It’s Tough To Be A Guest: Disney World Bird Attack Launches Lawsuit
Yesterday, The Orlando Sentinel reported that a Disney World bird attack hurt a resort guest, who will now file suit.
Resort guests at Walt Disney World often marvel at the number of indigenous species they may encounter on property.
Unfortunately, as evidenced by the recently introduced signage warning of alligators and snakes in the water near some resorts — the result of an awful incident years several years ago — there are moments where those guest/animal interactions take a dangerous turn
Gabrielle Russon of The Sentinel wrote:
A woman from Celebration was attacked by a bird and suffered severe brain injuries as she walked on a dock at Walt Disney World Resort, according to a lawsuit that claims Disney knew seasonal nesting birds are a threat to guests.
Lisa Dixon was injured when the bird struck her in the head in May 2017, according to the suit filed in Orange Circuit Court last week that’s seeking unspecified damages in excess of $15,000.
When reached for comment Tuesday, a Disney spokeswoman said the company will respond to the allegations in court.
The Sentinel also reported Dixon will need surgery for head injuries and herniated disks after the bird “dive-bombed” the guest. The suit alleges the bird hit with the force of “a baseball.”
Bird Encounter at the Boat Dock
The incident occurred on the dock of the Polynesian Village Resort, where visitors wait for boats to take them across the manmade Seven Seas Lagoon to resort.
Dixon’s attorney Thomas Schmitt added the attack “changed her life.”
Have you ever had a close encounter with wildlife at Walt Disney World? Where did you encounter the animal? Did you feel unsafe? Let us know in the comments!
My son was pecked on the head by a bird when he got too close to it’s nest at Disneyland. He was standing on a bench trying to peer over the shrubbery to catch a glimpse of Cinderella. We laughed at him dodging the bird. But would never have sued. That is ridiculous they aren’t Disney’s birds.