Class Action Filed Against Disney For Alleged Violations Of The Americans With Disabilities Act, Forizs & Dogali, P.A.; Case No. BC438241

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Two visually impaired annual pass holders at the Disney theme parks have filed a nationwide class action against The Walt Disney Company and its subsidiaries, which own Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, and Walt Disney World, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. On behalf themselves and others similarly situated, they seek to change various Disney’s policies which unfairly treat the blind.

“Mrs. Boggs and Ms. Shields simply expect Disney to provide reasonable and fair accommodations to visually impaired guests, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act," said their attorney, Andy Dogali, of Tampa law firm, Forizs & Dogali, P.A.

Cari Shields and Amber Boggs, two visually impaired annual pass holders at the Disney parks, have filed a nationwide class action against The Walt Disney Company and its subsidiaries which own Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, and Walt Disney World, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. On behalf themselves and others similarly situated, Mrs. Boggs and Ms. Shields seek to change various Disney policies which unfairly treat the blind. For example, they demand that Disney change its policy of not allowing costumed characters to interact with visually impaired guests who visit the park with their service animals. This policy is enforced even when Mrs. Boggs visits the parks with her fully-sighted children.

Mrs. Boggs and Ms. Shields allege other violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. They are not seeking monetary damages, but only demand that Disney provide more reasonable accommodations for the visually impaired, such as portable Braille maps of the parks, areas to cage or leave service animals during rides, reduced or free admission for service aides, keyed rather than digital lockers, Braille menus in the park restaurants, and adequate lodging for service animal while visually impaired guests visit the park.

“Mrs. Boggs and Ms. Shields simply expect Disney to provide reasonable and fair accommodations to visually impaired guests who visit the parks, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act”, said their attorney, Andy Dogali, of the Tampa, Florida law firm of Forizs & Dogali, P.A. “The reasonable accommodations we demand will provide a more joyful experience for visually impaired guests in Disney’s parks, where visitors’ dreams are supposed to come true”.

The class action has been filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court of California. The law firms of Forizs and Dogali, P.A. and Eugene Feldman, Attorney at Law, represent the Mrs. Boggs and Ms. Shields in this class action. For any questions, please contact attorney Brian Hohman at (813) 289-0700 or Gene Feldman at (310) 372-4636.

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