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    5 Famous Walt Disney World “Secrets” DEBUNKED by a Former Cast Member

    There’s nothing a Disney fan loves more than a little hidden trivia, which is why so many myths about Walt Disney World persist. Unfortunately, many of the frequently cited “secrets” that you’ll find online or hear from the guest behind you in queue are quite simply untrue.

    As a former Cast Member at Walt Disney World, I know that many of the “hidden secrets” of the resort are completely genuine. Some, though, are based entirely in fiction. Let’s debunk five of the most popular once and for all.

    1. The camel at The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is controlled by a Cast Member

    The Claim: This was a new one to me, but eBaum’s World recently published a piece claiming that the spitting camel outside The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is controlled by “a man nearby who judges whether or not he can hit the unsuspecting visitors.”

    The Truth: As a former Cast Member on the Magic Carpets attraction, I can tell you that the camel is automated, turning its head back and forth at regular intervals to spit alternately at the ride and at the street. If you’re caught by the spray, it’s not because a crafty Cast Member was hoping to surprise you. It’s simply because you probably weren’t paying attention to both the regular swivel of the camel’s head and the giant wet spot in the middle of the street.

    2. No one dies on Disney property

    The Claim: It’s long been claimed that no one dies on Disney property because victims are transported off property before they’re legally proclaimed dead.

    The Truth: The concept behind this myth likely stems from the possibility that someone may die on property yet receive the official declaration of death once they reach a hospital. However, there have been incidences where guests or Cast Members died on property and it was reported as such. Snopes quotes a 1984 New York Times article as saying “A man was pronounced dead at the scene.” In reference to a story about a plane crash in the Epcot parking lot.

    While the actual time of death may be difficult to distinguish in some cases, others leave little room for interpretation, such as the death of a monorail conductor in a terrible accident in 2009.

    3. Walt Disney’s face is projected onto a bust in the Haunted Mansion

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    The Claim: The broken bust in the Haunted Mansion graveyard features the face of Walt Disney.

    The Truth: The face on this bust belongs to Thurl Ravenscroft, who sings the lead part in “Grim Grinning Ghosts.” His mustache gives him a slight resemblance to Walt Disney, but this is not actually Disney’s face. In fact, Walt had already passed away by the time the film for the busts was made.

    4. You cannot buy alcohol in the Magic Kingdom

    The Claim: The Magic Kingdom is the only park on Walt Disney World property where you can’t buy alcohol.

    The Truth: This one is actually a bit trickier because it was true for many years until the Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant, Be Our Guest, opened in 2012. Be Our Guest offers a wide selection of sparkling, white, red, and dessert wines as well as select French and Belgian beers on its dinner menu. However, you still cannot purchase alcohol at counter service restaurants and street carts, as you can in other parks. If you really need that fix, make your dinner reservations early, as this overwhelmingly popular restaurant fills up fast.

    5. Walt once had an apartment above the firehouse on Main Street

    The Claim: There’s a hidden apartment above the firehouse on Main Street where Walt once stayed.

    The Truth: This popular myth is a crossover from Disneyland where Walt Disney did in fact have an apartment on the second floor of the Main Street Firehouse. Disney World, however, has no such apartment. In fact, Walt’s death on December 15, 1966 preceded the opening day of the Magic Kingdom by nearly 5 years. Opening on October 1, 1971, the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando is something Walt never saw to completion.

    There’s no lack of hidden features to appreciate around the Walt Disney World resort, but it’s worth doing a bit of fact checking when you hear something outrageous, to find out whether or not it’s actually true.