Disney World Debunked: The Truth Behind the Parks’ Most Popular Rumors

in Disney, Park Secrets, Walt Disney World

Disney World rumors

Credit: Disney

For almost 50 years, Walt Disney World has taken on a sort of mysticism with rumors and tall tales. And honestly, it’s gotten out of hand.

So get ready to have several of these Disney World rumors debunked (and a few others confirmed).

Rumor 1: “Those aren’t turkey legs. They’re emu legs.”

Disney World Turkey Leg
Credit: Delish.com


Those massive turkey legs are actually turkey legs. If they were actually emu legs, they would be even bigger. An Emu is only a little smaller than an ostrich. Also, it is incredibly illegal to mislabel a food item as off as that. The turkey legs served in Disney Parks come from farmed male turkeys. Of course they look far bigger than normal turkey legs. But don’t worry. That’s actually turkey. And they’re delicious.

Rumor 2: “Disney Wants Your Fingerprints so They Can Track you.”

Credit: Disney

Also False.

This is a measure to prevent ticket fraud. Only YOU can use your Disney Parks ticket. Once they scan your finger, they assign you a number and delete the print. This is the most fool-proof way to stop ticket fraud. But if you are still that paranoid about it, there are potential ways you can opt-out. You can read Disney’s privacy FAQs here.

Rumor 3: “Disney Cast Members are not Allowed to Say No.”

Disney nanny
Credit: Disney

False Again.

This rumor was obviously started and carried by people who have not been to a single Disney park. Obviously Cast Members are allowed to say no. Yes, they might get chastised for not putting on a kind smiling face, but what employees working in hospitality wouldn’t? This information might be construed from how cast members are taught to say “no” without saying “no.” For example, if an 8-year-old “Prince Charming” gives Cinderella a cute little proposal, our Princess can’t laugh in his face and deliver a sharp “no!” She needs to let the poor guy down gently.

Rumor 4: “Main Street and Cinderella Castle are optical illusions.”

disney world
Credit: Disney

Actually true.

If you walk from the Mainstreet train station to Cinderella Castle, the walk would appear to be far longer than it really is. Disney Imagineers used forced perspective on the Mainstreet Buildings and the Castle. In fact, forced perspective has been used in dozens of locations across all Disney Parks to make relatively small space seem bigger. If you would like to see how big The Magic Kingdom really is, that the elevator up to the California Grill and go out onto the observation deck.

Rumor 5: “More country pavilions will be added to EPCOT’s World Showcase.”

Advertisements for Planned Countries in World Showcase
Credit: Disney

Kinda true, but not exactly confirmed.

There are no new nations currently planned, but there is room for at least three new pavilions around World Showcase. Back in the 1980s, EPCOT guests were expecting a Pavilion for Spain, Israel, and Equatorial Africa. Because country additions will be a possibility, this rumor will remain in the air as a wish most Disniacs hope comes true one day.

Bonus Rumor: “Walt Disney is Frozen and Kept Beneath the Castle.”

Walt Disney
Credit: Disney

Absolutely False.

Completely false. Okay? No matter which version you heard. They’re all scandalous lies. Walt Disney is buried next to his beloved wife, Lillian, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale. You can visit the grave if you don’t believe me, but please be respectful. Can we all move on now?

What is the craziest Disney rumor you’ve heard? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Reader’s Digest

View Comments (10)