Walt Disney created a theme park like no other. It wasn't just a collection of amusements; it was a complete, self-contained world that looked and felt entirely different than anywhere else on Earth. But sometimes, such singularity can be spooky. There are plenty of creepy things about Disneyland, not the least of which are the numerous deaths that have occurred since the park opened in 1955.
From ghosts on the Monorail track to real bones inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, are these Disneyland urban legends, or is the happiest place on Earth actually a Muon Trap, stuffed to capacity with the ghosts of former guests and employees? Hold on tight and take a gander at these creepy Disneyland stories!
Walt Disney Haunts His Old Apartment
The light is kept on in Walt Disney’s former apartment above the firehouse on Main Street for a reason. One night, an employee came in to dust and turned off the lights when she left. The light repeatedly turned on and off as she attempted to leave. Some versions of this story claim that she heard a voice say, “Don’t forget, I am still here.”
There's a Ghost Rider on Space Mountain
Single rider? No problem! The ghost of Game of Thrones raider Tormund Giantsbane - or at least someone who looks like him - sometimes sits next to riders. The apparition is described as having reddish hair and face. He’s supposedly the ghost of a deceased guest who died on the ride back in the '70s. He politely disappears before the end of the ride.
There Are Real Bones in Pirates of the Caribbean
Disney's Imagineers used real human bones to construct the scallywag skeletons when the attraction first opened in 1967. The fake bones looked, well, fake, so Imagineers procured real ones from UCLA's medical school. Eventually, they were replaced with phony ones. However, many believe the skull and crossbones embedded in the headboard at the ride's beginning are still real.
A Disneyland Ghost Was Caught on Camera
The video is a bit shaky, but a security camera apparently caught a ghost casually strolling through Disneyland. Many have dismissed it as monitor burn or a reflection, but many others believe it's a real ghost, possibly Javier Cruz. The cast member played Pluto and was killed in 2004 after falling in front of the Beauty and the Beast parade float.
People Keep Scattering Human Remains Around the Park
Disney employees have said for years that people regularly scatter the ashes of loved ones on the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and other places around the park. The Haunted Mansion is one of the most popular spots for honoring the dead. In 2007, a woman was seen pouring a powdery substance into the waters of the Pirates ride in Disneyland, but security could not find her afterwards.
The Lady in White
Disneyland wasn't always Disneyland. A legend tells of a "Lady in White" in turn-of-the-century clothing who died in 1900 on the land where Disneyland stands today. She allegedly walks Main Street at night as if window-shopping and guides lost children to the Disneyland Baby Care Center.
Dolly Young was in a bobsled on the Matterhorn ride in 1984. Young is said to have unbuckled herself to assist a child on the ride. As she stood up, she hit the cross track overhead just before a dip and was thrown onto the tracks, where she was then run over by the next bobsled. Since her death, Disneyland employees have experienced a feeling of being watched around "Dolly’s Dip" as they walk the track after the park closes.
The Carousel of Progress Grinds to a Halt
Deborah Stone was hired as a ride operator two weeks after the Carousel of Progress became the America Sings attraction in 1974. Unfortunately, the 18-year-old employee was killed when she became trapped between the attraction's rotating stages. Following her death, cast members have said they hear Stone reminding them to “be careful.”