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Disney World’s Haunted Mansion is reportedly full of real human remains

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People have been scattering ashes at Disney World parks in Orlando and California and there is even a special code word for the respective clean-up, it has been revealed.

According to the Wall Street Journal, there is at least one incident per month within Disney World parks involving human remains. However, it is likely that many more ash-scattering “ceremonies” go unnoticed by Disney World park employees.

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When park employees discover cremated ashes, the protocol is to radio for a “HEPA clean-up” referring to the specific “HEPA” vacuum cleaner they use for the morbid job.

If ashes are found at a park attraction, the ride is temporarily closed and guests are told that there are technical difficulties before being gifted Fast Passes for alternative rides.

So far, human ashes have been discovered in flower beds on the Magic Kingdom park lawns, deposited near the park gates, and on the popular Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Magic Kingdom. Ashes have even been identified in the moat below the Dumbo ride, also at Magic Kingdom.

However, according to Disney World employees, by far the most popular attraction to scatter human ashes is the Haunted Mansion, a ride which features an eerie manor house haunted by hundreds of imaginary ghouls.

“The Haunted Mansion probably has so much human ashes in it that it’s not even funny," a Magic Kingdom park employee told The Wall Street Journal.

While scattering human ashes remains strictly against Disney World policy and anyone caught in the act will be escorted out of the park, employees still urge people to stop the practice - since any remains discovered after loved ones have left the park will be unsentimentally disposed of by staff members.

This is because the “Happiest Place on Earth” does everything possible to keep sad and gloomy thoughts out of its theme parks. The company previously banned the words “In Memory of” on personalised commemorative bricks in the parks because it would remind visitors of death.

Caryn Reker from Jacksonville, Florida, scattered her father’s ashes throughout the park in 2006 and returned this year to spread those of her brother, an Epcot fanatic.

In an email to The Wall Street Journal, she said: “It’s a sweet way to giggle and remember - he’s here... and there... and a little over there... yep, there, too.”

Along with several other people interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Reker was not caught in the act by Disney World employees.

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