Quadriplegic Sues Disney After Being Trapped on ‘Small World’ Ride

  • Share
  • Read Later
Disneyland Resorts, California

David McNew/Getty Images

Rack this up as one of NewsFeed’s worst nightmares: A quadriplegic man is suing Disneyland after being stranded on the “It’s A Small World” ride for more than 40 minutes during an evacuation.

Jose Martinez is suing the “Happiest Place on Earth” for negligence, emotional distress and liability, claiming that after the famous ride stalled, Disney staff evacuated other passengers, while leaving him and his wife behind.

The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court by the Disability Rights Legal Center on behalf of Martinez, claims that Disney violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by not having proper procedures in place to evacuate disabled passengers. Martinez also alleges that Disney staffers refused to call the paramedics after the stress of the situation caused his blood pressure to rise.

(More on TIME.com: See another Disney woe — this one involving crowds too big to handle)

Disneyland resorts released a statement to the Associated Press claiming that the park is accessible to all visitors, and that evacuation procedures for all rides are in place.

NewsFeed just hopes that Martinez and his wife weren’t subjected to hearing the awful “It’s A Small World After All” song for 40 minutes straight. That would be enough to drive even the calmest person crazy. (via AOL)

(More on TIME.com: See pictures of Disney teen stars)