Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort

Lawsuit Filed Against Disney Surrounding Fire Code Violation & Bullying During Resort Renovation

Disney is currently up against a lawsuit surrounding the renovation of Walt Disney World’s Saratoga Springs Resort. Fire code violation and bullying are at the center of the lawsuit.


As shared by the OrlandoSentinel:

A fire code violation found at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa caused major construction delays and inflated costs during the hotel’s $48 million renovation, according to a lawsuit that depicts a legal fight between Disney’s timeshare business and an Orlando construction company.

The lawsuit filed by Validus Construction Services owner Nicole Wickens also accuses Disney’s construction team of making misogynistic comments and belittling her with memes and messages, such as texting pictures of hot sauce packets to “emphasize that Disney would put the ‘heat’ on Validus.”

Wickens sued Disney Vacation Club Management last month in Orange Circuit Court for unspecified damages for breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation.


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Within two or three weeks into the project, when crews opened up a wall, they found a defect that violated fire and building code. “This life-safety issue existed at the property for more than 15 years without having previously been corrected by Disney,” the lawsuit said.

Disney’s project manager, John Gavin, accused Validus of leading the inspector to point out the fire code violation, the lawsuit said. “In so many words, Mr. Gavin accused Validus of refusing to maintain a conspiracy of silence.” The defect was the lack of proper fire protection in the cavities between floors, the lawsuit said.

Tensions also bubbled up between Wickens and Gavin who harassed and embarrassed her and her team, the lawsuit said. Gavin and the Disney team regularly sent memes to mock her when Validus reached out to discuss matters related to the project, the lawsuit said.

More on this story is available at OrlandoSentinel.

About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 15 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.