For decades, Disney has delighted the world with its cartoons, feature films, and theme parks. From Snow White to Frozen, they’ve excelled at releasing high-quality entertainment for generations. It’s unlikely their brand will go away anytime soon. Still, there’s a dark side to Disney most fans don’t know about, including uncomfortable racial stereotypes and tragic deaths. Are you curious what lies beneath the most wonderful place on earth? Here are 25 Shocking Facts About Disney.
The Beatles officially disbanded at Disney World.
Few people want to be told that the happiest place on earth is also where The Beatles officially died. But that’s exactly what happened. On December 29th, 1974, John Lennon signed the contract that brought them to an end while at Disney World.
Disney rejected a woman's application because she was female.
In 1938, Mary Ford applied to be a part of Disney’s animation department but received a rejection letter stating, “Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that task is performed entirely by young men.”
The voice actress of Snow White was only paid $970.
Adriana Caselotti, the voice actress of Snow White, was only paid $970, and because her voice was so recognizable as the character, she couldn’t get work afterward. When Jack Benny requested to have her appear on his radio show, he received this response, “I’m sorry, but that voice can’t be used anywhere. I don’t want to spoil the illusion of Snow White.”
Toy Story characters used to drop on the ground at the theme parks.
The Toy Story characters walking around the Walt Disney theme parks used to drop when someone yelled, “Andy’s Coming!” However, once people found out about it, they stopped doing it.
Two deaths were caused by the Matterhorn ride.
In 1964, a fifteen-year-old stood up on the ride and was thrown from it, crushing his skull on the tracks. In 1984, a 48-year-old didn’t have her seatbelt fastened, and her body was crushed and pinned under the cart.