Woman Sues Disney World, Claims Ride Caused Stroke, Heart Attack
A British woman is suing Walt Disney World, claiming a ride caused her to suffer a disabling heart attack and stroke in 2005.
Leanne Deacon and her mother, both of Kibworth, England, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Orlando circuit court. They are seeking at least $15,000.
Leanne Deacon was 16 when she rode the Disney World-MGM Studios’ “The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror” ride several times.
Shortly after one ride, Deacon’s heart stopped and she had a brain hemorrhage.
The Deacons accuse Disney of negligence in the ride’s design and operation. They say Disney failed to adequately warn of the risks or provide adequate safety restraints.
Disney spokeswoman Kim Prunty said the company hadn’t seen the lawsuit. Prunty said the ride was working properly when Deacon rode it.