Many guests who visit Walt Disney World once quickly fall in love with the beautiful theme parks and Disney Resorts thanks to their immersive theming and wide range of activities and experiences for the entire family. Once guests establish that love of Walt Disney World, part of the fun between trips is learning more about the location. Whether it’s the history of the parks, current operations, or even future plan, guests love to read about the parks to help between Disney trips. While the history of Walt Disney World and facts about the parks are fascinating, there are also plenty of rumors that begin and get many guests talking. Some are far-fetched, some are realistic enough that they might be true, and some end up being completely true, but they are all fun to speculate about. From silly Cast Member traditions to future possibilities, there are plenty of Disney rumors going around at any given point. Here are seven Walt Disney World rumors that just might be true!
1. Cat Population
One of the most popular rumors that many Walt Disney World fans are aware of is that there are hundreds of cats that live on the property and are released each night into the parks to help control the rodent and pest population. This rumor most likely started as the result of the many cats that live around Disneyland that are so popular that they have their own following. While there are certainly some cats that live in the wild in Walt Disney World, it is up for debate if they are actually controlled by the company and used for rodent control.
2. Pirate’s Friendly Ghost
Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom is home to a classic attraction that guests love to enjoy on every trip. Pirates of the Caribbean brings guests on an epic adventure through eerie caves and a ransacked seaside village and the attraction even has its own rumor. Supposedly, when the attraction was being built a construction worker named George tragically died. Cast Members believe that he haunts the attraction and that they will experience technical difficulties unless they say good morning and good night to him each day.
3. Is Figment Leaving?
Epcot has seem many changes in its history and currently is beginning to undergo many more changes that will revamp its whole experience. Journey Into Imagination with Figment is an attraction found there in Future World that allows guests to see the loveable purple dragon and set their imaginations free. Over the years, the attraction has seen many changes including a onetime removal of Figment as well as the permanent removal of Dreamfinder. With lots of new changes coming to Epcot, the rumor is that Figment might once again get an update. Let’s just hope he doesn’t disappear again!
4. Coco in Mexico
Epcot’s World Showcase is home to many different pavilions that celebrate countries from around the world including Mexico. The pavilion is home to a serene boat ride that originally focused on the culture and beauty of Mexico before being refurbished to be The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros. While the attraction now features characters, it still showcases the culture and beauty of Mexico, however there is a rumor that something new might be coming. After the success of the film Coco, there is a rumor that the characters from the film might be coming to the Mexico Pavilion’s attraction.
5. Indiana Jones and Dinosaurs?
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the newest of the four theme parks, however it has also recently seen much change with the addition of Pandora – The World of Avatar. In addition to this expansion, there is another rumor that focuses more on Dinoland and its theming. Supposedly, the area might be re-themed to feel like a tropical jungle in South America and become home to Indiana Jones. The popular attraction from Disneyland is rumored to be replacing Dinosaur, but the future will tell whether there is any validity to these rumors!
6. Walt’s Apartment
A popular rumor that has almost become urban legend in Walt Disney World is the fact that Walt Disney built his own private apartment on Main Street. This rumor is completely false as construction had not yet even started on the Magic Kingdom when Walt Disney died. The root of the rumor can be found in Disneyland where Walt Disney did in fact build a small apartment above the Main Street firehouse for his family and guests to enjoy.
7. Ashes in the Haunted Mansion
Another very popular attraction in the Magic Kingdom can be found in Liberty Square. The Haunted Mansion brings guests into an eerie home that is haunted by nine hundred and ninety nine happy haunts including iconic characters like the hitchhiking ghosts and Madame Leota. A long standing rumor about the attraction is also rather eerie and apparently happens often. Guests who are big fans of the attraction are said to try to spread the remains of loved ones inside the Haunted Mansion, although it is up for debate how true this rumor is!