Disneyland sued for fatal Big Thunder Mountain Railroad accident

Posted Wednesday, October 6, 2004 8:58 AM | Contributed by Raptorgirl

The Walt Disney Co. was sued on Tuesday by the family of a man who died on a Disneyland ride last year, and by four other passengers injured in the derailment of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride. The suit says Big Thunder Mountain operators were afraid to take the train out of operation, even after hearing unusual noises, because of an "atmosphere of intimidation" created by Disney management.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2004 9:44 AM
What kind of crap is that?! I'm glad they are getting sued. I'm not 100% sure but hasnt there been a problem with this ride other than this one incident? Time for a major rehauling imo and investigation on Disney management.
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 9:56 AM
"The safety of our guests and cast member has always been our top priority, and Big Thunder Mountain was reopened only after it was found by the state to be safe for operation, and after verification that all corrective actions and retraining had been fully completed," the statement said"

Profits have been their top prority. If not, that accident would have never happened. I hope the plantiffs own the park by the time they are done. This is one lawsuit that is more than justified.

Good for the plaintiffs for keeping this out in the press insteading accepting the typical Disney buyoff to just go away.
*** This post was edited by super7* 10/6/2004 9:58:03 AM ***

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 10:30 AM
Jeff's avatar

Profits have been their top prority. If not, that accident would have never happened.
And by extension, that means safety is their top priority because it's not good business to kill people. I'm not defending Disney, because they clearly screwed up, but blaming capitalism isn't right.
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 11:17 AM
Let me rephrase that....

SHORT TERM profits were their priority. Cutting maintenance was a method to boost short term profits. But accidents like this hurt profits in the long term.

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 1:27 PM
While it is true Disney knows it was in their best interest to not kill people, the previous regime did in fact drastically change the way maintenance was handled with the goal of increasing efficiency and profit. While efficiency in itself is not a bad thing, they turned their back on practices that had worked for decades (Individual teams assigned to each attraction that knew them like the backs of their hands) with a small team that responded to any situation in any of the rides, restaurants, or hotels (meaning the guys who used to work just BTMRR or Space Mountaint were now also fixing plumbing problems at the Disneyland Hotel.
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 1:40 PM
Soggy's avatar Well, you KNEW a lawsiut would be coming after an accident like that one. I think Disneyland needs to go back to the way things were before the change in maintainance policies. Just because their in-house feature animation branch has tanked is no reason to make the park's budget suffer.

I don't have the numbers, but prior to these changes I cannot recall any deaths due to maintainence issues at the park. There were several injuries/deaths in their history, but I'm pretty sure they were all rider error/misconduct, not mechanical failure.

*** This post was edited by Soggy 10/6/2004 1:41:34 PM ***

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 4:31 PM
I told everyone all ready but no, disneyland sucks. Now its unsafe, dum dumm dummm. Little kids scared of tigger and now this, lets all just go to cedar point. YAY!
Thursday, October 7, 2004 1:09 PM
What's wrong, too afraid to post your opinion and let everyone see it? you are DUM DUM DUM DUM.

As for the disney incident. Although I love disney I think it was time for them to have a rude awakening to how they train there staff, how management is run (not letting there staff have a bathroom or water break during long hot days, or any day for that matter), and cutting maintanence costs. I hope they have a complete turn around now (yeah right, but one can wish) on the way they do things. The board needs to stop having there top priority being the money in there pockets and for there share holders, if they really care about there shares, to stand up and tell disney they won't stand for it. But then again, we can only wish upon a star.... *** This post was edited by TheNewLMHDesign 10/7/2004 1:11:11 PM ***

Thursday, October 7, 2004 1:54 PM
Jeff's avatar No, there's a bug where an expired session does the post and doesn't save the name. There is no conspiracy.
Thursday, October 7, 2004 8:45 PM
Do I have a name now hope so and not afraid, disneyland needs to do something big. Besides making new parks in different places.
Friday, October 8, 2004 2:47 PM
1) Everything wants to get profits!
2) You can't compare everything to Cedar Fair LP, they are in a league of there own relating to safety.
3) Cedar Point doesn't have very many rides for young children, who are into the Disney Characters!
4) Disney is in the process of attempting to get more 'thrill seekers' coming to there parks, and they have to learn things that Cedar Fair already has.

Ewh... They really cut their maintenance down like that? How can they do something like that and still expect to have everything be safe?

And at a Cedar Fair park, ops can kick someone off the ride for rider misconduct...been there, done that.

Sunday, October 10, 2004 2:50 AM
You really can't compare Disney to Cedar Fair at all. More than 50 million people will visit just Disney World this year. It would take more than 10 years for Cedar Point to see that many guests. Just a reminder that White Water Landing at Cedar Point had rafts sitting on top of one another two years ago, the result of a merge jam. This year the launch cable of Top Thrill Dragster shredded and sent pieces of metal into guests arms. Parks have risks, and if you look at the numbers, you'll find Disney parks to be far safer. They have to be, millions more guests a year from all over the world, added to parks that are full of people just waiting for the opportunity to sue.

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