Accident at Disneyland Paris

Boy, 5, fighting for life after ‘falling under a machine’ on Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland Paris

  • Child in critical condition after accident on ride at 4.50pm (3.50pm GMT)
  • Medics called when boy became ‘trapped between a platform and a boat’
  • Disney spokesman says first aiders ‘quickly intervened’ to help the boy

By Mark Duell at London Daily Mail

A five-year-old boy was tonight ‘fighting for his life’ after an accident on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland Paris. The child from Montpellier is in a critical condition at Necker Hospital in Paris after ‘falling under a machine’ at the end of the ride at 4.50pm local time (3.50pm GMT) today, local media said. Emergency services were called when the unidentified boy became ‘trapped between a platform and a boat’.

The child had lost his balance and fallen overboard, reported the Europe 1 radio network.  He then became stuck under the boat behind the one carrying him, before his father jumped into the water and managed to free him.

A Disneyland spokesman has confirmed the accident happened.  He told American Foreign Press: ‘The incident took place in late afternoon. Our first aid services quickly intervened to provide him first aid. The attraction is temporarily closed and we stand with the family.’

…complete article at London Daily Mail

Thor: Treasures of Asgard

Thor: Treasures of Asgard lands in Disneyland Park

Get an up-close look at some of the fabled Treasures of Asgard now at Disneyland in Anaheim, California!

Treasures of Asgard
Treasures of Asgard

By Nikki Griffin at


Astrophysicist and close friend of Thor, Jane Foster, has calculated that the Bifrost will open again on November 1 inside the Innoventions exhibit at Disneyland in Anaheim, California!

Jane Foster has been studying the Bifrost since she first met the Mighty Avenger, and was excited to help Disney coordinate this special event. Our Asgardian friends have generously provided several treasures and weapons from Asgard to display in honor of this occasion.

…photos and complete article at


Pana-Vue Pirates

These Pana-Vue slides of  Pirates of the Caribbean were available at Disneyland throughout the 1960s and ’70s.  Given the approaching Halloween holiday, we’ll take a look at a few spooky slides…

Blue Bayou lagooon
Blue Bayou lagooon

The Blue Bayou lagoon is lit only by moonlight,  fireflies, and the occasional kerosene lantern.

The pirates' hideout at Dead Man's Cove
The pirates’ hideout

In Dead Man’s Cove we find the secret hideout of pirates long dead.

The Treasure Grotto
The hidden treasure grotto

We find the hidden treasure grotto nearby. Continue reading Pana-Vue Pirates

The Devil & Walt Disney

This story motif is one of the oldest and most popular:  Making a deal with the Devil.  It’s even used to sell cars!  One of the most popular versions of this story is Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play Faust.  A scene in F.W. Murnau’s 1926 Faust in which the shadow of the demon Mephistopheles falls over the village is said to have inspired the opening to Fantasia‘s “Night On Bald Mountain” segment.  Variations on this story in appear in modern culture the likes of  Stephen Vincent Benét’s short story The Devil and Daniel Webster, Charlie Daniels’ song The Devil Went Down To Georgia,  and Al Pacino vehicle The Devil’s Advocate, and Marvel comics’ Ghost Rider.

This same basic story has continued to be popular because it’s archetypal.   It represents a common dilemma faced by people striving to achieve a certain level of success, power or fame.

Mephistopheles' Shadow
Mephistopheles’ Shadow

How does a person manage to get ahead without compromising one’s own moral integrity in the process?  This article intends to explore this Faust/Mephistopheles dilemma using as its example the career of Walt Disney. Continue reading The Devil & Walt Disney

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