Walt Disney Co. faces a lawsuit challenging its policy on access by guests with disabilities to rides and attractions at its Florida and California theme parks.

The suit, filed April 3 in Los Angeles federal court by a group of 16 plaintiffs, claims the Burbank entertainment and media giant is discouraging disabled guests, particularly children with autism, from visiting its U.S. theme parks, according to a story in the Los Angeles Times.

Disney’s policy is to provide guests with a Disability Access Service card to return to a ride or attraction at a set time. The lawsuit alleges that even with the card there is no guarantee of the guest getting on the ride, the Los Angeles Times story reported.

Disney issued a statement that the lawsuit was without merit.

“Disney Parks have an unwavering commitment to providing an inclusive and accessible environment for all our guests,” the company’s statement said. “We fully comply with all (Americans With Disabilities Act) requirements.”


The inaugural North Hollywood CineFest takes place this weekend at the Laemmle NoHo 7 theatre in the Arts District.

The festival will screen more than 60 features, short and student films made in the United States and abroad through Sunday. The festival also offers workshops on film financing and distribution, and producing web series.

Screenings kicked off Thursday with the documentary “HIV: A Whole Different Story” and end Sunday with “3 Mile Limit,” a feature from New Zealand.

The Laemmle NoHo 7 is at 5240 Lankershim Blvd. Tickets are priced at $8 to $15 and are available online through the theater’s website and at the box office. An all-festival pass is available for $50.

For more information go to http://www.nohocinefest.com.