Fact or Fiction: Every year, guests scatter the ashes (cremains) of their dearly departed loved ones at Disney World.
IT’S A FACT!!!!!!
In April 2014, I got to go on a backstage tour of the Haunted Mansion as part of my DCP program.
The BEST part about the backstage tour was the guide gave us a special opportunity to actually go into the ballroom! We got to walk around the table and look at all the actual ghosts which are being reflected through a series of mirrors into the ballroom. We got to dance with the ghosts!
But, what guests can’t see is that there is a huge Plexiglas partition in the dining room scene to keep guests from throwing stuff down into the mansion and help with the ghost’s projections. It’s angled so you don’t see it during a normal ride.
The guests riding in their Doom Buggies in the upper gallery throw the ashes they’ve carried with them into the Magic Kingdom at this point, thinking they will gently fall down into the ballroom like snowflakes from the sky.
Instead, they splatter onto the Plexiglas and mar the projection of the ghostly dancers.
In 2013, our backstage tour guide said that there were 14 instances of people throwing human ashes during the HM ride, especially during the ballroom scene.
Each time it happened, it closed the ride for about four hours while custodial was called in to vacuum them up! [Custodial: “Code HEPA to the Haunted Mansion.”]
Two Girls and a Mouse Tale
by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins
Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???
We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.
We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.
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