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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The ghosts of Disneyland

Disneyland is known as one of the happiest places on Earth. What is not commonly known is that it is haunted by several ghosts across the park. I had the pleasure to go to Disneyland this last weekend with a good friend of mine. And since I was there I thought I would check out each of the attractions that was reported to be haunted.

Does the spirit of a woman haunt the Matterhorn,
which can be seen in the distance?

The Matterhorn Ride
A woman named Dolly was riding in in the front toboggan-style car and turned to check her two children riding in the back of the car. For some reason she felt that she had to stand and undo her seat belt to do this. The car entered a sharp decline, (now known as Dolly's dip) she was thrown out of the car, up over the heads of her children,and onto the track behind them. She was then promptly run over by the next toboggan.

Do the spirits of two boys who died during Grad Night haunt
Tom Sawyer's Island?

Tom Sawyer's Island
It is reported that after closing for the night, there have been at least two if not three apparitions seen on Tom Sawyer's Island. The cast members who search for them always come up empty handed. It is thought that the spirits may be of some boys who reportedly drowned during Grad Night in the Rivers of America surrounding the island.

Did a young man die on the old People Mover
ride, which is now closed?

The People Mover
During Grad Night, a boy apparently jumped out of his moving car, tripped, and dragged underneath to his death. It is said that he grasped onto his girlfriends blond hair to try to pull himself to safety. From that night on there were reports from girls riding on the attraction, especially those with long blond hair, that they felt an invisible presence violently tugging at their hair.

The spirit of a man is seen on Space Mountain,
only to disappear before the ride is over.

Space Mountain
Both the ride itself and the woman's (employee) locker rooms are haunted by the ghost of "Mr. One-Way", a guest who died on the Space Mountain ride back in the 1970's when the ride first opened. On the ride, he is described as a large man with reddish hair and a red face, and has been seen by guests getting into a car with a lone rider, but he vanishes before the end of the ride.

Dolls move when there is no electricity on
It's a Small World.

It's a Small World
It is said that three cast members who loved it so much have returned to haunt this attraction. Lights are said to turn on and off by themselves, and after hours, the dolls move when the electricity for the attraction has been turned off.

The ghost of a little boy is said to roam the
Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion
A woman wanted to spread the ashes of her recently deceased young son in the mansion, because it was his favorite attraction. She asked permission, but Disneyland would not allow it for obvious reasons. Nevertheless, the mother snuck the ashes in and scattered them anyways. At night the ride operators can sometimes see a lone boy riding one of the Doom Buggies on the video monitors, but when they check it out there is no one. Other people have claimed to have seen a little boy crying where you get on the Doom Buggies. It seems that perhaps it wasn't his last wish to have his ashes scattered here after all.

Unfortunately I didn't see any of these spirits (I didn't go on It's A Small World since the idea of haunted dolls terrifies me), and I'm not sure the validity of some of these stories as Disneyland does not try to hide deaths that have occurred in the park (despite an urban legend that says no one has been declared legally dead in the park). The stories are interesting none the less, and add to the history of the happiest place on Earth.

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