A Disneyland Guest has filed suit against the Walt Disney Company, alleging she was injured after a malfunction of the Space Mountain attraction at the California theme park on December 16, 2017.
Sarah Andrews of Alaska filed a complaint last Friday in California federal court, stating that she suffered an injury to her head when she exited the Space Mountain attraction at Disneyland. She is seeking $3 million in damages.
In her complaint, the woman alleges that she “violently struck” her head against a low concrete ceiling when the coaster was diverted through a dimly lit maintenance tunnel after malfunctioning. The complaint further implicates an unnamed Cast Member who–per the lawsuit–instructed Guests to look downward and watch their steps, but then allegedly failed to warn Guests about the low ceiling in the maintenance tunnel.
Andrews says she felt disoriented after hitting her head. The complaint continues by alleging that she returned to her hotel room after leaving Disneyland, but she was in severe pain. She later visited the emergency room and was diagnosed with a concussion. She was also treated for a TBI, or traumatic brain injury, and, per her complaint, she has suffered permanent impairment that requires extensive on-going treatment.
Sarah Andrews and her husband, Ryan Andrews, are both named on the complaint. The couple is seeking $3 million in damages for medical expenses and what they consider a lost capacity for earning potential.
This lawsuit regarding Space Mountain at Tomorrowland in Disneyland comes after a suit was filed against the attraction’s counterpart on the East Coast. Only last month, a female Guest at Walt Disney World filed suit against the Walt Disney Company for injuries she says she sustained in 2017 at the Space Mountain attraction in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom. Her suit has to do with an alleged incident from September of 2017.
The Guest was visiting the park from the United Kingdom. According to her suit, she sustained a broken bone associated with attempting to board the Space Mountain ride vehicle, but she is seeking a substantially smaller amount in damages–only $15,000.
Disney has yet to make a statement regarding the suit, but we will update this article as soon as we know more information.