A Kansas City mother recently settled a lawsuit with Disney after she sued when her 11-year-old daughter was randomly attacked by a drunken, Mickey Mouse-ears wearing teenager at Epcot during a 2017 melee.
Melissa Weber sued in 2018, accusing Disney of serving alcohol to someone underage and not keeping guests safe, according to the lawsuit that had sought more than $15,000 in damages in Orange Circuit Court.
Court documents do not reveal the amount of the settlement, and neither Disney nor the Weber’s attorney would comment.
Weber claimed her daughter “suffered severe injuries” in the lawsuit. The teenager, who was a stranger, grabbed the child by her hair, threw her into a garbage can and then began punching her while on the ground on Jan. 13, 2017, according to an Orange County Sheriff’s report.
The 17-year-old Naples girl, also accused of attacking another person at the park, was arrested and charged with child abuse, battery and criminal mischief, the report said. The Sentinel is not naming her because she was a minor at the time.
The state attorney’s office would not comment on the case.
The 17-year-old was at Epcot with her boyfriend and a friend, and all three appeared to be drunk when the fights broke out, according to the sheriff’s report.
The 17-year-old’s friend “dropped her cell phone to the ground and attempted to pick it up but fell to the ground to her knees due to being intoxicated” near the iconic Epcot sphere that houses Spaceship Earth attraction.
Colette Santana headed toward the park exit with her friends and instructed them to go around the fallen teenager, which made her upset they didn’t offer to help her. She swore at them, Santana told authorities in the incident report.
That’s when the 17-year-old ran up and began throwing punches, said Santana, then 25, of Orlando. The 17-year-old hit Santana in the ear with a closed fist.
“Men and other people came to their rescue and broke up this attack by this unknown woman,” the incident report said.
Santana and her friends went into the bathroom momentarily. When they emerged, a crowd gathered and there was a commotion, which is when the child on vacation with her family from Kansas was attacked.
The 17-year-old who had punched Santana grabbed the child by her hair and pulled her down violently into a trash can, the child told deputies.
She fell onto the ground, cracking her $700 phone.
The girl curled up into a ball on the ground, she told authorities, while the 17-year-old punched her four or five times with a closed fist and slapped her across the face.
Since the attack, the little girl has suffered from “anxiety, fear, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder,” the lawsuit said.
Disney declined to comment. Robert Horst, the attorney for the Weber family, did not return an email or a phone message for comment Friday and Monday.
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