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Walt Disney World sued for over $15k after man was ‘bitten by a rat’

A man who was reportedly bitten by a rat at Walt Disney World has filed a lawsuit against the theme park, seeking more than $15,000 in damages.

Galen Haldeman, then 59, and his wife, Carol, were visiting Magic Kingdom in April 2014 when the incident occurred. 

Haldeman claims he was bitten by the rat as he and his wheelchair-bound wife exited the Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin in Tomorrowland.

Galen Haldeman, then 59, and his wife, Carol (both pictured), were visiting Magic Kingdom in April 2014. During that trip Haldeman was reportedly bitten by a rat that had jumped on his wife’s wheelchair 

Galen Haldeman

Carol Haldeman

According to the lawsuit, filed against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts on March 19, a large rat ran into the merchandise store near the ride when Haldeman (left) was bit. He said he was pushing his wife (right) through the store when it happened

According to the lawsuit, filed against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts on March 19, a large rat ran into the merchandise store near the ride when Haldeman was bit.

Somebody yelled, ‘rat!’ and kicked the animal, the suit says.

Haldeman claims he was pushing his wife through the store when the rat jumped onto one of the wheels of her chair and moved toward her arm.

‘Just as the rat was about to bite into Carol’s arm, Galen grabbed the rat and yanked it off the chair,’ the lawsuit said.

‘As he did so, the rat bit into one of Galen’s fingers. Galen had to twist the rat’s neck, and the rat fell to the floor where someone threw an empty plastic container over it.’

According to the suit, a Disney employee rushed over to help the couple and urged visitors not to photograph the animal. The employee then took the rat away.

Haldeman and his wife are seeking more than $15,000 in damages for his ensuing medical expenses, physical handicap, disfigurement, mental anguish and other problems related to the incident that occurred after they left the Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin (pictured)

Haldeman and his wife are seeking more than $15,000 in damages for his ensuing medical expenses, physical handicap, disfigurement, mental anguish and other problems related to the incident that occurred after they left the Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin (pictured)

‘Disney violated its duty to keep its park clean and safe by allowing conditions to get to the point where rats were inhabiting the park and were even bold enough to come out openly, among people,’ the lawsuit reads.

Haldeman and his wife are seeking more than $15,000 in damages for Haldeman’s ensuing medical expenses, physical handicap, disfigurement, mental anguish and other problems related to the incident.

The Haldemans’ attorney and Disney were not immediately available for comment.



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