Disney Paris was not the place where “Dreams Come True” this week. Workers made a horrifying discovery just before opening the park to guests. A Disney Paris maintenance technician was found dead in “Phantom Manor,” the park’s ghost-themed attraction.
The macabre scene was discovered by fellow workers in the early morning hours and the worker was declared dead shortly after discovery. The ride will remain closed till at least Wednesday.
The investigation of the death is still underway. It is believed to have been an electrical accident that occurred while the maintenance technician was completing a repair on a faulty light fixture.
The staff member remains unnamed to the public. Patrick Maldidier, a Disneyland union representative spoke to Le Parisien about the man. Maldidier said he was appreciated by coworkers and “always had a smile on his face.” The man was a 45 year old father and had worked at the park for 14 years.
From Disneyland Paris:
“We are truly saddened to learn of the passing of one of our Cast Members, and our hearts go out to his family and friends during this very difficult time.”
Disney is well known for the safety of its theme parks, but over the years a number of strange deaths have occurred on Disney grounds. The now eerily-realistic haunted house isn’t the first employee death in recent history, either.
In 2010 a sub-contracted employee died after a bizarre accident on the “It’s A Small World” attraction while doing repairs. The ride was turned on mistakenly during repair and the maintenance worker was trapped under a boat. He was airlifted to the hospital. Unfortunately, he arrived in critical condition, and later died from the trauma and injuries.