Disneyland Ordered to Pay $8,000 to Disabled Man Stuck on 'It's a Small World' Ride for 30 Minutes

| by Michael Allen

Jose Martinez, who is disabled, was awarded $8,000 from Disneyland after the 'It's A Small World' ride broke, stranding him for 30 minutes while the theme song played on a loop.

Martinez' lawyer David Geffen said that when the ride broke down in 2009, Disneyland staffers failed to call the fire department to free him, reports

The ride's familiar song could not be turned off the entire time Martinez was stuck.

Martinez uses a wheelchair, suffers from panic attacks, has high blood pressure and needed to urinate for much of the time that he was stranded alone on the ride.

Disneyland employees helped other visitors off the ride, but had no way to reach Martinez, who is paralyzed and wheelchair-bound, reports the Daily Mail.

Judge James Selna ruled last Friday that besides failing to take care of Martinez, Disneyland did not warn disabled riders that if the 'It’s a Small World' ride broke down, they could be stranded.

Sources: Daily Mail and