Q:I've been susceptible to paranormal activity in past years. When I went in to the golden horse shoe last spring break a cast member explained that there was no food service and we could take pictures if we'd like. I asked my mum to take a picture of me in Walt's booth and hands down 100% something was there. It was an intense surge of some kind of presence or energy. So shocking. I'm not saying it's Walt but I will never forget the way I felt, like someone was behind me.
When I worked at the park, one of our managers liked to tell us that on either Walt’s birthday or on Halloween every year (I forget which it was), the ghost of Walt Disney would walk the railroad tracks. He claimed to have seen it.
Then, of course, there are the stories of Walt’s Apartment being haunted.
Q:I don't really know about this one but when I was on the DL Haunted Mansion 2 summers ago, my cousin was in the doom buggy with me and as we were passing the dining room scene my cousin told me to turn around and look behind us and there was a wheel chair she said it was for the boy who fell and got smooshed or something (like for his ghost) or it was for the boys who's ashes were scattered on the ride but I just think it's for people who need a wheel if the ride were to stop. What do u think?
I honestly think that you’re closer to the mark on this one. As far as I know, nobody’s been smooshed on the Haunted Mansion, but there have indeed been ashes spread there, and the boy’s ghost is said to inhabit that area.
But I can’t imagine why he would need a wheelchair. I can’t even think of a superstitious/tribute reason that the wheelchair would have anything to do with him.
But if there were an emergency where guests had to be evacuated from the attraction, having a wheelchair in that position for anyone who needs it would come in very handy indeed, since the guest’s wheelchair is at the unload belt when they are riding.
An actual review (posted by an actual idiot) of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion from yelp.com.
Should I collect terrible Disney parks reviews by the possibly-deranged from yelp and post them here more often…? Maaaaaaybe.
Silly rabbit, Geiger counters don’t detect ghosts!
Here’s one more video of supposed ghost activity at Tower of Terror. I’ve read theories on this one ranging from “they’re reflections from the clipboard” to “Disney created this as a promotional video but never used it.” And, of course, there are the true believers who think this must be an actual ghost/ghosts.
I’ll let you be the judge.
Here are some screen caps, snagged from Stranger Dimensions:
Here is the video of the supposed ghost at Tower of Terror. See previous post for more explanation/theory.
Q:have you ever heard of any ghost sightings or anything of that sort at california adventure?
There’s a video on YouTube of a supposed ghost sighting at Tower of Terror, which I’m still trying to figure out if there was a smoke effect that passed in front of a light, or maybe a passenger was smoking something and exhaled when their elevator car was at the top (and then they dropped and came back up, since the wisp is already there in the video when the car arrives), or what.
(screen capture from the YouTube video)
To be honest, it almost looks like someone superimposed one of the “ghosts” (as in the Pepper’s Ghost illusion ghosts that are part of the attraction, not the real ones) that sit on the chandelier and lean to the left and right in the Haunted Mansion’s ballroom onto the video of the ledge of Tower of Terror.
(photo from Davelandblog)
But if there was a “smoke” effect used there, then I think that the smoke showing up in the show lighting is the most likely explanation.
I’ve linked to the video above, but I’ll also post it on this blog after I post this answer.
I once saw a video on youtube called the most gruesome deaths in disneyland. The first was the death of debrah stone and it showed a video of her death. the lights go out and the show spins and you can hear her screaming it’s awful but I guess you’re into that kinda thing so you would like it……
That video does not show the death of Deborah Stone. It does not show any footage at all from before or during the incident. It is a video that someone took many years later which was then edited to add the sound effect of a scream — at a point in the theater’s rotation where the walls that Deborah got caught between would have been nowhere near each other.
Deborah Stone died in 1974. The quality of that YouTube video appears to be video tape, made on a camcorder in the early to mid-80s. The first consumer camcorders that used video tapes weren’t released until 1983, nine years after the accident. Before that, people used film cameras, and the quality was more like what is seen in this video (I should probably point out that the sound in this particular video was added in later — home movies were silent back then).
Not to mention the fact that the cast member shown in the video is most definitely not Deborah Stone. I know the video quality isn’t fantastic, but this person:
…does not look anything like Deborah Stone:
While the deaths mentioned in the video did indeed happen, the video absolutely does not show any actual footage from any such incidents.
I worked at Mission Space from 2005 til 2006 and was there shortly after the little boy died and during the time the older woman died, and in bay 3 or red bay, opening in the morning was always creepy! The building is kept super cold, so whether it was the temperature or a presence it was hard to tell the reason for the chill up your spine, and there were always strange and inexplicable noises, you could never quite tell if it was the background ambiance music or something else… Of course there were also some cases of doors being found open when they had been closed and items just sitting in the middle of a previously empty floor, but whether it was a sign from beyond or a fellow prankster CM, who knows. It was definitely creepy though, and tons of fun!
Thanks for submitting!
For those who may have been unaware, there are indeed two people who have died after riding Mission Space. One was a four year old boy who had a heart condition, who had a heart attack after riding. The condition, according to a report on the settlement of the ensuing lawsuit, is an abnormal thickening of the heart that can throw contractions out of coordination. People who have it are at risk for sudden death throughout their lives, especially in stressful situations, a medical examiner said. Sadly, nobody knew the kid had the condition — it had never previously been diagnosed.
The other death was a 49 year-old woman, who complained of nausea and dizziness when she got off the attraction. She was evaluated and taken to Celebration Hospital, where she died the next day. The cause was determined to be a stroke related to long-standing high blood pressure.
When you see those warning signs about that say “For your safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure,” they aren’t kidding. They’re trying to keep you alive.
To be clear, I do want to hear your ghost stories. I do personally believe in ghosts.
But that doesn’t mean that I automatically believe everything I read when it comes to paranormal activity.
If you’ve got a story to share, tell the story. Weave the tale. If possible, provide references. But even if it’s a personal experience that you can’t link me to verification on, at least make it interesting.
When it comes to these types of stories, each individual story will have those who believe it and those who don’t. Some will refuse to believe any of them. Other people may believe even the ones that I dismiss.
But when it comes to claims of deaths in the park, I don’t want to be spreading false information. If you say that someone died, I’m going to try to verify it. And if I can’t, then I’m going to immediately discount the rest of the story.
So I don’t want to give the impression that I don’t want submissions. But most of what I’ve gotten lately just really seems like the stuff of urban legend.
Q:In Disney World's it's a small world ride, a boy fell out of his boat, and when the next boat came through, he was weighed down and drowned. People say that sometimes a little boy's face can be seen in the water. Also on Disney World's jungle cruise, during the construction, one of the hippo's accidentally fell on a construction worker and killed him. During slow periods, you can sometimes see a shadowy man standing at the back of the boat.
Please provide references in my submit box, because I can’t find confirmation of either of these events. I need sources and dates, because these sound a heck of a lot like urban legends with no basis in fact.
The only Small World accident like that at Disney World was a six year old girl who fell out at the loading area and got hit by an oncoming boat. She ended up with a broken hip, a broken arm and a collapsed lung, but did not die as a result.
And I can’t find any mention of anything like what you’re describing on the Jungle Cruise.
Because of all of the unsubstantiated claims that I’m getting in my inbox lately, I’m turning off anon. I’m not going to keep responding to messages publicly just to say “I don’t think that’s true at all.” At least if they aren’t anonymous I can discuss it privately.
Q:In regards to the Mansion; When we rode the WDW Mansion in July, there were three of us in my party, so my Mum ended up alone in the doombuggy behind us. When she was leaving the Seance room, she apparently felt something touch/pinch either her back or leg (I can't remember exactly). Obviously, this may well have been her imagination - she didn't see/experience anything else - but I thought that it might be worth sharing anyway in case anyone has an explanation/similar experience.
Thanks for sharing this. Perhaps the spirits mis-heard the Ghost Host and instead of a swinging wake, they were looking for a passing leg?
Anyone else have experiences with Walt Disney World’s mansion?
Q:So we've all heard the stories about Madame Leota's table and how it's like, the one thing to never ever touch because you get some weird juju afterwards, but for HM holiday this year, a nutcracker sits on the table & there's garland around it... So have you heard of an CMs who got hurt after decorating, or is Madame Leota just nice during the holidays?
Other than the experiences of my friends and fellow cast members, which I’ve talked about before, I haven’t heard other tales.
It is, of course, possible to place decorations onto a table without actually touching said table.
And, of course, there’s always the possibility that my co-worker getting his pants caught in the machinery of the ride when it started right after he leaned on the table, and the other co-workers who all got rashes on their arms after touching it several years later, could all just be coincidence.
Q:An actual ask based on 'verified' (well, reported) incidents: do you think the specter of 'Timmy' (widely accepted as a small child whose ashes were dumped at the Anaheim HM) is a apocryphal tale spread by CM's and tracing back to incidents leading to rumor, or something people actual have seen? I've seen a lot of talk, and the well-made fan film, and rumors - but no one saying directly, I saw this kid with my own eyes, or here's a word-for-word report from my friend.
I have no doubt that the Mansion is, in actuality, haunted. But I think Timmy gets a lot of credit (or blame, depending on your point of view) for haunts that he has nothing to do with.
Timmy is rumored to sometimes be seen near the Haunted Mansion exit, sitting and crying (the theory is that he really did not want his ashes to end up in the Haunted Mansion).
Then there’s a pusher, who may or may not be Timmy. Cast members walking the tracks before and after operating hours to do their checks have often felt a paid of hands on their back, and then felt those hands propel them forward — and when they turn, there is nobody there.
There is another story, where a cast member described what she saw in the mirror as a “man in a tuxedo.” When she turned, he was not there. After she turned back to face the oncoming Doom Buggies, she felt a cold hand on her shoulder — and again turned to see that nobody was there.
And then there’s the “man with the cane,” thought to be the spirit of a man who died in a plane crash in the 1940s near where Disneyland would later be built. I haven’t heard specifics about his actions; just that he is supposedly there.
But I think, as time goes on, some of the stories get mixed together. Timmy became fairly well known, and so I think people are quick to attribute any unexplained phenomena in the Mansion to him.
But things happened even back during the construction of the Mansion. Gordon Williams, a sound designer for the Mansion, was working in the building back when the attraction was still being put together, and he heard music coming from behind a wall. It wasn’t music from an attraction, and he was able to verify that it wasn’t bleeding through (if you’ll pardon the phraseology there) from someone’s radio in another work area.
He thought that perhaps a radio had been accidentally walled in, or that crossed wires or pipes touching wires had somehow picked up a radio station or ham radio frequency, but there were never any call letters announced.
Legend says that he eventually added another large speaker on the wall where the sound was coming from so that the attraction music would drown out any remaining noise from the mystery source.
The hauntings pre-date any spreading of ashes by overzealous fans, so while I don’t necessarily doubt that Timmy is the cause of some things that happen, I really don’t think he’s alone in there.
Also, as a PSA, I should tell everyone: DO NOT DUMP THE ASHES OF YOUR LOVED ONES IN THE HAUNTED MANSION. Or any other Disney attraction (Pirates of the Caribbean was once shut down because dumped ashes were passed by another boat, and this was not long after the large-scale anthrax scare in the 2000s, so when they reported a floating powder in the water, everything was shut down for a full investigation and testing, really putting a damper on a lot of peoples’ day).
If you dump ashes in the Mansion, they will get vacuumed up and your loved one’s remains will likely spend eternity in a landfill. Don’t do that to them.
Q:Have you heard about Mark Maples on the Matterhorn? He was the first person to die at Disneyland on the Matterhorn and know he haunts it.
OK, new rule:
I’m going to stop publishing asks like this.
If you’ve got a haunting to tell me about, give details. Use the submit button if you need more room.
Because while I’m familiar with Mark (he took off his seat belt and tried to stand up on the ride because he was stupid, cracked his ribs and fractured his skull when he inevitably fell out of his bobsled, went into a coma, and died three days later), I’ve never heard anything about him haunting the mountain. A search turns up nothing about him haunting the Matterhorn, either.
Just because someone says “oh, that’s haunted” doesn’t mean it is. When there are zero details about the haunting, I’m much more inclined to call B.S. on it than I am to believe it. And I’m not going to continue to take up space on peoples’ dashboards every time someone comes at me with an unsubstantiated claim.
If you have a haunting that I haven’t talked about, and you can provide details, I’m all ears and would love to share it. Obviously, some people will believe it, and some people won’t, but if there are no details then there is nothing to believe.
Q:It's a small world is haunted by cast members that really liked the ride. Nowadays, the dolls move when the power is off.
As far as I know, the only haunting thing in Small World is that song that gets stuck in your head for years.
I should explain how the Small World dolls work. They aren’t full-scale animatronics like Abraham Lincoln on Main Street or the Auctioneer in Pirates of the Caribbean. As I understand it, they operate pneumatically — that is to say, compressed air is used to alternate them between two states. Mouth open, mouth closed. Eyes open, eyes closed. Lean left, lean right. Arm up, arm down.
When the compressors are turned off, any doll that is in the “on” position, as in the position that the compressed air forces it into, is going to lose air pressure as the night wears on. And that will cause the doll to move.
The same thing happens with full-scale animatronics, as hydraulic fluid drains from the lines. Fingers can twitch, heads turn, postures change.
While it may look creepy if you see it happen, that’s not a haunting. That’s just mechanics.