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Man stuck on Disney's 'Small World' ride awarded $8,000

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:41 p.m. HST, Mar 26, 2013

LOS ANGELES >> An attorney says a disabled man was awarded $8,000 by Disneyland after the "It's A Small World" ride broke, stranding him for three hours while the theme song played continuously.

Lawyer David Geffen says Jose Martinez was the only passenger not evacuated when the ride broke down in 2009, and staffers failed to call the fire department to free him.

The ride's familiar song couldn't be turned off the entire three hours Martinez was stuck.

Geffen says Martinez uses a wheelchair, suffers from panic attacks and high blood pressure, and needed to urinate for much of the time he was stranded.

Geffen says half the award ordered Friday is for pain and suffering, and the other half for disability law violations.

Disney did not immediately reply to messages seeking comment.

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Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
allie shut up. I just know you're going to say something stupid.
on March 26,2013 | 02:53PM
busterb wrote:
Apparently, since the 70s, or earlier, Allie has been intensely studying Hawaii. It has had no time to go to Disneyland and have an opinion.
on March 26,2013 | 03:03PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
You just said "It" haha.
on March 26,2013 | 03:06PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
A guy suffers from panic attacks and goes to an amusement park?
on March 26,2013 | 03:03PM
kaulanakala wrote:
LOL....at least its only a drop in the bucket at $8K...but seriously...how could the staffers leave a disabled man for three hours? "Its a Small World After All....over and over and over again can drive anyone nuts..hahahaha
on March 26,2013 | 04:07PM
Ronin006 wrote:
He now will claim PTSD and will end up with a lot more than $8,000.
on March 26,2013 | 05:25PM
likewise wrote:
My entire family cracked up when I read this story to them. We have been on that ride many times. You do it for your little ones. Just the normal time needed to complete one circuit of the ride could cause a psychotic episode. That song!!!!! OMG make it stop!!!!!! LOLOLOL.
on March 26,2013 | 05:23PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
I don't think the plaintiff cracked up....
on March 26,2013 | 06:32PM
pandadaddy wrote:
The "P" word comes to mind.
on March 26,2013 | 09:21PM
st1d wrote:
there should be an evacuation plan and devices available for every foot of the route thrill rides, and yes, even the small world ride. someone should have been able to carry him off long before that silly song rooted in his psyche.

oh, no, it's spiraling around inside my head now. it's a small world, after all, it's a small world, after all. make it stop. three hours is just too much. even the two minutes to type this comment is too much.

on March 26,2013 | 10:38PM
inverse wrote:
If I remember correctly isn't the ride in boats floating in about one foot of water that are tethered to a conveyor chain underneath the boat? So If the guy had to P really bad, why didnt he just go in the water?
on March 27,2013 | 12:15AM
grantos wrote:
because he's stuck in a chair?
on March 27,2013 | 12:46AM
inverse wrote:
Seriously, as someone else mentioned Disney did not have an evacuation plan for a handicapped person and what was WORSE it sounds it was a public relations decison to NOT call the fire dept un fear it would give Disney negative publicity as an unsafe amusement park if park goers see firefighters coming to the aide of the handicapped person. Unlike Disney employees who have no training nor desire to do what is necessary to assist this handicapped guy, Firefighters could have easily carried this guy out of the stuck boat in less than 10-15 minutes. In the process firefighters might have caused some damage to the ride in rescuing the guy and probably was another factor why Disney officials did not call the fire dept.
on March 27,2013 | 05:34AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Only $8,000 for that poor guy who had to listen to that dumb song for 3 hours? Disney got away with murder. Or, in this case, Disney got away with torture.
on March 27,2013 | 04:46AM
Makiki_Al wrote:
FYI - Disneyland has it's own Fire Department on property.
on March 27,2013 | 06:09AM
hawaiikone wrote:
What we're seeing here is simply speculation. The facts as reported are sketchy at best. An 8K award says more than this story does.
on March 27,2013 | 07:13AM
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