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The Biggest LIES People Believe About Disney

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To millions of people around the world, there is no better place to go than a Disney Park. It doesn’t matter if you visit Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort, Shanghai Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, or Disneyland Paris. Each Disney Resort has its own magical feel, its own amazing rides, and its own mouthwatering food.

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With Disney theme parks being some of the most popular vacation destinations in the world, it seems that a lot of people would know a lot about Disney. But even those who enjoy Disney and are thinking of spending their time there can fall victim to some crazy thoughts — and even outright lies — about Disney.

Here are some of the craziest lies that people actually believe about Disney.

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There’s A Dome Over the Parks

Have you ever been to Walt Disney World in the summer and thought, “Gosh, I wish Disney could just cool things down.” Well, there are people who think that Disney has that ability. Which brings us to the first lie that people believe about Disney.

There is a dome that Disney has put over its resorts — specifically Walt Disney World — so they can control the weather. Multiple people have shared stories of hearing guests get upset that Disney doesn’t put up the dome to prevent guests from getting wet during storms.

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Related: What Happens When There is a Hurricane at Disney World?

Well, sorry to disappoint, but there is no dome above Walt Disney World Resort, or any other Disney Resort for that matter. Believe me, it would be so great if there were, so each day would be the perfect temperature. But it is simply not feasible for Disney to do anything like that. Plus, we need our Disney fireworks fix!

Walt Disney is Cryogenically Frozen

Walt Disney being cryogenically frozen is a rumor that has been around for decades and still incites debate among Disney fans. There are some who believe that Walt is actually frozen and even buried underneath Cinderella Castle. Others think he is buried under the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in Disneyland.

This rumor appears to have originated in 1967, just a few weeks after Walt died at the age of 65. A reporter for The National Spotlight — a tabloid newspaper — said that he snuck into St. Joseph’s hospital, where Walt died on December 15, 1966. The reporter said that he dressed as an orderly and broke into the storage room.

He claimed that he saw Walt Disney suspended in a cryogenic tank!

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Now, it is no secret that Walt Disney was a big fan of science fiction. He also loved to think about what the future would be like — hence, his creation of EPCOT. There has been some speculation that Walt was even reading a book about cryogenics when he died. But that has not been confirmed.

What has been confirmed is that Walt Disney was cremated. The urn containing his ashes was put into his family mausoleum at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

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You Don’t Need to Plan Your Disney Vacation

Flying by the seat of your pants is something that can work if you are an Annual Passholder (or Magic Key Holder) and visit Disney Parks on a regular basis. But if you are planning a big trip to a Disney Resort, one of the worst things you can do is do absolutely no planning.

Now, there are some guests who plan their trips down to what ride they will go on and at what time. That can be a little bit extreme for a lot of people. However, there are definitely certain aspects of your trip that you will need to plan if you want things to go smoothly.

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First and foremost is your hotel. If you plan on staying in a hotel during your trip, then you will want to book that as soon as you have your dates nailed down. Especially if you plan on visiting during a busier time of year. Disney hotels can book up very quickly. Nice hotels around the resort will also book up fast.

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You will also want to make your dining reservations if you plan on enjoying something like a character meal. Guests can make dining reservations up to 60 days in advance, and a lot of the popular restaurants book up very quickly. Once you hit the 60-day mark, you can book dining reservations for the entire length of your stay — up to ten days.

If you only plan on eating at quick-service spots or snacks, or even bringing your own food, then you don’t need to worry about it. But if you want to enjoy some table-service meals, then advanced reservations are a must.

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Disney is Just For Kids

It is true that Disney Parks are full of rides like Dumbo The Flying Elephant, “it’s a small world”, and the Jungle Cruise. There are also princess meet and greets and stroller parking. But that does not mean that Disney is just for kids or people with kids. What makes Disney so amazing is that it is a place for EVERYONE.

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Sure, there are a ton of great rides that young children will enjoy, but adults can enjoy them just as much! But then, there are also a lot of great thrill rides, like Space Mountain, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the Incredicoaster, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.

When Walt Disney created Disneyland, he said that he wanted to create a place that adults and children could enjoy together. He didn’t want parents sitting on the sidelines while the children did things that were just for them.

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And Disney Imagineers have taken Walt’s ethos to heart. Imagineers work incredibly hard to make sure that they design rides and attractions that will appeal to children and children at heart. It’s what makes a trip to a Disney theme park such a unique, memorable, and fun experience.

Of course, we can’t forget that there are also so many delicious and unique cocktails to enjoy at many of the Disney parks. That is especially true if you visit Disney California Adventure Park in Disneyland or EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort. We highly suggest checking out the incredible drink selections at each theme park before you visit, so you know what you have to try!

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You Only Need a Few Days to Do Everything at Disney World

It is no secret that a Disney vacation is going to be expensive, so if you can only do a few days at Walt Disney World, that’s completely fine. You’ll still have a great time! But it is important not to fall into the trap of thinking you can do and see everything at Disney World in just a few days.

Walt Disney World Resort encompasses more than 27,000 acres, and within that, there are more than 170 rides and attractions, and over 400 dining options. And we can’t forget about the massive shopping and dining area that is Disney Springs.

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This is where the planning comes in. Take a look at each theme park, its attractions, and dining options. Then, make a list of what you and your party consider “must-dos”. That way, you’ll know what to focus on, and, if you have some extra time, then you might be able to do some things that you weren’t planning on!

You might also want to consider adding Disney Genie+ to your budget. Disney Genie+ will allow you to book some rides in advance, and then, you won’t have to wait in the regular standby queue. That can save some time, which will enable you to do more rides.

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Disney Genie+ can vary in cost from day to day, so how much you spend on it can depend largely on which time of year you visit. If you visit during the slower times of the year, you can pay as little as $15 per day, per person. But if you visit when the park is at peak crowds, then you may wind up paying as much as $40 per day, per person.

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Even if you are there for two weeks, when the end of your vacation comes, you will still feel like there are things you did not get to see and do. But hey, all that does is give you something to look forward to on your next Disney trip!

Nothing at Disney is Free

It is true that almost everything costs money at Disney Parks… almost. But there are some great free things you can get during your trip!

Probably the biggest, and most important, thing you can get at a Disney Park for free is water. Yes, they do sell bottles of water all over the place, but if you go to any quick-service restaurant, they will give you cups of water for free! Disney is also beginning to add more water refill stations throughout its theme parks. So, if you bring your own bottle, you can fill it up throughout the day. That can add up to some serious savings!

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A lot of people head to a Disney park to celebrate something momentous, like a wedding, anniversary, birthday, or graduation. Did you know that you can get free buttons to add to the celebration? Disney has a number of free buttons that guests can get. They say things like, “I’m Celebrating” (and then add the occasion).

There are also buttons that say “Happy Birthday” with room for a name, “Happily Ever After”, and even, “1st Visit.” Head into almost any retail store on property and just ask a cast member for a button.

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Related: 5 Free EPCOT Attractions You Don’t Know You’re Missing

Over at EPCOT in Walt Disney World Resort, guests can head to the World Showcase and stop at the Kidcot stations. Each World Showcase pavilion has a Kidcot station, where children can participate in a fun activity and then collect an activity card.

If you are visiting Disney World, you can also make your way over to Animal Kingdom, where the younger travelers in your group can get their Wilderness Explorer Badges! The self-guided activity chart is full of 25 fun activities, that range from finding certain animals to learning wilderness skills.

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Related: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Receives Not One, But EIGHT New Additions

Guests visiting both Disneyland and Walt Disney World can also learn how to draw some of their favorite Disney characters. At Disneyland Resort, head to the Animation Academy in Disney California Adventure. At Disney World, you’ll want to stop at The Animation Experience at Animal Kingdom’s Conservation Station.

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At both of those spots, Disney artists will take you through the steps to draw characters like Mickey Mouse, Jack Skellington, and even Olaf from Frozen (2013).

So, even though there are A LOT of things you have to pay for on your trip, don’t miss out on these freebies!

If You Say, “Andy’s Coming!” Toy Story Characters Will Fall Down

If you are a fan of Pixar’s 1995 hit movie, Toy Story, then you probably know that, each time Andy comes into his room, the toys collapse in space. This is so Andy doesn’t know they are alive.

Years ago, a picture went viral of Toy Story characters lying on the ground in a Disney park. The photo was staged, but someone edited it and said that if a guest yelled “Andy’s coming!”, the characters would fall to the ground. Since then, it has been a Disney lie that has refused to die.

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Related: Was Pixar’s ‘Toy Story’ Inspired by True Events?

We are sorry to tell you that, if you try that on your vacation, you will be sorely disappointed. But, the cast members and their safety are paramount. They could get seriously hurt if they were required to fall down on command. They could also risk hurting other guests who might be around them.

Plus, could you imagine how many times in a day they would have to fall if the lie were actually true?

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Even though the characters won’t fall, they are still so much fun to meet! At Disneyland Resort, guests can head to Toy Story Mania on Pixar Pier. There they can meet characters like Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and even Bo Peep!

At Disney World, head to Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where so many of your favorite Toy Story characters will be greeting guests throughout the day.

Cinderella Castle Can Be Dismantled in a Hurricane

Even though Florida is known as the Sunshine State, that doesn’t mean that each day will be perfect. In fact, Central Florida can get some pretty intense storms. They even have a hurricane season, which runs from the beginning of June through the end of November.

Walt Disney World Resort has a lot of protocols in place to help keep both guests and cast members safe. However, one thing they do NOT do is take apart Cinderella Castle.

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Related: What Happens When a Hurricane Hits Disney World?

We aren’t sure where this rumor started, but for decades, many people have been hearing that Disney can take apart Cinderella Castle if a hurricane is headed to the area. This is 1000% NOT TRUE.

Cinderella Castle is 189 feet tall, so it is just not feasible to send crews up to the top of the castle to try to take it apart and then put it back together when the storm passes. The Guardian even reported that the spires of the castle could be taken down quickly, but Disney confirmed that that is not true.

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The Guardian even included a picture of Disney crews working on Cinderella Castle, and the photo went viral. However, the person who originally shared the photo admitted that it was a prank. The photo used actually showed crews removing Christmas lights from the castle.

And those are just some of the lies and rumors that many people continue to believe about Disney. Which lie do you think is the craziest? Do you think any of them are believable?

Have you ever believed any of these lies about Disney? Let us know in the comments!

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!

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