Dark Moments From Disney’s Past

Disney likes to pretend it's all cute rodents, wholesome superheroes, happy princesses, and family-friendly amusement parks. But underneath that veneer of fun and joy exists a history of things that are much, much darker. For example:

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DISNEY PARKS FORCED PERFORMERS TO SHARE UNDERWEAR. THE RESULT: PUBIC LICE AND SCABIES. Finally, in 2001, workers were assigned individual undergarment

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A BRAIN-EATING AMOEBA INFECTED A WATER PARK GUEST. THE KID WAS 11, GOT SICK, AND DIED. The child got amoebic meningoencephalitis from visiting Disney'

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THE MATTERHORN BOB5LED RIDE KILLED TWO GUESTS. Al DISNEL HONORS THEM, A BIT GHOULISHLY. Unofficially, employees call one spot on the ride Dolly's Dro

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DISNEY PAID SNOW WHITE'S VOICE ACTRESS ONLY $970. erso Sou NSue 2Whutc DC1114 THE FILM MADE MILLIONS. The film didn't credit Adriana Caselotti, and sh

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DISNEY USED SHELL COMPANIES TO Buy MAGIC KINGDOM. THE AIm: LOWBALLING LANDOWNERS. By hiding that such a huge company wanted the land, they kept seller

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WALT NAMED NAMES TO CONGRESS DURING THE RED SCARE. FEDE BRAVERY AND BLAMED HIS WOES ON comMunism. He claimed (falsely) that communism was why his anim

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MAIN STREET USA USES (MOsTly) FAKE FLAGS. Bake D ALL ARE MISSING A STAR OR STRIPE. So they're technically not American flags. This loophole spares the

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN HAD REAL HUMAN BONES. THEY LOOKED BETTER THAN PLASTIC PROPS. Eventually, the bones were buried and replaced. But numerous par

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KNOW NIXON'S FAMOUS I AM NOT A CROOK SPEECH? HE WAS ON DISNEY PROPERTY. The iconic line that would forever be cemented as the go-to cue for every ha

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IN 1970, YOUTHS STORMED ToM SAER'S ISLAND DISNEY CALLED IN THE RIT POLICE. The 300 protesters- -members of the Yippie movement- -raised their flag (

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A DISNEY CONTRACTOR WAS CAUGHT PAYING WORKERS $1.20HOUR. DISNEY HAD TO PAY $$903K IN BACK WAGES. The company made plastic wands and tiaras for Disney

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JUST ONE CAST MEMBER HAS DIED AT DISNEYLAND. BUT IT WAS A PRETTY MESSY DEATH. In 1974, Debbie Stone was working in America Sings at Disneyland and a

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HEARD HOW LEMMINGS FOLLOW EACH OTHER OFF CLIFFS? WHIWWAIDDERNESS THAT'S A MYTH, STARTED BY DISNEY. The Disney nature documentary White Wildemess depic

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DISNE SUED A BUNCH OF DACARE CENTERS. THE CRIME: PAINTING MICKEY ON THE WALL This was copyright infringement, So Disney had legal , standing. The suit

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BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN COASTER DERAILED IN 2003. TEN GOT INJURED AND ONE PASSENGER DIED. Maintenance crews had signed off on paperwork showing the ride

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EMPLOYEES SUED DISNEY FOR $100 MILLION. IN 2017, DISNEY SETTLED. The employees claimed Disney and other big animation studios colluded using anti-poac

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DISNEY HAS BASICALLY REWRITTEN u.S. COPYRIGHT LAW. MICKEL WILL NEVER GO PUBLIC DOMAIN. They've spent millions lobbying for copyright bills. Ironically

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WERNHER VON BRAUN AND HANS SCHARFF WERE NAZIS. DISNEY HIRED THEM BOTH. Disney consulted yon Braun for projects about space travel, while Scharff insta

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DISNEY WORLD IS INFESTED WITH ALLIGATOR'S. ONE KILLED A 2-YEAR-OLD IN 201. Even before that, the gator population on Disney properties had skyrocketed

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DISNEY IS THE WORLD'S NUMBER 2 BUYER OF EXPLOSIVES. NUMBER 1 1S THE U.S. MILITARY. Not to say the two organizations are quite in competition with each

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HAUNTED MANSION GUESTS KEEP DUMPING CREMAINS. Ne 973 EVTHUES (CREMAINS ARE THE ASHES OF THE DEAD.) This happens at least once a month. It's A Small Wo