Revealed: Disney parks’ creepy secret
WALT Disney World and Disneyland have allegedly been outed as one of the most popular places for families to scatter their loved one's ashes.
According to The Wall Street Journal, custodians at the famous theme parks claim not only do guests bring their family's ashes to scatter, but they do it so often, staff have a special code word for it: HEPA clean-up, referring to an ultrafine vacuum cleaner.
Disney custodians said it happened once a month, and some places were more popular than others.
A particularly popular spot for leaving behind ashes was the Haunted Mansion attraction.
"The Haunted Mansion probably has so much human ashes in it that it's not even funny," one Disneyland custodian told the Journal.
Human ashes are also reportedly spread in flowerbeds, landscaping around the park, and in water rides like Pirates of the Caribbean, the Dumbo ride moat, and It's a Small World.
A representative for Disney did not immediately return Fox News' request for comment, but a spokesman told The Wall Street Journal spreading ashes at the park was "strictly prohibited and unlawful".
"Guests who attempt to do so will be escorted off property," the spokesman said.
Anaheim Police Department spokesman Sgt Daron Wyatt said spreading ashes at the popular theme park is considered a misdemeanour in the United States and confirmed officers have responded to calls "regarding ashes" at Disneyland before.
Typically guests snuck in the contraband in pill-bottles or plastic bags hidden in purses or backpacks.
When inside, they secretly sprinkled their loved ones throughout the park.
Though there were no confirmed reports of anyone being caught in the act, once ash residue was discovered on a ride, Disney workers were reportedly forced to shut down the ride and inform guests there have been "technical difficulties".
Managers would then go through and look for evidence of ashes, while employees turned people away before custodians come in with the vacuums, it was claimed.
It should come as no surprise that the Disney parks attracted people who want to spend eternity at the Happiest Place on Earth - the locations are also popular spots for other big life moments like proposals, weddings and birthdays.