Incidents at Disneyland Resort

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This is a summary of notable incidents that have taken place at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. While the California Department of Safety and Health (CDSH) has ruled that some guest-related incidents are Disney's fault, the majority of incidents were due to negligence on the guests' part.[1]

The term incidents refers to major accidents, injuries, deaths and significant crimes. While these incidents are required to be reported to regulatory authorities for investigation, attraction-related incidents usually fall into one of the following categories:

According to a 1985 Time magazine article, fewer than 100 lawsuits are filed against Disney each year for numerous incidents.[2]

Disney California Adventure[edit]

Hyperion Theater[edit]

California Screamin'[edit]

Main article: California Screamin'

Guest altercations[edit]

Disneyland Park[edit]

America Sings[edit]

Main article: America Sings

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad[edit]

Columbia[edit]

Main article: Sailing Ship Columbia

Frontierland[edit]

Main article: Frontierland

Indiana Jones Adventure[edit]

It's a Small World[edit]

Main article: It's a Small World

Matterhorn[edit]

Main article: Matterhorn Bobsleds

Monorail[edit]

PeopleMover[edit]

Main article: PeopleMover

Rivers of America[edit]

Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin[edit]

Skyway[edit]

Main article: Skyway (Disney)

Space Mountain[edit]

Storybook Land Canal Boats[edit]

Tom Sawyer's Island[edit]

Toontown[edit]

Costumed characters[edit]

Guest altercations[edit]

Non-Attraction-Related Deaths[edit]

Disneyland Hotel[edit]

Mickey & Friends Parking Structure[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Yoshino, Kimi (16 October 2003). "Disney Fined in Death of Worker". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Driscoll, Gwendolyn (2005-07-30). "'You could hear it coming'". The Orange County Register. Archived from the original on 18 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  6. ^ "Brake Is Faulted in Park Crash". Los Angeles Times. 2005-10-14. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  7. ^ "Firefighters rescue 23 after dropped bag brings Disneyland ride to a Screamin' halt". Herald Sun. 23 July 2011. Retrieved 2013-05-26. 
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  9. ^ "Alleged drunk, violent man taken down at Tower of Terror at Disneyland". Los Angeles Daily News. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
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  12. ^ Koenig, David (1994). Mouse Tales: A Behind-the-Ears Look at Disneyland. Irvine, CA: Bonaventure Press. pp. 172–173. ISBN 978-0964060562. 
  13. ^ http://www.saffian.com/danger.htm
  14. ^ "Theme Park Accident, 11 Injured" (date=2003-09-07). KABC-TV. Archived from the original on 6 September 2003. 
  15. ^ "Big Thunder Railroad Death Brings Big Admission From Disney". InjuryBoard.com. 2004-12-05. Retrieved 2006-11-04. 
  16. ^ Verdict settlement for BTMRR
  17. ^ Disney Ride Upkeep Assailed, Mike Anton and Kimi Yoshino, Los Angeles Times, Nov 9 2003
  18. ^ OSHA Press Release on Columbia findings
  19. ^ a b "Disneyland Changes its 911 Policy". Daily News (Danielle Herubin and Tony Saavedra). 2000-10-21. Retrieved 2007-05-04. 
  20. ^ "Husband Killed And Wife Disfigured By Disney's Sailing Ship Columbia (2000)". Aitken, Aitken, Cohn. Retrieved 2006-10-18. 
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  25. ^ "Settlement Reached in Wrongful Death Suit Against Disney". AP. 2007-01-05. Archived from the original on 2007-02-12. Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  26. ^ Vik Jolly (2013-03-27). "$8,000 awarded to man stuck on Small World ride". Orange County Register. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  27. ^ a b Koenig 1994: 170
  28. ^ a b Koenig 1994: 174-175
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  30. ^ Abstract of LA Times Archive article mentioning death in 1984 (Abstract does not contain collaborating details, but full article may)
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  32. ^ Koenig 1994: 174
  33. ^ Koenig 1994: 173-174
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  43. ^ AP (2013-05-28). "No injuries in apparent dry-ice Disneyland blast". CBS News. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  44. ^ AP (2013-11-04). "Christian Barnes, Ex-Disneyland Worker, Sentenced For Dry-ice Bombs". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
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  46. ^ "AROUND THE NATION; Disneyland Must Pay $600,000 in Park Murder". New York Times. 1986-07-24. Retrieved 2006-12-06. 
  47. ^ La Ganga, Maria L. (8 March 1987). "Teen-Ager Killed in Brawl at Disney Lot". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  48. ^ "Conviction Overturned in Disneyland Murder". Los Angeles Times. 3 May 1989. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
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