Haunted Disneyland

By in Alston Stephanus, California, Disney Adventures, Disneyland, haunted, USA on July 5, 2016
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“People DIED on this ride!”

It’s a phrase I would say to the camera over and over again on our Disney Adventures. Apparently I’m rather macabre because death at Disney, ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ fascinates me.

And just to start this off, this is meant in no way to be disrespectful of the people who have died at Disney. RIP.

Did you know you can’t actually be declared dead on Disney grounds? Okay,that’s not wholly true, it’s more of an urban legend… but the fact such a legend exists is a testament to the almost cultish life that Disney embodies. As with many places of note in the world, there are always rumors of hauntings, ghosts wandering the corridors, and weird happenings. Disneyland in Anaheim, California is no exception.

So next on our Disney Adventures, Alston and I explored a bit of haunted Disneyland. If you’re easily spooked… you’re in good company.

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I’m actually a wimp when it comes to scary things. I don’t watch horror movies, I routinely get freaked out by people sneaking up behind me or just appearing suddenly, and I have the uncanny ability to convince myself I’m about to die a horrible death because I heard a random sound twenty minutes ago. Yet, for some reason, hauntings at Disneyland and Disney World give me great joy. Perhaps I shouldn’t say joy… I find them interesting, that’s all.

Alston does not.

He gets scared even easier than I do.

Matterhorn Bobsleds

Matterhorn Bobsleds was one of the first rides at the park, built in 1959, just a few years after it opened. It’s got a pair of intertwining coasters and you ride in these tiny little bobsleds as you zip and clunk your way down the mountain. It definitely still feels like you’re riding something built in the 50s.

In 1984 a woman named Dolly was killed when she was thrown from one of the bobsleds. Ever since, Cast Members who are required to walk the tracks when the ride shuts down say they can hear her. They call the section of track where Dolly died “Dolly’s Dip.”



Space Mountain aka Hyperspace Mountain

Easily one of the most popular rides at the park, Space Mountain is a roller coaster in the dark. Prime for a ghost or two, am I right?

Riding in the single riders lane is a great way to get on a ride quickly, as not many people head to Disney on their own. If you ride Space Mountain solo though, you may have a thrill junkie ghost as a passenger. Mr. ‘One Way Rider’ is a rumored ghost that rides with single riders on Space Mountain. He’s described as a large red-haired gentleman and has been seen starting the ride, but never finishing it. He’s also been known to frequent the Cast Member locker room.

Space Mountain is currently Hyperspace Mountain now since Disney bought Lucas and Tomorrowland has turned into Star Wars Land. The ride now has you in an X-Fighter battling The Dark Side. No word yet if the ghost has donned Jedi garb.

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It’s A Small World

Anyone who has suffered through the endless repetition of ‘It’s A Small World’ has probably wanted to die on this ride. I personally hate it. I don’t know why, but it’s just always creeped me out… and it turns out with good reason!

There’s multiple paranormal activities that have happened at Disneyland’s happiest cruise on earth. For starters, Cast Members have said that the dolls move during the night and will be in different locations. Also, a woman was taking photos with a disposable camera (back in the day, whew I feel old) and when she developed them she saw a child hanging from the ceiling.

So just think about that next time you hear that song.


The Haunted Mansion

It should come as no surprise that The Haunted Mansion has a haunting. One of the more popular things to do is to sprinkle ashes along the ride. No, you read that right. Multiple people have spread beloved one’s ashes on The Haunted Mansion ride.  One woman sprinkled her son’s ashes in the ride as his dying wish was to be one of the Haunted Mansion ghosts. She was told she couldn’t do it, but naturally did anyway. Multiple people have reported seeing the ghost of a small crying boy in the ride.

The Haunted Mansion really lives up to its name to the point there’s an entire site devoted to ghost stories about it. Freak yourself out at Doom Buggies (the name of the ‘vehicles’ you ride).


Honorable Mentions

Dear old Walt is rumored to still be inhabiting his apartment over the Main Street fire station. Once upon a time a Cast Member turned off the light only for it to come back on. Ever since it’s been kept on. Walt likes it that way.

The Monorail is also apparently haunted by the ghost of a teenage boy who was struck by it in 1966 after running away from a security guard after he’d jumped the fence into the park. Cast Members say they can see him running along the tracks at the back of park at night.

In 1974 a woman greeter at America Sings was crushed between the rotating theater wall and the stationary stage. People say they can hear a woman’s voice say “Be careful.” to this day.


Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you have to wonder how many of these are true. So think about that tonight… in your bed… in the dark. Don’t worry, I’m sure the door moves on it’s own.


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Disney Adventures is a collaboration between The Nerdventurists and  Alston Stephanus of Alston Stephanus Accessories. Check him out on Instagram & his company!

Photos by Noriko Sugiura.

Kristina is an ardent traveler and has been to over 48 countries and has no plans to stop. She taught English in a small fishing city in Japan for a year, volunteered on an archaeological dig on an Iron Age site in Israel, drove 10,000 miles in a 1994 Corsa from London to Ulaanbataar for charity, and accidentally fell in love with K-pop in Seoul. It’s been a wild ride.
  1. Reply

    This is such an interesting, unique post! The only one I had actually heard about is someone getting decapitated on Space Mountain and I remember as a kid crying hysterically when my dad decided to go on it…but he survived it 🙂 Now I’m going to be thinking about all this and listening for voices next time I go to Disney!

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      Oh gosh!!! I hadn’t run across that one. That had to be so traumatizing as a kid, haha, oh my!

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    I have been to Disneyland only once in Paris. Personally, not a big fan of this kind of parks, but my husband loves them, so I have to go eventually 😂 But it looks like you had lots of fun!

  3. I havent been to Disneyland since I was 5. I’m glad I didnt know about all the haunted aspects back then or I would probably still be having nightmares about it haha. Looks fun and like something adults can enjoy as well. Love it!

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      Oh gosh, same! The Tower of Terror petrified me as a 7-year-old, I can’t imagine what thinking rides were haunted would do.

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    Would you believe that I’ve never been to any of the Disney parks — and that’s despite the fact that I’ve lived in LA now for more than 15 years. And now that I know there is a possibility of a haunted ride, I’m much more intrigued about the idea of going!!

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      I wasn’t going to be surprised or judge until you said that you live in LA, haha. Go! It’s so much fun. And yeah, never know what’s lurking around…

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    This was so interesting! I was curious to know what the post is about when I read the title. Haunted or not haunted, I would still love to spend a day or two in Disneyland (I’ve been to the one in Paris, but I’d imagine the one in California is much larger).

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      Actually I think Paris is bigger, though maybe with California Adventure it’s not. I was surprised at how compact the original Disneyland is!

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    This looks so cool, I’ve ever only been to Disneyland in Paris and that was just epic. Can’t wait to explore more of what Disney has to offer around the world 🙂 !

    Cheers from your Pod Buddy (Travel 02) !!

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      Ofcourse I ment Pod (Travel 34 😀 )

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      Paris Disneyland is so nice, I really liked it. Hi Pod Buddy!

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    Totally not your average blog post! I love it. I’ve (still) never been to Disneyland but you have me intrigued. I’m not really one for haunted stuff, mostly because I just don’t believe in it, but who knows what – or who – I might run into at Disney!

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      Mwahahaha. Thanks for reading!

    • wanderingwagarschristina
    • July 7, 2016

    Not your typical Disney post for sure! I have to admit though…I am always fascinated by roller coaster deaths. I will be looking around at the rides at Disney differently after this post 🙂

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      It’s strange how the macabre can be so interesting!

  8. Reply

    Disneyland is always a good idea! Happy you enjoyed your experience there!

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    I have visited Tokyo Disney and the weird thing is seeing a Minnie Mouse show made me cry. I remember that I have always wanted to see her when I was a kid and now that I have seen her is a dream come true. Can I have your minnie mouse hat with the bow? hahaha Lovely post by the way!

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      They are super cute ears, aren’t they? Haha. I LOVE Tokyo Disney though, so much fun!

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    This looks like so much fun!! I haven’t been to Disney in years but this makes me seriously want to go back! Love your blog, babe 🙂

    xo Anna Elizabeth

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      I hope you get there! Seriously had the best time, it’s nice to feel like a kid again some days! Thank you <3

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    Wow this is fantastic, my other half is massive fan of both Disney and hauntings and stuff like that so a lot of that appreciation has rubbed off on me. I would never have thought for an instant about ha buntings at Disney, probably because, like you say, the Disney Parks basically exist as a semi-cultist bubble society separate from our own. This made for fantastic reading 😊

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      So glad you enjoyed! Anything that happy all the time has to have a dark underside, right? Hehehe.

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