Orlando theme parks explore small numbers
Two notes this morning of potential interest to theme park fans:First, the Orlando Sentinel has compiled an impressive database of all 477 state and federal personal injury lawsuits filed against Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and the SeaWorld Orlando parks between 2004 and 2008. The Sentinel's research first illustrates just how rare lawsuits are against these theme parks. Remember that during that four-year period, the parks hosted more than 100 million visitors.
The majority of the suits filed never make it to a courtroom, either. The Sentinel found that just seven cases filed since 2004 have gone to trial and reached a verdict. And that the parks won all seven. (And the parks recouped their legal fees in at leats one of them.) Basically, if you are among the tiny fraction of people who have a realistic case against a park, you and the park likely settle.
When I worked in the parks, I witnessed plenty of incidents that could have risen to the level of a suit. But, the data show, they almost never do. Despite the bloviating of people clamoring for lawsuit reform, most people and companies are reasonable and can settle up or deal with incidents before juries get involved.Analysts at Goldman Sachs (are they still in business? /snark) estimate that attendance is falling at Disney's U.S. theme parks, and will tank by the end of the year. They're predicting attendance to be down by 10 percent in the fourth quarter (late summer and fall) over the same time last year.
The only problem is the park should have recouped there costs in all 7 cases they won. Which shows that if someone is going to file a suit, either they or there law firm should be required to post bond covering the other sides courts costs, and if there case is that strong they should have no problem doing so as the ambulace chasing trial lawyers have very deep pockets!!!
Good info on the first. Most threatened lawsuits are the empty words of a blowhard that get knocked down by courts quickly.
We are in a recession and the Parks are still packed. I don't see a 10% drop in attendance anytime soon.
Read some of the complaints at the parks. It is actually quite interesting. Also, of the 477 reports, some are very minor and frivilous. I looked at EPCOT and Magic Kingdom and most were somebody slipping here, somebody slipping there, but my favorite was the man who sued the Magic Kingdom because he was "humiliated" and then fainted when a cast member challenged his fastpass. It was thrown out, but interesting stuff!
My favorite is the guy who sued because he was humiliated and fainted because a cast member challenged whether he had a fast pass.
Echo - echo - co - co - o - o . . .
10% decline? I don't think so. These guys are just doomsday predictors. I'm not stupid. I can see the economy for what it is but 10%? Maybe 3% or 5%. I might even believe 6% but 10%? Where's the data to back that? What analysis did they do to come to that conclusion? What trends are they seeing to lead to such a prediction? These guys should go into the news casting business. *sigh*
Sorry for the repeat post (I am the number one before mine) I thought it didn't go through due to me not being logged in and it was not showing! Still, those lawsuits are funny (at least some of them!)
Like I stated in a post for a different topic, it's times like these that I wish lawsuits were non-existent. Suing a company because you dodged a stream of water and slipped? COME ON. Don't be such a damn baby.
News today indicates that while tourism is down we (Orlando) is still on pace to welcome 45 million visitors this year and that we are still the #1 vacation destination. And as rough as it is (and as it is going to get) we are still a heckuva lot better off than Vegas.
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