A lawsuit has been filed against Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida by a woman who claims she experienced an “injurious wedgie” while riding a slide at the Typhoon Lagoon water park in 2019. In a report by PEOPLE, Mr. and Mrs. McGuinness (first names omitted for privacy) are seeking $50,000 in damages for the incident that allegedly caused injuries to Mrs. McGuinness, 33, during their visit to the water park in October 2019.
According to the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Orange County, Florida, Mrs. McGuinness stated that the incident occurred on the Humunga Kowabunga, a water slide attraction where guests zoom 214 feet downhill in the dark. The complaint describes the impact of the slide and her subsequent contact with the standing water at the end, causing her clothing to painfully wedged and water to be forcefully forced inside her.
As a result of the incident, Mrs. McGuinness experienced immediate and severe internal pain, and as she stood up, there was bleeding. She received immediate medical attention at a local hospital, followed by transfer to a specialist at another hospital. The lawsuit reveals severe, permanent injuries to her genitalia and internal organs.
The suit was filed by attorney Alan Wagner, who noted that while Mrs. McGuinness understood the inherent risks of the attraction, Disney failed to inform guests of the specific dangers associated with the slide. Contending that the slide was unsafe and unreasonably dangerous, Wagner emphasized that it did not meet the expectations of a reasonable consumer, including Mrs. McGuinness. The lawsuit aims to hold Disney accountable for failing to disclose these risks to guests.
Typhoon Lagoon, which opened in 1989, is one of Disney World’s popular water parks. In 1995, Blizzard Beach was also added to the Disney property. Recent news from the park includes the unexpected presence of a black bear in the Magic Kingdom on September 18, resulting in the temporary closure of several rides and eateries in the western section of the park.
Our condolences go out to the victim and their family.