenes accident when the golf cart they
were riding in turned over. Five members of Disneyland's
"facilities cast," who do chores like painting and cleanup, were
leaving after a shift that began at midnight. Two of the riders
were unhurt, and two were treated for minor injuries at St.
Joseph Hospital in Orange, The driver was taken to the
University of California, Irvine, Medical Center for
April 18, 2000 10:30 p.m.--A Lake Forest teenager whose leg
was caught beneath Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin ride is being
described as a "lucky little girl" by hospital officials and
paramedics, who said that she suffered no broken bones or
serious cuts. The 13-year-old was on Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin
ride when her lower right leg became lodged under the fiberglass
passenger bucket, officials said. A Disney spokesman said the
girl, climbed out of her seat while the ride was moving. She was
trying to fetch a stuffed toy that had apparently fallen out of
the car. Disneyland spokesman Ray Gomez said the girl managed to
slip out from under her lap bar before stepping out of the car.
"She was trying to retrieve this toy, but in doing so her foot
became wedged between the car and the floor," Gomez said.
Anaheim Fire Department spokesman Jerry Austin said paramedics
freed the girl's leg within a few minutes. "It didn't take much
time at all, and her injuries were very minor," Austin said. The
girl was taken to Western Medical Center in Anaheim, where she
was seen and released within an hour, hospital spokesman Ron
Bingham said. "For having her leg stuck under an amusement park
ride, she was pretty lucky," he said. "There really wasn't any
treatment given. She didn't have a fracture, she didn't need a
cast and she didn't need any stitches. We released her to her
parents just after midnight."
July 31, 2000--A car on the Space Mountain coaster stopped
suddenly when a wheel support arm came loose. The safety system
on the ride, which reaches a maximum speed of about 30 mph as it
winds its way through a half-mile course, stopped other cars.
The lights in darkened Space Mountain were turned on and
everyone was evacuated. Jonathan Woodcock suffered 13 bulging
disks, nerve damage from the base of his neck to the bottom of
his spine, a dislocated jaw, cracked teeth, a ripped right
rotator cuff and joint disorder. His wife suffered a collapsed
arch in her right foot; permanent damage to her right knee, hip
and shoulder; and two herniated disks
July 31, 2001--Jonathan and Julie Woodcock, file a lawsuit
August 8, 2000--An operator dispatches a log on Splash
Mountain before Yvonne Traina, 67, was strapped in, causing her
to be thrown "rapidly backward" in her seat. When she screamed
and he stopped the ride, she was thrown forward. After the ride,
Traina said she complained of back pain, and a theme park nurse
gave her an ice pack and an Advil. Her doctor later diagnosed
her with a bulging disk, and she says she was left with
consistent pain in her lower back and legs.
May 2001-- Yvonne Traina files suit against Disney
October 28, 2002 --Disney settles lawsuit with Yvonne Traina
September 22, 2000--Brandon Zucker, 4, did not have a pulse
when paramedics arrived after he fell off the Roger Rabbit Car
Toon Spin Ride. "With a resuscitative efforts his vital signs
improved," Dr. Marianne Cinat "His injuries include a left
diaphragmatic tear, a collapsed left lung, a small tear to the
liver and to the spleen, and a left sided pelvic fracture." The
four-year-old was sitting closest to opening by his mother who
was behind the wheel of the spin ride. The black safety lap bar
was lowered. Brandon dropped something. When he reached down to
pick it up, he fell out of the ride and was pinned underneath
the car. He was trapped underneath it for 10 minutes before
paramedics pried him out.
September 25, 2000--Brandon Zucker remains in a medically
December 20, 2000--Brandon Zucker is back in the hospital. The
4-year-old has been living in a long-term care facility in Orange, but he was
returned to UC-Irvine Medical Center this week because of complications from his
injury.He's being treated at UC-Irvine for swelling of the brain.
February 1, 2002--The Walt Disney Co. finalized a settlement
with the family of Brandon Zucker. No terms were released, and the court records
were sealed as a condition of the settlement.
December 21,2000 11:37a.m.--Blake Borbeck a 15-year-old Mesa
Arizona boy's foot apparently became stuck between the ride's
caterpillar-shaped car and a 3-inch- high horizontal bar that
keeps the cars on the track, on Alice in Wonderland ride. The
boy suffered a fractured foot and minor scratches and abrasions
to his ankle and heel. His foot was splinted at the scene and he
was later transported to a Western Medical Center in Anaheim for
treatment.The accident occurred toward the end of the ride, near
the top of the exterior, winding portion, according to Anaheim
December 20,2001--The family of Blake Borbeck filed a lawsuit
against Disneyland in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
January 21,2001--A 6-year-old girl lost most of an index
finger while playing with a toy rifle on Tom Sawyer Island at
Disneyland. Anaheim paramedics report on the incident said
Priscilla slipped and that her finger had gotten caught in the
trigger. Priscilla Figueroa was rushed to UCI Medical Center in
Orange after the accident, but doctors were unable to reattach
the portion of her left index finger, hospital spokeswoman Kim
Pine said. She is right-handed
January 22, 2001--Priscilla Figueroa, was discharged from the
January 30, 2001--33-year-old Melanie Hershock was injured
on Disneylands Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Hershock,
slipped and hit her head on one of the boat's plastic benches
while trying to climb out. She was holding her 16-month-old baby
at the time. The baby was not hurt. Hershock was taken to
Western Medical Center in Anaheim, complaining of a headache and
neck pains, and was later released. State investigators found
that the boat stopped before it should have. When some
passengers stood up to disembark, "the boat then moved forward
to its final stop, and it threw some of them off balance."
May 4,2001 17:15--Twenty-seven people suffered minor
injuries when a tree fell at Disneyland. A tree, A 20-foot oak,
fell and injured a group of visitors at Disneyland on Friday.
Firefighters were treating as many as a dozen children and
adults. Jeanne Gill, 73 suffered a fractured pelvis. The
uprooted tree lay on the ground in Frontierland near Golden
Horseshoe Revue and the loading dock for one of the Rivers of
America rides. A popcorn kiosk parked in the area partially
broke the tree's fall. Many of the victims had been standing
beside a popcorn kiosk. The tree was believed to have been in
the park since it opened and was probably more than 40 years
old, weather may have been a factor. About five of the injured
guests remained pinned beneath the heavy cork oak following the
accident, while bystanders tried to lift the fallen tree.
Fifteen of the injured were taken to hospitals, but city
paramedics said all the injuries were minor. Three children,
ages 2, 3 and 4 and two employees were among the injured. In
all, 10 ambulances transported victims to area hospitals. The
area was closed off after the accident and ambulances and police
officers arrived. The park team was on the scene within four
minutes. Frontierland remained closed while work crews used
chain saws to chop and remove the tree.
August 29, 2002-- at about 4:30 p.m., the attraction
triggered a standard "cascade ride stop," which is supposed to
stop the rockets, one at a time, as they enter the next brake
zone. Unfortunately, one rocket shot through one of the last
brake zones without stopping -- and smashed into the rear of a
rocket that had been stopped just before the station.
"We had the usual cascade, but one of the brakes didn't brake a
rocket when it should have, and a collision happened in the
(reentry) tunnel," confirms a ride operator. "Brakes not braking
just doesn't happen. It's very bizarre."
The State of California Division of Occupational Safety and
Health (DOSH) described the cause only as a "malfunction." A
cast member said Facilities suspected a faulty sensor was to
According to DOSH spokesman Dean Fryer, seven passengers
suffered injuries, all minor. "Four (guests) were taken to area
hospitals as a precautionary measure, looked at, and released to
return to the park," he said. "Three others sought medical
attention a day later."
April 30, 2003--A 4-year-old boy was hurt when he fell in
front of the cars on the Autopia ride at Disneyland. Dean Fryer,
a spokesman for the California Department of Occupational Safety
& Health, said the boy suffered minor injuries. The boy, who was
not named, was taken to UCI Medical Center, said Disneyland
spokeswoman Marilyn Waters. Fryer said the boy was running on
the loading platform when he slipped and fell in front of
slow-moving cars. "The boy is lucky he wasn't injured more," he
said. The ride reopened in the afternoon.
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