The discovery of a corpse inside a popular Disneyland haunted house theme ride has closed it since the weekend, but the attraction is expected to reopen later this week.
Phantom Manor, a ride at Disneyland Paris, is a family-friendly, scary attraction designed around the fictional plotline of a woman who died inside the house after being visited by a mysterious phantom. It became the centre of police attention on Saturday morning after workers found a ride technician dead behind the scenes.
The worker is believed to been electrocuted accidentally while working on the ride before the park opened for the day, French newspaper Le Parisien reported.
The worker was said to be a 45-year-old father who had worked at the park for 14 years. He was reported to have gone inside to fix a faulty lighting fixture.
Disneyland Paris’s Phantom Manor will remain closed until police inquiries conclude. It is the franchise’s fifth haunted house and a spinoff from Disneyland California’s Haunted Mansion, which was also developed into a 2003 Eddie Murphy movie, the Daily Beast notes. Haunted Houses are big business for Disneyland.
“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.
Written by Peter Needham