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Fall at Walt Disney World claims life of Magic Kingdom cast member

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Published: August 10, 2009 at 7:26 PM

A Walt Disney World cast member passed away today, after being injured in a fall at the Magic Kingdom theme park last week.

Mark Priest was a performer in the "Pirates Tutorial" show at the park, where performers lead audience members in a series of pirate tasks. Priest reportedly fell during the show on Thursday, breaking his neck.

Disney officials told the Orlando Sentinel that they had no indication that Priest's injuries were life-threatening. OSHA and the Orange Country Sheriff are now investigating.

This is the second death of a Walt Disney World cast member in an on-the-job incident this summer, following the monorail crash that claimed the life a a monorail driver last month.

Readers' Opinions

From on August 10, 2009 at 10:23 PM
HIs neck was not broken, he did have an injured vertibrae and 53 stitches in his head, and a hurt wrist which has been operated on. He had a blood clot which got in to his heart today and he died. it is VERY sad.
From Anthony Murphy on August 11, 2009 at 6:40 AM
I find it very strange and a bit of a freak accident. If I am thinking correctly (which I might not), he could not have fallen from very high with at most being four feet. Then again, at the right angle, anything bad can happen.

I wonder if that will change a few shows there such as the Pirates and the World Showcase Players

From Gareth H on August 11, 2009 at 6:57 AM
Not worthy of a seperate thread, so I'm sticking this on to the end of this one

A woman who played Minnie Mouse at Walt Disney World says she was groped by a man while on the job. Eyewitness News learned that the man on trial accused of battering her is a 59-year-old grandfather.

The young woman says she was greeting children in "Toon Town" at the Magic Kingdom when the man groped her.

"Well, he just came at me. He came at me and grabbed my breasts," she stated in court."

-------So, I thought those types of costume were heavily shaped and padded, and therefore you wouldn't actually "Feel" anything.
Who's to say that the guy wasn't fooling around and pretending to grab them for pictures.
Does seem a bit severe to be taking this to court. Note that it say "A woman WHO played", not Who plays.
Wondering if this is another $$$ making lawsuit.

From Anthony Murphy on August 11, 2009 at 8:07 AM
Why would a 59 year old take a picture trying to grab Minnie's breasts? Get TH on the report. He personally knows Minnie and can ask the mouse herself :)

I just reported the story to the Blog Flume because I thought it was bizare that a fall from such a low height can cause so much damage to a person. Makes you think twice about being King Arthur in the World Showcase Players performance!


From on August 15, 2009 at 9:51 AM
This IS a big deal. She was groped and most likely in front of a bunch of children. I am sure it was a humiliating and degrading experience. No amount of money is going to make up for what she went through.

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