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Former Disney Cruise Line Cast Member Sues After Chocolate Explosion

Imagine boiling chocolate exploding in your face! Not a pretty thought to say the least. Well, a former Disney Cruise Line Cast Member experienced just that on Disney Magic and is now suing Disney for the damages.


As shared by ClickOrlando: Michel Palus, of France, worked on the Disney Magic as the manager of food operations. On Nov. 18, 2018, he was working in the main pastry area when a pressurized chocolate canister, which was placed on boiling hot water, exploded in Palus’ face, the lawsuit states. Court documents say Palus suffered facial burns and permanent hearing loss in his left ear.

Palus is suing on the basis that Disney did not give him a reasonably safe place to work. The suit mentions a number of reasons, including working with a crew that was not properly trained to safely carry out duties, failing to provide a safe means for such crewmembers to complete assigned duties and failing to provide the crew with adequate spacing and non-heated surfaces to complete their jobs in the pastry department. In total, the suit names 25 reasons why Palus believes he was not given a reasonably safe place to work.

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Overall, attorneys for Palus say Disney failed to determine job hazards and did not modify or eliminate them. The former seaman is demanding disability pay and all damages entitled by law and contract.


About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.