‘No One Can Die at Disneyland’ and Other Insane Conspiracy Theories About the Happiest Place on Earth

Disneyland and Disney World aren’t all laughter and magic all the time. In fact, there are many dark — not to mention insane — secrets behind the happiest place on Earth. That said, not all of these so-called “secrets” are true, including one Disney conspiracy theory about not being allowed to die at Disney parks. (Find out the truth on page 9.)

Curious to know more? Keep reading for some of the craziest Disney conspiracy theories and legends.

1. Edible plants in Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland agrifuture

All the plants are edible. | Disney

It’s not a conspiracy; it’s fact! Believe it or not, all of the plants in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland are edible. According to Disneyland’s website, “The visionary landscaping doubles as a potential farm, projecting an ecologically astute future, where humanity makes the most of its resources.”

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2. There’s a basketball court at the top of the Matterhorn

the matterhorn

There actually is a court up there. | Harshlight/Wikimedia Commons

Another Disney conspiracy theory that’s actually true? The basketball court at the top of the Matterhorn. If you take a look at this Orange County Register infographic, you’ll notice that the ride only uses the first 80 feet of the mountain. The remaining 67 feet are used for Tinkerbell’s break room, her take-off spot (for when she “flies” across Disneyland during firework shows), and a basketball court.

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3. The Haunted Mansion is actually haunted

Disney haunted mansion California

It’s spooky enough as it is. | Disney

There are a lot of spooky things about the Haunted Mansion, including real ghosts. Legend has it, cast members have heard the ghost of a little boy laughing and mimicking some of the ride’s characters after hours.

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4. The Haunted Mansion bullet hole

Disney haunted mansion ballroom

Reality sounds scarier than fiction. | Disney

In addition to hauntings, the Haunted Mansion has a chilling bullet hole in the glass outside of the attraction’s ballroom scene. While Disney has kept quiet on the matter, rumor has it that in 1974, a guest shot the ballroom’s glass window.

Disney’s solution for the bullet hole? Cover it with a spiderweb. Because the window is so large, the park would have to remove the roof of the building to replace it.

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5. The original water in It’s a Small World came from the 7 seas

It's a small world ride boat

This one is actually true. | Vamsi/Wikimedia Commons

Rumor has it, the original water in Disneyland’s It’s a Small World came from the seven seas and nine major lagoons. According to Oh My Disney, for the attraction’s grand opening, Disney had 16 children from around the world pour the different waters into the attraction’s flume. The ceremony was meant to symbolize It’s a Small World’s representation of global unity.

In addition to the water, the International Children’s Choice of Long Beach sang while white doves flew overhead.

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6. Spreading ashes

The Haunted Mansion at Disney World

People keep trying to do this. | Disney

Many people spread the ashes of their loved ones at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion — but they don’t stay in the attraction for long. Each night, cast members are responsible for vacuuming the attraction, thus getting rid of any remains.

Pirates of the Caribbean and It’s a Small World are also popular places for spreading ashes.

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7. A hanging on It’s a Small World

It's a small world ride

The reported incident happened in 1999. | Harshlight/Wikimedia Commons

It’s hard to say whether it’s true, but in 1999 someone may have hanged himself or herself on It’s a Small World. According to this report, the ride came to a halt, and riders were ushered through emergency exits. As they exited, they looked up and saw what appeared to be a hanging body. Once out of the building, they encountered ambulances and a police car.

To add to this chilling experience: The person behind the report accidentally took a photo of the ceiling with their camera and, upon developing the film, discovered what looks like a body hanging.

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8. Walt Disney’s body is frozen under Sleeping Beauty Castle

Night shot of Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle in Fantasyland

This is definitely not true. | moophoto/iStock/Getty Images

Because of his interest in cryogenics and futuristic science, many believe that Walt Disney’s body is frozen and buried somewhere in Disneyland. Many theorists even believe that his frozen body was laid to rest under Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

However, this theory is simply not true. Disney’s family had his body cremated two days after his death.

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9. No one can die at Disneyland and Disney World

Mainstreet Disneyland

Death might be covered up. | Disney

Perhaps one of the strangest conspiracy theories about Disney is the idea that no one can die at the happiest place on Earth. According to How Stuff Works, many believe that Disney employees go out of their way to conceal deaths from the public, and no one can be pronounced dead until their body is removed from the park.

Next: Disney created its own paint colors to hide these objects.

10. Guests don’t notice anything painted gray or green

Club 33 Disney doors

It blends in compared to the bright colors next to it. | Mxreb0/Wikimedia Commons

One Disney conspiracy theory that’s actually true: Disney created its own special shades of dull gray and green paint to draw eyes away from areas it wishes to keep hidden. The colors are apparently called “Go Away Green” and “No Seeum Gray” and can be used to mask fences, walls, utility buildings, and more.

Another use for the dull paint colors? Club 33’s door. Upon first glance, most guests notice the secret club’s sign before they see its door.

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11. Pirates of the Caribbean contains real human bones

Pirates of the Caribbean at Disney World

It’s not very family friendly. | Disney

Another Disney conspiracy theory that is actually true? There are real human bones on Pirates of the Caribbean. Placed there by Imagineers, the bones can be found on one of the pirate beds, as real pirates are said to have believed in sleeping on furniture built of their enemies.

Next: Could this have been Club 33’s original purpose?

12. Club 33 was used for Freemason meetings

Disney Club 33 bar

Is this where the Illuminati meets for drinks? | Space_Mountain_Mike/Wikimedia Commons

While there’s no way of knowing the truth, many believe that Walt Disney was a Freemason and had plans to create a secret meeting spot — now Club 33 — for other members.

Another fun fact? Many actually believe the Illuminati — a secret group of people working to establish the New World Order — runs the Freemasons.

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13. The animatronic dolls in It’s a Small World come to life when unplugged

it's a small world doll

They may even blink and move on their own. | Deror_avi/Wikimedia Commons

Working on It’s a Small World is probably one of the creepiest jobs at Disneyland — especially if this theory is true. Cast members have claimed that the animatronic dolls that make up most of It’s a Small World come to life when unplugged. Some say they blink their eyes, while others swear they move to a different place. No, thanks!

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14. You can’t fly over Disneyland

people visit disneyland and walk over commemorative bricks with

It’s to prevent aircraft from ruining the magic. | Meinzahn/iStock/Getty Images

Tinker Bell may “fly” across Disneyland, but aircraft cannot. In fact, Disneyland is a no-fly zone, meaning aircraft cannot fly within a 3-mile radius of the park. Many believe the restriction is a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but that’s not entirely true.

Keeping aircraft away from Disneyland can keep guests safe — and that is definitely a priority — but it can also maintain the magic of Disney by preventing banner ads and airplane buzzing.

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15. There was once a lingerie shop on Main Street — and a robot ran it

Disney main street usa in California

This is unfortunately true — and pretty cringe-worthy. | Kirkikis/iStock/Getty Images

Did you know Disneyland once had a lingerie shop on Main Street called The Wonderful Wizard of Bras? It’s true! And that’s not even the weird part. Get this: The undergarment shop was operated by a robot dressed in a corset and ruff and named — you guessed it — the Wizard of Bras. We wish this were just a conspiracy theory!

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