#10 Andy’s Coming
A popular urban legend is that if you chant “Andy’s coming!” the characters from Toy Story will stand up and then drop to the ground. A Disney cast member dispelled the notion that this still happens. The anonymous source did tell Snopes.com that they once dropped, but the practices was stopped for safety reasons.
#9 Disney Has Its Own Army
When people are talking about how self-sufficient Disney parks are run, people inevitably claim that Disney has its own Army. This isn’t true. A false rumor about Disney having been dishonorably discharged from the military is also false. Walt was discharged from his job with the Red Cross during World War II.
#8 Finland Bans Donald Duck Without Pants
There is a forty year old rumor that Finland won’t tolerate the pants-less Donald Duck. The rumor started when a councilman from Helsinki said the city would be better off buying sporting magazines than Donald Duck comics. Somehow this morphed into an urban legend involving Donald’s fashion faux pas.
#7 No One Dies on Disney Property
In an effort to keep Disney as the happiest place on earth, there is a rumor that Walt mandated no one die on Disney property. If someone was found dead, said the rumor, they would not be officially declared dead until they crossed out of Disney territory. This has been debunked. People have died on the property and even Disney isn’t powerful enough to stop death (or taxes).
#6 Disney Appears in the Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion is packed with all sorts of details and hidden bits of knowledge. People claim that Walt can be heard signing during the ride. This is because one of the singing busts looks just like him. But look closer… the singing man is actually Thurl Ravenscroft.
#5 Walt Disney is Frozen
Reportedly, Walt Disney is Frozen. No he’s not in the Disney animated movie. People staunchly believe he had his head cryogencially frozen just in case science ever figured out how to bring people back from the dead. There is no truth to this urban legend. Walt died of lung cancer and his remains were cremated.
#4 A Child Died on It’s a Small World
There are many urban legends about ghosts and death at Disney. One persistent rumor says a child died on the Small World ride in 1999. Many claim a child hung himself from the rafters. This one originated with the ride breaking down and being evacuated. When the announcer said “Please look straight ahead,” many apparently believed it meant “don’t look at the dead kid.” A doll was hanging from the rafters, which caused more confusion.
#3 Babies Born at Disney Get Free Admission for Life
Babies born at Disney parks do not get free admission for life. However, back on July 4, 1979, a woman had a baby at Disney and was given a Disney birth certificate. Although neither she or the baby got free admission for life, the legend persists, causing some women to try to give birth at Disney for the certificate and admission. Sorry ladies, all that hard work is for nothing more than a free newborn!
#2 A Decapitation on Space Mountain
Visitors to Disney World in Orlando have been inundated with rumors that a person was once decapitated on Space Mountain, and his ghost haunts the ride to this day. A test dummy was beheaded on the ride when they were testing new restraints. The frightening vision of a head landing in your lap has stayed with riders to this day, making this scary ride even scarier.
#1 Disney’s Last Words Were Kurt Russell
When Walt Disney died of lung cancer, he had still been working. One of his favorite child actors was Kurt Russell, who starred in many Disney movies. The legend says “Kurt Russell” was his last words. Apparently Walt wrote the name Kurt Russell down in a script treatment shortly before his death. Russell was shown the paper when he visited the room where Walt died, just a short time after Walt died.