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The family of a Broward County woman who died last year has filed a lawsuit against Disney blaming the theme park employees for her ultimately fatal leg injuries.
According to the complaint filed last month, Katherine Jo-Ann Baliton visited the park with her family on March 23, 2012.
Baliton fell and fractured a bone in her left leg as she attempted to board the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise attraction with her 3-year-old son in her arms, the complaint said.
Her family said if Disney employees had helped the woman onto the ride, that could have prevented her fall. Baliton underwent surgery for her injuries on April 4.
On April 7, 2012, she died because of a blood clot in her leg.
The family said Disney failed to ensure the woman's safety. The family wants repayment of medical and funeral expenses as well as loss of financial earnings and payment for mental pain and suffering for Baliton's husband.
This year marks a milestone in the world of make believe.
Walt Disney Animation Studios is celebrating its 90th anniversary, a history spanning scores of classic films and a menagerie of beloved characters.
Walt Disney's world has grown a bit larger since it acquired Pixar — the company behind hits like Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc.
John Lasseter was instrumental in shaping Pixar's success, directing films like Toy Story and Cars. He was a Southern California kid who grew up on Disney, and is now at the creative helm of both Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.
He spoke with NPR's Renee Montagne about both the history and the future of Disney animation.
"There was a period of time when they estimated the two biggest stars in Hollywood were Charlie Chaplin and Mickey Mouse," he says.
On Walt Disney's creation of Mickey Mouse
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