A woman has filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney World, claiming that she suffered permanent injuries on a water slide at the Florida theme park. The plaintiff is seeking $50,000 in damages for what she describes as a “severe and permanent bodily injury” caused by an “injurious wedgie” on the Humunga Kowabunga water slide.
According to the lawsuit filed in Orange County, Florida, the incident occurred during the woman’s visit to the theme park in 2019. She rode the 214-foot (65-meter) water slide, which features a near-vertical drop that leads into a pool of water. It was during this drop that the woman alleges her swimsuit was forcefully pushed up between her legs, resulting in what the lawsuit refers to as a “wedgie.”
The suit states that the risk of a painful wedgie is more common and serious for women due to their anatomy. The slide caused the woman’s clothing to be painfully forced between her legs, and she experienced immediate and severe pain internally. As she stood up, blood began rushing from between her legs.
The plaintiff claims to have suffered severe and permanent bodily injuries, including severe vaginal lacerations, a full-thickness laceration causing her bowel to protrude through her abdominal wall, and damage to her internal organs.
Before riding the Humunga Kowabunga, visitors are advised to cross their legs at the ankles. However, the woman alleges that the forceful drop of the slide caused her legs to uncross, leading to the incident. She argues that Disney World breached its duty of care by failing to provide adequate protective clothing and is seeking more than $50,000 in damages for her injuries.
This is not the first lawsuit filed against Walt Disney World. According to Miami-based personal injury lawyer Justin Ziegler, the park is sued between three and 11 times per month. Many of these lawsuits are settled out of court for undisclosed amounts. In 2011, the park reached a settlement with a woman who claimed she was groped by a member of staff in a Donald Duck costume.
As the case unfolds, it remains to be seen how Walt Disney World will respond to the allegations and whether a settlement will be reached. The plaintiff is seeking compensation for the physical and emotional harm she claims to have suffered as a result of the incident on the water slide.