A couple is taking legal action against Disney World, claiming that a water slide at the popular theme park caused a “painful wedgie,” which resulted in injury and emotional distress. The couple filed a lawsuit in Orange County, Florida, alleging negligence on the part of the Walt Disney World Resort where the incident took place.
Typhoon Lagoon Becomes the Center of Lawsuit
Walt Disney World Resort, located in sunny Orlando, Florida, is a massive Resort that is home to four theme parks, dozens of hotels, and two water parks. One of these water parks is Typhoon Lagoon.
Known for its tropical theming, Typhoon Lagoon is the perfect place for families to cool off under the Florida sun. The water park offers lots of rides suitable for various ages and preferences. One of the biggest rides is the Humunga Kowabunga. This massive ride drops Guests down Mount Mayday for nearly 5 stories. Disney describes the ride, saying:
“Brace yourself for the ride of your life as you race down Mount Mayday at a 60-degree angle.
These 3 side-by-side enclosed body slides make for some high-octane thrills. You won’t know what’s coming as you zoom 214 feet downhill in the dark and spray your way to a surprise ending!”
While this ride is definitely extreme, it has always been referred to as extremely safe up until now.
Lawsuit Brings Important Discussions to the Forefront
According to court documents, this couple visited Typhoon Lagoon at Walt Disney World Resort last summer. They claim that while trying to enjoy a ride on a water slide, their experience turned into a nightmare. The water slide allegedly caused a “painful wedgie” as well as some more serious injuries.
As the woman was nearing the end of the waterslide,“her body lifted up, she [became] airborne, and she was slammed downward against The Slide – which increased the likelihood of her legs becoming uncrossed.”
The impact allegedly resulted in a hospital visit, where it was determined that she had “suffered severe and permanent bodily injury.” The infuriated couple is now suing Disney for around $50,000.
While Walt Disney World has not commented on the specific incident, it should be noted that water slides, like many amusement park rides, do carry an inherent danger. This incident has opened the doors for important conversations on just how liable Parks are for the injuries sustained within them. While most visitors likely understand that riding water slides or other attractions entails some risk, there is an expectation that the Park will take all reasonable steps to minimize those risks. When disaster strikes, who is truly responsible?
Water parks, including Typhoon Lagoon, have strict regulations and guidelines in place to ensure visitors’ safety. Walt Disney World, being one of the largest and most well-known theme parks in the world, is no exception to this. It remains to be seen whether the court will find Disney liable for the couple’s reported injury and emotional distress.