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That Donald Duck Is Banned In Finland Because He Doesn't Wear Pants
That Donald Duck Is Banned In Finland Because He Doesn't Wear Pants

No, no he's not. While it's true that everyone's favorite angry duck doesn't wear pants, he was not banned from the country of Finland for that or any other reason. The genesis for the rumor can be traced backed to the 1970s when a Finnish politician in the capital of Helsinki replaced Disney comics in libraries with other publications he thought were more educational, but he never banned the maligned duck. A couple years later, as he was running for office again, his opponents attacked him as the man the banned Donald and the foreign press picked up on the story, with headlines that condemned the action and making up all kinds of reasons as to why he did, everything from Donald being a bachelor to, yes, the fact that Donald doesn't wear pants.

In fact, the backlash was so severe that there was an uptick in Disney cartoons on the airwaves in Finland, leading some to believe that Disney had turned their massive PR machine on the topic and was behind some of the headlines, leading to public sympathy and the increase in Disney's presence in Finland. Though, that doesn't appear to be true, either.

That The Haunted Mansion Scared A Man To Death
That The Haunted Mansion Scared A Man To Death

Legend has it that the original version of the Haunted Mansion ride was so scary that a man on the ride suffered a heart attack and died out of fear. In response, the ride was immediately closed and completely revamped to be less scary and more playful.

In a word: nope. This never happened. The Haunted Mansion has been one of the most popular rides throughout Disney history and it has never been altered significantly or closed for any length of time other than for some minor changes and routine maintenance. There have been a few deaths at the parks over the years, but none have been because a ride was too scary.

That Walt Disney Is Frozen In Liquid Nitrogen
That Walt Disney Is Frozen In Liquid Nitrogen

No one really knows where or when this wildly famous rumor started, but it's definitely not true.Walt did not have his dead body frozen with the hopes of being reanimated when technology and medical science would allow. While it's true that other celebrities have had all or parts of their body frozen, most famously former baseball player Ted Williams, Uncle Walt is not one of them.

That Walt Disney Left Behind Detailed Instructions On Video After His Death
That Walt Disney Left Behind Detailed Instructions On Video After His Death

Speaking of Old Walt's death, rumors swirled after he died that he videotaped detailed instruction about his vision for the company and what each executive would be responsible for over the following 5 years, even mentioning each executive by name in the video.

Except -he didn't do any such thing. He wasn't even in charge of the company when he died in 1966. The company had long been publicly owned by the stockholders. Disney wasn't even the CEO, that was a position that had long been held by his brother, Roy, and would continue to be Roy's position until his death in 1971.

That There's A Secret Bar At The Magic Kingdom Called The 21 Club
That There's A Secret Bar At The Magic Kingdom Called The 21 Club

No there isn't. There has never been. No, it's not "right by the Pirates Of The Carribean" ride. For years, the rumors swirled over this one because The Magic Kingdom at Disneyworld in Florida didn't serve alcohol, unlike most of the other parks in the Disney system. The solution was to find this secret door that led to a secret club called The 21 Club, where you could drink all the booze your heart desired. But even wishing upon a star didn't make the rumor come true and unlike Pinocchio becoming a real boy, this never became a real club.

There IS a real hidden club at Disneyland in California (and other parks). Hidden behind a random door in the New Orleans Square (where else) is the exclusive Club 33. It was originally built by Walt and the other Imagineers to host corporate events and business partners but has evolved over the years into an exclusive, members-only club. The Club also exists at other Disney properties around the world, but it had never made its way to the Magic Kingdom, until earlier this year when Disney announced they would finally be opening one sometime in 2017.

That Nudity And Other Racy Stuff Is Hidden In Lots Of Animated Movies
That Nudity And Other Racy Stuff Is Hidden In Lots Of Animated Movies

There have been rumors with almost every single Disney movie that the animators have slipped in nudity or quick flashes of other questionable material. The most famous probably being Jessica Rabbit in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" Ask any Gen Xer about the scene where the protagonist's sexy wife flashes the screen or when she spreads her legs to reveal she prefers "commando style" and they will probably tell you about how they first saw in the basement of their's friends house who had the movie on LaserDisc and they paused it at exactly the correct moment. It's not true of course. Jessica Rabbit never lost her top and the scene where she spreads her legs doesn't reveal anything more than more leg and possibly a quick shot of some underwear.

And this is not the only example of rumors that have spread over the years about a whole myriad of animated movies by Disney. People claim that the word "sex" appears in a dust cloud in a scene in "The Lion King." There is also a rumor of sex scene at the end of Monsters Inc., and one of a possible sex act in the shadows of a scene in Toy Story 3. There is even a claim an angry Disney artist included the drawing of a male youknowwhat on the cover the original VHS release of "The Little Mermaid."Not a single one of these are true.

That Animators Tried To Slip A Scene In To See If Walt Disney Caught It
That Animators Tried To Slip A Scene In To See If Walt Disney Caught It

In another of the most notorious "animators love nudity" rumors, supposedly there was an attempt by animators to slip one by the boss. Walt Disney was notorious for his attention to detail in everything he did, from the parks to the movies to basically everything else he did. He watched the new movies so intently, it was said he missed nothing and caught all mistakes.

In a test of this, the animators slipped in one frame of a naked woman, about 1/24th of a second, into a new movie Walt was to view. As the moment arrived, Walt said nothing. The animators thought they had succeeded. That is until the movie ended and Walt turned to them and said: "Whose idea was it to add the naked woman?" One of the Imagineers replied, "We did it to see if you would notice." And with that Walt said that he had noticed and that they were all fired.

There are a number of different versions of this story, some say they were all fired, some say Walt appreciated the joke and was proud to have caught it. Either way, it seems very unlikely that this ever happened at a company like Disney with a man like Walt.

That The Skyway Ride Closed Because Someone Fell From It And Died
That The Skyway Ride Closed Because Someone Fell From It And Died

There were two major accidents in the history of the Skyway at Disneyland in California. The first was an employee that jumped up and caught the bottom of one of the gondolas and rode it for about 100 feet before dropping onto a roof, sustaining minor injuries. The second was more series when a custodian at the park fell while cleaning one of the stations. The ride was turned on by accident and he was bumped off the platform by a passing gondola. He attempted to hold on to the ride for a short while but could not and tragically fell to his death. A couple months later the ride closed and the rumors spread that it was because of the custodian's death, but the ride had actually been designated to close months before the accident and the closure had nothing to do with the tragedy.

That Walt Disney Coined 'If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.'
That Walt Disney Coined 'If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.'

"If you can dream it, you can do it" is a quote that is famously ascribed to that ultimate dreamer and doer, Walt Disney himself. It is a quote that neatly and perfectly sums up the man and all he believed in. The problem is, he didn't actually say it. In fact, it was many years after his death that an Imagineer working on the Epcot project named Tom Fitzgerald wrote the quote.

That Walt Disney Was An Illegitimate Child Born In Spain
That Walt Disney Was An Illegitimate Child Born In Spain

This story goes that Walter Elias Disney was not born in Chicago in 1901 to Elias and Flora Disney, but was, in fact, born in Spain to an unwedded mother who had an affair with a prominent doctor in her small town. In order to avoid the shame of being an unwed mother, she fled Spain to California either with baby Walt or pregnant with Walt, depending on the version of the story. At some point, she met Elias Disney in California and he agreed to adopt the boy and brought home a young Walt to Chicago. Sort of like Ned Stark and Jon Snow, right?

The problem is, just like Ned Stark and Jon Snow, there are all kinds of holes in the original story and it's extremely unlikely that Walt is the son of anyone but Elias and Flora. For one, the story goes that Walt was born in 1890 when he was in fact born in 1901. The story also makes no logical sense, like, why would Walt's father agree to adopt the child of a random woman he met on a trip to California. Oh, and yeah, Elias NEVER MADE A TRIP TO CALIFORNIA at that time. So, yeah, it seems very unlikely there is anything at all to this rumor.

That The Turkey Legs At Disney World Are Actually Emu Legs!
That The Turkey Legs At Disney World Are Actually Emu Legs!

This is amazing.

If you've ever been Disneyworld, know about the huge turkey legs they sell. They have got to be the best-selling food on the property. They are tasty and they are BIG. Well, apparently the rumor that surrounds these things are that are not turkey legs at all. They are, in fact, emu legs! You know those weird looking, kind of ostrich birds? Yeah, those are what some claim is the actual source of the delicious turkey legs.

Of course, this is completely and totally wrong, they are, of course, turkey legs and anyone who has ever eaten emu should know this! I turns out, this might have all been started as a bit on the Conan O'Brien Show.

You mean you've never eaten emu? Come to think of it, neither has anyone here. But they probably taste like chicken. Or maybe they do taste like turkey...

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