An American family from New York were aboard Disney Cruise Line Disney Magic, sailing on a 7-night Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona, Spain from August 19 to August 26, 2017. After leaving Barcelona, Disney Magic then called at Naples, Italy, Rome, Livorno and Villefranche-sur-mer France before returning to Barcelona, Spain.
Upon arrival back in Spain, the family identified as John Doe, Jane Doe and John Doe Jr say in a lawsuit which was filed on January 4, 2018, the Disney Magic Captain had their son arrested while the cruise ship was in Barcelona Spain. John Doe Jr developmental deficits appear to fall under the guidelines of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
In the lawsuit the family alleges that the family has traveled numerous times with Disney, which they chose because they traveled with their developmentally challenged son who is now 17-years old. The lawsuit alleges, “John Doe Jr suffers from diagnosed developmental deficits, neuropsychological tests show this mental processing speed is in the fourth percentile and he suffers from impulse control issues.”
The lawsuit further alleges that John Doe Jr had been inside a monitored teen area of the Disney Magic and wandered away with other teens who were unsupervised for several hours, found alcohol which was unlocked aboard the cruise ship, became intoxicated. John Doe Jr became so inebriated he got alcohol poisoning. Once discovered, the crew detained John Doe Jr and failed to give him medical care.
The lawsuit further alleges, the family was detained aboard, then they were handed over to police in Spain for alleged multiple serious felonies. The lawsuit further alleges John Doe Jr was made the scapegoat for all illegal actions committed by the group of teens.
Spanish authorities considered John Doe Jr neuropsychological limitations and his extreme alcohol poisoning and release him to his family.
What is Neuropsychological Slow Processing?
Cognifit.com describes disorders and pathologies related to slow processing speed as follows: “Slow processing speed isn’t structurally a learning or attentional problem, nor is it related to intelligence, although it affects every stage of learning. When we talk about slow processing speed, we must keep in mind that it may contribute to some learning disorders, like ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, or an auditory processing disorder. This can affect tasks like goal planning, problem solving, and perseverance in personal goals. Processing speed is also related to Autism spectrum disorders, and other pathologies like dementias or schizophrenia can also cause slow processing speed.”
Disney Teen Club – Per Disney Cruise Website
“From teens-only dance parties to karaoke to just kickin’ it, there’s tons of fun stuff to get psyched about! While the Vibe experience aboard each ship differs, the idea behind them is the same: Vibe provides Guests ages 14 to 17 with their own special place where they can break off from the family and connect with other teens. Designed with their interests in mind, each lounge is laden with amenities and activities that will keep them engaged and entertained while encouraging them to mingle. With so much to do, Vibe is bound to become your teen’s favorite on-ship destination!”
Strictly for Teens
“While designated as a teens-only hangout, Vibe is chaperoned by some of the coolest counselors at sea, in a laid-back way that allows teens to feel as unrestricted and comfortable as they can possibly be.
On the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder
- Disney Magic Cruise Ship Schedule
- John Doe, Jane Doe, John Doe Jr v Disney Cruise Line (pdf file)
- Cognifit Cognitive Processing Speed Defined
Video:Disney Magic Mediterranean Cruise August 2017