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    Disneyland: Disabled man awarded $8000 after being stranded on ride

    ONE MORE REASON TO VISIT FLORIDA AND STAY OFF THE WEST COAST
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    Disabled man awarded $8000 after being stranded on Disneyland ride - U.S. News

    A wheelchair-bound man was awarded $8,000 by Disneyland after the "It's A Small World" ride broke, stranding him for a half hour while the theme song played continuously, according to an attorney for the plaintiff.Jose Martinez, who suffers from panic attacks and high blood pressure, did not medically stabilize for three hours after the ride broke down in 2009, attorney David Geffen said.

    "He has panic disorder and that was really what started everything rolling," Geffen said. "What caused the court concern, as well, because Disney was alerted about his panic problem and didn't call for the fire department right away."

    Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said the Anaheim theme park believes it provided appropriate assistance during the incident, and is disappointed that the court did not fully agree.
    Martinez uses a wheelchair, and Geffen said the plaintiff's high blood pressure was aggravated by a need to urinate while he was stuck on the ride.

    While the other riders were able to get off, Martinez was stuck until he could access his wheelchair.
    Half the award ordered last week is for pain and suffering, and the rest is for a violation of disability law, Geffen said.

    Brown told NBC4 the violation concerning the height of the counter in Disneyland’s first aid station has been corrected.
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    Re: Disneyland: Disabled man awarded $8000 after being stranded on ride

    Ugh...we got stuck on SW last trip. It was probably only 10-12 minutes, but the band played on. And on, and on, and...

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    Re: Disneyland: Disabled man awarded $8000 after being stranded on ride

    Wow, Mo, you missed an opportunity to get at least 8K.
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    Re: Disneyland: Disabled man awarded $8000 after being stranded on ride

    Well, I was really hungry at the time. Probably needed to pee as well...

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    You should have wet yourself into a small fortune.
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    Re: Disneyland: Disabled man awarded $8000 after being stranded on ride

    I'm always the last to know about these things!

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    Re: Disneyland: Disabled man awarded $8000 after being stranded on ride

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    ONE MORE REASON TO VISIT FLORIDA AND STAY OFF THE WEST COAST
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    Disabled man awarded $8000 after being stranded on Disneyland ride - U.S. News

    A wheelchair-bound man was awarded $8,000 by Disneyland after the "It's A Small World" ride broke, stranding him for a half hour while the theme song played continuously, according to an attorney for the plaintiff.Jose Martinez, who suffers from panic attacks and high blood pressure, did not medically stabilize for three hours after the ride broke down in 2009, attorney David Geffen said.

    "He has panic disorder and that was really what started everything rolling," Geffen said. "What caused the court concern, as well, because Disney was alerted about his panic problem and didn't call for the fire department right away."

    Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said the Anaheim theme park believes it provided appropriate assistance during the incident, and is disappointed that the court did not fully agree.
    Martinez uses a wheelchair, and Geffen said the plaintiff's high blood pressure was aggravated by a need to urinate while he was stuck on the ride.

    While the other riders were able to get off, Martinez was stuck until he could access his wheelchair.
    Half the award ordered last week is for pain and suffering, and the rest is for a violation of disability law, Geffen said.

    Brown told NBC4 the violation concerning the height of the counter in Disneyland’s first aid station has been corrected.

    When the largest local news station was telling this story during the news segment they played the Small World theme song during the entire segment.

    Disneyland has gotten a lot of dings in recent times for ADA issues, from lack of relief areas for sight dogs to lack of braille l signage. Disney seems to simultaneously fix WDW as they get ding'd in Cali.
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