Did you hear about the guests who try and secretly scatter their loved ones ashes into The Haunted Mansion? How about the real HUMAN bones contained in parts of The Pirates of Caribbean?
Apparently they both exist. Just ask Johnny Depp, who sometimes hangs out in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride for fun. They both exist year round.
The happiest place on earth is rumored to also be the most haunted place on earth. It makes sense, given the amount of people that come in and out of Disney Parks on a daily basis. Something is bound to go wrong, and the park is bound to cover it up. When awful things get covered up, they often erupt like a volcano at the worst moments – becoming your worst nightmare. Disney should really have been more careful if they wanted to keep the park from becoming haunted.
There are Disney secrets that go bump in the night and make you wonder if someone is sitting in a dark corner staring at you while you sleep. The bugs crawling all over your skin. The feeling you get when you are trying to scream but nothing is coming out to make the sound. Falling.. and falling.. and still falling.
Halloween is the holiday where the most candy is sold and second only to Christmas in terms of overall retail sales. In other words, it’s popular. It doesn’t always have to be scary, but usually being scary makes it the most fun.
The holiday began as the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celtics believed that the barrier between the human world and the world of spirits weakened at the end of the summer, allowing the ghosts to break the barrier and wander the earth. To prevent the ghosts from breaking that barrier, the culture held a huge party to frighten them back to the world of spirits.
The day rose in popularity along with the rise in Christianity, “All Hallows Eve” the day before All Saints Day. Irish immigrants arriving to America raised the popularity of the ghoulish holiday in the 19th Century. In Ireland, Jack-O-Lanterns were carved out of turnips. I’m guessing that turnips were hard to find in America, and the pumpkin became the go-to creature to scare away spirits. That’s good for all of us today, given the fact that the unfortunate turnip doesn’t smell half as delicious as the pumpkin!!!
Given the number of horror stories hidden around Disney parks, I guess it’s not that surprising that Disney starts celebrating Halloween early -select nights (32 nights total!!) starting in August. Click here to find out more about this Not So Scary Halloween Party. They say it’s not scary, but the advertisements look scary enough to me. Apparently, the party is really appropriate for all ages. It makes sense that there are 32 nights of Halloween at Disney. Considering that the park is possibly the most haunted on earth, the spirits and ghouls are probably fighting for more nights next year. Wouldn’t you be if you were a ghost?