Solving the Theory That Claims Walt Disney Was Cryogenically Frozen

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Many theories surround Disney as a whole. When it comes to their films, many theories exist that tie together separate universes. In the Disney Parks, there are stories that accompany attractions that connect the theme park rides together as a universe, as well as theories that pertain to events or situations that have happened in the parks with Guests or Cast Members.

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But, there is one theory that is romanticized the most, and that is the rumor that Walt Disney was cryogenically frozen. Walt passed away on December 15, 1966, at the age of 65 due to cancer. The legend was able to see Disneyland Resort come to life, but unfortunately, past before Walt Disney World Resort was built. Because of this, some speculated that Walt would be “unthawed” this year, at Disney World turns 50.

So, is this a myth? Or is there any truth to the cryogenically frozen story? For those who do not know, cryogenics is the low temperature “storage of a human corpse or severed head, with the speculative hope that resurrection may be possible in the future. Cryonics is regarded with skepticism within the mainstream scientific community. It is generally viewed as a pseudoscience, and its practice has been characterized as quackery.”

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At the moment, there is not enough science behind cryogenic freezing to back it up as something that would actually work. On top of that, Walt’s daughter has spoken out on vicious occasions and shows proof that Disney was indeed cremated. Walt’s ashes were scattered at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California.

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As noted by Now, the idea of freezing someone to revive them later is currently impossible:

Not in its current form. While it’s possible to cool and indefinitely freeze humans after death, warming them up to receive the cure for their incurable disease will almost inevitably kill them — if they haven’t already been accidentally decapitated. This isn’t to say there’s no market for cold-enhanced technologies: According to the Medical Device Network, cryo technologies are now being tested for use in treating atrial fibrillation (Afib) patients.

So there you have it. The movie Frozen wasn’t created as an ode to Walt’s frozen body, and the man who started it all will continue to remain a piece of history when it comes to the Walt Disney Company.

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