When Walt Disney opened the gates to Disneyland Park and let people inside for the first time, he said, “To all who come to this happy place, welcome.” Walt believed so much in the Park’s ability to make people happy, he even called it “The Happiest Place on Earth”. Sadly, not every Guest has experienced the happiness that Walt dreamed of. Late in the evening on February 18, Disneyland Resort experienced its second tragedy in just over two months when a woman fell to her death from the Mickey & Friends parking structure.
According to the Anaheim Police Department, they were called to the Disneyland parking structure just before 7 p.m. on February 18. When they arrived, they found an adult woman on the ground, where they were tirelessly to keep her alive until paramedics got there. Unfortunately, the woman passed away, despite their best efforts to save her. Now, that woman has been identified.
Per The Orange County Register:
Marney Schoenfeld, 46, of Scottsdale, Arizona, died Saturday night, Feb. 18 after she jumped or fell from a parking structure at the Anaheim theme park resort, according to Orange County Sheriff Sgt. Scott Steinle.
Randy Schoenfeld, an Arizona real estate agent, said Marney’s death has been “excruciating.”
“She was a loving mother to her daughter, Sydney,” Randy Schoenfeld said via email. “She was a caring wife to me. She was a talented hairstylist of 23 years and her clients loved her.”
Sadly, Ms. Schoenfeld is the second person to die at the Mickey & Friends parking garage in less than three months. In December, school principal Christopher Christensen of Huntington Beach jumped to his death. Christensen made a long Facebook post before his death, informing friends that he had been accused of domestic violence — which he denied — and said that he would most likely lose his job. Christensen chose to end his life on December 3, two days before he was due to appear in court.
At this time, the Coroner’s Office has been unable to determine if Mrs. Schoenfeld purposefully jumped or if she fell accidentally. The Anaheim Police are investigating to find out what happened in the moments leading up to Schoenfeld’s death. Again, Mrs. Schoenfeld’s cause of death has yet to be determined, and anything said at this moment is speculation.