Fear! Disneyland Exposes Children to High Levels of Lead, Says Environmental Group
Next time you plan a family vacation, you might want to think twice about going to Disney.
Next time you plan a family vacation, you might want to think twice about going to Disney. According to the L.A. Times, the Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation filed a lawsuit seeking a court injunction to have the park, which has been dubbed the “happiest place on earth,” cover lead-laced items or post health warnings.
Those items – you know, in case you’re on your way to any property under the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts umbrella – include leaded-glass windows, brass rail chains, door knobs and drinking water fountains, reports L.A. Times. Add to the list, the Sword in the Stone attraction where Disneyland photographers snap photos of kids while they pose and pull on the sword handle.
Not only can excessive exposure to lead cause cognitive and behavioral issues and increase the risk of cancer, it can also attack the nervous and reproductive systems. Yikes!
“The [environmental group] filed the lawsuit at the Orange County Superior Court in April against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Inc., alleging excessive levels of lead in such commonly touched objects,” says L.A. Times.
Mateel conducted tests in June and December, and found hand lead exposures 1 microgram at the Haunted Mansion, 9.75 micrograms at the Peter Pan Ride and 5.82 micrograms at Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. There were also 350 micrograms of lead exposure on a stained-glass Pinocchio window in the dining area of Village Haus restaurant, according to L.A. Times. And by the way, state law requires warnings if lead exposure is more than 0.5 micrograms per day.
Disney rejects these allegations and says they haven't seen the papers that have been filed. “We believe that Disneyland Resort is in full compliance with the signage requirements,” says Disney spokeswoman Suzi Brown.
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