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 [...]
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.
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.
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
In a ruling issued on April 4, 2013, a federal judge in Orlando agreed with OSHA and required SeaWorld to make three managerial employees available for interviews. The ruling is an outgrowth of the OSHA findings after Tilikum fatally attacked SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau.
An organization calling themselves the Association of Victims of Recreational Improvements and Liabilities (AVRIL) has filed a lawsuit asking the Orlando federal court to enjoin Disney and Starbucks from opening a Starbucks in the historic Main Street Bakery location. The lawsuit cites three reasons for the injunction. The first ground asserts that, contrary to Disney’s announcements, [...]