At one point in Disney’s famous Haunted Mansion attraction and family-friendly haunted house became home to real-life horrors when employees discovered a dead body inside. The body of a 45-year-old Disneyland Paris technician was discovered in the theme park’s Haunted House this weekend, after what appears to be a tragic accident.
The man, 45, had been working at Disneyland Paris since 2002. He is believed to have been electrocuted while working on a faulty light fixture in “Phantom Manor,” according to French newspaper Le Parisien reports. He was found by colleagues between 8 and 9 a.m. and confirmed dead at 10 a.m.
The attraction was immediately shut down for investigation, is still underway, but police suspect that the incident was an accident.
“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.
Park employees found their colleague Saturday morning in the Phantom Manor and it is believed he was electrocuted just before the park opened on Saturday morning.. The technician worked for the park for 14 years.
The park opened as usual Saturday, although the haunted house was closed. There have been several employee deaths at Disney theme parks in the past ten years, mostly at Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
”In 2004 Javier Cruz was tripped in front of the “Beauty and the Beast” float and was killed. A particularly bad year was 2009 when three workers died, One of the drivers, Austin Wuennenberg; Anislav Varbanov, who performed in the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, died from a head injury while practicing a tumble; and Mark Priest slipped on water while performing in a sword fight during a performance of the Captain Jack Pirate Tutorial and fatally collided with a wall.”
Well, it seems the creepy host just got his wish as a dead body of a Disney employee was recently found in the Disneyland Paris version of the ride. It seems one of the most popular dark rides in the world just got that much darker.