If you've ever been to one of the Disney parks and ridden the "It's a Small World" ride...you may actually sympathize with a California man who was stuck on the ride for a solid 30 minutes.
The short 4 minute ride through the animatronic wonderworld features the "It's a Small World" song...on repitition...over, and over and over again. And those who have ridden it often find it hard to get the song out of their heads for hours after they get off the ride.
Now imagine the ride breaking down...and being stuck in the barrage for a good half-hour.
That's what happened to one man...and he sued for pain and suffering, and for a violation of disability law.
CBS of Los Angeles reports that Jose Martinezâ?? ordeal was so traumatizing that, according to his lawyer David Geffen, he didnâ??t medically stabilize for three hours after the ride broke down in 2009.â??No one came to us, which I felt was another potential deadly situation,â?? Martinez told CBSLA last February. â??I told my wife, I said,â?? they want us to roll to first aid? I donâ??t think weâ??re gonna make it.â??â??â??The music was blaring. They couldnâ??t get it to go off,â?? Martinez recalled.Apparently other passengers on the ride were able to get off the ride with the aid of operators...but Martinez, who was in a wheelchair, had to remain on the train because where it had stopped was not handicap accessable.The judge on the case ruled â??Martinezâ??s anxiety increased as his bladder began to fill,â?? but he eventually dismissed the majority of the complaint. â??Martinez also developed a severe headache and recognized that he was experiencing autonomic dysreflexia, which is often caused by an overly full bladder.â?? the judge concluded.Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown told CBS LA that the Anaheim theme park believes it provided appropriate assistance during the incident, and is disappointed that the court did not fully agree. They have also modified the rideâ??s emergency response plan to provide for passengers with disabilities.
Is $8000 too much? or too little of an award for being stuck on a Disney ride for 30 minutes?