List of incidents at Disneyland Paris

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This is a summary of notable incidents that have taken place at Disneyland Paris in France. The term incidents refers to major accidents, injuries, deaths and significant crimes. While these incidents are required to be reported to regulatory authorities for investigation, attraction-related incidents usually fall into one of the following categories:

  • Caused by negligence on the part of the guest. This can be refusal to follow specific ride safety instructions, or deliberate intent to break park rules.
  • The result of a guest's known, or unknown, health issues.
  • Negligence on the part of the park, either by ride operator or maintenance.
  • Act of God or a generic accident (e.g. slipping and falling) that is not a direct result of an action on anybody's part.

Disneyland Park[edit]

Disneyland Railroad[edit]

  • On January 2, 2013 at 8:45 pm, as the DRR's No. 1 locomotive approached the Frontierland station with its train, the front car was uncoupled from the other four cars.[1][2] When the locomotive stopped at Frontierland station, the three rear cars struck the front car.[1] Forty-three guests and four employees were on the train at this time of the incident.[2] Thirty-nine guests were immediately taken care of by park agents to exit the train safely.[2] While the other four guests were taken to the hospital and later discharged, even with minor injuries.[3]

Big Thunder Mountain[edit]

  • On April 25, 2011, five guests were injured when a fibreglass rock on the third lift hill fell onto a passing train. One guest, a 38-year-old man, was seriously injured and transported to a Paris hospital, while the other four were treated at the scene.[4]
  • On October 27, 2011, two cars derailed as one of the ride's trains passed slowly over a flat section of track. Two guests sustained minor injuries, and the ride was subsequently closed for inspections.[5]

It's a Small World[edit]

  • On October 6, 2010, a 53-year-old cast member, subcontracted to Disney, became trapped underneath a boat on It's a Small World when the ride was inadvertently switched on while it was being cleaned. The man was taken to a hospital where he later died.[6][7]

Phantom Manor[edit]

  • On April 2, 2016, the body of a 45-year-old cast member was found in Phantom Manor. He had been working on lighting backstage, and his death is understood to have been accidental and due to electrocution. The ride was closed pending an investigation.[8]

Pirates Of The Caribbean[edit]

  • On October 30, 2013, a 5-year-old guest fell out of a boat at the end of the ride after losing his balance. He became trapped between a platform and a boat. He was taken to hospital, where he was in critical condition and survived.[9]

Walt Disney Studios Park[edit]

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster avec Aerosmith[edit]

  • On June 26, 2007, a 14-year-old guest lost consciousness while on Rock 'n' Roller Coaster avec Aerosmith and died. And though paramedics attempted to revive her, she was dead before the ambulance arrived. A ride inspection showed no mechanical problems.[10]

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror[edit]

  • On November 23, 2011, a 12-year-old boy was stated to have been paralyzed from the neck downwards after a ride in The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. However hospital doctors later stated that the boy's upper limbs were already paralyzed upon arrival at the hospital and therefore refused to link the injuries to the ride.[11][12]

Resort Hotels[edit]

Disney's Newport Bay Club[edit]

  • On September 9, 2015, a 44-year-old male construction worker fell from scaffolding during the renovation of the Newport Bay Club hotel after a support rail gave way. Attempts were made to revive him but he died 40 minutes after the incident.[13]

Disney's Sequoia Lodge[edit]

  • On September 8, 1996, fire heavily damaged portions of the Sequoia Lodge hotel in the early hours of the morning, forcing 1,500 people to evacuate. Nine people sought treatment for smoke inhalation and four of them, including two pregnant women, were hospitalized for observation.[14]
  • On January 10, 2015, a guest allegedly opened a window and shouted that she was Hayat Boumeddiene, who is wanted in connection with the Charlie Hebdo shooting that took place just three days earlier.[15] The hotel guests were told to stay in their rooms, while other parts of the resort were evacuated and armed police called in. The woman issued a threat; however, it turned out to be a false alarm. She was taken into custody, and the resort resumed normal operations.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Four hurt in Disneyland Paris steam train accident". France 24. January 3, 2013. Archived from the original on January 11, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Disneyland Paris: incident dans un train à vapeur, 12 visiteurs choqués (in French)". Le Parisien. January 3, 2013. Archived from the original on June 16, 2016. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  3. ^ Sim, Nick (January 4, 2013). "Four injured in Disneyland Railroad accident at Disneyland Paris". Theme Park Tourist. Archived from the original on February 11, 2017. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  4. ^ "Five injured on Disneyland Paris ride". 2011-04-25. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 2011-04-25.
  5. ^ "Second accident at Disney train ride". The Connexion. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Disneyland cleaner dies in It's A Small World accident". Metro UK. 2010-10-08. Retrieved 2013-01-28.
  7. ^ Niles, Robert (2010-10-06). "What happened on It's a Small World at Disneyland Paris?". Theme Park Insider. Retrieved 2013-01-28.
  8. ^ HANNAH AL-OTHMAN (4 April 2016). "Body found in haunted house at Disneyland Paris". Evening Standard.
  9. ^ Samuel, Henry. "Boy 'fighting for life' after accident at Disneyland Paris". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Teenager dies at Disneyland Paris". BBC. 2007-06-26. Retrieved 2007-06-26.
  11. ^ "12-year-old boy paralysed after riding Disneyland Paris Tower of Terror". Telegraph. 2011-12-08. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  12. ^ "12-year-old boy left paralysed after going on Disneyland Paris Tower of Terror ride". Dailymail. 2011-12-09. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  13. ^ Abjean, Gurvan. "Parc Disneyland : un ouvrier meurt après une chute de douze mètres". La Marne. La Marne. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  14. ^ "Hundreds Flee a Fire At Disneyland Paris". AP. 8 September 1996 – via The New York Times.
  15. ^ Duffin, Claire; Akbar, Jay. "A city on edge: Euro Disney hotel evacuated and armed police sent to synagogue and pharmacy to false reports of shootings as fear of fresh terror attacks grips Paris". Daily Mail. Retrieved 18 January 2015.