Four Walt Disney World guests filed a lawsuit last week after they became “extremely sick” upon eating food that was contaminated with “dozens” of live insects at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
Cynthia Walker, Jeoffrey Walker, and Brittany Walker Figueroa (who is also suing on behalf of her child) have sued Walt Disney Parks and Resorts doing business as Oasis Bar & Grill and Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Condominium Association for damages in excess of $15,000. Their lawsuit claims that a buffet in the Club Level Lounge at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort included a build-your-own lettuce wrap station, and the food on the station was covered with dozens of live insects. Orlando Sentinel also reports that there are photographs filed with the lawsuit that show insects on the lettuce.
“After consuming multiple lettuce wraps [Walker Figueroa] felt something crawling inside of her mouth and removed what appeared to be a small green object that had legs and was moving,” the lawsuit reads.
In December the defendants allegedly served food to the Walt Disney World guests who required “multiple visits via ambulance” to the emergency room due to food poisoning.
“The Plaintiff’s injury of food poisoning and subsequent illnesses diagnosed by the Plaintiff’s treating physicians is a type of injury that ordinarily does not occur unless someone was negligent,” according to the lawsuit.
Despite the guests’ claims, Disney believes that the alleged food poisoning isn’t a result of the food consumed at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
“Enjoying high-quality meals in clean and safe restaurants is an important part of a Walt Disney World Resort vacation,” stated a Disney spokeswoman in response to the lawsuit. “We do not believe the claimed illnesses were a result of the guests’ dining experiences, and we will defend against these allegations in court.”
Since the lawsuit was just recently filed last week, it is currently unclear what will become of it, especially given Disney’s response. We’ll keep you updated as this story develops.
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Source: Orlando Sentinel