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14 Things You Didn’t Know About Disney

Who doesn’t know Disney? They create children’s movies and TV shows. They seem nice, but they also have a dark side.

  1. During the New York premiere of Pinocchio in 1940, Walk Disney hired 12 midgets to dance in Pinocchio outfits on the theater marquee. Whats wrong with that you ask? well, they were all drunk and required to be for the job.
  2. Walt Disney mainly used music from dead composers for a soundtrack for Fantasia so he wouldn’t have to pay royalties.
  3. Even though Walt Disney had a strict policy against drinking on the studio grounds, but that didn’t stop him from having a few shots every day.
  4. Walt Disney was an anti-Semite, meaning he disliked jewish people.
  5. there are tunnels beneath the magic kingdom. They were primarily meant for travel throughout the park, but they are only used for service now, but the entrances are still open to the public, so who knows what is down there? for one thing, rats. many sections of the tunnels are closed off because of rats infesting the place.
  6. Disney can truthfully declare that they have never had a death in their park. Why? because they claim that the person who is fatally injured is not declared legally deceased until they reach the hospital.
  7. A child found a man in a character suit with the head off, and disney sued. Believe it or not, this is true. Disney does not hesitate because without the head on, spectators can see the top-secret aspects of the suit.
  8. Disney conducted a research that showed that every seven seconds a man thinks about sex. Disney allegedly puts saltpeter, which lowers a man’s sex drive, into their food. This might be true, but ever wonder why Disney has a policy in which male employees must either eat at the company or take a one-seventh pay cut for “Frequent distractions.”
  9. In the train station at Disney parks, you can hear a tapping noise. This is Walt Disney’s 1954 Opening day speech in morse code.
  10. In the Enchanted Tiki Room, there is a show, and if you wait around for a few minutes after the show ends, you will see one of the birds start to insult other birds and you.
  11. Disney animators often reuse animations to save on time and money. You would think “Whats wrong with that? a few repeats, so what?” However, there are far more than you would suspect. the following is a link to examples. http://www.slightlywarped.com/crapfactory/curiosities/disneyrecycled.htm
  12. Before Disney had parking structures, the parking attendants would always park old people’s cars and hearses in the same area.
  13. If you have ever been to Disneyland before, you might notice that the park does not have much gum on the rides and walls. Why? You can’t buy gum in Disneyland. Walt Disney didn’t want to spend money to have it cleaned up all the time.
  14. During the Vietnam war a group of hippies protested on Main street. The park security rounded them up, gave them haircuts and part-time jobs as janitors.
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  1. ebazaar

    On October 1, 2008 at 12:05 am


    This is very interesting. Though you had few spelling errors of Walt Disney’s name here and there, I just find it’s a little funny XD No hard feelings. But the facts are really interesting to know…they must have had a frugality theory policy somewhere in the company’s goals and objective, nothing unusual bout that, perhaps only on how they exercise their plans towards it.

  2. Nick

    On November 13, 2008 at 2:47 pm


    “Walt Disney was an anti-Semite, meaning he disliked Jews.”

    Oh, I thought it meant he hated concrete.

  3. John

    On November 13, 2008 at 2:49 pm


    There’s no hard evidence that Walt Disney was an anti-Semite.

  4. Whatever

    On November 13, 2008 at 2:52 pm


    This “list” is completely ridiculous. It’s amazing what kinds of crap you can find on the internet.

  5. Amelia

    On November 13, 2008 at 2:52 pm


    Is this meant to be taken seriously? It’s so obviously untrue – this is either incredibly bad satire or just written by gullible idiots.

  6. Pete

    On November 13, 2008 at 2:58 pm


    The characters cannot expose their real-self [not because of revealing secrets] because it would ruin the fantasy of a child.
    The tunnels are still is use as they were intended. For characters and service people to come and go without notice.

  7. Pudding4me

    On November 13, 2008 at 2:59 pm


    Wow that’s pretty cool, although I don’t really believe the Morse code one

  8. me

    On November 13, 2008 at 4:52 pm


    If it’s on the internet it must be true right????… People are dumb

  9. mike

    On November 13, 2008 at 5:36 pm


    haha this is hilarious and sad even if there is no evidence.

  10. Jeeves

    On November 14, 2008 at 11:19 am


    This is really poorly written

  11. Jared

    On November 14, 2008 at 11:41 am


    This is horrible, I can hardly get around the spelling and the grammar to the stupid content.

  12. Jenn

    On November 14, 2008 at 12:02 pm


    I used to work for Disney (Orlando). There is no pay deduction for not eating on property. It is however really inconvenient to try to leave and get back in any reasonable amount of time. The tunnels under MK do have some rats in them, especially near the restaurant areas where the garbage is dumped. But for the most part they are very clean and they are home to the annual pargo parades and fun employee things like the cafeteria, costuming, and lockers.

  13. jen

    On November 14, 2008 at 4:04 pm


    wow, so the big z, let’s all believe him. it’s a load of bull, especially the costume one. I marched in one of the bands at disney world, and trust me, it’s so the kids don’t know it’s real. same reason why they aren’t allowed to talk. the the whole pay cut for being male, a complete lie. dude you are dumb.

  14. Toribor

    On November 14, 2008 at 4:19 pm


    This is all total BS. Useless misinformation. If you can provide even one credible source for any of these I will be amazed.

  15. OAP

    On November 14, 2008 at 4:57 pm


    Are there sources for these claims? Like Walt Disney being an Anti-Semitic?

  16. Kid Rex

    On November 14, 2008 at 4:59 pm


    Little known fact that in “Aladdin” when he was flying up to the princess in the tower when she was pissed at him you can hear a subliminal message in a whisper that says…”take your clothes off”. I heard this very clearly from a guy who called in and played it over a radio station in LA because he finally figured out why his 2yr old would always end up naked every time she watched the movie.

  17. Jon

    On November 14, 2008 at 5:21 pm


    It’s also a well known-fact that Walt Disney kept slaves and cannibalized two of his own children, then used their bones to construct the Ice Palace.

  18. Mona

    On November 14, 2008 at 5:54 pm


    the link in no.6 doesn’t work. this is the correct link
    http://www.planetperplex.com/en/item266

  19. Zenman

    On November 14, 2008 at 6:02 pm


    I spent five years working at the Magic Kingdom in Anaheim and can verify that, as many others have done, that this list is full of crap. It’s clear that you know nothing about this subject and believe the stupid rumors you run into on the internet. Research these things prior to posting them. Try starting at snopes.com, for example.

  20. Obama will pay my mortgage

    On November 14, 2008 at 6:52 pm


    Wow. This stuff is amazing. Not because its true, but because the nearly illiterate fool that posted it thinks its true.

  21. wow

    On November 14, 2008 at 9:36 pm


    Just because a composer is dead doesn’t mean you can use his music in a film. usually there is a family to pay somewhere. I only read that far down the list before I stopped.

  22. Cassandra

    On November 14, 2008 at 10:05 pm


    I worked at D-land back in the 1970s. I heard of a hot dog vendor that was fired for embezzlement. This was because he ate an expired hot dog- unused after a day’s sales- still encased in foil. He had previously deposited in a dumpster, picked it out of the dumpster (wrapped in foil) and ate after closing hours.

    The Disney folks and their lawyers will attack anyone who impose on their copyrights, not to mention if say anything bad about their company’s practices. I must be careful because they can still track me.

  23. Terrie

    On November 14, 2008 at 11:43 pm


    Almost all of these are recycled urban legends. Check out snopes.com

    http://www.snopes.com/disney/disney.asp
    That link will contain quite a few Disney ’secrets’.

    The saltpeter thing is an old recycled military yarn. Which can be clarified at
    http://www.snopes.com/military/saltpeter.asp

  24. Isa

    On November 15, 2008 at 1:32 am


    Cite your sources.

  25. monkeipeg

    On November 15, 2008 at 7:42 pm


    mr_facto, you’re starting line takes the cake. That quote needs to be put in a movie or something =D

  26. Lame

    On November 15, 2008 at 8:20 pm


    This was so lame

  27. Sol

    On November 15, 2008 at 8:24 pm


    Much of this is very untrue. For one, plenty of people have been declared dead at Disneyland. Also, Disney was sued by the family of the kids who saw the person with the costume head off, not the other way around. And there is no evidence to support the anti-semite claim. I haven’t checked out the rest of this, but I’m betting it’s mostly bunk, too.

  28. Anonymous

    On November 15, 2008 at 9:29 pm


    Meh.

  29. anonymous

    On November 15, 2008 at 10:16 pm


    i love how everyone is making such a big deal about this

  30. squeaker

    On November 16, 2008 at 7:19 pm


    Hey, I remember gum!

  31. cheap is evil!

    On November 16, 2008 at 8:32 pm


    Wait, so it’s a bad thing to use music you don’t have to pay for to keep costs down?

    “I can pay $X a song for an entire musical, or I can use classical music that isn’t copyrighted for free. I think I’ll go with the X-dollars-a-song thing, because in a capitalistic society, it’s wrong not to pay money.”

    I don’t understand your mode of thought. I’d do the same damn thing.

  32. Panthro

    On November 16, 2008 at 9:26 pm


    Disney once gave me a high-five…then kicked my ass….oh God, it’s true

  33. ralph

    On November 16, 2008 at 11:38 pm


    I find ebazaar’s grammar quite funny :)

  34. jayhoo

    On November 16, 2008 at 11:46 pm


    12 drunk dwarves eh – I’d pay to see that.

  35. Amscot

    On November 17, 2008 at 3:23 am


    Walt Disney was conceived in a town called Mojacar in Spain, his father was the local doctor and his mother was the lady who cleaned. On finding herself pregnant she immigrated to the States, the rest we know. It was curious when he died a number of lawyers came to Mojacar with the task of removing any evidence, it would not be good for Disney if the founder were born out of wedlock.

  36. PW

    On November 17, 2008 at 3:36 am


    Name actual sources and use proper grammar and spelling if you want intelligent people to take you seriously. Otherwise stay off the internet.

  37. JSD

    On November 17, 2008 at 7:47 pm


    They don’t sue you if you see a character with the head off, the only cases have been when someone photographed or otherwise recorded the headlessness of their characters. Even then they sue to keep the photo away from the public so the magic isn’t broken, I’ve seen one with a head off and they never sued me.

  38. dmm

    On November 17, 2008 at 9:23 pm


    Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955. Not in 1954.

  39. James DeVere

    On November 17, 2008 at 10:40 pm


    He was a hoary old bugger. I visited the Lincoln Robot Room. The robot delivers a declaration whilst his squeeky arms move in jerky motions as if spastic,

    Over the Top, Really readable. thnx J

  40. Drunk Dwarf

    On November 18, 2008 at 6:45 am


    Hick!

  41. SMUTBAGS

    On November 18, 2008 at 6:46 am


    Walt Disney kicked my grandma in the mouth for being jewish.true story

  42. Sarah Palin

    On November 18, 2008 at 6:33 pm


    I like to shoot moose, wolves and caribou from a State helicopter on the taxpayer’s money.

    Killing, killing, killing! Yay, for killing. It’s part of why I am a ‘right-to-lifer’….I believe in death for every creature except little fetuses.

  43. Carbo Loader

    On November 18, 2008 at 6:43 pm


    Disney was one of the main causes of the destruction of the imagination of American children. He ruined everything in this country. Being French in his family history, he was the first to help destroy our land through his insipid and bowdlerized crap. The undisputed fact of his anti-semitism (and anti-cementism, too) was the icing on the cake, the frost on the punkin, the salami in the sandwich of love.

    Nov shmoz ka pop, forever.

  44. Kendy Store

    On November 18, 2008 at 6:51 pm


    Vuntz I had a kendy store
    Bizniss vas so bad
    I asked mein vife vat to do
    And dis is vat she said:
    Take yourself some kerosene
    Pour it on de floor
    Take a match
    Give a scratch
    No more kendy store, HEY!

  45. Bill O'Reilly

    On November 18, 2008 at 6:53 pm


    I am a Republinazi. I love being a Republinazi. Sometimes I am a Republidiot, too.

    I have no new ideas. I just have hate. Hate is sooooo easy to share. I like stoking the fires of hate. If I can bring hatred and lack of thought to more people, it will make me happiest.

    I hate you and I hate Jews. I hate YOU and I hate women. I hate every damn thing.

  46. wtf

    On November 18, 2008 at 11:14 pm


    WTF Snopes this crap. This is stupid.

  47. DUMBASS

    On November 18, 2008 at 11:19 pm


    This is horribly written. You pay no attention to grammatical structure, attribute everything to Walt Disney himself (when surely you mean the company) and obviously have done no research into this subject.

    What a waste of time.

  48. Kat

    On November 19, 2008 at 12:33 am


    You have horrible grammar. How do you expect people to take you seriously when you can’t spell or form proper sentances?

  49. bleh

    On November 19, 2008 at 2:10 am


    hahaha that was a good laugh! now do some cocacola “facts”
    highlight: the nude girl in rescuers.

  50. hevach

    On November 19, 2008 at 11:58 am


    Couple true ones in there, but not many.

    The bit about deaths isn’t as sinister as it’s made to sound. People can be declared dead at the scene of an accident, but only if they’re actually dead – if people left the park alive and died at the hospital, they can make the claim that they’ve never had a death in the park. Disney doesn’t make the claim that they’ve never had a fatal accident at the park.

  51. writer

    On November 19, 2008 at 6:55 pm


    yea i know most of it is made up, but i made $30 from an hour, so its well worth it.

  52. Some Guy

    On November 20, 2008 at 7:11 am


    A real #16 for you
    “Cast Members” (employees) are strictly not allowed to remove any part of their costume while on stage (i.e. anywhere in the park).

    How strict is this? To wear a costume you pretty much agree that if anything happens to you that they will not remove the head to administer first aid/CPR.

  53. person

    On November 20, 2008 at 7:36 am


    A lot of this isn’t true, but it is true that disney isn’t that happy company everyone thinks they are. Disney heavily discriminated against woman and other groups in the early days, refusing to give them jobs even when pressed for help.

  54. Former Disney Employee

    On November 20, 2008 at 10:00 am


    I can say that this entire list is 100% accurate. All of these people saying it is fake are Disney employees who are hired by the PR department to make sure that Disney does not get a bad name.

  55. Disney Expert

    On November 20, 2008 at 10:01 am


    Most of this list isn’t true. Although the Rescuers Nude Woman IS actually true, it had nothing to do with Walt Disney. It was actually one of the animators and was corrected after an uproar was raised about it. Besides that most of this list is utter BS.

  56. Disney Sexpert

    On November 20, 2008 at 10:16 am


    Everything about Disney is true even if you just made it up right now. True!

  57. Andy

    On November 20, 2008 at 10:21 am


    Photoshopped

  58. gravy17

    On November 20, 2008 at 2:43 pm


    Definately photoshopped, I can see the pixels in number 8

  59. jack

    On November 20, 2008 at 3:09 pm


    An Anti-Semite is not a person who hates Jews, but rather Semites. Jews are indeed Semites, but so are Arabs, and many other people of middle eastern/ Mediterranean descent.

  60. Rich

    On November 20, 2008 at 4:13 pm


    walt disney was not an anti semite. those tunnels underneath the magic kingdom and other parks in the disney world resort area are for maintenance and transportation of disney world park employees. they are not open to the genereal public and the tunnels are not closed due to rat infestations. I am not a paid PR employee of the Disney company.

  61. Mel

    On November 20, 2008 at 5:34 pm


    Wow. Disney was awesome. Sure the company reused animations, but seriously, you have to think of how long it takes to draw everything and put it together. It would be so much easier to reuse animations. So what? As for the gum thing, if its even true, it’s a good idea. NO one likes to step in gum while enjoying the park.

  62. Sean

    On November 20, 2008 at 5:57 pm


    Salt Peter does not affect the male sex drive.

  63. Grammar Checker

    On November 20, 2008 at 6:34 pm


    Learn English. This is full of grammatical errors. Read Strunk & White before publishing and you will garner a bit more credibility.

  64. GOD

    On November 20, 2008 at 6:37 pm


    Everybody keep it down! I’m trying to take a nap!

  65. Karl Rove

    On November 20, 2008 at 6:41 pm


    Quick, everybody! While GOD is napping, let’s round up all the minorities and put them in slave labor camps!

    Oh, and “Fact” #4 is a complete lie!

  66. Davio

    On November 20, 2008 at 7:04 pm


    About the only thing that ‘a-hole’ (the author) cites that is really true is the fact that chewing gum is not sold anywhere on Disney property. Mainly because Walt didn’t want to have to have people clean up the inevitable gum wads.
    Other than that; clearly anti-Disney propaganda, posted by an anti-Disney ‘a-hole’.

  67. jwp

    On November 22, 2008 at 7:59 pm


    Forgot to mention, I worked at WDW for 2 years, so yah, this is all crap.

  68. la

    On November 23, 2008 at 3:55 pm


    I think reading the comments was more fun than reading the article! Well done!

  69. MouseThat Roared

    On November 24, 2008 at 7:05 am


    Actually, some of this is true. The whole dying in Disney, is very true. Disney has it’s own Government, and one of the statutes says that legally a man can not be pronounced dead on the premises of Disney’s property, once they are taken out of Disney they are pronounced dead.

    I did a really big research paper on this in college. Some books to look up are “Inside the Mouse” and “The Mouse that Roared”, they have so much stuff on Disney.

    And some reasons they don’t go into to much detail about it on the History Channel is because they are owned by Disney.

  70. Bob Saget

    On November 24, 2008 at 7:46 am


    Disney owns the rights to the RCMP Mountie uniform.

  71. c00n3y

    On November 24, 2008 at 7:31 pm


    lol, the article was complete crap, but enjoyed the hell out of the comments. :)

  72. mark

    On November 24, 2008 at 10:18 pm


    i dont care

  73. agelesscrimsondreams

    On November 25, 2008 at 1:51 am


    all of you need to find a better hobby

  74. Genie Yus

    On November 25, 2008 at 8:59 am


    #4 is Photoshopped

  75. tim maguire

    On November 25, 2008 at 2:14 pm


    Except for #4, how does this show Disney’s dark side? There’s nothing “dark” about most of these. How about billing them as interesting facts? Except that it seems people who know better than me disagree with most of these facts anyway. Based on my knowledge of the law, I can say #8 is BS.

  76. Oakman

    On November 25, 2008 at 3:00 pm


    Believe everything you read on the internet. Everything here MUST be fact.

  77. Commenter 91

    On November 25, 2008 at 3:00 pm


    Comment #86 is Photoshopped.

  78. Anon E Moose

    On November 26, 2008 at 10:15 am


    YOU ARE ALL PHOTOSHOPPED!

  79. Priyanka R

    On November 30, 2008 at 7:40 am


    heard he was dyslexic…

  80. Sotiris

    On December 1, 2008 at 4:55 am


    didn’t know about those facts! Thanks for sharing!

  81. Daryl James

    On December 17, 2008 at 10:37 am


    hey thanks for sharing. they were really great. good job.

  82. faceofpoop

    On December 22, 2008 at 11:12 am


    I saw Sasquatch at Epcot once. He’s actually a really nice guy.

  83. denise22

    On December 23, 2008 at 2:48 am


    It time to grow at what u say about disney is not true so if anyone believe u that are crazy

  84. anonymous

    On December 27, 2008 at 10:38 am


    hey. I’m the author, and those of you saying i’m anti-disney… you’re right. it’s all hannah montana’s fault. she also had help from the jonas brothers……

  85. jinglejangle

    On December 29, 2008 at 6:29 am


    Disney corp. created ‘Hannah Montana’ in part to snatch the steam from Hanna-Barbera, the clearly superior animation company.

    It is most likely Walt WAS a anti-Semite. Google it yourself, try the History Chanel…

    The biggest sin of Walt Disney is how many backwards thinking vegans he created by humanizing animals. We have humans starving and buffoons are giving millions to feed and bed cats and dogs instead. At least you can still get dog meat in China’s Disney World Center.

  86. ShamWOW Guy

    On January 5, 2009 at 12:40 pm


    You’re gonna spend $20 every month on paper towels, anyway…

  87. Catriona

    On January 18, 2009 at 6:40 pm


    I think I enjoyed the comments more than the article.

    Disney was a great man.
    He made the fairy tales come to life by animating them.
    I love Disney Land in LA its great (it’s Magic :D )

    If it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t have Mickey Mouse, Pirates of the Caribbean, High School Musical, and hundreds of other great movies.
    So stop badmouthing him and get a life.

  88. krebs

    On March 23, 2009 at 12:06 am


    “Before Disney had parking structures, the parking attendants would always park old people’s cars and hearses in the same area.”

    I guess the hearses were for hauling away the non-dead.

  89. James Martin

    On April 16, 2009 at 1:04 pm


    Much of this is made-up and lies. How gullible is the person who obviously didn’t research any of it? Very.

  90. Skeptic Dude

    On May 28, 2009 at 9:45 pm


    Just how many hearses are ever parked at Disneyland anyway???

    This sounds like made up nonsense. Disney expends a great deal of money steam scouring the walking surfaces nightly, so the dumb stuff about why gum isn’t sold there is contradicted in its whole rationale – they already pay gobs for it.

  91. Rosalie

    On September 5, 2009 at 8:13 pm


    this is crap. do you have no disrespect for the dead? honest to god, i wanted FUNFACTs, not CRAPFACTs. duh!

  92. squrillyboy

    On December 16, 2009 at 5:38 pm


    Pretty much 90% of this list is total bull! Absolutely no disputeable evidence that Walt Disney was an anti-semite! The story about the hippies sounds way too far fetched! And some of the things you accuse him of doing evily actually sounds pretty practical.

  93. Mike Moose

    On May 9, 2010 at 8:24 am


    I know that guy!!

  94. Mike Hunt

    On May 9, 2010 at 8:31 am


    Is it not good enough for you people that he banned drinking on the grounds? So what..hes gotta be sober 24/7? It must have been hard work running a big company like that..jheez give the guy a break, not everyone’s a saint >.> For more pointless articles, email me at: mikehunt@saythat3timesfast.haha.fools :)

  95. Fred

    On September 16, 2010 at 9:37 pm


    Most of these are bogus, old wives tales. Try to find any real evidence on most of these and you will come up empty handed.

  96. colton

    On July 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm


    A LOT of this is inaccurate!

  97. Walter D

    On March 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm


    Actually, a lot of this is true. The Nazi scientist is absolutely true, the Fantasia thing is true, Walt worked for the govt ruining people’s carers by adding them to the Hollywood Blacklist as well.

  98. a Disney Castmember

    On December 14, 2012 at 2:16 am


    This is false. Do your research before you go and scatter lies on someone\’s character.

  99. a Disney Castmember

    On December 14, 2012 at 2:17 am


    This is false. Do your research before you go and scatter lies on someone\’s character.

  100. a Disney Castmember

    On December 14, 2012 at 2:17 am


    This is false. Do your research before you go and scatter lies on someone\’s character.

  101. a Disney Castmember

    On December 14, 2012 at 2:17 am


    This is false. Do your research before you go and scatter lies on someone\’s character.

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