For those of you who’ve been laboring under the misconception (ha!) that working at Disney World is fun and carefree, think again. Since the park opened for the season in July, three employees have died and another was groped while dressed as Minnie Mouse. The most recent incident happened on Monday when Anislav Varbanov, 30, sustained a fatal neck fracture after doing a tumbling roll during a rehearsal for the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular.Last week, Mark Prince, 47, died from a head injury that he got while performing in some pirate show. And in July, monorail driver Austin Wuennenberg, 21, was killed in a rail accident. This craziness has gotten the attention of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which has launched an investigation to figure out what the eff is going on at the Happiest Place On Earth. [Wall Street Journal]
I don’t even like going to amusement parks because I hate waiting in long lines and the rides always make me sick. But who knew they were so deadly? When I was ten, I got so nauseous on the little kid’s dragon roller coaster at the local fair by my house that the carnie had to stop the whole thing so I could get off. But even then, I was nowhere near death. Well, maybe death from humiliation, but nothing too serious.
If you’ve ever worked at Disney, I’d like to hear your stories!