Turns out everything isn't so happy after all...
One theory is that she was used to the walls rotating the other way as the stages had previously be used for The Carousel of Progress. In the old set-up, where she was standing would have been safe. Another says that she made a mistake and a simply stepped backward into the wrong spot without realizing.
Stone’s death led to Disney closing the attraction for a year and later implementing new safety features to prevent another tragedy, but you have to wonder why they didn’t make sure that the ride was safe for employees in the first place.
Debbie Stone isn’t the only Disney cast member who met a tragic end at the park. Apparently working as a costumed character can come with some serious health risks. Aside from the fact that costumed characters have to spend all day in hot body suits (heat stroke, anyone?), the suits also pose another threat—they’re hard to see out of.
In 2004, a 38-year-old employee playing Pluto was run over and killed by a float during the daily parade in the park. Another fell from the Skyway ride in 1999 after a section of the ride hit him.
Walt Disney: Narc
Despite creating one of the most beloved brands in the world, Walt Disney has some shady dealings in his past. We’ve already discussed his Nazi ties and anti-semitic work, but it turns out he loved authoritarian governments of all kinds.
The United States was deep in the throes of the Red Scare and J. Edgar Hoover was rounding up suspected communists with the help of buddy Joseph McCarthy—and apparently good old Walt helped.