Fridge Horror: Theme Parks

  • When designing The Haunted Mansion, Walt Disney originally wanted to place it on Main Street USA. Which is based on his hometown.
    • This one isn't too bad- Walt just thought that most small American towns would have a ramshackle mansion that the local kids would refer to as haunted. It's a joking act of nostalgia.
    • Maybe this is more obvious than it was for me, but in the Stretching Room, the Ghost Host says that there are no windows and no doors, which means there's no way out... "Of course, there's always my way." Just then, the room goes dark and a body is seen hanging above the ceiling. I didn't realize this until later, but that's HIS BODY. HE HUNG HIMSELF. THAT WAS HIS WAY OUT.
      • This troper thought "his way" was the secret exit that opens a minute later until their last trip to Disneyland.
      • There was a record released that told the tale of two teenagers who took a tour of the mansion. As they see the body in the gallery, a raven cries out "The coward's way out. He chose the coward's way out." Suicide is also sometimes referred to as "The coward's way", so the record makes it clear.
      • Here is the audio of the record, and the part in question starts around the 6:29 mark. Sweet dreams...
  • Pleasure Island, a nightlife section of Walt Disney World, is named for the island in Pinocchio where naughty boys are turned into donkeys and then supposedly worked to death.
  • When things start to become a little chaotic on Universal Studios' Jurassic Park ride, you pass a boat just like the one you're riding in. It's empty, except for a carnivorous Dilophosaurus with a shred of clothing in its mouth. So, the implication here seems to be that the men, women, and children in that tour boat were VICIOUSLY DEVOURED. See also Nightmare Fuel.
    • Another terrifying moment in that ride if thought about too hard occurs at the very end of the ride. A T.rex appears and roars just before you plunge down a vertical 80-foot drop. The implication may well be that the T.rex just pushed your boat off the edge of a tall cliff to your gruesome death in the water tens of meters below. You just DIED on this ride!!
    • During the ride you first see one T.rex emerge from the ceiling before you barely make your escape and encounter another T.rex just before the ride ends. Two Tyrannosaurs is scary enough as it is, but, then you realize that T.rex may've actually hunted in pairs. In other words, you didn't just have an unfortunate run-in with two random Tyrannosaurs, but rather a hunting pair that wanted to eat you.
      • Even worse, the T.rex's supposed hunting technique was to chase prey into the waiting jaws of another T.rex. What happens on the ride? You run into one T.rex before escaping and encountering the second T.rex.
  • In the Disney ride Star Tours, Topless Robot raises some important questions here.