Environmental Group Claims Disneyland Is Filled With Poison

While you're spinning that teacup you might just be exposing yourself to some serious lead.

It seems the It’s A Small World ride isn’t the first thing that’ll kill you at Disneyland. A new group claims it’s all the lead you’re being exposed to while at what is arguably the world’s most famous amusement park.

Jezebel led me to an L.A. Times article that says Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation has filed a lawsuit after high levels of lead were found in stuff all over the park.

As Jezebel says, “it seems that the goofy shot of you grabbing the Sword in the Stone statue at Disneyland is actually a picture of you exposing yourself to high levels of lead.” Funny, but apparently true.

Here are some of the things at the park that are loaded with lead, according to the environmental group:

The brass door knobs at Minnie’s House, drinking fountains, brass rail chains, and stained-glass windows in the salon in Cinderella’s Castle and a lot more.

The environmental group had a volunteer touch stuff at the park and then wipe his hand on a towelette which was then analyzed for lead by an independent group.  What they found is that the happiest place on earth has been breaking the law for years because under California law, Disneyland is required to post warnings of an item’s daily lead exposure if it tops 0.5 micrograms.

As an example, the L.A. Times reports a sample taken from a stained-glass Pinocchio window in the dining area of Village Haus restaurant found a lead exposure of 350 micrograms.

A Disneyland rep tells the L.A. Times the park is complying with signage requirements, but Mateel says it isn’t doing enough and has filed an injunction to make the park post clearer warnings or cover the items. “We are asking the court to force Disney to take steps that should have been taken when we first told them that children at Disneyland are in danger of illegal lead exposures”, Mateel President William Verick said,

As Jezebel reports, Disney dragging its feet to replace the items seems odd, considering they have more money than God…  Why not replace the stuff pronto and avoid the bad press?  I mean, Disney is supposed to be all about the kids, right?  Get rid of the lead, man!

What do you think?  Will this news change any possible plans you have to visit the park?

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