If you’ve ever been on a Walt Disney World Resort bus, you’ll know what it’s like to coexist on a cramped, sweaty bus with a couple dozen other tired parkgoers. In an ideal scenario, soft Disney music plays over the PA (bonus points if it’s themed to your resort) while resort guests nap or reminisce in the cool A/C. However, that’s not how it usually goes.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Emily Rose, a 70-year-old grandmother from New York was knocked over by a motorized scooter while aboard a Walt Disney World Resort bus back in December 2015. The bus, which was on its way back to Disney’s Beach Club Resort from the Magic Kingdom, made a sudden sharp turn, tipping over a woman in a scooter and knocking over Rose, who has since suffered from knee and back issues. Rose is seeking more than $15,000 in damages in Orange Circuit Court.
Rose’s lawyer, Maxine Noel of Stuart, made the following statement about the incident:
“I feel so bad for her and I’m so angry at Disney. C’mon. If anybody should be accountable – there are families and people coming there from all ages – aren’t they supposed to provide a certain measure of safety?”
The lawsuit accuses Disney of not properly securing the scooter in place during the bus ride and failing to train bus drivers properly on the procedures necessary to do so. When reached for comment by the Sentinel, Disney World spokeswoman Erica Ettori said, “We will respond to the allegations, as appropriate, in court.”
Incidents involving scooters are far too common across Disney Parks, and especially Walt Disney World. Back in January, a Disney Annual Passholder sued Disney after an incident where she was run over by a motorized scooter.