A Walt Disney World employee was killed in an accident, the company confirmed on Monday.
The Reedy Creek Fire Department responded to an unconscious man identified as Juan Alberto Ojeda, 33, who was unresponsive at 1153 Century Drive, near Disney’s Pop Century Resort. He was declared dead at the scene shortly after 9 a.m., according to Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Ingrid Tejada-Monforte.
“All of us at Walt Disney World Resort are deeply saddened today by the loss of one of our Cast Members,” Walt Disney World Resort president George A. Kalogridis said in a statement. “Our thoughts and concerns are with his family, friends, and fellow co-workers.”
He said the company would be providing resources for people impacted by the accident and they are working with authorities to determine the circumstances of the employee’s death.
Pop Century Resort, which is adjacent to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, is located near Hollywood Studios.
No other information was immediately available.
Construction is currently underway to build a gondola stop at Pop Century that it will share with Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.
Walt Disney World is building the new aerial transportation system that will connect some of its resorts with Epcot and Hollywood Studios via gondolas. No opening date has been announced for the gondolas.
When Pop Century Resort opened in 2003, it was considered the single-largest hotel in Walt Disney World Resort’s history with its 2,880 rooms on 235 acres. Its debut was delayed for two years because of a travel slump after 9/11.