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The Hidden Horrors of Disneyland

The Happiest Place on Earth Has a Dark Side?
The Hidden Horrors of Disneyland

We all love going to Disneyland. The rides, fun, and magic bring the park to life. But with happiness there also comes legends and secrets. How many ghosts and ghouls roam the park? Are there real dead bodies at Disneyland? So just how many skeletons are in Disney’s closet?

Are there ghosts at Disneyland? Besides the 999 happy haunts at the Haunted Mansion, cast members have reported seeing ghosts in The Gallery. The Gallery is the space above the Pirates of the Caribbean in New Orleans Square that holds Disney memorabilia. Cast members said they’ve seen doors open on their own after the park had closed, and they’d already locked everything. It’s not just in the gallery though, as cast members stated that areas all around New Orleans square and even around Big Thunder are haunted.

The next population of spooky spirits lies in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride itself. There are actually two haunts in the attraction. The first is a ghost known as George. Urban legend suggests that a cast member died while the ride was being built. He now haunts the ride, and when the day starts, ride attendants have to say good morning to George, otherwise the ride will break down and malfunction all day.

 The second happy haunt isn’t a ghost, but it does derive from legends. Back when Pirates first opened, guests stated that the skeletons on the ride looked a little too real, causing them to believe that they were. What the guests didn’t know is that they were right. According to imagineers, the fake skeletons were too unconvincing, and they opted to use real ones instead. Once technology caught up,  Disneyland refurbished the ride and replaced all the real skeletons with fake ones, so you can sleep easy tonight!

There have been many tall tales about Disneyland and ghosts, but have there been real ghosts in the park? A series of videos leaked with images of light closely resembling humans. These apparitions have been seen on one of the spires of the Castle, on one of the ride vehicles of Space Mountain, several on Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, and one walking around the park. The videos have blown up on social media, people saying that this is proof of ghosts being real, but Disney had a little secret. The videos that “leaked” were actually faked by Disney, using actors in white, full body jumpsuits. 

What do you think? Are there ghosts at Disneyland?Are there any other myths you know? Leave a comment! (Here’s a link to one of the “ghost sightings” of Disneyland.)   

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Hello, I am Samantha Dos Santos! I am in 8th grade here at TMS. I love all things nerdy and if you come up to me with a bread pun, I will laugh and respond with finger guns. I have an older brother that had been to TMS before me, and yes, teachers mistake me for him. This is my second year at TMS Press (I highly recommend you join!) I love to read and I do Archery! I also have a cat and a dog. 

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    Dmitry NikitinOct 30, 2023 at 12:15 pm

    None of this is real

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    Jonah HuffmireOct 27, 2023 at 4:20 pm

    wow that was cool I hope I can see a Disney ghost

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    Daniel MajedOct 27, 2023 at 4:09 pm


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    Kane PielachOct 27, 2023 at 3:03 pm

    You just took pirates of the Caribbean to another level

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    Muni GargOct 27, 2023 at 11:24 am

    I didn’t know Disneyland used real skeletons! I sure hope the people who the skeleton belonged to was already dead.