Enter Disneyland or Walt Disney World and you're walking or pushing a stroller on happy, perky, sacred ground. The employees - or rather, "cast members" - who greet you, usher you onto the Matterhorn, or sell you Mickey Mouse ears and churros are paragons of cheerfulness. But creepy stories from Disney workers suggest there's a bit of darkness behind the costumed friendliness.
Working at a theme park - even a Disney one - isn't all fun, games, and thrilling rides. A couple of creepy Disney stories provide evidence that the parks might be haunted, but even more disturbing is the appalling behavior of some guests. Current and former employees of Disneyland and Walt Disney World have shared creepy stories on Reddit from their time as cast members that suggest Fantasyland can turn a little nightmarish at times.
Reveling in Disney magic is certainly warranted, and a trip to one of the theme parks is a must-do excursion for many, but behind the scenes, all is not as sparkly as Tinkerbell's wand or as innocent as it's a Small World.
From Redditor /u/overnight_cm_girl:
Overnight cast member here. Please, PLEASE leave your cremated loved ones at home. Stop dumping them in [the] Haunted Mansion.
They just get vacuumed up and disposed of.
From Redditor /u/Azov237:
I was working in the kitchen at Cinderella's castle when this family of four came in for their dinner. About halfway through the dinner the husband politely [stood] up and [tapped] his glass for attention. He announced that his wife of 15 years [had] been cheating on him for over a year.
The entire place stood still in shock. He motioned for his kids, paid the waitress, and left the wife crying at the table.
From Redditor /u/cookie-dough-pro:
Creepy would have to be going backstage one time and... seeing a room filled with Mickey Mouse heads - it was truly the stuff of nightmares.
Also, the housing we lived in was very Stepford Wives-y, which freaked me out a bit.
From Redditor /u/Binkusama:
I worked ODV (outdoor vending). One night I witnessed "Tinkerbell" get stuck on her wire above the castle during the fireworks show... She/he almost got burned up by those fireballs during the Indiana Jones portion of the show. They eventually turned off the spotlight on her and she just hung there until they were able to reel her in back to the Matterhorn. LOL.
(I say she/he because the Tinkerbell that flies is played by both male and female actors).