About once a month, someone is caught dumping the cremated ashes of a loved one at Disneyland or Disney World, current and former custodians tell The Wall Street Journal. When that happens, the clean-up crews come with a heavy-duty vacuum that is able to pick up ultrafine material. People drop ashes in flower beds, near park gates, and on rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, but the most popular place is, of course, The Haunted Mansion.
“The Haunted Mansion probably has so much human ashes in it that it’s not even funny,” one Disneyland custodian told the Journal. Disney doesn’t want people to think about death while in their parks, and a spokeswoman said dropping ashes “is strictly prohibited and unlawful. Guests who attempt to do so will be escorted off property.”