05/01/2019- This week Mario, Brian and Kirsten sit around and tell some spooky ghost stories about the Disney Parks! How many of these ghost stories have you heard?

Ghost Stories:
  • "George 
    • It’s said that, when the Florida version of Pirates of the Caribbean was under construction, a welder named George was killed in an accident. Exactly what that accident was varies depending on who you talk to; according to some, he was crushed by a falling beam, while according to others, he fell from the “burning city” portion of the ride and died as a result. Ever since then, the ride has allegedly been plagued by strange occurrences whenever George is disrespected.
    • Really, though, that’s all George seems to be after: Respect. He’s said to stop the ride whenever someone says “I don’t believe in George,” so presumably if you don’t question his existence while you’re actually riding Pirates of the Caribbean, you should be fine. Additionally, the rumor persists that Cast Members in charge of opening the ride for the day or closing it up at night say “Good morning” or “Good night” to George at the appropriate times to keep him appeased. As long as you do that, he’s apparently happy.
  • Dolly 
    •  Though I’m pretty sure the ghost story itself is just an urban legend, there is some really sad history behind this one: In 1984, Regena Young, known as “Dolly,” fell from her seat while riding the Matterhorn at Disneyland and was killed when she was struck by another oncoming bobsled. Her seatbelt was unbuckled, but we don’t know whether she undid it herself or whether it was the result of something else.
    • These days, some Cast Members claim to have felt like someone was watching them during their routine walk-throughs of the ride, which are conducted at the end of the day. The area on the track where Young died is known as Dolly’s Dip.
  • "Haunted Mansion Unknown Ghost-
    • The Haunted Mansion’s reputation for being an actually haunted place harkens all the way back to the ride’s construction, back in the 1960s. It is said that one of the sound designers was working in the so-called “seance room” when he allegedly heard what he at first took to be a radio, but which turned out to be just music inexplicably coming from the walls, which he would continue to hear for several days. The engineer could never quite figure out where the ethereal music was coming from, and supposedly set up a music speaker near the source to mask the strange phantom music that emanated from there. Interestingly, there were some staff who claimed that the spell book used in the exhibit was real, and that it would be moved from day to day, with no one knowing who had done it.
  • Man with a Cane
    • In this tale, many cast members working alone have said that they have seen a “man with the cane” riding the attraction late at night. When spoken to, he does not respond and then disappears out of sight. Who is this mysterious man? He is said to be the ghost of a pilot that died when his plane crashed in the 1940’s into what is now known as Bay Lake.
  • Another spirit that is rumored to inhabit the Haunted Mansion is that of a little boy. Unlike the Disneyland ghost story of the little boy who cries while looking for his mother, this child appears to be happy and just rides the attraction alone peering out from his doombuggy. There are a few photos circulating the internet that are said to be of this particular apparition
  • Mr. One-Way 
    • Mr. One-Way haunts Space Mountain. He is most often described as a “friendly ghost” who appears in the line as a living person, chatting and enjoying the day. Sometimes he is described as a grown man with reddish hair; sometimes as a child. The child interacts with other guests, but it soon becomes obvious he is “not from our time.” The spirit will board the ride next to a single rider, but disappear by the end of the ride. Another ghost haunts Space Mountain with less frequency. This ghost is called Disco Debbie, allegedly the ghost of a former Cast Member who died while working on Space Mountain. She is characterized by a phosphorescent green glow.
  • "Grad Night Ghost
    •  Grad Nite is an annual tradition in Los Angeles where, immediately following your high school graduation, you are bussed out to Disneyland and given free reign over the park until 6am the next morning. I went, and frankly, I found it far more crowded than it normally is, with a bunch of idiot teenagers doing idiot things. In 1966 one of those idiots was a teen named Thomas Cleveland. He decided to sneak into the park by climbing across the Monorail track. Despite warnings from security guards, he tried to avoid the oncoming train by hiding beneath the track. There was only a few inches of clearance, and the train ran right over Cleveland, and he got sucked up into the mechanics. The story goes that, late at night (though not necessarily on Grad Nite) a ghost can be seen running along the Monorail track, and disappearing at the very spot where Cleveland died.
  • "Main Street Fire Station (Disneyland)
    • When you enter Disneyland, you walk under the train tracks. Just after this, on the left side of the street, next to the City Hall restrooms, is the Firehouse. When Walt Disney was alive, he had an apartment on the second floor of this building. He used it as a home base of sorts while the Park was being built and stayed there often after Disneyland opened. He also hosted celebrities and VIPs in his apartment. Whenever Walt was in the Park, he would light a lamp in the Fire Station window to let people know he was there.
    • Apparently, Walt never left. According to Disney legend, soon after Uncle Walt's death, a cleaning woman was cleaning the apartment and noticed that the lamp was lit. She turned it off and left, only to see it lit in the window when she got outside. She then did what anyone would do in that situation. She went back into the apartment and turned the lamp back off. When she went back outside, the lamp had been relit. She went back again and turned it off, only this time she didn't leave the apartment. The lamp turned itself back on right in front of her. Nobody has tried to turn the lamp off since. It is left burning to symbolize Walt Disney's presence in his beloved Disneyland. To this day, Cast Members report footsteps and knocking coming from the Fire Station Apartment, especially at night."
  • It's a small world 
    • Hear me out on this one.... According to an account on Imgur (<----This is the source this article used), a twelve-year-old guest was visiting Disneyland with her family. They were enjoying their ride on It’s a Small World when the ride stopped, the lights came on, and Cast Members helped guests off the ride. On the way out, the guest’s mother snapped a few behind-the-scenes photos to finish off the camera roll. Outside, there was an ambulance and police car. When the family developed the film later that day, the last photo on the roll appeared to be a figure hanged from the ceiling. A child? An animatronic? a Cast Member? Who knows….
  • "Disco Debbie (Disneyland Space Mountain)
    • Guests and Cast Members have reported seeing Disco Debbie. Debbie is a glowing green ghost inside the ride, who is reported to be a Cast Member who died of an aneurysm behind the Space Mountain building."
  • There is also the haunted waters of Tom Sawyer Island, where a shadowy shape has been seen to dart about and make ripples on the water. Some park staff believe that this is the ghost of a boy who drowned here in 1973 when they got stuck on the island with his younger brother after closing hours and tried to swim across.