Disney Allegedly Trying to “Downplay VERY SERIOUS Injuries” in “Wedgie” Lawsuit

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A recent report claims Disney is trying to downplay the severity of the “wedgie lawsuit” that has been making the rounds.

The Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort are two of the most incredible places to enjoy a Disney vacation. Guests from all over the world flock to both the Central Florida Disney resort and the Southern California Disney resort for the ultimate Disney experience, and with rides and attractions like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Haunted Mansion, it’s no surprise as to why this is the case.

However, there are times when untoward events can happen at a Disney Park, resulting in a lawsuit.

"Partners" statue, Cinderella Castle, Disney's Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World Resort

“Partners” statue in front of Cinderella Castle, Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World Resort / Credit: Disney

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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Guest Suffers Severe Injuries

Recently, we reported on the infamous “Wedgie lawsuit,” wherein Ms. Emma McGuinness, who rode Humunga Kowabunga in Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park with her mother and daughter, suffered a “painful wedgie” while on the ride. She and her husband sued Disney for negligence, asking for more than $50,000 in damages.

The lawsuit explained that Ms. McGuinness has suffered “scarring, mental anguish, loss of the capacity of enjoyment of life, expensive hospitalization and medical care, and loss of earnings, all of which injuries are either permanent or continuing in nature.”

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Notable here is that the suit is often referred to only as a “painful wedgie,” a phrase that, per a recent report, is downplaying the severity of Ms. McGuinness’s injuries.

Kendall Brown clarified on X, formerly known as Twitter, that Ms. McGuinness’s injuries were so severe that “her intestines protruded through her abdominal wall & blood gushed out of her.”

Brown also went further to explain how this could happen in a water slide in the following comment,

The slides are so steep (& subsequently with riders going down them so fast) that the force of the water is enough to cause severe internal injuries unless you wear shorts & cross your legs (which Disney wasn’t telling ppl)

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon water park

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park / Credit: Disney

It’s important to note here that the lawsuit itself does call the injury a “painful wedgie” however it adds the context of the other injuries. As NBC Miami reports, “her impact into the standing water at the bottom” caused a “painful wedgie” and “immediate bleeding.”

An ambulance took Emma McGuinness to a hospital where it was discovered that she “suffered severe and permanent bodily injury,” specifically, gynecologic injuries, and “damage to her internal organs.”

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The Walt Disney Company / Credit: Disney

This said, many fans noted that $50,000 seemed too low a number for the seriousness of Ms. McGuinness’s injuries. One fan explained, “If her injuries were that bad 50k wouldn’t even cover medical costs. Something does not add up.”

Another agreed, adding, “$50k might cover the hospital expenses and court costs, very low.”

Others in the thread were sympathetic to Ms. McGuinness and likened the incident to a McDonald’s coffee incident where a woman got burned by hot coffee in a drive. McDonald’s downplayed the severity of the incident.

Disney has currently not responded to a request for comment on the recent revelations about the lawsuit.

About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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