A former guest of Walt Disney World has filed a lawsuit against the Disney Parks about the April 2014 incident.
Most visitors of Walt Disney World expect the odd mouse here is Mickey or Minnie, but a few not so happy to see that a bona fide rat, according to new court documents.
Galen and Carol Haldeman complain Walt Disney Parks and Resorts about an incident that took place in April 2014, during which He was allegedly bit by a rat that ran into a souvenir shop in the Magic Kingdom, reports WESH.
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Galen, 59, claims that he and his wife had just rode Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and had entered an adjacent gift shop when the rodents ran into the store. Galen was pushing Carol in a wheelchair through the store when the rat jumped on the wheel of Carol’s chair, per the lawsuit.
The guests had just exited the Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and had started surfing at a nearby souvenir shop, according to the court documents.
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“Just as the rat was about to bite into Carol’s arm, He grabbed the rat and pulled him out of the chair,” according to the lawsuit, the Orlando Sentinel reports. “If he did, the rat bit in one of Galen’s fingers.”
Galen reportedly reacted by turning “the rat’s neck” and they fall on the ground, while a Disney employee shooed away onlookers and tried to calm the situation.
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“Disney violated his duty to keep the park clean and safe by allowing conditions to come to the point where the rats were in the park and were even bold enough to come out openly, under the people,” the couple claims in the lawsuit, which was filed on March 19 in Orange County Circuit Court.
“As a result of Disney’s negligence, Galen Haldeman was bitten by this rat, and has been beset with debilitating medical problems since,” the court documents add.
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Galen and Carol Haldeman are reportedly seeking more than $15,000 of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in their lawsuit.
A representative for the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts was not immediately available for comment.