Disney Facing Two Lawsuits After Guests Allegedly Injured on PeopleMover

The Walt Disney Company is reportedly facing two lawsuits after two different sets of tourists have claimed to be injured on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

  • The tourists say they were injured on the classic attraction when the carts crashed into each other on two separate occasions.
  • The recently filed lawsuits reportedly seek more than $15,000 in damages.
  • The first alleged incident occurred in June 2015, when Heather and John Tregidgo rode the PeopleMover with their two children.
  • The first suit reads: “The cart containing the Tregidgo Family began to move throughout the Magic Kingdom Park when it suddenly came to an abrupt stop in the darkness of the Space Mountain attraction. After the cart containing the Tregidgo Family came to a stop, it was struck from behind by a trailing cart.”
  • The suit also referred to the PeopleMover as “dangerous” and “a concealed trap.”
  • Heather Tregidgo needed two orthopedic surgeries that cost more than $175,000 in medical bills, according to the family’s attorney Robert Hemphill.
  • The second suit involves Kristie Deieso allegedly being injured on the attraction in February 2017.
  • The ride was stopped about 100 yards from the station when a second tram slammed into Deieso’s cart.
  • Deieso suffered neck and shoulder injuries, requiring surgery to fix a herniated disc in her neck as a result, according to her attorney Brian Wilson.
  • This is not the first incident of this sort regarding the PeopleMover.
  • Disney reportedly reached an undisclosed settlement on a suit involving two sisters who were injured in a similar incident in 2015.
  • Both Hemphill and Wilson have reportedly said they are seeking information on what Disney has done to adjust the attraction after the previous alleged incident.
  • “The fact they’ve had problems before, it always put someone on notice there’s underlying issues that need to be addressed,” Wilson said.
  • Over the years, Disney has only reported a handful of incidents regarding the PeopleMover and they mostly involve elderly guests feeling dizzy or being injured upon exiting the attraction.