Disney World cast member killed in industrial accident, police say

July 10, 2018

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A Walt Disney World employee was killed in an industrial accident at one of the world-famous theme park’s resorts on Monday.

Police responded to a 9:18 a.m. emergency call to a guard gate near Disney’s Pop Century resort on 1153 Century Drive. They found 33-year-old Juan Alberto Ojeda unconscious in an industrial area near the resort and the Waldorf Astoria golf course.

He was pronounced dead by the Reedy Creek Fire Department shortly after 9 a.m, the Orange County Sheriff’s office confirmed Monday. The cause of death was not immediately clear and an investigation is ongoing.

The fatality came about 12 hours before another Disney employee received non-life threatening injuries in a separate industrial accident.

Ongoing investigation

Disney World Resort president George A. Kalogridis released a statement expressing the company’s condolences for the deceased employee.

“All of us at Walt Disney World Resort are deeply saddened today by the loss of one of our Cast Members,” Kalogridis said in a statement. “Our thoughts and concerns are with his family, friends, and fellow co-workers.”

Kalogridis added that Walt Disney is providing resources to help those grieving and that the company is working with the authorities to figure out what happened.

Second man injured in fall

Another Disney worker was injured in an industrial accident 12 hours later. Orange County police said the employee fell at 2901 Osceola Parkway, near the Animal Kingdom Lodge, around 10:30 pm.

The man called 911 and was brought to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Construction underway

There is construction underway at Disney on an aerial transportation system that will use gondolas to connect the resorts, including Pop Century, with Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

The Pop Century Resort, which is located near Hollywood Studios, will share a gondola stop with the nearby Art of Animation Resort. There is no opening date for the gondolas.

The resort was opened in 2003. At the time it was considered the biggest hotel in the park, with nearly 3,000 rooms across 235 acres.

This tragic death isn’t the first fatality at the resort. In 2013, a 13-year-old Missouri boy drowned in the pool at Pop Century while swimming with family.


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Matthew Boose

Matthew Boose is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University and has contributed to The Daily Caller and The Stony Brook Press.