Author Archive: Jack Burgin

Jack Burgin is an attorney in Tennessee who enjoys Disney Theme Parks, good music, photography, nature, wildlife and, primarily, experiencing all of the above with his family.

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Disney Responds to Disability Access Service Lawsuit

Disney Responds to Disability Access Service Lawsuit

| July 13, 2014 | 34 Replies

Disney’s response to the lawsuit alleging Disney’s Disability Access Service (DAS) discriminates against individuals who have some degree of cognitive impairments essentially asserts that the lawsuit has no merit and should be dismissed.  But to be honest, the response is mostly boring, though that isn’t a bad thing, legally.  

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Jury Sides with Disneyland in Splash Mountain Lawsuit

Jury Sides with Disneyland in Splash Mountain Lawsuit

| June 25, 2014 | 16 Replies

Yet another lawsuit involving Disney has made its way through the court system. Last week, a Southern California jury ruled that while Disneyland had been negligent in evacuating Splash Mountain after a ride vehicle became stuck, a guest’s back injuries had not been caused by this negligence.

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New Lawsuit Attacks Disney’s New Disability Access Service

New Lawsuit Attacks Disney’s New Disability Access Service

| April 4, 2014 | 387 Replies

After months of Facebook chatter, a group of parents and guardians have filed a lawsuit alleging Disney’s Disability Access Service (DAS) discriminates against individuals who have some degree of cognitive impairments.  The lawsuit was filed in California on April 3, 2014.  The complaint is 176 pages and includes over 640 paragraphs alleging that Disneyland and Walt [...]

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DVC Owner To File Class Action Demanding More FastPass+ Experiences

DVC Owner To File Class Action Demanding More FastPass+ Experiences

| April 1, 2014 | 34 Replies

I have confirmed, from a confidential and normally reliable source, that today, April 1, 2014, a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) owner will be filing a class action lawsuit against Walt Disney World.  The gist of the lawsuit  will be to demand Disney allot five FastPass+ experiences per day to all DVC members.

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Walt Disney Settles Trademark Lawsuit over “Frozen”

Walt Disney Settles Trademark Lawsuit over “Frozen”

| January 18, 2014 | 3 Replies

Seizing on the popularity of the Disney Movie Frozen, Phase 4 Films renamed its movie, The Legend of Sarila to be Frozen Land.  Disney Enterprises (which owns Walt Disney’s intellectual property) promptly sued Phase 4 Films for violating its trademark in the Frozen logo.

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Theme Parks Drive Solid Disney Earnings

Theme Parks Drive Solid Disney Earnings

| November 8, 2013 | 1 Reply

The Walt Disney Company released its annual earnings report for fiscal year 2013 today.  Analysts expected growth and they were not disappointed.  Overall, Disney’s revenue grew (compared to last year) by seven (7) percent and its operating income (essentially profit) grew by eight (8) percent.  The Parks and Resorts Segment (which includes the Disney Cruise [...]

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Epcot’s Behind the Seeds Tour in Fall and Spring

Epcot’s Behind the Seeds Tour in Fall and Spring

| November 3, 2013 | 5 Replies

For reasons that just flatly escape me, my “must do” attraction at Epcot is the Living with the Land boat ride. I’m beyond bad with plants.  For example, this summer, the rain finally cooperated so that I could grow a healthy lawn, but then my lawnmower blade hit a large rock which bent the blade [...]

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Can Disney Prevent You from Publishing Photos of Walt Disney World?

Can Disney Prevent You from Publishing Photos of Walt Disney World?

| September 3, 2013 | 8 Replies

Disney has long recognized the key role photographs play in attracting guests to the Walt Disney World Resort.  For years, Kodak was a key sponsor and Disney guide maps designated “photo spots” which, according to my 1989 guide map, indicate “prime photo-taking locations.”  Some “photo spots” include representations of Disney’s copyrighted and trademarked characters.  So [...]

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It’s Been a Bad Week for Segways at Disneyland

It’s Been a Bad Week for Segways at Disneyland

| July 20, 2013 | 4 Replies

It’s been a bad week for folks wanting to ride Segways in Disneyland. On July 17, 2013, a federal judge held that the plaintiff, Tina Baughman, was not entitled to the $124,000 in attorney fee bill she wanted Disney to pay. The next day, the California Court of Appeals ruled that Disneyland’s safety based ban [...]

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Supreme Court Ends Attempt to Force Segway Use at Walt Disney World

Supreme Court Ends Attempt to Force Segway Use at Walt Disney World

| April 15, 2013 | 4 Replies

This morning (April 15, 2013), the United States Supreme Court ended attempts to force Walt Disney World to permit Segways in the theme parks.  Without comment, the Court issued a one line order (page 3, third entry) declining to review the Court of Appeals decision upholding Disney’s safety-based ban on Segways.

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