Disneyland opened its doors during the summer of 1955 and quickly became known as “the happiest place on Earth.” For some, Disneyland is hardly a happy place at all. Thousands of people have been injured at Disneyland and a couple of handfuls have lost their lives. Freak accidents do happen, but chances are that the only damage you’ll suffer while at Disneyland will be to your pocketbook. Over 650 million people have visited the park since it opened. Here is our list of some the most shocking freak accidents that have happened at Disneyland in its 60-year history.
13. A Disabled Man Is Subjected to 40 Minutes of “It’s a Small World”
On November 27, 2009, a computer glitch on “It’s a Small World” left a quadriplegic man, Jose Martinez, stranded on the ride for 40 minutes. Disney was able to immediately evacuate all of the passengers except for Martinez and his wife. Martinez sued Disney for not having proper procedures in place to evacuate people with disabilities. He also claimed that the blaring music exasperated his medical condition.
Listening to “It’s a Small World” for 40 minutes would likely drive anyone mad. After leaving the ride, Disney employees pushed his wheelchair to a first aid tent where he was subjected to a personal performance of “It’s a Small World” by Mickey Mouse. Martinez told reporters that “It was like insult to injury.” On March 26, 2013, a jury awarded Martinez $8000 for enduring the tortuous experience.