With Halloween just around the corner, I thought I would take some time to explore the more creepy myths and legends that surround the Happiest Place on Earth. Some of these haunted myths are documented, while others are just rumored to have happened. But whether you believe them to be true or not, they are certainly fun to speculate.
Ashes to Ashes
It's a good thing the Disneyland Resort has great janitorial crew, otherwise we might be stepping on remnants of dead people. Yes, visitors actually bring the ashes of deceased loved ones to the park for a final burial. The most popular rides in which people try to dump the ashes are Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion (fitting). In 2007, security cameras even caught a woman scattering a powder-like substance inside the "Captain's Quarter" portion of POTC. When confronted, she claimed it was baby powder- but Anaheim police discovered it was indeed human remains. She had scattered it all throughout the ride and, despite the park's best efforts, it could have been anywhere. Guards now closely monitor using surveillance cameras, and even walk the rides after hours to look for piles and ash and bone fragments. Supposedly, a custodian has even found a real human jaw bone inside The Haunted Mansion.
The One Who Never Left
Most fans know that Walt Disney had an apartment just above the firehouse on Main Street, but many aren't aware that he might actually still be there- in spirit. According to Disney legend, the woman who came to clean Walt's apartment felt his presence even after his death. One night, she turned the lamp off, only to see it lit up again as soon as she got outside. She went back upstairs to turn the lamp off again, but this time she didn't leave as quickly... the lamp turned itself back on right in front of her eyes. To this day, the lamp remains lit. Look for it next time you step on Main Street. And if you listen really closely, you may even hear him. Cast Members report footsteps and knocking coming from the upstairs apartment to this day.
The Ghosts of Riders Pasts
Even the Happiest Place on Earth isn't immune to tragedy. As of 2007, there have been 9 reported deaths inside the theme park. But some people will tell you that the ghosts of these unfortunate riders are just as real as their document deaths. Thomas Guy Cleveland, a 19 year old Northridge resident, is one of those. In June 1966, Thomas attempted to sneak into the park by going up and over the Monorail track during a high school grad night. Despite shouts from security guards of an oncoming train, he scaled the 16 foot fence and climbed up onto the Monorail track. But since Thomas was unable to clear the track fully with the train quickly approaching, he had to climb down beneath a fiberglass canopy to try and avoid it. But the clearance just wasn't enough and the monorail struck Thomas, dragging him 40 feet down the track to his death. Cast Members say they can see him leaping along the tracks at night, just daring another monorail to strike.
Tower of Total Terror
Whether you believe these stories or not, it's hard to deny video proof. Here is actual footage from a Tower of Terror maintenance worker doing a ride through. It's a longer video, but if you watch closely, you can see the ghostly figure pop up behind him (around :26 seconds in) and then again to the left of the screen (around the 1:20 mark and on). Reflections or real life ghost? That's up for you to decide...