Disneyland’s creepiest myths and conspiracies as park finally reopens after lockdown
It is the happiest place on Earth, some say, but it is also the source of a number of disturbing myths and legends.
Disneyland will reopen to the public this week to the delight of thousands of families and fans who have been unable to enter for months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, there is a dark side to the theme park. From secret Illuminati meetings to mind control to gruesome deaths on the rides, conspiracy theories about Disneyland are plentiful … and some may even have a kernel of truth.
Here are some of the wackiest and spookiest Disneyland myths of all time.
Beheading on Space Mountain
One of Disneyland’s most common urban legends is that a man stood up while riding this iconic indoor roller coaster and had his head cut off.
Despite the pervasiveness of this rumor, there is no truth. However, a teenager actually got up while circling the Matterhorn in 1964 and was thrown from the cart, sustaining fatal injuries.
In fact, there have been a number of fatal crashes at Disneyland, from a young actress crushed on the America Sings ride in 1974 to a guest killed on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad after the car he was in had been killed. separated from the rest of the train. 2003.
The Ghost of Pirates of the Caribbean
In 2017, Buzzfeed gathered a number of Disney Parks conspiracy theories from its readers, including one from a woman who claims the popular Pirates of the Caribbean Walk is haunted by a ghoul named George.
“My sister’s roommate went through the college program and she said if they didn’t say ‘Hello, George’ and ‘Good night, George’, respectively, the ride would stop and they’re having trouble with that all. the day, ”she told the site.
And that’s not the only rumor about the Pirates of the Caribbean ride …
Real human skeletons
While building the ride, the Disneyland design team were not happy with the fake skeletons provided to them and instead purchased a few from the nearby UCLA Medical Center.
These skeletons were a key part of the ride’s design for several years until technology improved enough that they could be replaced with fakes and ultimately buried properly.
But some insist the skeletons have never been replaced and that guests actually see real corpses when they enjoy the ride.
Walt Disney’s frozen body
Since the death of the Disney founder in 1966, there have been lingering myths that Walt cryogenically froze so he could be revived at some point in the future.
For some reason, those who believe he was frozen (even though his family have confirmed he was cremated) also tend to think his body is hidden under the very floor of Disneyland.
Various rides have been suggested as Walt’s resting place, but for the record: his ashes are located at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale and have not been scattered throughout the park.
Scared to death by the haunted mansion?
This spooky ride first opened in 1969, but there is a rumor that it temporarily closed again shortly after.
The first version was so terrifying that a man invited to preview it suffered a fatal heart attack, according to legend.
Walt Disney is said to have temporarily shut down The Haunted Mansion and ordered engineers to mitigate the scares in the interest of public safety.
This myth has become so pervasive that fact-checking website Snopes devoted an article to it. This turns out to be completely wrong, because the amusement ride never closed longer than it takes for routine maintenance work.
It’s a small world that comes to life
Home to perhaps the most boring theme song ever written, there’s a different reason some people have negative feelings about this famous ride.
Park workers swore they saw the animatronic characters blink or move while It’s A Small World, which transports guests in boats around a merry-go-round showing robots representing different cultures, was turned off.
And speaking of the spooky views on this particular attraction …
The suspended body
While riding It’s A Small World with her family in 1999, a 12-year-old girl saw the ride stop and an evacuation was announced over the loudspeaker.
As she later wrote, the girl’s mother pulled out her camera and took photos of the ride while waiting to be escorted.
After developing the film, she saw the final image which appears to show a body hanging from the ceiling.
It’s a strange picture, but most people who have heard this legend on the internet think the hanging figure was just a prop in a strange place.
Some park visitors have reported seeing a ghostly figure running along the track of the monorail that circles the park.
It is certainly true that a man was killed by the train in 1966. Thomas Cleveland was trying to sneak into Disneyland when he was spotted by security guards.
He ran for it, got on the track and was struck by the oncoming monorail.
Mind control scents
Most conspirators have come to believe that Disney is such a power-hungry monolith that they want to control the minds of visitors to their theme park – through the power of smell.
The point is, this theory is somewhat accurate. The Disneyland “Smellitzer” is a device invented by the company that disperses different aromas throughout the park.
Participants noticed that Main Street smells of fresh cookies, while Candy Palace smells, you guessed it, of candy.
The technology is probably harmless, although it can subconsciously manipulate customers into buying more food by making them want what they might not realize they are smelling.
Illuminati club meetings
The myth of the all-powerful Freemasons (otherwise known as the Illuminati) controlling much of the world has been a classic conspiracy theory for decades.
Many celebrities have been accused of belonging to the secret society, and Walt Disney was no exception.
Some believe Walt used the exclusive 33 Club, a private lounge at Disneyland that guests should be invited to join, as a meeting place for his Illuminati connections.
A number of bloggers have written feverishly about the “Masonic” details in the club’s stairwell or the windows that look like an eye, but from what we know of Club 33, perhaps its biggest crime is be simply overcharging customers for their food.