Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Day 624: Urban Legends

The definition of Urban Legend is "a story about an unusual event or occurrence that many people believe is true but that is not true." Sounds pretty self-explanatory, right? It's something that people believe to be true but isn't. There are tons of them out there, TONS of them, although some are nothing more than scary ghost stories told around the campfire at Halloween.

But I do enjoy going and looking through those from Disney from time to time. On Facebook recently, a friend posted a link to a few creepy Disney Urban Legends and of course I read it because DISNEY. To be honest, there are a lot of Disney Urban Legends, and some are more popular than others. Some of it is the haters trying to bring Disney down, others just trying to find spooky stuff to scare people away from the most magical place on earth (or happiest!) and some of them are just there to be funny. After all, in a world surrounded by so much entertainment, that's what it's all about: entertainment.

HERE is the article my friend posted, and you can go through them for yourself. To be honest, I don't really believe any of these. Photographs can be very misleading, after all, and I honestly didn't see anything in the Tower of Terror one. Plus, I've been on the Haunted Mansion more times than I can count and have never seen anything, nor have I ever heard of that one previous to today.

There's the urban legend that Walt Disney is frozen underneath Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland...false. There's the one about how no one can be declared dead while on Disney property...also false. Sadly various people have been declared dead on property. Oh and that time Finland banned Donald Duck because he doesn't wear pants. Good news for Donald because he's not banned at all.

There are, however, a few Disney Urban Legends that have been proven true, like the Matterhorn basketball court. There really IS a basketball court within the mountain. The original story tells of there being a problem with ordinances and that's why it's there but that actually has nothing to do with it. It was just one way for cast members to enjoy themselves while on breaks!

However, of all the ghost stories at Disney, there is ONE that I do believe. There's the story of George on Pirates of the Caribbean, and as I totally almost got stranded on that attraction once, right next to the door deemed as "George's Door." Yep, that one I'll believe, and I hope I never have to work at Pirates of the Caribbean because I don't really wish to come face to face with a ghost. Thanks very much.

So the question here is this: do you believe any of these urban legends? Or are they just that: urban legends?

Have a magical day!

(Note: This blog post was written on September 17).