Whenever you watch a Disney movie or hop on one of the rides at the theme parks, you’re stepping into the magical world of Disney. In this world, a dream is a wish your heart makes, and all your dreams will come true.
However, not all hearts are made of gold and not all dreams are made of sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes these hearts are wicked and occasionally dreams can turn into nightmares.
Many Disney fans and Disney Park cast members have taken to Whisper to confess their malevolent thoughts and dark Disney nightmares.
Some of these nightmares include the dreadful evils lurking behind Disney films and the sinister lessons that lie buried underneath every happy ending. Other nightmares and creepy confessions expose the deadly truth behind the ghosts, hauntings, and killings scattered throughout the Disney World Theme Parks.
By reading this list, you will learn about the disturbing truths behind the wonderful world of Disney. However, be warned – there’s no turning back. Your mind will forever be ingrained with these dark and creepy images.
So, get ready to turn the happiest place on Earth into a world of darkness and gloom, because here are the 15 Creepy Disney Confessions That Will Ruin Your Day.
15 Scattered Ashes at Disney Parks
The final wish of many Disney lovers is to have Disney World be their final resting place. Therefore, many Disney Park Cast Members have confessed to seeing people dump their family members' remains in various areas around the park.
The most popular rides to toss out Grandpa Lou's remains include the Haunted Mansion, the Pirates of the Caribbean, and It's a Small World.
Although it's illegal and carries the weight of a misdemeanor, the law hasn't stopped many from setting their loved ones free on the rides.
The earliest reported case was in 1990 and, since then, the practice of spreading ashes has become so common that Disney has enlisted custodial crews with specially equipped vacuums to collect the ashes.
So next time you take a trip to Disney World, think about how you're walking all over someone's final resting place.
14 Disney Teaches People That Abuse Is Normal
For decades, Disney has taught children how to behave, what to dream, and how to live their lives. However, some of these Disney lessons aren’t always used for good.
Many Disney characters such as Cinderella and Rapunzel were mistreated by their parents. According to a study published in The Social Science Journal, there were 561 incidents of child maltreatment in Disney movies released between 1937 and 2006, with 62% of the main child characters being victim to maltreatment at least once.
Many people believe that these scenarios become imprinted in a child’s mind, making them think it is typical behavior. Therefore, according to this belief, when children are mistreated, they are less likely to seek help.
Other lessons in Disney films have also been used to manipulate children. For example, the terrorist group ISIS has started to use the film Mulan as a tool to recruit young female jihadists. They promote the romanticized dream of fighting in an unknown land and finding your happily ever.
13 Deaths are Covered Up at Disney
Dead men tell no tales, and Disney wants to make sure it stays that way.
According to a former Disney World College Program Cast Member, there was once a suicide at one of the Disney hotel rooms and Disney worked its magic to cover it up.
The dead man’s door and windows were concealed with the infamous “Pardon our Dust” renovation signs. When the police arrived at the scene, costumed Disney characters and cast members diverted the public’s attention away by holding an impromptu meet and greet, so no one even saw the police coming in.
Apparently, it’s a common occurrence and cast members are constantly used to distract people from anything that may not be so “magical.”
Another time, fire jugglers at the Grand Polynesian Hotel were used as a cover for an animal control officer fishing out a snake from the hotel’s water fountain.
Who knows what else Disney could be hiding?
12 The Haunted Mansion is Actually Haunted
According to the Haunted Mansion’s Ghost Host, there are 999 prominent ghosts who have retired there from "creepy old crypts from around the world." However, some of these ghouls might not be theatrical effects designed by Disney Imagineers. You might have a real ghost sitting by your side on the ride.
Cast members are told the story of a girl who committed suicide during the Haunted Mansion ride. She continues to spook employees that work in the Haunted Mansion and some have reported hearing her cries, seeing strange dark shadows, feeling as if they’re being followed, and having terrible nightmares.
Guests have also reported strange phenomena such as the ghostly figure of a man with a cane by the boarding of the Doom Buggies. There are also reports about the sobbing of a boy whose ashes are said to have been spread on the ride, and the eerie sightings of a rider who is rumored to have had a heart attack during the Haunted Mansion’s first test ride.
So, the next time you’re at the Haunted Mansion, remain in your Doom Buggy and keep an eye out for hitchhiking ghosts.
11 Frozen Taught Kids How to Get Away with Murder
Frozen is one of the biggest animated Disney films of all time. It’s the 18th highest grossing film and is the number one all-time Disney animation debut.
This means that just about every kid and every parent has seen the movie and can recite all the words to "Let it Go" and "In Summer". The world has become obsessed with the movie, but what is it teaching kids?
Through Elsa’s journey, kids are taught to be themselves and never apologize for who they are. However, this isn’t always a good lesson when you do something bad or illegal – like murder.
Many people gloss over the fact that Elsa did almost kill her sister, and instead of taking responsibility for her actions, she, with the help of her parents, just erased Anna’s memory.
Conceal don’t feel, right?
10 Disney Movies Teach Kids That Their Parents Need to Die
From Cinderella to The Lion King, most of Disney’s protagonists have at least one dead parent. This suggests to kids that to become successful, one or both of their parents need to die. They can’t marry Prince Charming or live in the beautiful castle without getting rid of their caretakers.
Most of the time, the dead or missing parent is the mother. This may be due to Walt Disney’s dark past.
After the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt bought a house for his parents in North Hollywood. The gas furnace in the house was having problems, so Walt sent some repairmen to fix it. However, the problem wasn’t properly fixed, and the fumes from the furnace killed his mom.
Don Hahn, the producer of The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, said that Walt felt personally responsible for his mother’s death and it has haunted him ever since. This may be the reason why there are so many motherless Disney characters.
9 Two People Died on Space Mountain and Continue to Haunt the Ride
Space Mountain has seen the most injuries of any Disney ride, with at least 24 reported since 2001. The ride has also been the cause of at least four reported deaths since its opening in 1975.
Most of the deaths were caused by cardiac arrest or septic shock brought on by pre-existing conditions.
However, there are rumors that two men were killed at Space Mountain in a more sinister way. One of these rumors suggest a man was bludgeoned in the head by a falling object, and the other says a man was decapitated when he stood up during the ride.
One of these deaths may be the reason why riders and employees report seeing Mr. One-way on the ride.
Mr. One-Way is said to be a spirit with reddish hair and a red face that hangs out in the ride's queue and will sometimes ride with single passengers. He disappears though as soon as the rocket enters the final tunnel.
8 Disney is like the Government
Many people believe that Disney is more powerful than the US government.
One thing that points to the covert nature of Disney World is its underground tunnels. Known as "utilidors," these tunnels were originally created to help promote the illusion of magic in the park.
It didn’t seem right to have Tigger walking through Tomorrowland on his way to Fantasyland, so instead, costumed characters could get around the park using secret tunnels without being spotted in the wrong magical universe.
However, now everything is run from inside the tunnels. The utilidors house security stations and, underneath Cinderella Castle there is a computer, known as the Digital Animation Control system, that monitors everything in the park. This means that Disney sees everything.
Security can then navigate through the tunnels to make misbehaving guests “disappear” at a moment’s notice. These guests are ushered into the tunnel without anyone noticing.
Another aspect of Disney World that scares many people is its access to firepower. Disney is the largest consumer of fireworks in the US and according to a Disney fireworks show director-- about 4,150 firework bombs are launched in the sky nightly.
7 Backstage Disney Smells like Death
According to one cast member, backstage Disney smells like where all the magic goes to die. However, maybe this is just a byproduct of the mind-controlling smells Disney utilizes throughout the park.
When you walk through any Disney park, you’re immersed in magic and wonder. You no longer smell the pollution of Anaheim or the stinky swamps of Orlando. This is because Disney is controlling everything, right down to the smell.
These mind-controlling smells are known as the "Smellitizer System" and were patented by Disney imagineer Bob McCarthy. The name Smellitzer is a play on the military weapon named “howitzer” which fires shells. However, instead of firing shells, this Disney weapon fires smells.
A series of pumps and vents launch smells at about 200 feet whenever Disney wants to manipulate you into buying a cookie, going on a ride, or eating a turkey leg.
Maybe Disney cast member areas are where the smells go to die. The different aromas conglomerate in these areas and create the smell of dead magic.
6 The Dolls at "It's A Small World" are Alive
The dolls on the "It’s A Small World" ride are no doubt one the scariest thing about Disney World, and now they’re about to get even creepier. According to some cast members, the 300 eternally-smiling dolls are alive.
Every couple of months Disney’s cosmetology team has to cut the dolls’ hair because it grows. Apparently, the humidity combined with gravity stretches out each figure’s hair, making it look like its growing.
Several cast members, as well as Ridley Pearson, the author of Kingdom Keepers, have reported seeing the dolls move. According to some employees, they arrive for the morning shift to find a couple of dolls have switched places during the night, or that some of them have vanished.
The inspiring children’s ride may not be so child-friendly after all. It may be more like a spin-off of Child’s Play.
5 Disney Teaches People it's Okay to Kiss Dead Bodies
Snow White and Aurora were awakened by true love’s kiss and lived happily ever after. In reality, though, Snow White and Aurora were taking a nap when they were kissed without consent by strange men they had never met before.
Disney taught us to have extremely unrealistic – and sometimes illegal – expectations of love. Beast captures a woman and forces her to fall in love with him, Ariel must change who she is to get Eric to fall in love with her, and Stefan takes out Maleficent only to drug her and cut her wings.
In most Disney movies, the men are the saviors and the women are weak without them. This allows princes to take over the lives of princesses who will do anything to find their Prince Charming.
Overall, these lessons have been ingrained in the minds of children everywhere, distorting our image of love. Your true love will not find you while you sleep in the woods, and true love’s kiss doesn’t fix everything.
4 The Hanging at It's A Small World
One of the biggest Disney rumors surrounds an incident that happened on the “It’s A Small World” ride at Disneyland California.
In 1999, the ride had to be evacuated. People who were on the ride say that the lights suddenly turned off and the animatronics all stopped moving.
Then, a voice came on the loudspeakers saying “Disney Land thanks you for your visit. Please evacuate the attraction in an orderly fashion. Keep looking forward and follow the directions of the staff. Thank you.” Cast members in red overalls appeared to guide guests off the boats and out of the building through emergency exits.
The guests weren’t given any details about what happened, but one rider snapped a few photos before she was escorted out. One photo aimed at the ceiling of the attraction, showed what looked like a small child hanging from a rope.
You can search for the photo online if you want to check it out for yourself. However, if the picture is real, it may be too graphic for some readers.
3 Walt Disney's Ghost Is Haunting Disney World
Some people still believe that Walt Disney’s ghost is haunting Disneyland, which could be one of the reasons why so many people want their ashes scattered there.
Walt Disney had an apartment over the fire station on Main Street, where he would sometimes hide away to work. Whenever people saw the light on in Walt’s window, they knew he was in there doing work.
Shortly after his death, a cast member was doing her rounds in the fire station. After she was done, she turned the light off and left the room.
However, she noticed from outside that the light had turned back on. So, she went back up to the room. When she opened the door, she heard someone say, “I am still here."
After the haunting, Disney employees started a new tradition – the light in Walt's room would never be turned off. It remains on to remind guests that Walt Disney’s spirit still lives on.
2 Disney Has a Higher Death Toll than the Walking Dead
For a children’s franchise, Disney can be quite morbid. Take Finding Nemo, for example. Within the first couple minutes of the movie, a scavenging monster hunts and kills an entire family, leaving only two survivors.
One study even revealed that two-thirds of animated children movies featured the death of a significant character, compared to only half of adult films. Disney is helping to increase these numbers with tragic deaths in just about every film.
The death toll at Disney Theme Parks is very high for a place that thrives on dreams and wishes. An employee was squished to death at the former America Sings ride, a technician was electrocuted and killed in the Haunted Mansion in Paris, and a couple of kids have died on the slow-motion People Mover ride. There have even be stabbings in Tomorrowland and a gunshot suicide in Epcot.
Disney World and its films just might have a higher death toll than the Walking Death. They’re just better at hiding it.
1 Disney is Full of Pedophiles
Disney World is the happiest place on Earth. It is full of children, laughter, and smiles. However, this makes it a target for pedophiles and sex offenders.
According to Polk County Sherriff Grady Judd, “wherever you find children, you’ll find sexual predators that wants to be there,” and Disney World is no different. At least 35 Disney employees in Florida have been arrested and accused of child sex crimes since 2006.
Most of these cases involve child pornography or eliciting sex from minors, and include Disney security guards, costumed characters, tour guides, cashiers, maintenance workers, and resort employees.
Disney says they have “extensive measures” to thwart child predators, including background checks and computer monitoring. According to the Disney spokesperson, these allegations represent only one one-hundredth of one percent of the 300,000 people they employ.
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