At one point in Disney’s famous Haunted Mansion attraction, the “Ghost Host” proclaims that the estate is the home of “999 happy haunts,” and that “there’s room for a thousand.”
Well, it seems the creepy host just got his wish, as the dead body of a Disney employee was recently found in the Disneyland Paris version of the ride. It seems one of the most popular dark rides in the world just got that much darker.
While repairing a light fixture at Disneyland Paris’ take on the popular Haunted Mansion ride, Phantom Manor, a 45-year-old Disney employee was believed to have been electrocuted.
The man, who had worked at the park since 2002, was found by other Disney employees between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. By 10 a.m, he was declared dead.
The ride was immediately shut down for investigation.
This is not the first death to occur at the European resort. In 2010, a 53-year-old employee became trapped underneath one of the boats in the It’s a Small World ride and died on the way to the hospital.
More recently, in 2013, a five-year-old guest fell out of one of the boats on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and was trapped between the boat and the exit platform. The boy was in critical condition when he arrived at the hospital but, thankfully, survived.
In a statement to BBC, Disney commented on the death of their beloved employee saying, “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.”
Despite the incidents listed above, Disneyland Paris has seen very few deaths in its 23 years of existence. It’s pretty admirable, considering the number of complex and sometimes dangerous machines the employees have to deal with on a daily basis.