Dead Body Found In Disney's Cast Member Parking Lot

dead body Disney World employeeA woman's body has been found in the parking lot of Disney World, according to local Orlando media reports.

The death first became known after a Disney World security guard called 911 Tuesday morning at 1 a.m., according to Central Florida News 13. A Disney source also told News 13 that the woman was a Disney cast member.

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The woman's identity, along with other details, have yet to be revealed by Disney. But the entertainment giant was saying that no suspicious or foul play was suspected in the incident. The body was found in a car parked far enough away from major attractions, and close to a construction site, so that activities were not interrupted Tuesday.

Deaths among the 54,000 employees, known as "cast members," at the Florida attraction itself are few and far between. But they are not unprecedented. Of particular note, 21-year-old Austin Wuennenberg died in 2009 after the Disney monorail he was operating crashed into another. The incident made headlines across the country, and prompted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to open an investigation, according to a report by Fox News. The end result was improved security safeguards for Disney's monorail system.

Working conditions for some in the company have nevertheless become more harrowing lately. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, and covered on AOL Jobs, Disney has installed an electronic monitoring system by which custodial employees are tracked for their performance. Known by some employees as the "electronic whip," the system was described this way by the Los Angeles Times:

"In the basements of the Disneyland and Paradise Pier hotels in Anaheim, big flat-screen monitors hang from the walls in rooms where uniformed crews do laundry. The monitors are like scoreboards, with employees' work speeds compared to one another. Workers are listed by name, so their colleagues can see who is quickest at loading pillow cases, sheets and other items into a laundry machine."


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beachbunny714

People die and sadly it's just a fact of life weather they are a Disney Cast Member or not it's just the way life progresses. As as former Cast Member their are much more interesting things he could have chosen to elaborate on other than the death of a woman in her car. What about all of the satisfied people who have worked for Disney for years who love what they do? This was a poorly organized article. Dan Fastenberg better luck next time!

November 22 2011 at 10:12 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
gcarlson007

If you want to see fast, just give them "piece work". So many "sheets and pillow cases" a day, for 8 hrs pay. If you get done quick, you get the rest of the day off. Kind of like route work for garbage men. When garbage men finish their route, they get to go home. They have to put "governors" on garbage trucks so they can't speed! Whew! Now that's fast!

November 21 2011 at 3:52 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Forrealdoh

Pretty nice of AOL to post this under the AOL Jobs section. Please alert me to any death at Google or Microsoft in the future. I want to work there.

November 21 2011 at 1:17 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Josh Harris

I like how more than half of the article focused on issues with employees that worked in the parks, when this lot was no where near the parks.

November 19 2011 at 7:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Merri

Hm...so a dead body of a cast member shows up in Disney's parking lot, and also mentioned is the fact that an 'electronic whip' has been installed to show all the workers how good or bad each other's performance is? Gee, does that mean that this woman might be one of those employees, who just didn't fold her laundry fast enough?

Ok, Disney is becoming creepier and creepier. Perhaps we should worry about them taking over the world, instead of Walmart.

November 18 2011 at 8:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Maryshap

wow, kind of Orwellian and Nazi-like isn't it?

November 18 2011 at 4:27 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
thecallingisnear

what a poorly prepared article. wow... just wow.

November 14 2011 at 10:53 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Civics please

Oh thank God that 'the body was found in a car parked far enough away from major attractions, and close to a construction site, so that activities were not interrupted Tuesday.'
That makes me feel better about someone passing away in the parking lot. If rides and attractions were shut down, then it would have been a tragedy.
What did that bit of information actually add to the story?

Now let me call my sister that works for Disney to find out if this was possibly a friend of hers.

November 10 2011 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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MasterP

I would like know what your sister knows about the "electronic whip". Talk about modern day slavery...I guess its not all fun and games in paradise.

BTW Disney...I wouldn't want a bunch of disgruntle employees working for me...hell, you can't afford to have one in your line of business.

November 26 2011 at 12:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CARLENE

HEY AOL JOBS,,,,,,,,great title under AOL JOBS "dead woman found". Yup, reckon that means that Disney has at least one opening.

November 08 2011 at 2:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yvonne

Mr. Fastenberg did not say that Austin crashed into another monorail. He said that the two monorails collided. No where did he place blame for the accident. Check your facts.

November 08 2011 at 8:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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sxyb84u

OK Yvonne,... Here is what Mr. Fastenberg wrote about Austin in the article, "Of particular note, 21-year-old Austin Wuennenberg died in 2009 after the Disney monorail he was operating crashed into another. " So that made it sound like he was at fault and we ALL know he wasnt the problem that night...

November 11 2011 at 1:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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