For as long as anyone can remember, Disney and its parks have been the ultimate destination for anyone looking to have a great time. After all, Disney parks are supposed to be the happiest places on Earth. People come here to make unforgettable memories with loved ones and take a break from normal, everyday routine.
And so, it’s no wonder that attendance at Walt Disney attractions went up to as many as 157.31 million in 2018, according to Statista. Moreover, the revenue of Walt Disney’s parks and resorts in the same year is said to be $20.3 billion. That’s certainly a big increase compared to 2017’s approximate revenue of $18.42 billion.
At the same time, it seems that Disney parks have a way of attracting repeat guests to all its attractions. Maybe it’s the rides. Maybe it’s the characters. Or perhaps, it’s the mysteries that reportedly thrive inside the parks.
Over the years, there have been several myths surrounding Disney, some of which are certainly more absurd than others. Just check out what we found:
19 There’s a special meaning behind the Sleeping Beauty Castle clock
The chandelier clock that can be found in the Sleeping Beauty Castle has never worked since it was installed.
However, some believe that the time indicates holds special significance. Nonetheless, the official Disney Parks blog explains, “Despite the theories and rumors, the numerous times that have been set on the clock have had no significance.”
18 The gold brass outside the Sleeping Beauty Castle is Disneyland’s geographical center
There seems to be a belief that the circular gold brass outside the Sleeping Beauty Castle marks the geographical center of Disneyland.
However, according to the Official Disney Fan Club, the Disney Archives, this is just used to “maintain central surveying sightlines from Main Street, U.S.A. the castle, and helps to ensure consistent and accurate surveying measurements for this location when they are taken.”
17 The Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom is foldable
For some reason, there are some who believe that the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom can simply be folded down by Disney’s Imagineers when necessary. This was supposed to help protect the structure from hurricanes.
However, the truth is this castle was built to remain standing permanently. At the same time, it is designed to withstand hurricane winds.
16 There’s a secret apartment inside the Cinderella Castle
Another famous myth involving Cinderella Castle is that there is supposedly a hidden apartment inside the structure. Moreover, this secret chamber is meant to be for Walt Disney himself.
However, if you think about, Disney had already died before construction on this castle even began. Hence, he couldn’t have asked engineers to put one inside.
15 The original Animation Building was supposed to be a hospital
When Walt Disney decided to open his own animation studio, he knew it would be a big risk. And so, according to the Official Disney Fan Club, Walt once told his father, Elias Disney, that the building “would make a perfect hospital” if things don’t go according to plan.
However, there was never any real intention to turn the building into one. It was simply a son’s way of providing some reassurance to his anxious father.
14 There’s a dome enclosing Walt Disney World
It seems that Disney parks are so magical that some people believe it is being enclosed by a dome. Apparently, the said dome is supposed to keep the weather nice and perfect in the parks at all times.
Hence, it would never rain, and everyone can enjoy the rides and attractions throughout the day. However, everyone knows that if it’s raining around a Disney park, it’s also raining inside the park itself.
13 Tinker Bell was originally modeled after Marilyn Monroe
There are some who believe that the famous character of Tinker Bell was originally modeled after actress Marilyn Monroe.
However, she was really based on Margaret Kerry. During an interview with Fox News, Kerry said, “All [animator] Marc Davis had to work with was this little phrase that [author] J.M. Barrie put in his book. But they needed a personality for her. He spotted that when they interviewed me. I’m quirky, I’m funny. I’m a little bit adventurous. And I think that’s what he saw.”
12 Cast members control the spitting camel
In the past, there was a spitting camel displayed at the Magic Kingdom. And apparently, some guests believe that cast members had full control of this camel.
Hence, they could choose who it would spit water at. However, the truth is that the cast members never had any control over the camel. Instead, it would just release water randomly.
11 Disney World is always open
Disney World is such a magical place that some believe it tends to be open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. However, just like other theme and amusement parks, Disney World has its own operating hours, which all guests should be guided by.
Also, there have been instances when the place had to close due to hurricanes.
10 There is a ghost named George who haunts the “Pirates of the Caribbean”
One famous urban legend revolves around a ghost named George who reportedly worked as a welder at the “Pirates of the Caribbean” attraction back in the 70s.
Supposedly, Goerge had died in the area, which is why he haunts it today. However, there is no evidence of George ever existing in real life.
9 A guest lost his head while at “Space Mountain”
The “Space Mountain” ride has been a favorite attraction for the longest time. However, there is a persistent myth that the thrilling ride had allegedly turned tragic for one guest.
According to the story, a person supposedly stood up on the ride and got decapitated. To this day, however, there has been no record of any type of accident occurring at “Space Mountain.”
8 If you die inside a Disney park, you are rushed out before you get declared legally dead
It seems some people are under the impression that guests are prevented from being declared legally dead while on the premises of a Disney park. However, that is far from true.
In fact, over the years, there have been nine tragic deaths that occurred at Walt Disney World, according to NBC 26. Most recently, a two-year-old boy was fatally attacked by an alligator at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
7 The seven dwarfs represent the seven stages of addiction
For some unknown reason, there are people who have equated the seven dwarfs with the seven stages of a certain addiction. To be honest, we have never heard about any stages of addiction.
And if there were, we’re pretty sure they won’t be referred to as Dopey, Doc, Bashful, Happy, Grumpy, Sneezy and Sleepy.
6 One of the Three Little Pigs groped a woman
There seems to be a rumor floating around that one of the Three Little Pigs once groped a woman. According to a post on Reddit, the incident supposedly occurred back in 1976 and the affected woman even filed a lawsuit.
However, it was soon found that the costume had “inoperable stub arms.” Hence groping anyone would be impossible.
5 The broken singing bust in “Haunted Mansion” is Walt himself
In the “Haunted Mansion,” there is a broken singing bust that is familiar to everyone. Apparently, that bust is supposed to depict Walt Disney himself.
According to the Official Disney Fan Club, that bust is really depicting Mellomen performer Thurl Ravenscroft. The fan club also added, “The Mellomen perform “Grim Grinning Ghosts” with glee, and you can recognize Thurl’s deep bass anywhere.”
4 ‘Kurt Russell’ was Walt Disney’s last words
Actor Kurt Russell seemed to have had a close relationship with Walt Disney. And so, there were rumors spreading that his name became Disney’s last words before he died.
However, according to a report from Reader’s Digest, this may not be the case. Instead, however, it seems that the actor’s name was scribbled into Disney’s final message before being hospitalized. This note was reportedly titled “TV Projects in Production: Read for Production or Possible for Escalation and Story.”
3 Walt left a reward for the first man to become pregnant
According to this myth, Disney’s founder had left behind a substantial amount of money that would be rewarded to the first man ever to become pregnant. However, there is absolutely no truth to this.
In fact, a copy of Walt Disney’s will is available online and it certainly doesn’t refer to a man getting pregnant.
2 Walt was cryogenically frozen and hidden in the park
We are not sure what started this myth, but some people believe that upon his death, Walt Disney was cryogenically frozen. And afterward, his body was hidden somewhere in a Disney park. Some even believe that his corpse was stored beneath the “Pirates of the Caribbean” attraction.
However, this is completely untrue. In fact, Disney was cremated two days after passing away from lung cancer.
1 Walt is waiting to be revived in the Magic Kingdom
In connection with the myth that Walt Disney was cryogenically frozen, some also believe that the beloved founder is simply waiting to be revived in the future. This is based on the belief that scientists would be able to defrost and bring the dead back to life one day.
However, according to The Sun, Disney’s daughter, Diana, once remarked, “There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that my father, Walt Disney, wished to be frozen.”
Sources - Statista, Fox News, NBC 26 & The Sun