You're probably thinking, "Who are you to tell me about Disney?! I know all about Disney! I own a pre-Disney Vault 'Beauty and the Beast' VHS and Disney's cryogenic head!" Well, I used to work at Disneyland. That's right, I had the pleasure of working at the happiest place on Earth. I was an attractions cast member, meaning I was the person who wore the themed outfit (that somehow always unfortunately involved culottes) and waved to you as you entered a ride and said things like, "Ahoy, matey!" or "Good luck, adventurers!" It was awesome. Despite my short stint as a Disneyland employee, I personally cannot verify the following facts because they were reported and verified elsewhere on the internet and also because I am very, very scared of Disney lawyers.
There is a tradition of guests bringing the cremated ashes of their loved ones and scattering them in the Haunted Mansion. Although these poor souls are vacuumed up each night by the cleaning crew, there still remain human remains in the park; one of the beds in Pirates of the Carribean has a headboard that contains real bones. Because those are the perks of a pirate's life -- sleeping on furniture built from the corpses of your enemies! Sleep Number can't compete with the shuteye you get on top of Blackbeard's femurs.
via examiner and disneylandreport
Over the nearly 60 years it's been open, the Jungle Cruise has developed into its own unique ecosystem. The fake jungle has become a real, self-sufficient jungle. Disneyland landscapers no longer tend to it beyond pruning the tropical plants once a year. Guys, if a fake jungle can become a real jungle, that means the animatronic animals can come to life and then literally all of my childhood nightmares are real.
In 1999 and 2001, Disney shut down two of its parks in Disneyworld: Discovery Island and River Country, respectively. They were closed due to a new Florida law that forbid unchlorinated natural water from being used in amusement parks. But the company chose not to demolish either of them, so they remain standing and rotting today. In 2009, a brave man named Shane Perez visited the island. You can see photos of the abandoned parks here. But you should probably look at these pictures of Splash Mountain riders because they are fun and goofy and won't immediately drain you of your remaining blissful innocence.
Most of the oldest rides at Disneyland are "dark rides" - that is, they're indoor rides that are sparsely lit and are meant to create "scenes" that you ride past. One dark ride, "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride," ended with Mr. Toad from "The Wind in the Willows" driving into an oncoming train and literally arriving in Hell. Like, ACTUAL Hell. Devils and fire and brimstone and all of that.
To add to the fun-filled atmosphere of park guests being dead and suffering eternal damnation, the entire area was even heated. But the weirdest part of this is that it's not a recreation of any scene from the movie or book versions of The Wind in the Willows. Whoever designed the ride just felt like adding a section where you got to see Walt Disney's current resting place.