June 13, 2012
THIS ISN'T the first time the Phanatic's been accused of being too fanatical. In 2010 the Daily News found he'd been sued at least three other times in the previous decade, once for hugging someone too hard. One woman attending a Reading Phillies game with her church group claimed he sat on her legs, making her arthritis act up and leading to a knee replacement, a lawsuit alleged. The resolutions of the lawsuits could not be determined Tuesday. Nor is he the only mascot sued.
May 14, 2011 |
Does this duck look like a pervert to you? He does to April Magolon, the Upper Darby mother who sued Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, claiming that she suffers from nightmares, post-traumatic stress disorder and "acute anxiety" after a Disneyworld employee dressed as Donald Duck grabbed one of her breasts three years ago. Disney settled the suit this week in Philadelphia federal court. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed in court filings. Magolon, 28, claimed that the pantsless cartoon character "molested her" during a March 2008 vacation, "then made gestures making a joke indicating he had done something wrong," according to the suit, which sought in excess of $50,000 in compensation, plus punitive damages.
January 4, 2011 |
A Delaware County woman who claims she was groped by Donald Duck at a Disney theme park may proceed with her case in federal court, a U.S. district judge has ruled. April Magolon, 27, was vacationing at Walt Disney World in May 2008 with her fiancé and young children. With a child in her arms, she approached a cast member dressed as the notoriously feisty fowl and asked for an autograph. Magolon, of Upper Darby, claims the man in the duck suit grabbed her breast, molested her, "and then made gestures making a joke indicating he had done something wrong.
August 12, 2010 |
THIS MIGHT sound Goofy, but a Delaware County mother suing Walt Disney Parks and Resorts claims that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and about a dozen other "permanent" maladies because Donald Duck grabbed her breasts two years ago at Epcot Center. April Magolon, 27, of Upper Darby, states in her lawsuit that a Disney employee dressed in a Donald Duck costume touched one of her breasts and continued to "molest her" when she approached him for an autograph in May 2008, while she held her child.
December 26, 2008 |
An annual holiday treat - Disney on Ice - returns today to the Wachovia Center offering a combination of classic and new characters to entertain families. In town through Jan. 4, "Worlds of Fantasy" showcases classic characters from Cars, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid, and introduces the new fairies from this year's Tinker Bell. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck also will greet the audience with song and dance. " 'Worlds of Fantasy' connects classic and new Disney stories," producer Kenneth Feld says.
February 17, 2004 |
Despite Walt Disney Co.'s formal rejection of Comcast Corp.'s hostile bid yesterday, the home of Snow White, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck doesn't have many good defenses against acquirers. "When a company is exposed to a bid like this, the odds are rather high that it will not remain independent," said Harbir Singh, professor of management at the Wharton School and an expert on merger strategy. Perversely, one reason Disney is vulnerable is that it has tried to be a good corporate citizen.
October 19, 2000 |
Gone are the pink and green walls and the glass window displays at the front of the store featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and other well-known Disney characters. Walt Disney Co. will open a redesigned Disney store - brighter, and with more merchandise and a modular design - at the Cherry Hill Mall on Saturday. Company executives hope such overhauls will catapult sales in Disney's lagging consumer products division. The revamped Cherry Hill store is a prototype, one of two in the country, for what the entertainment giant plans as a major retooling of 350 to 500 stores in North America over the next several years.
December 1, 1998 |
Two boats escort the USS Donald Cook, the Navy's newest guided missile destroyer, up the Delaware River into Philadelphia yesterday. It will be officially placed into service during a ceremony at Penn's Landing on Friday
July 10, 1998 |
Uh oh. It's starting again. Disney's latest movie for kids, "Mulan," has opened to good reviews - indeed, to many enthusiastic raves. It's been called a story that teaches kids lessons about courage, honor, determination and devotion to family. And yet, at the same time, some reviewers have criticized it for sending bad messages to impressionable youth. The nay-sayers pick on it for "political correctness" because the heroine succeeds in a traditional male role. It has been attacked for displaying what one critic described as "men-are-pigs" stereotypes.
April 26, 1993 |
A delightful smirk creased Donald Duck's bright orange bill as the cartoon fowl kicked up his webbed heels above a tasseled sombrero, brightly chalked on a cement square in front of the town library. "Who did Donald Duck?" a little boy asked of no one in particular as he passed by. "Some girl who's going to win," his buddy chimed. The whimsical chalk creation, the work of Jean Schwarzwalder, attracted that sort of compliment from those who had turned out to view the annual screeving contest at the Lindenwold Library.