Disney Faces Even Larger Autism Lawsuit as Plaintiffs Could Nearly Triple

Jason Hughes
The Wrap
Disney Faces Even Larger Autism Lawsuit as Plaintiffs Could Nearly Triple

A discrimination suit brought against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is seeking to add even more plaintiffs, nearly tripling in size, according to a complaint filed on Wednesday. Attorneys for the 26 plaintiffs in the lawsuit alleging disabled access issues at the company's various theme parks have asked for an amendment to add an additional 69 plaintiffs.

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Of the new potential plaintiffs, 36 are disabled, with the remaining 33 family members. The original suit was filed in April, and accused Walt Disney Parks and Resorts of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act in regards to the then-recently implemented Disability Access Service. That suit included 16 disabled individuals and 10 guardians.

The DAS was implemented as an effort by the company to weed out scammers who were taking advantage of their prior system allowing disabled people to skip waiting in line to experience the rides.

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According to the families in the initial suit, the new DAS card was extremely problematic for those with “cognitive impairments” like autism. “For persons with cognitive impairments, the DAS has not only made the Disney Parks experience less than equal, it has made it downright awful,” the new filing states.

According to the amendment, the original suit led to “an outpouring of phone calls and emails from victims and their families, similarly situated to the 26 existing plaintiffs.” The undersigned counsel agreed to represent many of them, leading for the request to expand the number of plaintiffs in the case.

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All plaintiffs are being represented by Andy Dogali of Dogali Law Group P.A. and Eugene Feldman, Attorney at Law APC. Legal representatives for Walt Disney in the case did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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