Top 10 Shocking Facts About Disney

Hello, I’m from Chapemon Team, and today we’re talking about the top 10 shocking facts about Disney. While we all know that major Disney characters are often orphans, there are many other surprising facts about your favorite Disney films. Before we get started, I want to hear from you—what’s your favorite Disney film and why? Let me know in the comments below. Personally, I love some of the newer ones like Brave and Tangled. I think they’re super cool.

10. Disney Led to 50 Children Falling Ill with Salmonella

Disney Led to 50 Children Falling Ill with Salmonella-min

Disney’s 2010 movie The Princess and the Frog shows Princess Tiana kissing a frog who is actually a prince under a curse. Unfortunately, many young children copied Tiana’s actions, kissing actual frogs in hopes of finding a prince. This led to over 50 children contracting salmonella, a type of bacterial poisoning. Luckily, none of the cases were fatal, but it taught an important lesson: don’t kiss frogs hoping they’ll turn into princes.

9. Sex in the Sky in The Lion King and on the Poster for Tangled

Sex in the Sky in The Lion King and on the Poster for Tangled

In The Lion King, the word “sex” can be seen spelled out in the stars as Simba contemplates his dead father. Some say it actually says “SFX” as a nod to the special effects team. However, the word is also visible on the 2010 movie poster for Tangled. Disney movies often have hidden messages, and this one has caught many viewers by surprise.

8. Princess Aurora is Only on Screen for 18 Minutes in Sleeping Beauty

Princess Aurora is Only on Screen for 18 Minutes in Sleeping Beauty

Princess Aurora, aka Sleeping Beauty, has the title role but is only on screen for 18 minutes in her entire film. With only 18 lines in a movie that is 1 hour and 16 minutes long, she spends most of the film asleep.

7. It Would Take 9.4 Million Balloons to Lift Up Carl’s House in Up

It Would Take 9.4 Million Balloons to Lift Up Carl’s House in Up

The iconic moment in Up when Carl ties helium balloons to his house would have required 9.4 million balloons to actually lift it. Given Carl’s age, it’s unlikely he would have survived the time it took to tie all those balloons.

6. Guys with Beards Were Not Allowed into Disneyland

Walt Disney himself issued a rule that men with beards were not allowed into Disneyland. This is especially ironic considering Walt Disney had facial hair.

5. Disney World is the Same Size as San Francisco

Spread over 25,000 acres, Disney World is twice the size of Manhattan and around the same size as San Francisco. The hotels alone are so extensive that it would take 68 years to sleep in every room.

4. Real Human Skeletons Used in the Original Pirates of the Caribbean Ride

It Would Take 9.4 Million Balloons to Lift Up Carl’s House in Up

When the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride opened at Disneyland in 1967, it was decorated with real human skeletons. Walt Disney himself insisted on using real skeletons because he didn’t like the look of fake ones.

3. If Finding Nemo Were Real, Nemo Would Have Turned into a Female and Mated with His Dad

In the real ocean, clownfish can change sex. If Finding Nemo reflected real life, Nemo would have developed female sex organs and mated with his dad after his mother’s death. Not so child-friendly now, is it?

2. 3.4 Million Copies of The Rescuers Had to Be Recalled Due to Nudity

3.4 Million Copies of The Rescuers Had to Be Recalled Due to Nudity

Disney had to recall 3.4 million copies of The Rescuers released on VHS because a photo of a nude lady was sneaked into the background of two frames. The topless model can be seen in a window as Bernard and Bianca fly through the city.

1. There Are Numerous Instances of Hidden Penises in Disney Films

Disney films have a surprising number of hidden penises. Examples include Bugs Bunny with an erection, Mickey Mouse hugging a phallic object, and apparent phallic shapes in Ariel’s castle in The Little Mermaid. The most notorious instance is in The Little Mermaid when Eric is about to marry Ursula, and the priest appears to have an erection.

So, there you have it—the top 10 most shocking facts about Disney. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Have I missed anything? Are you feeling a bit strange about your childhood now? I definitely am. Leave your suggestions for our next top 10 in the comments below. Until next time!

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