Anaheim, CA Amusement Park Accident, Apr 1974


Anaheim, Calif. -- An 18-year-old hostess at Disneyland was crushed to death late Monday night when caught between a stage and a revolving audience seating area at the amusement center's newest attraction, the $6 million "America Sings" exhibit, officials said.
The girl, DEBORAH STONE, of 1633 W. Avalon Ave., was found dead about 11 p.m. by other employes who noticed she was missing and went in search of her.
Jim Garber, manager of public relations and publicity at the Anaheim amusement center, said it was believed the girl was standing on the revolving area and was leaning over the stage when the accident occurred.
Her body was found between the stage and the audience area. The audience had been let off the stage before the accident.
Garber said the young woman was the first Disneyland employe to die in an accident in the 19 year history of the Southland's most popular tourist attraction.
Four visitors to the amusement park have died in previous accidents.
MISS STONE, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Stone of Santa Ana, began work June 1.
Garber said the "America Sings" exhibit, which opened June 29, consists of six compartmentalized
revolving stages bearing audiences who are rotated through a full circle in a 20-minute cycle watching audio-animatronic figures portray the nation's musical heritage.

Star News Pasadena California 1974-04-23