Disney sells prepackaged dreams and fairytales. It’s billed as the “Happiest Place on Earth,” a wholesome, sunlit playground where tourists from around the world can wish upon a star and then watch those wishes come true… at least until closing time when the Electrical Parade rolls down Main Street USA, and Mickey once again locks the gates to the Magic Kingdom. According to Travel + Leisure, four of the world’s 20 most visited tourist attractions are Disney parks; Disney World's Magic Kingdom, in Orlando, Florida, averages 53,000 guests per day. So much for it being a small world; 53,000 is roughly the population of Saint Kitts and Nevis, and 20,000 more than the population of Liechtenstein.
Disney is like the blood-red apple that the witch-queen gives Snow White. Beneath its shiny and innocent exterior lurk poisonous stories and disturbing urban legends. Suicides, ghost sightings (including Walt himself), groping employees, measles outbreaks, strange ride photos, tourists spreading the ashes of loved ones at the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean rides, the hippie occupation of Tom Sawyer Island –they're all part of the Disney mythology. In Escape from Tomorrow, Randy Moore’s 2013 black and white fantasy horror film, there’s even a secret detention center underneath Epcot’s Spaceship Earth. While Disney’s brand of corporate totalitarianism is nightmarish to some people, the creepypasta-like rumors of its dark side are difficult to fact check. What we do know, however, is that several tourists who bought Disney day passes never made it out of the park alive.
10 Disney Parking Lots
9 The Monorail
8 Rivers of America
7 Space Mountain
6 Deadly Kiddy Rides
5 The Stabbing of Mel Yorba
4 Sailing Ship Columbia
3 Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin Ride
2 Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
1 Epcot’s Mission: Space
Epcot’s Mission: Space, a space-flight simulator ride, whirls and twirls riders in a centrifuge that subjects them to twice the normal force of gravity. The $100 million attraction has long been named Disney’s most dangerous ride, with more than twice as many people reporting illnesses and injuries than on other Disney rides. Between 2003 and 2006, two tourist died after riding Mission: Space and 10 people reported serious illnesses and injuries, while another 130 guests sought medical attention. Before entering the attraction, there are 13 signs warning guests of possible motion sickness. No word on whether or not Epcot’s gift shop sells “I Survived the Mission: Space Simulator” t-shirts.
Sources: Bustle.com, FranksReelReviews.com, OrlandoSentinel.com
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