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Apr 07

Disneyland Paris Employee Found Dead Inside Popular Park Attraction

DLP-HauntedHouseSad news out of Disneyland Paris over the weekend when a 45-year-old employee was found dead inside the park’s Phantom Manor attraction.  According to reports, the worker was discovered around 10:00 am Saturday, April 2, by fellow park employees. 

“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,” Disneyland Paris said in a statement to BBC Newsbeat.

Police are investigating the man’s death, but it’s suspected that he died of accidental electrocution, while working behind the scenes of the attraction changing out a light fixture. But an autopsy is being conducted to confirm his official cause of death.

Patrick Maldidier, a Disneyland Paris staff union representative, said, the man was “hugely popular with colleagues and was always smiling.” A theme park spokesman said, “management was deeply saddened by the man’s death, and sent commiserations to his family and relatives.”

Situated within Disneyland Paris’ Frontierland, the Phantom Manor adopts a plotline that mimics “The Phantom of the Opera” and offers park visitors a special effects-filled experience that combines a walkthrough with an Omnimover ride. The park attracted nearly 15 million visitors in 2015, earning it the title of most visited theme park in Europe.

Back in 2010, another Disneyland Paris employee died after getting trapped under a boat while tending to the “It’s a Small World” attraction.

The Phantom Manor attraction was closed all day Saturday and remained closed as of yesterday. 

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