According to the Wall Street Journal, not all guests at Disney are there to ride teacups. A long-standing rumor has finally been confirmed. Many visitors at Disney are there for reasons that don’t exactly reflect the spirit of the Happiest Place on Earth. Park officials estimate that at least once a month, people purchase a ticket to the park to deposit their loved one's remains. Guests reportedly bring ashes into the park in pill-bottles or plastic bags hidden in purses or backpacks.


Strangely, the most popular spot to deposit human ashes is at Disney’s Haunted Mansion. One custodian is quoted as saying it “probably has so many human ashes in it that it’s not even funny.” When officials are alerted that someone has dropped off their deceased loved one, they immediately close the attraction. Guests are told that there are technical difficulties and are given Fast Passes for other rides. Other popular sites where ashes are apparently spread are water rides like Pirates of the Caribbean and It's a Small World.

Guests have been discovered not only depositing ashes on rides, but also in flower beds, beyond the park gates, and on plants and in moats. Those who have been caught say their motivation is to simply honor the happy memories they had at the park with their lost loved one. If ashes are found after the fact, their final resting place will be much less sacred. Custodians are directed to vacuum up the ashes and dump them in the trash. The code word when custodians spot human remains is HEPA, which refers to the ultrafine vacuum cleaner that needs to be used to remove the ashes.

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Custodians are not exactly keen on scooping up human remains, not to mention the fact that disposing of human remains in a public place is against the law in Florida. State law lays out strict guidelines about where you can scatter a loved one’s remains, which includes cemeteries, mausoleums, churches or private property with the appropriate permission. It is also possible for the ashes to be spread in national parks with the permission of the head of Park