September 12, 2017
French authorities are investigating the death of a Disneyland Paris worker whose body was found inside the park’s Phantom Manor haunted house on Saturday.
Another employee found the 45-year-old technician’s body around 10 a.m. on Saturday, just before the park was scheduled to open, according to reports.
A spokesman for a local prosecutor told the outlet that the man may have died accidentally by electric shock.
“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,” the park said in a statement.
The employee had worked at the park since 2002 and was a father from Noisy-le-Grand. His name has not been released.
The park spokeswoman said Disneyland Paris hadn’t determined when the ride would reopen. Some reports suggest it won’t happen before at least Wednesday.
The theme park, which is located about 20 miles of Paris, touts itself as the most visited tourist destination in Europe, and had 14.2 million visitors in 2014. Just about half the guests were from France, while 16 percent were from the U.K. and 9 percent were from Spain, according to the Disneyland Paris website.