Last Updated on July 9, 2021 by MyGh.Online
Often called the “happiest place on earth”, many Disneyland fans often find themselves wishing that they could stay there forever.
Turns out, some of these visitors actually act on that impulse as employees reveal that people often scatter the ashes of loved ones in the magical kingdom.
It has long been speculated that some of the most popular rides and spots at Disneyworld are littered with human remains, the Mirror reports.
It was subsequently confirmed by former employees, also known as cast members, that it’s a common activity for individuals to scatter the ashes of loved ones throughout the grounds and on the rides themselves across Disneyland resorts.
In fact, the issue became so severe that Disney had to speak out about it in the past, confirming that it is not allowed. Aside from the fact that it could be disturbing for other guests, but it is also in violation of Health and Safety Codes.
Disney is no stranger to urban legends, the sort of myths that are bound to circulate around a brand that is known for its ‘magic’ and its secretive approach to running the theme parks across the globe.
Of course, this slight element of secrecy can allow scope for people’s imagination to run wild.
If there are anywhere near as many attempted ashes scattering incidents across the theme parks as the internet, in particular Reddit, has us believe, then it appears it may have been happening for some time.
Treating any of the Disney theme parks as the final resting place of a loved one may be happening without cast members knowing despite Disney’s efforts to prevent it.
According to Insider in 2018, incidents of ashes scattering in on Disney property were occurring as often as once a month.
Ashes to ashes
As with any long-established urban myth, there are details of where the hotspots for ashes scattering are within the theme parks.
Reddit is full of users claiming that hotspots include the Haunted Mansion ride, the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, as well as the vividly coloured flowerbeds around the park.
The Haunted Mansion ride, for example, has its own cult following, which supposedly believes that guests scatter the ashes of loved ones within the ride so that they can join the ghosts and essentially live on at Disneyland forever – eerie stuff.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Disney cast members even have a code for when there is a believed scattering of ashes by a guest.
The code is apparently ‘HEPA clean-up’, which stands for ‘high-efficiency particulate air’, referring to a certain type of filter that picks up extraordinarily fine particles.
The 2018 article continued with a quote from a custodian saying: “The Haunted Mansion probably has so much human ashes in it that it’s not even funny.”
One user on Reddit added: “When I was on my Disney College Program, I had friends working at the Haunted Mansion, and every time someone would spill ashes, they called a code grandma and evacuated the ride.”
It seems this particular user has dismissed the concept of the codeword being ‘HEPA clean-up’, favouring a questionable code of ‘grandma’ instead.
Dead men tell no tales
In LA in April 2019, a woman was spotted sprinkling an ‘unidentified substance’ into the water of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
A witness described the substance to sound similar to that of ashes but later Anaheim police decided not to file a report due to lacking a detailed enough description of the female and the evidence had, of course, disappeared into the water.
The ride is not just a supposed hotspot for scattering ashes, it has also long been speculated that real human skeletal remains were once used as part of the attraction.
Supposedly when the ride first opened 54 years ago, Disney Imagineers desired more realistic skeletons as opposed to the faux bones that were created for the ride. It is suggested that they then obtained real skeletal remains from the UCLA Medical Centre.
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Rumours seem to suggest that the human skeletal remains in question have since been replaced but there are users on forums that truly believe there is one remaining human skull within the attraction.
A skull that sits above the bed in the treasure room at the beginning of the ride, is believed to be real, with self-proclaimed ex-cast members ‘confirming’ this.
Forums continue to discuss this topic in detail, including suggesting the ‘easiest’ items to smuggle ashes in past security and into the theme parks.
Whether people do ultimately manage to smuggle ashes onto Disney property, needless to say, all rides are regularly deep-cleaned, so the likelihood of any ashes remaining there within the ride is not exactly viable.
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