ORLANDO, Fla. — Disney World is in a world of trouble with an Alabama family blaming the theme park for two horrifying events: Their boy’s snake bite and the death of their grandmother.
They say a snake escaped at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, dropped from a tree, and bit the boy.
The grandmother saw the snake bite the boy and, according to the family, went into cardiac arrest and died a short time later.
Family attorney Matt Morgan said the family plans to sue Disney World.
“I understand why people would have opinions about this type of case. And the best way that I can address those concerns would be to say imagine if you were at somebody’s home and a snake fell from the fan. Well, you would have some questions about why a snake from the fan. Just like this family has some questions about why a snake fell from a tree. You want to know because if you believe that your grandmother was killed as a result of this event you’d want to have answers to did they know (video glitch) snakes, should they have known that there were snakes, was it a pet snake. Those are questions that we have. It’s easy to point fingers and cast judgment until you’re actually in the shoes of the person who lost and affection of a grandmother.”
The family wants damages for the boy’s injuries and the wrongful death of the grandmother.
Disney did not address the woman’s death, but a park representative said, “These allegations are an utter mischaracterization of the facts.”
Disney said the snake was a wild, non-venomous snake and not part of the park’s collection; the boy was treated by a park nurse and the family enjoyed the rest of their day at the park, according to WKMG. There was no call for an ambulance following the incident, according to the the Disney spokeswoman.