1. There's a ride that will dump you in Hell

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Most of the oldest rides at Disneyland are "dark rides," which means they're indoor rides that are sparsely lit and are meant to recreate "scenes" from classic Disney movies. 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.

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To add to the fun-filled atmosphere of park guests suffering eternal damnation, the entire area was heated.

But the weirdest part of this is that it's not even 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 his vision of Hell for the (you see where this is going) hell of it!

via wikipedia

 

2. Jungle Cruise has no need for us anymore

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.

via ocregister

 

3. Disney abandoned not one but TWO theme parks

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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.

via io9

 

4. There are dead people in Disneyland. Yup.

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