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Bad news keeps rolling into the Southland this week.abc7.com reports that a float in a Disneyland parade struck four people, including a woman who was taken to a hospital.


"A Christmas Fantasy Parade" was near the end of its route, near "It's a Small World" attraction when it hit four spectators at about 8:15 p.m., park spokesman Rob Doughty said. Anaheim fire Capt. Jamie Hirsch said the people were hit by the simulated carpet on the Aladdin float.

"Instead of going straight, (the float) kind of turned to the side and hit the four people," Hirsch said. "The float has a piece of carpet that comes off the back. The piece of carpet struck the guests."

Two adults and a child were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Doughty said.

One woman, identified by her sister as Mayra Perez, 34, was knocked unconscious and taken to a hospital.

"(The float) hit her and knocked her out cold," the sister told The Orange County Register while waiting at the emergency room. "Her face is bruised up pretty bad."

What is it about that parade gate by "It's a Small World"? That's always been a troublespot at the park.

The Los Angeles Times only had a brief report on the incident. Disney obsessives over at Mouseplanet.com may have more news to come. Check out their list of rides slated for refurbishment in 2005 as Michael Eisner and Co celebrate the company's 50th anniversary.

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Speaking of Anaheim, anti-terrorism laws restricting use of area airspace grounded this year's annual "Jingle Bell Jump," in which Santa parachutes to the Anaheim Town Square shopping center with gifts and greetings. Instead of skydiving near Disneyland, he used a hot air balloon.