Man stuck in Disney nightmare compensated

Last updated 14:35 27/03/2013

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An attorney says a disabled man was awarded US$8000 (NZ$9600) by Disneyland after the ‘It’s A Small World’ ride broke, stranding him for 30 minutes while the theme song played continuously.

Lawyer David Geffen said Jose Martinez was the only passenger not evacuated when the ride broke down in 2009, and staffers failed to call the fire department to free him.

The ride’s familiar song couldn’t be turned off the 30 minutes Martinez was stuck.

Geffen said Martinez uses a wheelchair, suffers from panic attacks and high blood pressure, and needed to urinate for much of the time he was stranded.

Geffen said half the award ordered Friday was for pain and suffering, and the other half for disability law violations.

Disney did not immediately reply to messages seeking comment.

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- AP

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