A female guest has sued Walt Disney Parks and Resorts following injuries she says she sustained during her visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.
According to a new lawsuit filed in Orange County court on Tuesday, a guest identified as Sarah Carney was staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge in mid-June 2022. During a visit to a resort pool, Carney claims to have been riding a water slide when she hit the bottom of the pool, allegedly causing her to sustain injuries “in and about her body and extremities.”
According to court documents filed on February 6, 2024, Carney has “already suffered from all of these injuries, damages, harms and losses in the past, and they are either permanent or continuing.”
As a result of the alleged scenario at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Carney has accused Disney World of negligence and is seeking $50,000 in damages.
According to the lawsuit, which was filed in Orange County on Tuesday, Carney accuses Disney World of “negligently failing to maintain or adequately maintain the premises/waterslide,” which the suit claims created a hazard to guests, including Carney. The suit also accuses Disney World of failing to adequately inspect the waterslide and to determine whether it posed a hazard to guests.
Court documents further indicate that Carney accuses Disney World of “failing to inspect or adequately warn the Plaintiff of the danger of the premises/waterslide” and alleges that Disney “knew or, through the exercise of reasonable care, should have known” that the waterslide was “unreasonably dangerous.”
In September 2023, another female guest filed suit against Disney, alleging she suffered a “painful wedgie“ during her visit to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park. But upon further reading of that suit, it became very clear that the woman’s alleged injuries were more serious than a “wedgie.”
According to court documents filed in that case, the impacts of the water slide on which she was riding caused her swimsuit to “be painfully forced between her legs and for water to be violently forced inside her,” and per gynecologists interviewed about the topic, such a scenario can sometimes be life-threatening, as it can often lead to bulging intestines and internal lacerations.
At this time, there’s been no court date set in this case.