Disney parks are among the most joyful and pleasant places on earth, but that doesn’t mean horrible things don’t happen in them. There have been a great number of tragic incidents, fights, sexual assaults, and deaths at Disneyland and Disney World. You might also be interested in creepy legends about Disneyland and gruesome stories from Universal Studios. While it might be depressing to know that even places designed to be whimsical retreats can’t escape grim reality, Disneyland deaths shouldn’t come as a surprise. Any time you put a large number of people together with a large amount of machinery, things are bound to go wrong. In the six decades Disney World and Disneyland have been open, plenty of incidents have occurred and a lot has gone wrong. Whether it was a freak accident in a stage show, a ride derailing, or a kid sneaking into park at night, the causes of these Disney deaths greatly vary. Guests and cast members have died in both accidents and of natural causes while on rides. There have been stabbings and even suicides. While nothing happens to the vast majority of the tens of thousands of people who visit a Disney park every day, freak occurrences do happen – leading to fines, lawsuits, and settlements.
Here are some of the most tragic Disney deaths in the United States parks, along with a few other bizarre incidents – some of which resulted in injury, and others in hilariously frivolous lawsuits. These incidents and deaths at Disney World and Disneyland serve as reminders that is, indeed, a small world after all – a small, scary, death-filled world.