BY Staff WritersFebruary 11, 2024
2 weeks ago

Woman sues Disney World after freak accident on slide

A serene day at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom Lodge turned unfortunate for one Florida woman, leading to a significant lawsuit.

Sarah Carney is suing the resort, alleging injuries from a water slide accident due to purported negligence, seeking damages beyond $50,000.

This incident adds to a growing concern over the safety measures at famed amusement parks, drawing attention to the importance of rigorous maintenance and clear warnings for all attractions.

Carney, hailing from Polk County, Florida, decided to enjoy a seemingly fun activity at the Animal Kingdom Lodge on June 17, 2022. The joy quickly faded as what was meant to be a delightful ride down a water slide ended with unexpected injuries. Carney's day of leisure took a distressing turn, sparking a legal battle against one of the most renowned theme parks in the world.

In the aftermath, Carney took legal action by filing a lawsuit in Orange County. She alleged that upon reaching the pool's bottom after sliding down, she sustained several injuries. These were not minor scrapes or bruises; according to the lawsuit, Carney "suffered bodily injury in and about her body and extremities, resulting in pain and suffering, disability."

This description paints a grim picture of the physical toll the incident took on her.

A Look Into Resort's Responsibilities

The lawsuit levies serious accusations against the resort regarding the upkeep and safety protocols of their water slides. It claims that the Animal Kingdom Lodge failed in its duty to maintain the slide, perform adequate inspections, and, crucially, to warn Carney about potential hazards.

This raises questions about the resort's commitment to guest safety and the efficiency of their routine checks on recreational facilities.

The nature of Carney's injuries, as detailed in the lawsuit, suggests that her painful experience was not an unforeseeable accident but a preventable one.

The lodge is accused of negligence, with the assertion being that the resort should have been aware of the specific risks associated with the water slide. Interestingly, the lawsuit does not specify which of the Lodge's two water slides - the 67-foot-long slide at the Uzima Springs Pool or the 128-foot slide at the Samawati Springs Pool - was the scene of the accident.

Amusement Park Litigation: An Emerging Trend?

Carney's lawsuit is not an isolated case. In 2023, another woman took legal action against Disney World for an injury sustained at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon water park back in 2019.

This pattern of litigation points to a potentially wider issue of safety and accountability at theme parks, especially those under the Disney umbrella. While these parks are designed as escapes into worlds of wonder and excitement, these incidents remind visitors and operators alike of the paramount importance of safety.

At the time of reporting, Disney World has not offered a comment regarding Carney's lawsuit. The silence from such a major player in the entertainment and tourism industry is deafening, especially to those closely following the developments of this case.

This lack of response might be strategic, but it also leaves room for speculation about how the company handles safety concerns and litigation.

Seeking Justice and Awareness

Carney is seeking damages over $50,000 for her ordeal, a sum that indicates the severity of her injuries and the impact on her life. Additionally, she is pursuing interest and costs, which could significantly increase the financial stakes for Disney should a court find in her favor. This lawsuit, beyond the immediate legal battle, shines a light on the broader implications for resort and theme park operators in terms of their responsibility to guests.

This incident, along with others before it, raises critical questions about the safety practices of theme parks. As families and individuals visit these parks seeking joy and adventure, the expectation is that the operators have done everything in their power to ensure a safe environment.

This case stands as a stark reminder of what can happen when that trust is possibly breached.

Written by: Staff Writers

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