There are always some risks when visiting a theme park. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, or even Six Flags; nothing is guaranteed. However, one of the last things one expects is to have their child injured in Magic Kingdom Park.
Magic Kingdom Park
Magic Kingdom Park has six distinct “lands” that theme park guests can enjoy. Those are Main Street, U.S.A., Liberty Square, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Frontierland, and Fantasyland. Each of these themed areas brings park guests into immersive settings, allowing them to escape the real world for a short time.
One of the busiest areas in the park is Fantasyland, which embraces nearly every fairytale symbol and story that the Walt Disney Company has to offer. One of the most beloved attractions in Fantasyland is Peter Pan’s Flight. This classic dark ride allows guests to soar through Neverland alongside Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael, and John. This iconic ride (one of the original park attractions) was the alleged sight of a young guest’s injury this past May.
Disney Peter Pan Ride Lawsuit
According to a lawsuit filed on September 11 in the Orange County Circuit Court, Daniel Blanco of New Jersey claimed he was on the ride with his child when it broke down. The lawsuit states that after the cast member announced the ride would start back up, the ride vehicle jerked forward. This sudden action reportedly caused Blanco’s child’s head to whip back and hit the back of the ride vehicle.
Blanco claims his child suffered from whiplash and “severe and permanent injuries.” The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Blanco family by the law firm Morgan & Morgan, and the family is seeking more than $50,000 in damages, excluding costs, interest, and attorney’s fees.
This is not the only guest lawsuit with which Walt Disney World Resort is in litigation. Another guest (also using Morgan & Morgan) is suing the Walt Disney Company for more than $50,000 after claiming that the monorail doors shut on her during her recent visit to Walt Disney World, causing her “permanent injury.”
The Disney Peter Pan Ride lawsuit is ongoing, and we will attempt to keep our readers up to date on the story as it develops over the next few months.