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Man Sues Disney After Magic Kingdom Ferry Crashes, Allegedly Throwing Him Into Trash Can

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WARNING: The following article mentions and/or discusses topics that may be distressing for certain audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.

The Magic Kingdom Ferry is an iconic mode of transportation at Walt Disney World. This ferry boat provides guests with a picturesque journey across the Seven Seas Lagoon to the Magic Kingdom Park. As one of the primary water transportation options within the resort, the Magic Kingdom Ferry offers a unique and delightful way to begin a magical day at the park.

Unfortunately for one guest, their trip across the lagoon was less than magical. One man is now suing Disney after an alleged Magic Kingdom Ferry crash left him injured and frustrated.

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Ferry Crash Results in Another Disney Lawsuit

The experience of riding the Magic Kingdom Ferry is not just about getting from point A to point B; it’s a leisurely voyage filled with enchanting views and a sense of anticipation for the adventures that await at the Magic Kingdom. The gentle lapping of the water against the ferry’s hull, coupled with the refreshing breeze that sweeps through the open decks, creates a soothing and immersive atmosphere for guests.

While that may be the experience for most guests, that was certainly not the case for one man who rode the Magic Kingdom ferry last year. Justin Tripp was vacationing at Walt Disney World Resort when he decided to take the Richard F. Irvine ferry over to Magic Kingdom Park. Once aboard the ferry, Tripp noticed that the boat seemed to be overcrowded.

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Upon docking at Magic Kingdom’s ferry dock, Tripp alleged that the ferry boat did not slow down. The lawsuit says;

“As the ferry approached the docking area of the Magic Kingdom, the ferry did not slow down. “The ferry struck the boat (dock) at an unsafe and high rate of speed, causing passengers to be thrown about. The ferry and dock sustained visible damage during the allision or crash of the ferry into the Disney dock.” 

Tripp alleges that there was no warning before the ferry hit the dock. As a result, he and the other passengers were thrown about. Tripp claims the crash caused him to hit his head and neck on a steel pillar and fall into a trash can on board. Because of these injuries, Tripp seeks damages of $50,000+.

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A Lesson Learned

This unusual and unfortunate event has raised concerns about safety measures and protocols for Disney’s water transportation services. Disney, known for its commitment to guest safety and experience, should promptly investigate the incident thoroughly to understand what led to this unexpected and potentially dangerous situation.

The Magic Kingdom ferry is a popular mode of transportation for visitors heading to and from the park, offering a picturesque journey across the Seven Seas Lagoon. This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining rigorous safety standards on all forms of transportation within Disney World to ensure the well-being of all guests. It also underlines the need for clear communication and guidance in emergency situations to prevent accidents and mitigate risks effectively.

As this story unfolds, it highlights the complexities and responsibilities involved in operating a vast entertainment resort like Walt Disney World, where the safety and satisfaction of guests should always be paramount.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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