Disney Urban Legends!


#1

I’m sure this has been posted before . … but I thought this was good! I’ve heard a few of these rumors and myths myself. :smile:

Over the year’s rumors and myths about Walt Disney and his company have evolved into legends. Legends, which many guests and even some Disney Cast Members today have come to believe as a true part of Disney history.

While some of those legends are true, there are many that are false. Let us take a look at some of the more popular Disney myths.

[B]Walt is frozen and stored at one of the parks[/B]

Walt was cryogenically frozen and is placed in a secret vault underneath the Pirate’s of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. It is false, but is one of the longest running Disney rumors today. He was actually cremated Dec. 17, 1966, only two days after his death. Another version of this myth is, since he died before his vision of the “Florida Project” – now known at Walt Disney World - was complete, the secret vault where his body is located was placed underneath Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom Park.

[B]Guest looses head on Space Mountain[/B]

A guest’s head was severed from standing up on the Space Mountain attraction in the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland. Though this did not happen to a guest, it did happen during testing of the ride when Imagineers placed a test dummy on the ride standing up. The dummy’s head was severed from its body.

[B]Swan and Dolphin and the monorail[/B]

It has been told by many on a variety of forums and even some Disney Cast Members have been telling guests that the black glass on Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resorts can be removed to accommodate the path of a monorail from Epcot to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. One story says that there is nothing behind the black glass and another says that there are temporary rooms there, which can be removed easily. Neither are true. Actually the buildings were designed this way and there is no intention, and never was, of putting a monorail through the two resorts.

[B]Cinderella’s Castle can be taken apart for a hurricane[/B]

I am not sure where this rumor began, but it is out there. Some say that Cinderella’s Castle is built in a way that allows for easy dismantling in case of a hurricane. This a false and the castle is not built that way, nor as it ever been dismantled.

[B]Walt’s face appears on a bust in the Haunted Mansion[/B]

It has been rumored that Walt’s face appears on the bust, which is broken, in the Haunted Mansion attraction. Though there is a similarity, this is simply a myth. It is actually the face of Thurl Ravenscroft, who is known as the voice of Tony the Tiger. His voice has also been featured in the Country Bear Jamboree and in the several Disney animated films, including “Lady and the Tramp.”

[B]Contemporary rooms are removable[/B]

I have been hearing this from transportation Cast Members for as long as I can remember. Though I have found no evidence proving they are removable, I have found information, which may have lead to this rumor. When Disney’s Contemporary Resort was being built, the rooms were constructed off site and then crane lifted into their place on the steel constructed A-frame. This was similar to how parts of Disney’s Polynesian Resort was built.


#2

Those are very interesting. Thanks for posting.


#3

Very interesting. I’m always scared that my head will hit something on SM now I’m going to probally think about this all the time.


#4

Well, thank goodness they’re redoing it! :laugh:


#5

I remember that story about Walt being frozen along time ago … Great tall tale… I just finished reading “Walt Disney … an American Original” Good Book !!! And I got for Fathers Day “Walt Disney … The triumph of the American Imagination” Looking forward to that read.

And Walts not really gone , he hangs with me sometimes … look for yourself


#6

[QUOTE=WALL;969898]I remember that story about Walt being frozen along time ago … Great tall tale… I just finished reading “Walt Disney … an American Original” Good Book !!! And I got for Fathers Day “Walt Disney … The triumph of the American Imagination” Looking forward to that read.

And Walts not really gone , he hangs with me sometimes … look for yourself[/QUOTE]

I’m reading that book right now!! It is good!!


#7

Oh, I’m reading that right now, too! :laugh:


#8

The Contemporary resort was built with modular construction, rooms were assembled miles away and trucked to the site and slid into place pike dresser drowers. As modern marvels so eliquintly put it. So I don’t think it to be a stretch to say they could be removed the same way.


#9

Wow - Cool post. I love the one about the castle being disassembled for a hurricane. We were there in 2004 just after several hurricanes and DURING Hurricane Jeane, so I know that it does not come apart. (neither on purpose or due to the hurricane!).


#10

I love these! I want to hear more!!! Does anyone else have any?


#11

Here you go! snopes.com: (Disney)


#12

[QUOTE=WALL;969898]I remember that story about Walt being frozen along time ago … Great tall tale… I just finished reading “Walt Disney … an American Original” Good Book !!! And I got for Fathers Day “Walt Disney … The triumph of the American Imagination” Looking forward to that read.

And Walts not really gone , he hangs with me sometimes … look for yourself[/QUOTE]

:laugh: OMG! That pic is too funny. Ya all look like you are heading out to the KY derby :laugh: or perhaps a ball game.


#13

How silly! Everyone knows his frozen head is stored in the top room of the castle. :rolleyes:


#14

LOL!!! Some of the rumours are always good for a giggle!


#15

Well, that was the original intention. The idea was to have a supply of “extra” rooms, so that the extras could be renovated and refurbished off-site, and then trucked to the Contemporary. The old rooms would then be slid out of their openings, the new rooms slid in, and the refurbishment would be complete with little down-time. Room units would be continually rotated in and out using this method.

Unfortunately, the steel frame of the Contemporary has settled over time in the swampy Florida soil and basically locked the original room units in place, making them no longer removable without completely destroying them. Rumor has it that the extra rooms were later used to build the two Garden wings (one of which is now gone and is the site of the new Bay Lake Tower), but I’ve never been able to confirm this.


#16

I haven’t heard of the dismantling of Cinderella’s Castle, but I remember during the Keys to the Kingdom Tour that the castle came in prefab pieces…so not far fetched.


#17

Speaking of both Cinderella Castle and the Contemporary rooms, a lot of buildings are assembled from pre-fab/sub-assemblies, and a lot of cars for that matter. It makes the “final assembly” faster, but it doesn’t mean they are modular and can be taken apart easily (if at all). You should see the cranes required just to put lights on the castle for Christmas - they start MONTHS in advance. To take it apart, now that would be something to see. I think it makes an excellent urban legend though because it sounds plausible!


#18

I love snopes.com what an awesome website! I check it before sending any email forward that looks the slightest bit false. It’s helped me debunk many an email! lol :oP I’m going to check out the link you posted. Thanks for that!

  • Drea

#19

ok so maybe I’ve been living under a rock but I read on that snopes page that in the Hunch Back Of Notre Dame during the song “Out There” Bell from Beauty And The Beast has a cameo. So I looked it up and sure enough she does.
YouTube - The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Out there original Watch the video and you can see her (very small) best at 2:49 but she shows up for the first time (Blurry) at around 2:45 2:47. If you haven’t seen it I’d check it out. She’s to the right of the fountain walking down reading a book. (So like her! lol)

AND If you look at 2:53 the man has the Magic Carpet draped over his right arm. Wow…This is neat!


#20

[QUOTE=sacredrose;972688]ok so maybe I’ve been living under a rock but I read on that snopes page that in the Hunch Back Of Notre Dame during the song “Out There” Bell from Beauty And The Beast has a cameo. So I looked it up and sure enough she does.
YouTube - The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Out there original Watch the video and you can see her (very small) best at 2:49 but she shows up for the first time (Blurry) at around 2:45 2:47. If you haven’t seen it I’d check it out. She’s to the right of the fountain walking down reading a book. (So like her! lol)

AND If you look at 2:53 the man has the Magic Carpet draped over his right arm. Wow…This is neat![/QUOTE]

I knew about Belle but I never saw the magic carpet before!! Thanks, that is so cool!

I love all of these crazy rumors. :laugh: Personally I still choose to believe that Walt is frozen beneath Pirates. Just cuz it’s fun. :wink: