Man Confirmed Dead in Disneyland Incident

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*Editor’s Note: This story contains mention of suicide. 

 

A tragic incident unfolded at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.

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According to a report from The Orange County Register, a man jumped to his death at a parking garage at the Disneyland Resort. The incident occurred on November 15 at the Pixar Pals parking structure. This confirmation follows earlier reports that a potential death shut down a section of the Disneyland Resort.

This tragic incident marks the third suicide at the Disneyland Resort in less than a year, all three of which occurred at or around the same location, indicating a worrying trend regarding this particular space.

According to the report, Anaheim police responded to a call around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday evening. Shortly after arriving on the scene, a man was found dead at the bottom of the parking structure. The death was ruled a suicide by investigators.

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The California theme park resort is made up of two theme parks, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. The Pixar Pals parking structure allows guests to park and visit both theme parks. Disneyland also offers Downtown DIsney, a shopping and dining district.

The Orange County Coroner’s office identified the deceased man as Jonah Alexander Edwards, a 24-year-old. Disneyland officials, not the Disneyland Resort, have released an official statement at this time. It has not been confirmed whether or not Edwards was visiting the parks that day. Due to the incident and police presence, the Pixar Pals parking structure was closed to all visitors.

“All guests coming off trams were being directed to Mickey and Friends parking lot,” user Alythestar77 wrote in a Reddit post.“No one was allowed up Pixar Pals escalators, so we had to walk all the way around.”

There have been six suicides since 2010 at the Disneyland parking garages, three of which have all taken place since December 2022. In December of 2022, a man died by suicide at the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure. He was later identified as Chris Christensen, an elementary school principal at Fountain Valley School District in Southern California.

A few short months later, in February of 2023, a woman identified as Marney Schoenfeld was found unresponsive at the bottom of another Disneyland parking garage. The death was later confirmed as a suicide.

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If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please do not hesitate to call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by calling or texting 988 on your phone. You can also visit the official website at 988lifeline.org.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned here at Inside the magic for all future details as they become available. 

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