The father of a 9-year-old Michigan girl sued Disneyland Thursday, alleging that the park denied the girl a car as a prize last year because she is black.
Joseph Wright claims that on Jan. 3, 1985, park attendants took Jennifer Wright's admission ticket, then made her wait before entering the front gate turnstile. Moments later, at about 7 p.m., a white teen-age boy in line behind the girl passed through the turnstile, was designated the 30,000th visitor to the park and won a Pontiac, the suit alleges.
A spokesman for Disneyland, which awarded a new car to every 30,000th visitor in 1985 as part of the park's 30th birthday celebration, said the suit "sounds pretty silly . . . "
"Obviously, certainly, we feel there are no grounds for (the lawsuit) whatsoever," said Bob Roth, Disneyland's publicity director. He said that Disneyland gave away 391 cars in 1985 during the publicity program, and added that the winners were determined by computerized counters.