Turns out everything isn't so happy after all...
One of the largest entertainment empires in the world all grew straight from Walt Disney’s imagination. Today, the massive conglomerate that is Disney controls film studios, TV networks, 14 theme parks, and a host of other multimedia entities that in total brought in over $55.6 billion in revenue in 2016. Disney’s image is built on wholesome family fun. The truth, though, is much darker…
Ashes to Ashes
Several parents whose Disney-loving kids have tragically passed away have tried to spread their ashes around Disney parks. When you think about it, this is a strange thing to do. The park is meant to be enjoyed by people of all ages. It’s called the “Happiest Place on Earth” for a reason… its happy! When I think of Disney World, I’m not thinking about a bunch of cremation ashes spread around the park… weird.
If there’s one thing to mention, its that this isn’t really allowed. One such instance occurred not long after the 9/11 terrorist attacks when the world was on high alert for anthrax and similar deadly substances. A family dumped their child’s remains in the Haunted Mansion ride and a hazmat team had to be brought in. It seems sweet at first, but at the end of the day that’s pretty weird for them to do…
The Wicked Side of Walt
While Walt Disney brought much joy to the world, he was no saint. Most people think he’s just a great creator with a brilliant mind. Someone who truly strived to make happy and never did anything wrong. Surprise! Back in 1938, a month after the tragic Nazi attacks on Jews known as “Kristallnacht”, Disney personally welcomed Nazi propaganda director Leni Riefenstahl for a tour of the Disney studios. Could you imagine if something like this happened in today’s world filled with all the social media criticism?
It’s not much of a surprise, however. As a matter of fact, a number of different Disney films have included some pretty blatantly racist characters. The worst of all of these examples was probably Song of the South. This film was so overtly racist that Disney actually pays good money that prevents it from being shown to the public in any way today.
“Escape from Tomorrow”
Disney has a reputation for being extremely protective of its intellectual property. Over the past few years they’ve sued several Florida daycares for having unauthorized paintings of Disney characters. Yeah, that’s just how serious they get. They’re known for being super stingy, but even if you have a home-run daycare and it gets a little to popular, and you just happen to have a Disney photo in the background of one of your images on your website… watch out! they’ll soon be coming for your head.
This all actually makes what filmmaker Randy Moore pulled off in 2012 pretty damn impressive. Moore’s small-budget horror movie titled Escape from Tomorrow was shot almost entirely on location at Disney World and Disneyland, without the company’s permission. It’s pretty impressive how he’s gone all these years without having to deal with any serious type of threat from the giant company known as Disney.