Check out these SECRETS Disney Doesn’t Want You To Know! From secret disney facts about disneyland and disney world to other dark secrets going on in their parks, this top 10 list of mysterious and surprising secrets about disney will amaze you!
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11. Ride Wait Times are Wrong
When you approach a ride you really want to go on and notice that there’s an estimated wait time, you probably hope for it to be accurate, or even for things to move along faster than expected. At Disney parks, these timers are deliberately set wrong.
10. Human Skull Decor
For a long time, rumors swirled that some of the bones used in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland were real human skeletons. In 2014, writer Gavin Doyle of the Disney enthusiast website Disneydose.com asked a Disneyland employee about the rumor as he exited the ride. She was surprisingly very open in admitting that yes, the skeleton sitting above the bed in the treasure room contains a real human skull.
9. Makeshift Cemetery
Disney World goes out of their way to keep anything upsetting out of their parks, including things brought in by visitors. Disney is actually a very popular place for people to scatter the ashes of their loved ones, and employees must constantly remain on the lookout for guests smuggling ashes into the park and spreading them. Staff members, including costumed characters, are specially trained in recognizing the signs of ash smugglers, who tend to get creative and sneak the goods in using things like makeup compacts, pill bottles, and Ziploc bags.
8. Disney Jail
All Disney parks have a holding cell where they place disruptive guests. Due to the sheer volume of park goers, the Disney jail is essential to keeping order. It’s in an inconspicuous location to avoid being seen by guests. Security guards at Disney World don’t wear uniforms – not only because uniforms don’t give off the happy vibes that are central to Disney culture, but also to blend in with the crowd, enabling them to keep a close eye on guests.
Underneath all the rainbows and glitter is a massive system of underground tunnels – well, sort of. They’re actually built at ground level due to the elevated water table in Florida, and the park is constructed above that. One purpose of the tunnels, also called utilidors, is to keep the magic of Disney alive by hiding the characters when they’re not supposed to be seen.
6. Forced Perspective
The magnificent buildings at Disney World are smaller than they seem, thanks to an architectural concept called forced perspective. It’s utilized in various parts of the park, but is most evident on Main Street USA. Here, the taller the buildings are, the smaller their bricks are. In addition to making the buildings look bigger and taller, this technique also makes the nearby Sleeping Beauty’s castle seem grander in scale.
5. Go Away Green
Certain parts of Disney World are meant not to be noticed. They’re mostly painted in a drab green shade that was created with the intention of being glanced right over by the human eye. Fences, buildings, park walls, doors, and even garbage cans easily go unseen when they’re painted in “Go Away Green,” also called “No-See-Um Green.”
Disney World strategically releases vanilla scent into the air throughout Main Street USA via a device known as the Smellitzer. The reason for this aromatic release is twofold: vanilla is more-or-less scientifically proven to have a calming effect on people, and it also tends to be an appetite stimulant. If you take a close look beneath the windows of certain buildings, you’ll notice what looks like a speaker, but it’s actually the Smellitzer.
3. Roasting Ducks
You would think that since the creation of Donald Duck, Disney would be duck-friendly, but that wasn’t always the case. During their nightly “Phantasmic” show on the Rivers of America, a fire-breathing dragon let out a huge blaze, creating a massive spectacle and making the river appear as if it had been set on fire. The entertainment came at a price, however. Disney was unknowingly harming live ducks every night during the production.
2. Abandoned Water Park
In 2001, Disney closed its first-ever water park, River Country, after 25 years of operation. Guest were simply too thrilled with the newer water parks, such as Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, to pay any mind to it. Disney announced upon closing River Country that if fans expressed an interest, they’d reopen it.
That never happened because Disney already has other water parks, yet Disney never demolished River Country, which is now falling apart and overgrown.