Man Jumps to His Death at Disneyland Resort

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Sleeping Beauty Castle with Walt and Mickey Mouse Partners Statue at Disneyland Resort

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This story has been updated since it was published.

A tragic incident has been reported at The Disneyland Resort.

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According to a report from ABC7, a man in his 50s jumped to his death from a parking structure. The incident was reported around 9 p.m. local time. Parking Trams stopped operating, and Disney Park Guests were directed away from the parking garage. Authorities investigating the scene said the death appeared to be a suicide.

Specific reports claim that the incident occurred at the Mickey & Friends parking lot. As Guests approach the Disneyland Resort, they can follow signs to one of three parking facilities, those being the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure, the Pixar Pals Parking Structure, and the Toy Story Parking Area.

An official statement has not been made or given by Disney at the time of publishing this article.

The Mickey and Friends Parking Garage next to an active construction site in 2019.
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The man was eventually identified as Chris Christensen, an elementary school principal at Fountain Valley School District in Southern California. According to the district, Christensen had recently been promoted to principal of Newland Elementary School for the 2022 to 2023 school year.

It was discovered that Christensen had posted to Facebook prior to the incident. Family, friends, and former students banded together in the comments to try to locate Christensen. After they found out about his passing, hundreds shared memories and condolences. Christensen leaves behind his wife, Marlena, and multiple children.

Disney’s CEO Bob Iger was spotted visiting the Resort along with Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts, to view Disneyland’s iconic Candlelight Processional just hours prior to this tragic news.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or mental health matters, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 to connect with a counselor or visit the official NSPL site.

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