Is Disneyland Haunted?
Disneyland may be famously known as The Happiest Place on Earth but hidden behind all the childhood fantasies and Disney magic is a dark side that gives Disneyland a reputation to be one of the most haunted places in California. Employees and those who are familiar with the history of the park might know of the 10+ reported deaths that happened in Disneyland, including a drowning, an impaling, an accidental crushing between moving walls, and many other freak accidents. Some of the ghosts that are rumored to haunt some of the rides in Disneyland are connected to these deaths.
In the Space Mountain ride, employees say that the employee locker rooms are haunted by the ghost of a guest who died on the ride in the 1970s who is now nicknamed “Mr. One-Way”. He is described as a large man with reddish hair and a red face and is sometimes seen by guests getting into a car with a lone rider but disappears by the end of the ride.
Then there is Debbi Stone, who was a former employee in the 1970s. She was crushed to death between the rotating walls of the America Sings attraction. One of the audience members heard her screams and reported a staff member but most of the audience thought it was part of the show. Today, guests and staff members sometimes claim see a faintly green apparition of a girl in the area around Space Mountain and Innovations.
Wanting to make the happiest place on Earth a final resting spot, it has become fairly common for families to leave their loved ones’ ashes in the park on their favorite Disneyland rides. The most popular rides for these last resting places are the Haunted Mansion and The Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s become so common that security guards closely monitor surveillance cameras and walk down the length of the track looking for piles of ash and bone fragments. In one incident, The Pirates of the Caribbean ride had to be shut down for 45 minutes when a woman was caught sprinkling a bag of suspicious powder in the water.
Many guests and employees claim to capture a ghost in their photos or on surveillance cams. Though some of them have been debunked, here are some of the most popular examples of ghosts caught on film.
This is supposedly photo of one of the ghosts of a boy in the Haunted Mansion. According to the photographer, the photo was taken when there were no other guests on the ride and was not photoshopped in any way:
In this surveillance video, an apparition appears behind a maintenance worker on the Tower of Terror ride: