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Hey, y’all, and welcome to Southern Macabre! I’m Aeryn and I’m so glad you could join me for paranormal Wednesday. Today’s going to be more lighthearted and fun since Friday’s episode is going to be more educational. After doing research for Missing Person Monday, I made a startling discovery so I decided to keep digging and I will tell y’all everything on Friday.
Today we’re going to talk about The Most Magical Place on Earth, Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Disneyland is the Happiest Place on Earth, in case you were wondering if I messed up. This episode was hard to research and write. I love going to Disney, but I haven’t been since 2011 and I don’t know when I’ll get to go back. Maybe if Alabama gets a lottery I can win and then we’ll do a Southern Macabre weekend or something. Anyway, let’s get back on track. So, is Disney World haunted?
Now, a quick disclaimer, it is not my intention to ruin Disney for anyone. I will share what I have learned while researching hauntings in the park, but I will try not to ruin the magic for those of you who don’t want to know.
There may be more specters than the 999 happy haunts in the Haunted Mansion. If you happen to be standing outside after dark, you may see a shadow pass by an upstairs window. Many have seen the phenomenon. If you don’t notice it right away, just wait about five minutes and you will.
Quick disclaimer, it is illegal to sprinkle cremains at Disney World. It’s not a health hazard, but it really bothers some people to think that they stepped on a person in ash form. For those of you not in the loop, cremains are the ashes you receive after a loved one is cremated. If you want to hear about a unique way to display your loved ones’ cremains that is 100% legal, come back next week when I’ll have a special guest.
There are rumors that people have scattered ashes in some Disney attractions, Haunted Mansion is obviously a favorite. Some say that a woman scattered her young son’s cremains there and at times you could hear him crying for her.
Some have claimed to see Walt Disney himself walking through Frontierland late at night and a few have said that they saw a candlelight glowing softly from his apartment above Pirates of the Caribbean. This struck me as funny when I was researching this story because Walt’s apartment in Florida was going to be in Cinderella’s castle. Sadly, he passed before Disney World was completed and the apartment wasn’t put together for many years after. So there really wasn’t an apartment for Walt and his family in Disney World at all.
At Pirates of the Caribbean cast members told of a man named George who passed away while the ride was being built. They would wish him a good morning and a good night if they wanted the ride to behave normally that day. If someone said they didn’t believe in George then the ride would stop working. If that’s not creepy enough, there’s a supposedly haunted ventriloquist dummy at Tower of Terror named Caesar after the dummy on the Twilight Zone episode Caesar and Me. Cast members have to say hi to him or else. Or else what, I don’t know.
I may not believe in UFOs or Bigfoot, but I do believe in possessed/haunted items. Maybe we’ll talk about that in a couple of weeks. Let me know on Facebook or Twitter if you’re interested.
Back to Tower of Terror, there’s a story that a bellhop passed away suddenly on Platform D so the lights flicker and dim randomly. If you’re really lucky, or unlucky, you may even see his ghost roaming through the lines.
So, what do you think? Is Disney World haunted? Would you want to see a ghost here? Surely a ghost here would be friendly, right? They get to stay in Disney World forever for free. I think that sounds great.
That’s going to do it for Paranormal Wednesday, y’all. Come back on Friday when I’ll tell you what’s going on in Culpeper, Virginia and what you can do to help. I can’t wait to talk to y’all then! I hope you have a wonderful, safe week. God bless, y’all!