Why are there so many creepy Disneyland stories floating our there on the internet?
Disneyland is the so-called “happiest place on Earth”. Every year tens of millions of people come to the Disney park in Anaheim, CA to be entertained on the rides. Whether they take a turn on a rollercoaster, or a flyer, or a sit-down ride, Disneyland promises to give these tourists a special thrill that can’t be replicated anywhere else.
Could there be a sinister side to the laughter and fun found at Disneyland? That’s the premise behind “Missing at the Mansion”, a short film that was shot in secret by filmmakers Josh and Jeremiah Daws. Taking their own HD camera, and pretending to be park visitors at Disneyland, the two brothers (along with actress Lisa Livesay) went to several famous spots inside the park and filmed their scenes right beneath the noses of Disney personnel.
Disney is notoriously protective of their brand image. When “Missing at the Mansion” first went online there was speculation that the company could bring its legal wrath down upon the indie filmmakers. As time went by, the short remained online and has become a curious artifact of found footage horror.
“Missing at the Mansion” adds to the web’s dark collection of ghostly Disneyland stories such as “Abandoned By Disney” or the two-part “Disney: White Noise”. But, this unauthorized video is the first to be filmed inside the Magic Kingdom. There may never be another one made like it.
If you have ever rode The Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland, then “Missing at the Mansion” should produce an extra level of creepiness in you. Next time that you visit the ride, take along your video camera. You may film something that no one else can see.