There is something mysteriously mythical about Walt Disney, both the man and the parks worldwide, but not always in the most favorable light.
For some reason, cynics are all too keen to observe beyond the brilliant colorful experience of everything about Disney and look for the darker sides of the story.
They come up with strange yet not necessarily factual historical accounts, gossip, and myths, which surprisingly catch on quite so quickly with people.
Fans are willing to gobble up every single story about Disney World, even if there is no trace of evidence about it at all. Some accounts that couldn’t be farther from the truth also spread like wildfire on the internet.
And just like all urban legends out there, more people will believe a controversial story if you repeat it over and over again.
Made-up stories about Walt Disney’s made-up world increasingly sound more credible each time someone reposts them online.
The more disturbing the myths are, the easier it is to get public attention. Here are some of the most outlandish ones yet.
10 /10 A Beheading In The Space Mountain
Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Theme Park is where you will find an attraction called Space Mountain. First opened in January 1975, it remains one of the most popular rides four and half decades later.
One famous yet disturbing urban legend about Space Mountain tells a story of how someone was once beheaded after standing on the ride.
There was indeed a beheading in the Space Mountain, but the victim was a crash-test dummy instead of a person.
Thanks to the incident, the ride’s clearance heights took further redesign to ensure safety for actual riders.
9 /10 Haunted Mansion Of Human Corpses
The world is filled with so many famous places like religious sites and natural structures where people want to have their ashes spread when they die.
Strangely enough, this is probably what started the whole myth about human remains in Disney’s Haunted Mansion.
David Koenig, a former Disney employee, confirmed the rumor in his 1994 book Mouse Tales. A family once asked for extra time to hold a memorial for a deceased kid.
They were observed to have spread powdery substance on the attraction. Workers had to close down the ride for immediate cleanup. Some may still be there.