While we wish the birds that land at Walt Disney World were all of the gentle, docile, and possibly Tiki variety, sometimes, the wildlife gets a bit too wild. This is the focus of a recent lawsuit filed against the resort, according to the Orlando Sentinel‘s Gabrielle Russon.
Lisa Dixon, of nearby Celebration, FL, is suing the resort, claiming that she suffered severe brain injuries following an attack by a bird at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort in May 2017. The suit also alleges that Disney knew that seasonal nesting birds could be dangerous. Dixon is seeking damages in excess of $15,000, according to the suit filed in Orange County Circuit Court. The alleged event occurred at the dock for the boat that takes resort guests to the Magic Kingdom and other resorts in the area.
According to Dixon’s lawyer, Thomas Schmitt, the bird “dive-bombed” her head with the force of a baseball, causing her to suffer a traumatic brain injury and herniated discs in her neck. The injuries will require surgery, according to Schmitt. The injury has allegedly affected her ability to focus as well as her personality, “chang[ing] her life,” Schmitt added. The type of bird could not be identified, aside from that it was a seasonal migrating bird.
The suit also claims that Disney didn’t keep the dock safe and failed to properly warn guests about the dangers of birds in the area, lulling Dixon into a false sense that she was safe. Apparently, a “safe” dock is one that has lots of warning signs about birds. Because without the signs, no one would know there are birds flying overhead.
Schmitt claimed, “if there’s a company that’s well-versed in safety, it should be Disney.” A spokeswoman for Disney commented to the Sentinel that they would respond to the allegations in court.
Of course, this is far from the first report of birds being a danger in the area. Just over a week ago, we reported that a pathway at the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland was temporarily closed due to aggressive birds:
Cast members are claiming that this path in Adventureland is closed because birds are attacking guests… pic.twitter.com/RNkaY4PtPe
— WDW News Today (@WDWNT) May 18, 2019
All we can say is that if you’re visiting Walt Disney World, be careful when near birds… especially if they’re wearing sailor suits and no pants.