Small World, Giant Injustice: Only $8k for Being Stuck on Disney Ride with Song for Half Hour

Categories: Court, Dishney
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I can ride It's a Small World at Disneyland and have that goddamn song stuck in my head for days. I can simply pass Small World and have that goddamn song stuck in my head for days. I can hear a snippet of the Small World theme on the teevee and have that goddamn song stuck in my head for days. So I can imagine the hell Jose Martinez endured when he got stuck inside the ride for a half hour--and that goddamn song stuck in his head for lord knows how long.

Martinez, who is disabled and confined to a wheelchair, received $8,000 from The Mouse after a court concluded the theme park did not do enough to free him from the infernal ride after it broke down in 2009, the Associated Press reports.

David Geffen, Martinez's lawyer, is quoted in the report saying his client suffers from panic attacks and high blood pressure, conditions that were no doubt compounded by the fact the trapped man also had to piss like a race horse. And then there was having to hear "It's a world of hopes, it's a world of fear . . ." over and over again for 30 minutes.

Speaking of pain and suffering, having to endure both accounted for half of Martinez's award, the other half being a penalty for violations of disability laws. Disney spokeswoman Suzy Brown reportedly told the AP that the company was disappointed with the ruling, believing everything that could be done was done for Martinez. But she is said to have added the park has since corrected the disability law problems. Hmmmm . . .

You'd suspect the real pain and suffering, worse even than having that goddamn song stuck in your head, would be looking at what's left of an $8,000 check after the lawyer gets his cut.

Mouseketeers are just lucky someone wasn't forced to hear the Main Street Electrical Parade theme over and over and over and over and over. Having gone through that as a cast member assigned to the parking lot (back when the park had a parking lot), I can see going Dorner over that.

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32 comments
warpd13
warpd13

I can relate!!  What a nightmare!!!

BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

Assigned to the parking lot? Try working the Plaza Complex (Plaza Pavillion, Plaza Inn, Inn-Between). That MSEP music still haunts me 20+ years later.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

$1480.00 behind in my rent and no jobs or job offers in the last 5 months.

So what's your problem/s.

cynthia241
cynthia241

If that was me stuck on that ride it would've been a wrongful death lawsuit brought by my estate. I'd have beaten my brains out on a safety bar. Only slightly less horrifying than the new electronic soundtrack used by every off-label ice cream truck in Anaheim, who insist on keeping the music running while parked in front of the house...whether kids are there or not. Dear God, I am becoming the cranky old geezer on the corner screaming, "Get off my damn grass!" 


Welcome to Duloc, such a perfect town
Here we have some rules, let us lay them down
Don't make waves, stay in line
And we'll get along fine
Duloc is a perfect place

Keep your feet off the grass
Shine your shoes, wipe your...face
Duloc is, Duloc is
Duloc is a perfect place

Tom Slick Pearson
Tom Slick Pearson

His attorney got $6k in fees... Enjoy your Happy Meal, homeboy! Hahah

Adri Oddo Amaral
Adri Oddo Amaral

I think a rain check/guest pass would have been PLENTY. Out of control. Embarrassing. He needs to donate the $$$!!!

Susan Enstad Morris
Susan Enstad Morris

Um, 8K is MORE than enough, He wasn't injured or killed. 8k....really????

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

JOe Im not siding wih him or with disney. this is just another page in the bizzare story that is the OC and CA and the USA. But I do feel sorry for the guy being stuck in the ride having to listen to that song. Torture I tellz ya torture.

Nicole Amendola
Nicole Amendola

I've been stuck on LOTS of rides, in the blazing sun, each time for over an hour, only once was I stuck wayyyy up high on a ride at night, all of the other times in the blazing hot summer sun. Yah! I had to pee BAD a few of those times. But I never sued! How ridiculous! What a worthless piece of shit. It's true what another poster said: this is why admission costs a FORTUNE!

Anthony Helmer
Anthony Helmer

Just another excuse for Gustavo to bitch about the Mouse. His vitriol for Disneyland flared up a few weeks back on KCRW. Dude, just don't go to Disneyland.

Justin Henretta
Justin Henretta

if i had 8k for every ride ive ever been stuck on, Id be a wealthy man.

Laura Converse
Laura Converse

Absolutely ridiculous lawsuit! Rides can break down at any time, and you take on that risk whenever you step onto a ride. Why should Disneyland be punished for this idiot's bad judgement of not going to the bathroom before going on the ride? If the song was so bad, why did he go on the ride in the first place? What an opportunist. It's idiots like this with their idiotic lawsuits that keep admission prices high for other people who don't have to blame Disneyland every time they don't get their way. Pathetic!!

Kanani Fong
Kanani Fong

Suggest they play the Walter Sobchiak quote from the Big Lebowski at the entrance: "Son, you're entering a world of pain."

Joey Murphy
Joey Murphy

ahhh paul it amases me so many ppl complain about disney land yet there fat asses have a season pass or go all the time yeah the song is kinda creepy thats y i dont go in there its for kids

Peyton Farquhar
Peyton Farquhar

I would be happy with $8k for being stuck on a ride, but then I would never be caught dead at corporate mouse world.

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

LOL joe but can imagine the horror of being stuck with that song playing? hes gonna have nightmares

Leslie Gabaldon
Leslie Gabaldon

The fact the trapped man also had to piss like a race horse! When you have to pee, you have to pee!

Joey Murphy
Joey Murphy

what a load of rubbish people will sue for anything if they did not like it's a small world then why go on that ride ugh ppl who dont work and complain about everything always try to get a free dollar things break get over it stick him in somalia or afghanistan see how much he cries ohhhh noo im stuck in disneyland jesus pathetic shoudnt a got a penny

Nicole Amendola
Nicole Amendola

Only a half hour stuck in "It's A Small World," and he got $8000??? He's probably not even "wheel chair bound." Probably scamming the Social Security Disability system. That douche bag should consider himself lucky that he wasn't stuck on a roller coaster for over an hour in the hot, blazing sun like I was at Magic Mountain during the Summer a few years ago. I didn't sue. All of these lazy, money hungry asshats with these frivolous lawsuits, and the lawyers that take these cases need to just die already.

Matt Vorhees Campos
Matt Vorhees Campos

Sorry but thats nothing. was stuck on the haunted mansion(halloween version) near the knocking doors for a good hour and a half. we didnt get anything but come back in a hour and the ride should be fixed. 0.o

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

Isnt that torture under the Geneva convention?

Ryan Murillo
Ryan Murillo

This is a frivolous law suite and I'm glad they barley got anything. What a waste of money.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

I was at Disneyland in September and as we were on the way to the top of Splash Mountain in our log and the ride stopped, we sat there for awhile  and then everyone had to get off and take the emergency exit.  I don't think that warrants a lawsuit even if you are disabled and I am sensitive to the needs of people.   There had to have been hundreds of people on the ride at that time throughout the various parts of it.  These things happen! They should have comp'd him with some free passes.

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@949girl Everyone else had been escorted out of Small World. And they didn't cut the damn song off. Warrants mid-five figures at least.

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@949girl And a solid six figures if it was that Electrical Parade tune.

Cottonwood
Cottonwood

@949girl @MatthewTCoker Regarding..."I'm just not into people who sue for stuff as minor as this."  I think that disabled people sue, because they feel powerless and violated.  Being in a wheelchair and having mental health issues (panic attacks) and high blood pressure...his experience of the event was different than it would have been for an able-bodied mentally healthy person.  That's why, imo, disabled people can be kind of scary...in the sense that powerlessness can make them vicious.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@MatthewTCoker @949girl  Ok, I do not like It's a Small World so it's not my first choice of rides but I'd still go on it depending on who my company was.  He chose to go on it so I'm assuming it wasn't against his will.  I think they could have speeded up the process in getting him off since he is disabled but it's not the end of the world.  He wasn't trapped on an upside down rollercoaster or at the top of a Ferris Wheel.   I would be upset though if I had to go to the bathroom.   Maybe it is Disneyland's fault though and perhaps he felt mistreated by the way he was treated in that instance.  Had they offered free passes or an annual passport he probably wouldn't have sued.  That ride holds a lot of people so did everyone have a claim to sue or is it only because he's disabled?  I'm just not in to people who sue for stuff as minor as this.

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