In August, 2013, I published the original “When Bad Things Happen at Disney” post, about the unfortunate bus crash at Walt Disney World®. Today while reading the Orlando Sentinel, I once again find myself wondering why people assume if something happens at Disney, it is Disney’s fault. I will once again begin with an apology – I’m sure I will offend someone – so I’m sorry in advance! This is only my opinion.
As I have said many times before, pixie dusted eyes quickly turn into Disney dollar eyes when something bad happens at Disney – many automatically look to Disney for a payday – reimbursement or freebie.
Here is what I read today in the Orlando Sentinel – Please let me add that I am heartbroken for this family. No family should have to suffer the loss of a family member, mother, wife or loved one.
WIDOWER FILES WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT AGAINST DISNEY: “The family of a Broward County woman who died last year has filed a lawsuit against Disney blaming the theme park employees for her ultimately fatal leg injuries. According to the complaint filed last month, Katherine Jo-Ann Baliton visited the park with her family on March 23, 2012. Baliton fell and fractured a bone in her left leg as she attempted to board the Magic Kingdom’s Jungle Cruise attraction with her 3-year-old son in her arms, the complaint said. Her family said if Disney employees had helped the woman onto the ride, that could have prevented her fall. Baliton underwent surgery for her injuries on April 4. On April 7, 2012, she died because of a blood clot in her leg. The family said Disney failed to ensure the woman’s safety. The family wants repayment of medical and funeral expenses as well as loss of financial earnings and payment for mental pain and suffering for Baliton’s husband.” (Copyright © 2013, Orlando Sentinel)
Yes, I am saddened by this story. Yes, it is a terrible tragedy. However, I can’t help but wonder – Why is it the fault of the Disney employees that she attempted to board an attraction with her 3 year old son in her arms and fell? Why didn’t her family members help her board the attraction? Is her husband filing suit against the family members that failed to help her? Is the hospital that set her fracture on March 23 being sued? Is the surgeon who operated on her being sued since it seems to me that is where the critical blood clot came from?
The loss of life is always horrible. Leaving behind small children, a husband and family is devastating – I know – this has happened in my own family. All that is reported is that Disney is being blamed and Disney is being sued. Which leads me to my usual statement – all that goes wrong at Disney is not Disney’s fault. So many look at Disney as a cash cow to blame for everything that may go wrong while they are on Disney property. People need to look within themselves and consider their own actions.
This is sad for the family of Jo-Ann Baliton, but this is also sad for the Disney employees who are being blamed for this tragedy.