Its good nobody was seriously hurt!
I mean before these past few years, Disney has had a pretty sparkling record in regards to theme park accidents. This one was for sure their fault, but not all accidents are a park's fault.
Still, why now?
Its a damn shame that creeps can ruin even the best of places for people. There is enough crap going on in the world without fools causing trouble for families on vacation.
And my 2 cents about the Tigger thing. I have seen the video many times and I side with Tigger!!!!!! He did absolutely nothing wrong and it was a greedy person just trying to make a buck...
There are too many of those in this world too!
Still, why now?"
The simple answer is cell phones and the internet. What Disney had was a sparkling record in terms of keeping things like this covered up. These types of things have been going on since Disneyland opened. For instance, there were many collisions when the Matterhorn first opened.
This should not be construed as an attack on Disney in any way. Theme parks, like life itself, are not entirely risk free. Just check out either of the "Mouse Tales" books, because, as I said, this type of thing is not new.
I didn't go on this ride as I didn't fancy getting wet, but pretty shocking it happened..
Hopefully it'll be a batter year for them!
Iris, Erik is right--4 teens and a 20 year old from New York (my state sadly), which included the 2 oldest who were boyfriend and girlfriend and the boyfriend's siblings all hung around Space Mountain and just cursed and spit at people. Security took them to their offices and they all assualted the guards and one of them got tasered by a guard. It got so bad the sheriff's department had to be called. No clue on where their parents were or whether or not they were really drunk.
BTW did anyone hear about this fight that went on with some teenage boy and Tigger a couple months back, what went on there?
But that is absolutely right, information is readily available in 2007, and more people than ever are visiting the parks. How many people have died at disney? We only know the rumors, and not the whole facts of those who have died in the past. Why? Because disney was able to pay off the people who were invovled before it went to the press. Again, not an attack Anthony and Javion...just a truth. The truth is that accidents happened before, but because of the speed of information during those times, before the press could get a hold of it, it was taken care of. Now, everyone has cell phones, and cameras, and wireless internet....so as soon as something happens, its all over the place. No hiding it. You cant outrun the cell phone. Disney still downplays a lot of it, as I hear a lot of stories from Castmember friends about what you dont hear. And while I will not go on record to say exactly what I've heard, I can assure you that if all the cast members came out at once and told their tales.....you would most likely not ever go back to wdw. And that is what disney is afraid of. Not to fault disney at all, but when you have an area that big with that many people, you are inviting all the problems of the rest of this world in with it. And they do, for the most part, a good job of keeping things safe.
After I started TPI, I wanted to put accident reports on the site, but found that there was no federal database, as there was for airline incidents. So I decided to turn to you, the readers, to do that reporting for us.
It ended up winning the journalism industry's biggest award for websites, the Online Journalism Award, which was then awarded by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, the same school which awards the Pulitzers for newspaper stories. It was the first example, actually, of a "citizen journalism" project winning a major journalism award. That drew an immense amount of media attention to TPI, the issue of theme park safety and the concept of reader-driven online news reporting.
And that's where we are today: With thousands of readers reporting news from the parks, and parks doing a better job than ever (IMO) of keeping their parks clean and safe, in response. Yes, there remain failures. But I'm proud of the way that the Internet is empowering consumers to demand better service from theme parks. And, of the industry for responding.