Disney World was built with an incredibly complex, enormous underground tunnel system, perfect for your average terrifying Moleman society. These tunnels are called utilidors, short for utility corridors, and here's what they look like:
So, why was this insane system of secret hallways built beneath the happiest place on Earth?
Walt Disney built the utilidors so cast members traveling between areas or doing things out of character wouldn't ruin the magic, especially when they were performing tasks like garbage removal and hiding the corpses of kids who let the water from Splash Mountain get in their mouth. Disney wanted a system in his original Disneyland, but the park was too small, and building a secret underground lair was too complex for an existing park, so they just saved the idea until Disney World was being planned. The whole thing takes up about 9 acres - and some of the tunnels are so long that employees travel by golf cart-like vehicles.
Next time you're enjoying quality family time and fried food at Disney World, take a moment and remember that you are walking over the heads of hundreds of disgruntled workers making their way through sunless tunnels beneath you.
Sadly, if you ever want to see the tunnels yourself, you'll have to get a job at Disney World (or drink some of the water in Splash Mountain).
The Tree of Life is the giant decorative tree that sits at the center of Disney World's Animal Kingdom. The Imagineers needed a specific skeleton to make the ToL as flexible as they wanted. What worked best was...an old oil rig.
So, to recap, the Disney park whose focus is environmental preservation has at its center a secret monument to fossil fuels. This is the single greatest irony to be recorded, second to maybe the fact that Dr. Seuss didn't like children. I felt like I needed to add that in case this article wasn't doing enough damage to your childhood.
via disney wikia
As reported by The Indepedent and the New York Daily News, a man working as a chef at Disneyland Paris committed suicide in 2010. Before he took his own life, he wrote on his wall: "I don't want to go back to Mickey's house."
But this wasn't an isolated incident - in November 2013, another Disneyland Paris employee tried to light himself on fire but he was stopped just in time. The same year, a child fell out of a water ride and suffered severe injuries. Although Disneyland Paris is the most popular tourist attraction in Europe (with roughly 15 million visitors per year), it has an impressive body count, which is the absolute last thing a theme park should ever have. Besides a shortage of corn dogs. A theme park should always have more corn dogs than dead bodies.
It makes sense that Disneyland Paris has an upsetting history given that it was never called "the Happiest Place on Earth" but "Le Stupid Castle Dumb Americans Built for a Fucking Mouse."
via spiegel online