In its 64 years of existence, there have been whispered stories about how some people really don't leave the Magic Kingdom. Turns out, those rumors are true!
Disneyland is supposed to be the happiest place on Earth. When it opened in 1955, Walt Disney hoped that people would come from all over the world to enjoy his amusement park. So given the fact that Disneyland is supposed to be the happiest place on Earth, it doesn't come as a surprise when you hear people say that they never want to leave!
But in its 64 years of existence, there have been whispered stories about how some people really don't leave the Magic Kingdom. Many urban legends alleged that Disneyland and now even Disney World is often the final resting place for people's ashes, which is often scattered on the property.
As it turns out, it isn't a myth, it's an actual reality! According to the Wall Street Journal, people scattering the ashes of their loved ones isn't a rarity. Disneyland has multiple cases of people dumping the ashes of their loved ones on their theme park properties, that the employees have chalked it up as a monthly occurrence!
People do it so often, that the employees even have a special code for cleaning up the scattered ashes called the 'HEPA cleanup', during which they use a vacuum cleaner that is powerful enough and fitted with a special filter which is powerful enough to suck up the tiniest particles. That includes human ashes!
The article casually even mentions the fact that there are specific areas in the park where people choose to scatter ashes. Human ashes have been spread on bushes, in flowerbeds, and on the lawns. Some chose to scatter the remains of their loved ones on specific rides, or at the park gates itself.
But one favorite scattering spot is the Haunted Mansion, the amusement park's 49-year-old attraction. Pretty poetic! While the park custodians understand the sentiment behind a loved one's final request, scattering the ashes of a dead person in what's supposed to be the happiest place on Earth is a huge red flag!
So if you're thinking of spreading the ashes of a loved one in Disneyland, there's a chance that they're going to end up in the trashcan instead of the Happiest Place on Earth!