Welcome to Rumorville! This week we explore Disney theme park rumors. Rumors that are so ridiculous that guests believed them…some of them. Some Cast Members compete, un-officially, to see who can tell the biggest, tallest tale and convince guests to believe them.

Here are some of the top rumors that guests tell us or that Cast Members sometimes tell guests:

Rumor: The Dinos are REAL!

A guest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom inquired about why it took so long for Disney to open the new theme park. Some guests believed…yes believed…that the dinosaurs were real. Cast Members sometimes told them that it took Disney that long to figure out cloning technology. 


Rumor: Disney Bought an NFL Team

Some folks believe that Disney opened “Disney’s Wide World of Sports” with plans to acquire an NFL expansion franchise to play at the new complex and that a major NFL stadium was in the plans for phase three. Not only was this not true, at the time Disney owned two other professional sports franchises which at that time violated NFL rules in owning a team.

Rumor: Disney Airlines

Many, many rumors swirled about various companies being owned or bought by Disney. Quite a few guests once believed that Disney bought Eastern Airlines when “If You Had Wings” debuted at the Magic Kingdom. Of course, it did not help to dispel the rumors when some Cast Members were guilty for making them up!

Rumor: Disney-MGM Studios was a working film and production studio long BEFORE the park opened

There actually is a little truth to this as production did exist before the park opened. It just wasn’t Star Wars, Indiana Jones or movies featured in The Great Movie Ride. None of the attractions or shows based on those movies were “tributes” to films made at the same location years prior.

Rumor: Monorails race on the Epcot beam

This was actually true. Some mornings when trains were doing safety checks, they would begin at the Magic Kingdom toll plaza, and race to Epcot. This unofficial monorail recreational activity was put to a halt shortly after an accident a few years ago. **This practice was not an official company endorsed procedure and it DID NOT endanger any guests or Cast Members. There was never any potential for anyone to be injured as both trains were headed to Epcot anyway to test the anti-collision MAPO system. Due to the speed restraints in the teardrop the speeds were decreased from the speeds obtained during the “race.”


Rumor:The Haunted Mansion is Haunted

An oldie but goodie is that due to various construction worker mishaps, resulting in fatalities, the Haunted Mansion is truly haunted. If the Haunted Mansion is truly haunted (and who are we to say that it isn’t) it isn’t because of worker fatalities.

Rumor: Matching Five Legged Goat in small world

There is a goat in ‘it’s a small world’ with a fifth leg matching the mural located in the Grand Canyon Concourse at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. There isn’t.

Rumor: Private Getaways on Discovery Island

There are secret honeymoon bungalows located on what used to be ‘Discovery Island.’ Nope…that island is no honeymoon. More like a bitter divorce at this point. ‘Discovery Island’ was once in consideration to be the home of the Wedding Pavilion (Located between Disney’s Grand Floridian Beach Resort and Spa and Disney’s Polynesian Resort) That is the origin of that very bad rumor.


Rumor: Cinderella Castle Can Be Taken Apart

Some Cast Members to this day still tell guests that Cinderella Castle can be dismantled in the event of an approaching storm or hurricane. This one is more of a hazing rumor with fellow Cast Members but it has made its rounds with guests as a result.

And here’s a rumor for you to solve by posting “true or false” in the comments below. The answer will be published next week.

Rumor: Musical Speed Bumps

‘Zip-a-dee-doo-bumps’ were a concept to strategically place speed bumps that would allow Walt Disney World guests driving in cars to feel the rhythm of “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.”  TRUE or FALSE?

Remember if you have interesting Cast Member stories send them our way at [email protected] and adventure on!

  • wdwmap

    True, it was tested in the old STOL port.

  • eazyeray

    False but kind of true. I think that the old plane landing strip is where the tune was played as the the planes where taking off. I could be mixing unrelated rumors and truths together.

  • rstar

    I would say true, but only because I know it is possible as it has been done elsewhere.

  • KENfromOC

    I would say it is true because Honda actually did this and there is a video on YouTube about it!

  • disneydempster

    True it was tested on the old STOL runway

  • Tielo

    True or false: There once was talk about an exact replica of Harrods coming to Downtown Disney but Disney eventually decided instead to build a generic shopping mall and call it Disney Springs.
    True or false: To go after the low budget tourists of Kissimmee Disney developed Disney Getto with cheap hotels and a cheap version of Downtown Disney later renamed Flamingo Crossings. The project was cancelled because Disney found out poor people aren’t rich.
    True or false: Disney is taking so long to make the seven dwarfs mine train ride because it’s a huge 15 minute E-ticket ride.
    True or false: Disney had never any night time entertainment in Animal Kingdom due to the well being of their animals and never will have it because they care.
    True or false: When the Yeti was build it was supposed to be a static figure with a strobe light.
    True or false: The fact branches are falling from the Tree Of Life in AK are on purpose and represent how lifelike imaginering can make a tree.
    True or false: Although a Disney CEO admits AK is a half day park (until Avatar arrives) they are asking full price jus because.
    True or false: When Disney obtained the Star Wars license in 1985 to make a ride out of it the movies where not at all popular. That’s the reason why Disney decided to build a few simple simulators and a shop instead of an amazing land. This holds true to today.

    • solarnole

      True or false: Disney built huge new bus stops right in front of the Magic Kingdom to complete Walt’s original vision of everyone taking a city bus into the world of fantasy because taking a monorail or a boat from TTC would seem fake.

    • Country Bear

      You kill me Tielo! Very amusing.

  • disdad70

    When the Raiders left LA, there was a strong rumor that Disney was planning to bring an NFL franchise to Burbank and name them the Beasts (as in Beauty and the Beast, so it must have been around the time that that movie was released.) I think the rumor stems from that, not the connection to the Wide World of Sports complex.

    However, in the mid 90’s the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were looking to relocate and negotiate a lucrative stadium deal. A plot of land near the intersection of Osceola Parkway and Route 535 (not far from WWofS) was a strong contender. Therefore another possible source to the Disney/NFL/WWofS rumor.

  • Country Bear

    Great little snippets, thank you.

    I am always amused when doing “behind the scenes” tours at the Disney parks, how many mis-truths come out of cast members mouths. It’s kind of fun to question these “facts” while on tour and see how the cast member responds.

  • ParkerMonroe

    Let’s not forget one of the ultimate of rumors: an electrician named George fell to his death while working high above the Pirates of the Caribbean ride building. He haunts the building to this day and is really rather moody. If cast members don’t greet him with a hearty “Good Morning, George” his ghost will wreak havoc on the ride’s electrical system all day. This rumor is so famous that, when I was at the Magic Kingdom two weeks ago, three seperate people (not related or traveling together) wished George a good morning as our boat was launched. Pretty soon Disney feel obligated to add a George element to the ride much the same way they did with the bride’s ring over at Haunted Mansion.

    Oh… and, to the best of my knowledge, the Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah rumor is true.